What new health policy issues will be raised by the corona pandemic? What are the legal requirements that I have to take into account as an actor in the healthcare system? Find out more about regulations, ordinances, certification and quality assurance and stay up to date. At virtual.MEDICA you can do this even in times of crisis!
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Guidelines for sport in times of highly infectious viral diseases and environmental pollution
virtual.MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE, 18 November 13:00 h & 19 November 15-16 h
Sport in times of highly infectious viral diseases and polluted environment will remain an issue, even if the pandemic in Europe has abated. How is the coronavirus crisis changing sport? This question will be answered by Prof. Dirk Brockmann, as keynote speaker at the virtual.MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE, which will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, 18 and 19 November 2020, as part of virtual.MEDICA.
Right at the beginning of the conference, Professor Dirk Brockmann will present infectious diseases and their consequences for professional and leisure sports from an epidemiological perspective. He works at the Humboldt University in Berlin and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), where he develops mathematical models for the COVID 19 outbreak. The RKI has been measuring the "pulse of the nation" since the beginning of April thanks to a data donation app. Brockmann was involved in its development. The idea: data from fitness wristbands and smart watches - i.e. wearables - provide clues about symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever - and faster than those affected themselves realize. With the help of the Corona data donation app, citizens can make this data available to the RKI and thus jointly implement an early warning system.
Prof. Wilhelm Bloch, head of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Sports Medicine at the Cologne Sports University, warned early on of the possible consequential damage of a coronavirus infection that could be fatal for professional athletes - and he recommended amateur athletes, especially those with symptoms, to get a proper check-up before they start playing sport again. Before resuming sport without any anamnestic evidence, a risk analysis should therefore also be carried out and documented for recreational athletes. This should include Anamnesis, contact with COVID-19 infected persons or stay in a risk area or close contact with risk persons. Only if there is no risk, sports in sports facilities or "team sports" can be permitted, taking into account the hygiene requirements. In case of doubt, tests are recommended. Bloch will then provide an update in November - after all, the situation will have developed in some direction by then. Since no comprehensive vaccination will have been carried out by then, prevention will remain an important weapon in the fight against COVID-19.
One topic that will also occupy us long after the coronavirus crisis is environmental pollution. At the end of last year, researchers from the European Environment Agency sounded the alarm: the number of premature deaths in Europe caused by air pollution appears to be higher than previously thought. Particulate matter is one of the most serious causes of cardiovascular deaths. Scientists from Münster have now determined that the consequences of air pollution reduce the average life expectancy of Europeans by 2.2 years and that cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death. The Director of Cardiology I at the Center for Cardiology of the University Medical Center Mainz, Prof. Dr. Thomas Münzel will present his findings and the conclusions he draws from them. It is possible that under certain environmental conditions sport is even more harmful than beneficial.
All contributions to the virtual.MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE, will be recorded and will be available to participants even after the conference.
For the tenth time the MEDICA TECH FORUM will take place in hall 12, stand 12F45. Numerous exhibitors and experts from the healthcare market will be presenting current, relevant topics from economy, technology, science and politics relating to medical technology. The leading industry associations SPECTARIS and ZVEI will explore with you the German and international market environment as well as the implementation of modern procedures and methods in clinical practice.
The digital hospital: integration and digitization
Whether it's process automation, robotics in the OR and nursing areas, or the digitalization of patient records - in a smart hospital, everything comes together to form a connected hospital. Find out exactly how the Smart Hospital is being developed with the help of information platforms and projects in the Topic of the Month.
You are invited to join the search for COVID-19 treatments--no lab coat or Ph.D. necessary: Anyone with a smartphone can download the app ViDok, which lets users pick from a library of molecules that might bind to key proteins on the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, and then can tweak the molecules to try to find a better fit.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is starting five new research projects that focus on the coronavirus and the search for new active ingredients. For example, the use of algorithms could ensure a more precise classification of the illness in the future.
The medical technology industry is facing major challenges due to digitalization, new manufacturing technologies and changes in the regulatory framework. In order to strengthen the innovative power of the SME-driven German medical technology industry, the BMBF joint project "EUREKA-AMeLie aims to create new opportunities for a structure for networked product development.
University of Texas at Dallas researchers have designed a wearable device that monitors sweat for biomarkers that could signal flare-ups of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A sensor in the device detects and quantifies the presence of two key biomarkers associated with inflammatory bowel disease: interleukin-1β and C-reactive protein (CRP).
