MedTech Week Magazine 2019 At a glance

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I am particularly pleased to see so many examples of companies reaching out to their communities and engaging with employees – after all, medtech is really about people rather than technology.

Serge Bernasconi
Chief Executive, MedTech Europe
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Perspectives New role for Clinical Research Organisations
Regulations and legal, Expert

New role for Clinical Research Organisations

Two new EU Regulations will require the collection and analysis of more data during clinical investigations

Perspectives Green is the new black
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Green is the new black

Climate action is rightfully gaining space on the policy agenda. Healthcare is part of the problem and must become part of the solution.

Perspectives Improving the lives of people living with diabetes
Diabetes, Expert

Improving the lives of people living with diabetes

It is incredible when I think that nearly 100 years have passed since the discovery of insulin. Since then, insulin has saved the lives of millions of people living with diabetes around the world.

Perspectives What do patients want
Diagnostics, Expert

What do patients want?

Patients don’t care about technology – they care about the quality of life

Perspectives Career inspiration My journey in biomedical engineering
Career and education, Expert

Career inspiration: My journey to biomedical engineering

At the age of seventeen, I was good at maths and sciences, but I did not know what to study after secondary school.

Perspectives Are you ready for Eudamed
Regulations and legal, Expert

Are you ready for Eudamed?

One of the biggest changes on the healthcare horizon will be new EU requirements for product information. If you are not already preparing for this, start now – the clock is ticking.

Perspectives Changing health changing lives
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Changing health, changing lives

Our sector has changed a great deal in the last decade, but there is much more innovation to come – notably in customisation and data.

Perspectives Incontinence  Breaking the taboo
Value of medtech, Expert

Incontinence: Breaking the taboo

The condition can be treated, often cured, and always managed

Perspectives Will it make the boat go faster
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‘Will it make the boat go faster?’

We need to work in partnership with healthcare providers to understand the true value of technologies.

Perspectives The future of medicine is personal
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The future of medicine is personal

We must all play our part in embedding personalised medicine into Europe’s healthcare systems

Safer sleep

Remote monitoring technology is revolutionising sleep apnoea treatment

How did you sleep? A good night’s rest can make all the difference to our health and wellbeing. For people living with sleep apnoea – a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts – it can be even more important.

More than one million people in France suffer from sleep apnoea, which can affect their quality of life and increase cardiovascular risk. To enhance the understanding of the condition and solutions that are improving patients’ lives, SNITEM, the French association for medical devices, hosted one of its regular ‘Rendez-vous avec’ (“Meeting with”) sessions – a series of meetings introducing health stakeholders to medical innovation. 

Innovative and connected devices make managing the condition at home increasingly effective. In France, remote monitoring is helping more than 800,000 people to sleep soundly while staying connected to health professionals. During sleep, patients wear a device which applies continuous pressure to ensure their airways remain ventilated.

The system records and analyses data on breathing patterns using sophisticated algorithms. If an anomaly is detected, an alert signal is sent, which can trigger a response from homecare and medical professionals.

‘Manufacturers and home health providers have, for more than five years, invested personally, technically and financially to support the implementation of this infrastructure,’ said Christophe Hentze, Vice President of SNITEM working group on respiration and General Manager of Löwenstein Medical France. ‘Protocols on the secure transfer and integration of data have been developed, overcoming the challenge of making all these tools interoperable.’

The meeting brought together representatives of the State, social security, patient associations, manufacturers and service providers to showcase the impact of real-time remote monitoring. By offering a more personalised approach to sleep apnoea management, health professionals and patients can work together to optimise adherence to treatment and improve sleep.

‘This remote monitoring device for apnoeic patients is a shared success between providers, manufacturers, health professionals and patients,’ said Charles-Henri des Villettes, President of the Federation of Home Healthcare Providers. ‘The rate of patients who stop their treatment is halved with remote monitoring.’



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