Trends in MIM: Vision 2030 in medical technology

Announcement: 5. Trends in Minimally Invasive Medicine

Trend topic in October: Vision 2030 for medical technology

4. June, 2019 Trends Medical Technology

The next “Trends in MIM” will take place October 24. As always, the Technische Universität Berlin and the Department of Medical Technology, WOM and Berlin partner jointly invite to an exchange between medical technology companies and medical professionals.

Following on from last year’s trend topic “Digitization in Minimally Invasive Surgery,” we want to look further and broader into the future in 2019. Miniaturization, computerization and networking as well as automation are the megatrends that should help to enable earlier and more reliable diagnoses and to lead to increasingly successful treatments with less strain on the patient and greater relief for surgeons.

Thus, learning systems will support patients and medical staff – from preventative care to diagnosis and surgical interventions to rehabilitation: In the future, for example, digital information will significantly better prepare patients for surgery and yield better surgeries as well. By combining existing global precedent data with those of the individual case, artificial intelligence will help provide a “second opinion” in differential diagnosis at the time of diagnosis. The medical technology devices involved in the process are linked more closely with the patient data. During the procedure, navigation systems support the surgeon. The physical strain on the surgeon will be reduced in the future, since Smart ORs also include individually customizable ergonomic solutions for surgeons and surgical staff.

In the important field of training and further education, 3D simulations enable better learning. Procedures can be carried out in advance and rehearsed digitally.

Thus, in addition to the medical expertise, digital competencies and the organization of data will play a special role in the future. It is highly probable that “data donation” of patients in the prevention of diseases in 2030 will be as important as organ donation in therapy.


Xenia Rabe-Lehmann

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