A major topic at the upcoming virtual.MEDICA trade fair (November 16 – 19, 2020) will be digital health, which experienced a large boost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MEDICA is a world-leading platform for the medical technology and healthcare sector. Usually held every November at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany, the event will be staged in a virtual format this year. Free visitor registration is open at https://virtual.MEDICA-tradefair.com.
Remote health applications, big-data analyses and artificial intelligence (AI) in the medical sector are considered to have high potential and will be a particular focus of the virtual.MEDICA program – such as in the English-language sessions at the MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM and the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM (online “Conference Area”).
The MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM will start on November 16 with the finale of the 12th Healthcare Innovation World Cup. The top 12 start-ups for the “Internet of Medical Things will be presented here starting at 2:00 pm Central European time. Among them will be “PKvitality” from France who developed a watch that enables users to discreetly monitor their blood sugar levels. A trend display and graphics help to improve blood glucose control. The monitoring sensor for chronic diseases from the German company Mindpax is also worn on the wrist. The activity sensor is part of a light, waterproof wristband. The data is transmitted via Bluetooth to the app 'Mindpax.me'. From the mobile application the data is sent via internet to a secure database for activity and sleep classification. This personalized platform combines monitoring of biomedical data with self-reporting and supports people with severe mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.
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The MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM will offer another exciting format with the 9th MEDICA Start-up COMPETITION (November 17 at 2:00 pm Central European time) and healthcare innovations in health apps, diagnostics, robotics and AI from the start-up scene.. Among the numerous remarkable COMPETITION applications in the Health Apps segment will be Mediquo from Spain with a professional tool for communication between doctors and patients and GenuSport with a playful knee rehabilitation. In the field of diagnostics, Higo from Poland will offer tools that can be used to examine children and send the data to the doctor for diagnosis.
Artificial intelligence is being used by Evercot AI from Germany, in order to capture brain changes, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, glioma and Parkinson’s disease remotely. H Robotics from Korea has developed a device in the robotics segment that can be used for wrist, elbow, ankle and knee exercises for rehabilitation at home.