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.
Sharing information about the expected effect of a health app before its use and providing positive feedback regarding its effectiveness after its use have the potential to strengthen the placebo effect.
Is the tissue healthy or pathologically altered? Is the antibiotic effective against a certain bacterium or is the bacterium resistant to it? Raman spectroscopy can help to answer such questions quickly and precisely. However, one challenge for the use of the light-based analysis method in everyday clinical practice is that the results can be highly sensitive to the measurement conditions.
Colorectal cancer screening rates jumped by more than 1,000 percent when researchers sent take-at-home tests to patients overdue for testing at a community health center that predominantly serves people of color.
A new online dashboard, created by NYU Professor Alexej Jerschow, brings together COVID-19 data from U.S. states and countries around the world to compare cases, deaths, vaccines, and testing in a visual, user-friendly format.
Everyone knows it, everyone has heard of it: cancer. It is still one of the most common causes of death. Every year on 4 February, the World Cancer Organisation draws attention to this issue with World Cancer Day. By providing information, it gives hope to sufferers and non-affected people on how to take preventive action against the disease.
Mount Sinai researchers have published one of the first studies using a machine learning technique called "federated learning" to examine electronic health records to better predict how COVID-19 patients will progress. The study was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research - Medical Informatics.
Prof. Volker Busskamp from the University of Bonn has received a "Proof of Concept Grant" worth 150,000 euros from the European Research Council (ERC). He and his team are working at the Eye Clinic of the University Hospital Bonn on a technology to rapidly program human stem cells to photoreceptor for retinal research and treating blindness in the future.
A new, highly accurate COVID-19 test is being trialed at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Virus Hunter 6 (VH6) has been developed by Lancaster University in partnership with Brunel University London and the University of Surrey in collaboration with commercial partner Vidiia Ltd.
A product design graduate from the University of Huddersfield has defeated thousands of entries from around the world to become one of the finalists of the 2020 Global Grad Show with their design for a discrete earring that monitors blood sugar levels and delivers feedback in real-time.
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.