In times of Corona it is more important than ever to take care of your own heart – for yourself, your relatives and the society. Because a healthy heart lowers the risk for subsequent illnesses such as high blood pressure or overweight just like for a heavy course of COVID-19. The World Heart Day on 29 September would like to draw attention to the importance of heart health.
A new study released by Houston Methodist takes researchers a significant step closer to developing a uniform, universal COVID-19 antibody test. The multicenter collaboration tested alternative ways to measure COVID-19 antibody levels that is faster and easier.
Employee safety is patient safety – this becomes clearer than ever during the Corona pandemic. It is not only about preventing infection, but also about protection from physical and mental stress. This will be highlighted on 17 September 2020 on the occasion of World Patient Safety Day.
HCA|Organoid is a new EU research project that combines single-cell profiling and organoid technology to validate organoids as faithful models of human biology. By creating well-characterized in vitro models of human organs, this resource will enable future discovery-driven and translational research on rare genetic diseases, complex multifactorial diseases, and on cancer.
Since autumn 2019, the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT coordinates the BMBF-funded ERA-NET project "NExT" that aims to detect endocrine pancreatic tumors at an earlier stage and to improve therapies in cooperation with international research partners.
A research team from the University of Jaén has patented a novel disinfectant formula that not only eliminates pathogenic bacteria, but also stops their ability to evolve genetically developing resistance against antimicrobial agents. The composition uses sustainable agents that degrade easily in the environment without harming it.
Rapid detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in about 30 seconds following the test, has had successful preliminary results in Mano Misra's lab at the University of Nevada, Reno. The test uses a nanotube-based electrochemical biosensor, a similar technology that Misra has used in the past for detecting tuberculosis and colorectal cancer as well as detection of biomarkers for food safety.
Multidisciplinary tumor boards are vital to cancer treatment plans, bringing together clinicians from different specialties to guide patient treatment and improve outcomes. However, compiling the relevant data for each case is time-consuming and requires contributions from multiple team members.
Weighted blankets are a safe and effective intervention in the treatment of insomnia, according to Swedish researchers who found that insomnia patients with psychiatric disorders experienced reduced insomnia severity, improved sleep and less daytime sleepiness when sleeping with a weighted chain blanket.
Face masks have become an important tool in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, improper use or disposal of masks may lead to "secondary transmission". A research team from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has successfully produced graphene masks with an anti-bacterial efficiency of 80%, which can be enhanced to almost 100% with exposure to sunlight for around 10 minutes.
According to ARRS' American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), artificial intelligence (AI) predictive analytics performed moderately well in solving complex multifactorial operational problems - outpatient MRI appointment no-shows, especially - using a modest amount of data and basic feature engineering.
A portable, low-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device can be safely used at bedside in complex clinical care settings to evaluate critically-ill patients for suspected stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or other neurological problems, results of a proof-of-concept study show.
A robust, low-cost imaging platform utilizing lab-on-a-chip technology created by University of California, Irvine scientists may be available for rapid coronavirus diagnostic and antibody testing throughout the nation by the end of the year.
The MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM is the innovation and networking forum for the healthcare industry and related disciplines, where international companies and start-ups present their latest insights, technologies and solutions for connected and mobile healthcare. More than 130 speakers will show which digital topics will be on the future health agenda. About 100 selected start-ups present their solutions in the MEDICA DISRUPT sessions and pitches. They will revolutionize healthcare with their breakthrough solutions.
Wednesday, 15:00 – 16:00 h
DIGITAL HEALTHCARE ACT – Improving healthcare provision through digitization and innovation
A current topic in health policy is the corona pandemic. You can find out what's new in this area in our editorial articles:
Topic of the Month
In the Intensive Care Unit: smart solutions for better care
In recent months, its central importance for the healthcare system has become more visible in the public eye due to the corona pandemic: the Intensive Care Unit. Patients who are in a critical condition due to illness, injury or surgery are cared for here by numerous high-tech devices. In addition, more digital solutions are being introduced.
Personal protective equipment: ramping up medical mask production to 50,000 pieces per day
Necessity is the mother of invention: While many companies have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, some were able to find the hidden business opportunities the unique situation has created. One example of how companies can benefit from the Covid-19 crisis is the production of medical protective gear.
epiLab: Coronavirus testing in the mobile safety laboratory
A key to preventing SARS-CoV-2 spread is frequent, comprehensive testing. This allows the early detection of infections and helps break the chain of infection. It always comes down to Coronavirus testing capacity. In Germany's southwest state of Saarland, the mobile epiLab (epidemiological laboratory) supports the search for infections lurking in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.