The second edition of eMEC once again brought together physicians and electronics engineers. Around 80 innovation drivers from medical technology discussed current challenges and future trends in medical care.
How can patient data be used responsibly to advance research and development? How can patients themselves contribute to progress? How will digital innovations and solutions change the diagnostics and therapy of tomorrow? This year's motto "The Future of Global Health" promised exciting lectures, visionary outlooks and concrete approaches to solutions to future-oriented topics in the field of medical care.
Collecting data sensibly and using it in a targeted way
The event was opened by Prof. Dr Billy Sperlich from the Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg. In his lecture "24h-monitoring to improve health & performance," he addressed the question why we are not (yet) on the way to precise health and what role sports medicine can play in this. Sperlich is not interested in collecting data blindly. After all, which parameters are important in the end depends above all on the patient and which results one wants to obtain.
Homework for prosthesis manufacturers
Another highlight this year was the lecture by Michel Fornasier, who gave the participants an insight into life with a bionic prosthesis. One thing became very clear: modern medical technology also has the task of overcoming social hurdles. To encourage children and break down prejudices, Fornasier created his alter ego "Bionicman". But even a superhero can't take care of everything. Even a bionic hand prosthesis such as Fornasier's own has only 15 percent of the mobility of a human hand. Besides, the prostheses are loud and very slow in their movements. Nor are they convincing when it comes to battery performance:
Fornasier has to charge his prosthesis for eight hours to be able to use it for three hours.
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electronica Medical Electronics Conference (eMEC)
12 November 2020