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

Telemedicine in the spotlight

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

Antonella Cardone

Director, European Cancer Patient Coalition

As the pandemic unfolded across Europe, cancer patients were shown to be among the highest risk population for COVID-19. Patients were advised to stay at home and avoid seeing their healthcare practitioner (HCP) unless absolutely necessary.

We saw hospitals and HCPs set up their own pragmatic telemedicine systems, calling their patients on the phone or via computer with a webcam. After a few weeks, more systematised telemedicine systems were put in place, and slowly we began using telemedicine as the norm.

What this outbreak showed us is that if our health systems were prepared to extensively use telemedicine or other forms of digital technologies to support cancer patients at home, many lives could have been saved during the emergency and in the long run.

But telemedicine still faces many obstacles. Among the largest barriers are limited scientific understanding of AI in telemedicine technologies, lack of data infrastructure, and low levels of interoperability between apps. Currently, oncologists receive little training in data science, and data scientists have little experience with cancer patients and issues. Proper training for scientists, clinicians and patients is needed if our system is to get the most from these tools. As we mark MedTech Week 2020 – which this year leaned heavily on digital tools and virtual events – we must focus on how we can remove barriers to telemedicine.

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