Smart Health (Morning)

The healthcare domain is an interesting and promising market, with advantages in both micro/nano and bio-technology being made. In addressing the high economic burden of the healthcare sector and the ageing population, the interest of both consumers and professionals in new medical devices are on the rise. This makes the healthcare domain an interesting and promising market. The Smart Health track will focus on the medical device side of the market. 

Moderator: Michael Catrysse - Televic

10:15

Sensors for medical imaging

Images are playing an important role in the diagnosis of medical problems. For non-invasive imaging 2D X-ray images and CT images are still very important and technology is making big progress during the last years both in terms of size, resolution and dynamic range.

In invasive, endoscopic techniques, the size and the resolution of the image sensor is most important as well as use in combination with high speed optics.  Due to the size reduction also 3D imaging can be envisaged,

Recently also retinal implants are coming in a stage of clinical test.  Besides of bio-compatibility also energy supply is an important factor in the design of such systems. Besides imaging devices also analytical devices (spectral information recording), are an important tool to reduce the diagnosis time and hence the patient comfort. During the presentation the performance of the image sensors and the recent trends will be discussed.

Jan Vermeiren, Business Development Manager - Caeleste
10:45

How can technology make a meaningful difference to people living with epilepsy and Parkinson’s?

In the face of an aging population with chronic conditions, there is a high pressure on healthcare systems.  Technological advancements and analytical capabilities are creating exciting opportunities to help transform health.  Patients have persistent high unmet needs and expectations regarding their quality of care. Science, technology and big data advancements offer transformational potential to more precisely understand, define and serve these patient needs.  Patients are engaging in their own care and seeking solutions that are differentiated, personalized and affordable, enabling them to live the life they choose.  Strong partnerships with a focus on the patient in the healthcare ecosystem will unlock innovation that will transform the management of care. This presentation  will address the ecosystem trends, the high unmet needs of people living with epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease, the success factors for innovation and some examples of applying technology solutions that can make a meaningful difference to patients’ lives.

Erik Janssen, Vice President Global New Patient Solutions Neurology - UCB
11:45

Future trends in medical implants : What technical capabilities are needed ?

With the combination of the tsunami of technological developments, aging population, growing life expectancy and enormous budgets being spend on healthcare,  it is estimated that many smart-technological solutions will find their way into our bodies. Micro implants being able to monitor many different chemical and physical parameters, being able to warn in an early status the “environment” of the person to take corrective action. Implants being able to communicate with each other and external systems, harvesting energy  from the body itself and even being bio-degraded when no longer needed. Although many of these futuristic visions have been proposed over the last years, they are not reality and many building blocks have yet to be developed.   Within this short talk I will highlight some developments and technical needs.

Jan Weber, Senior Research Fellow - Boston Scientific Europe
12:15

Beyond the pill solutions: a disease-driven design approach

There has been a crucial turning point within healthcare to include wearable technologies in the strive for more specialized treatments and ‘beyond the pill’ solutions. The motive is a straightforward and currently unmet need: having continuous and accurate patient feedback for medically relevant and informative disease-specific readouts that can tremendously increase the medical value of a treatment. 

Nevertheless, current devices have so far failed to fulfill the needs of patients nor have they proven a true clinical benefit. To date, one of the major challenges is the inherent tradeoff between device wearability and detection performance, due to considerations such as device size, placement or battery life. Hereto, Byteflies has developed a new and innovative design methodology that identifies the patient-specific and pathology-specific needs in an early and critical stage and translates this information in new wearable health solutions.

Hans De Clercq - CTO Byteflies

Smart health (Afternoon)

The healthcare domain is an interesting and promising market, with advantages in both micro/nano and bio-technology being made. In addressing the high economic burden of the healthcare sector and the ageing population, the interest of both consumers and professionals in new medical devices are on the rise. This makes the healthcare domain an interesting and promising market. The Smart Health track will focus on the medical device side of the market. 

Moderator: Chris de Jonghe - PMV

14:15

Enabling the health continuum through smart personal solutions

Thanks to a diverse variety of advanced scientific, technological and interoperability capabilities, health devices are evolving at this very moment into integrated solutions with increasing smartness and personalization.  Facing the health and economic challenges of our growing and aging population, the deployment of these capabilities offer excellent opportunities to expand the scope into personal health management beyond the traditional healthcare.  To realize this health continuum transformation and facilitate its up-scaling, integrated, specialized platforms are becoming available, which enable solution co-creation and facilitate a new ecosystem to develop and deploy smart personal solutions.

Mario Huyghe, CEO - Philips Belgium & Luxemburg
14:45

Wearable Smart Health devices: Two public co-creation examples

Smart Health is a strongly multi-disciplinary field.  Not many companies have the hardware, software, medical and societal knowledge to develop the right product and bring it to market. We highlight the wearable health sensors developed in two European projects: Careware (focusing on patient revalidation) and Safesens (fireman safety). The outcomes of these projects are fully integrated devices that would be much harder to develop outside a mostly non-competitive co-creation context.

Axel Nackaerts, Innovation Manager - NXP Semiconductors
15:45

Telecardiology : clinical effectiveness and implementation problems

Telecardiology is one of the domains in which e health promises to improve patients care and efficiency. Several clinical trials have been published studying the application of telemonitoring to patients with heart failure, implantable devices such as defibrillators and pacemakers, but also in secondary and even primary prevention (telerehabilitation). The results of many of these trials show that a broad application of these techniques can is warranted. In this lecture, the results in several domains will be presented, along with the barriers to implementation that clinicians experience.

Prof. Dr. Paul Dendale, Head of Cardiology Departement - Jessa Hospital
16:15

Eliminating technological and other barriers for large scale roll out of Remote Patient Monitoring

Remote patient monitoring and follow up of patients with CIEDs (Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices) has been evidence based validated to be effective, and therefore considered as a clinical standard of care by a recent guidance issued by HRS (Heart Rhythm Society). However, hospitals and specialized heart clinics in different countries are now facing various barriers to roll-out these practices on large scale. We will review some of these challenges and look at ways to support hospitals in removing these barriers.

Shahram Sharif, CEO - Lindacare

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