MedTech Week Magazine 2020 At a glance

Highlights from the 6th Edition of the Award-Winning MedTech Week Magazine

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Future generations may ask: What did you do when the COVID-19 crisis struck? The pandemic challenged all of us, personally and professionally, and I am proud to be part of a sector that found solutions to our shared problems. In the face of adversity, we jumped into action.

Serge Bernasconi
Chief Executive, MedTech Europe
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mHealth at a tipping point

mHealth at a tipping point?

COVID-19 showed the value of digital health technologies. Now, financing new care pathways using such technology enables mHealth apps to go mainstream.

Health & research  why regulations matter

Health & research: why regulations matter

Researchers and clinicians must understand the regulatory rules so we can shape and apply them.

Medtech in a time of crisis

Medtech in a time of crisis

How the COVID-19 crisis changed my perception of the medical device regulatory framework

Digital disruption in diabetes care

Digital disruption in diabetes care

What a rollercoaster the last few months have been – a world has been defined through the lens of a global COVID-19 pandemic has embraced digital technology

Tele  medicine in the spotlight

Telemedicine in the spotlight

How the COVID-19 crisis changed my perception of the medical device regulatory framework

Pharmacys digital  future

Pharmacy’s digital future

A pharmacy student’s view on digitalisation and eHealth in community pharmacies across Europe

Regions can drive value

Regions can drive value

Procurement of innovative solutions by regional authorities will help public healthcare systems rise to the challenges we face

The digital  transformation  of cancer  care

The digital transformation of cancer care

New Digital Health Network will focus on embracing new and existing digital tools

Europes post crisis vision

Europe’s post-crisis vision

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked a crisis in our health systems from which we must learn – research and innovation on post-acute and long-term care are essential

Wanted  EU action on health

Wanted: EU action on health

The new second mandate of the European Parliament Interest Group is an opportunity to focus on innovation in health and social care

France preparing for medtech future

Government pledges support for industry which has been at the heart of crisis response

Even as the pandemic continues to take its toll on the health system and the wider economy, France is looking to the future. Industry experts, economists and political leaders see a strong role f o r French medtech manufacturers as the world emerges from the worst of the COVID-19 crisis.

‘Our economy is facing an unprecedented crisis which doesn’t spare the health industry, but we have the capacity and the talent required to bounce back,’ said Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Deputy Minister for Economy and Finance, responsible for industry. ‘Because the healthcare industry was at the heart of the response to COVID-19, so it must be at the avant-garde of the economic recovery.’

Ms Pannier-Runacher, Ministerial Delegate for Economy, Finance and Recovery, in charge of Industry, was speaking at a virtual conference on 16 October, hosted by SNITEM, the French medtech association. ‘The future of medical devices: what is at stake for France?’ explored how companies and policymakers can drive economic recovery and deliver innovation in healthcare in the years ahead.

The event also heard from leading figures in industry, academia and policymaking, along with experts in healthcare and economics. At the heart of the meeting, three roundtables addressed the challenges facing France and European manufacturers; the role of digital health solutions; and lessons learned from economic regulation in health. While recognising the challenges posed by the pandemic, there was a strong focus on the future.

The Minister praised the sector’s contribution to fighting the pandemic and pledged the government’s support in the recovery phase. ‘I want to commend the response of the healthcare industry to COVID-19. You answered the call throughout the entire crises to aid our citizens by manufacturing the equipment, medical devices and medication that we needed,’ she said. ‘The French government is with you now to help you rebound and is providing EUR35 billion for the industry.’

35 billion Euro investment by the French Government



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