Optimal Care in the Age of Digitalisation - No. 1 innovation platform OTWorld 2020 presents the latest solutions
OTWorld will open its doors again from 12-15 May 2020. OTWorld takes place every two years in Leipzig and is the world's leading trade show and world congress for prosthetics, orthotics, orthopaedic footwear technology, compression therapy and individual rehabilitation technology. It brings together experts from a wide range of professions in order to constantly work towards improving orthopaedic treatment and care and thus people's quality of life. During the interdisciplinary exchange, new, indication-based care concepts will be discussed. OTWorld is going to focus on the immense expectations regarding the possibilities of digitalisation and the critical effects on the quality of care. Lectures, symposia, factory talks, exhibitor workshops, guided exhibition tours and themed special presentations offer trade visitors numerous opportunities to learn more, familiarise themselves with the latest innovative developments and exchange ideas with colleagues on pressing issues.
The complete programme will be available at the end of 2019 on the event's homepage www.ot-world.com.
In 2020, as in previous years, digitalisation will be one of the main topics at OTWorld. In 2016, the focus was on starting to understand digital processes, combined with the cautious question: "What kind of possibilities does this hold?" In 2018, the discussions focused on the meaningfulness of digitalisation: "What is possible? What isn't possible? What are the chances and risks? What is practical?" One thing has now become clear: digitalisation is not a miracle cure, but due to its great potential many areas can no longer be imagined without it. OTWorld 2020 is now turning its attention to the practical side of digitalisation with the question "What is the best way to implement digital solutions?".
"When we talk about the impact of digitalisation, we are not talking about any single area. It is all about the optimal supply of aids in their various facets, indication-based care, process and manufacturing methods, everyday work in workshops and salesrooms, interaction between network partners, the national and international development of markets and, finally, changes in job profiles," says Klaus-Jürgen Lotz, President of the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (BIV-OT). "As the world's No. 1 innovation platform, we seek, discuss and present solutions and approaches to all these issues at OTWorld," continued Lotz.
The congress will include numerous symposia and lectures that focus on digital concepts in prosthetics and orthotics and orthopaedic footwear technology, such as a symposium on digital design. In courses such as "Digital workshop processes - the paperless workshop" practical assistance is available. The trade show’s successful tour format, in which selected offers relating to all aspects of additive manufacturing are presented, will continue. Like in the previous years, the "Forum Digital Manufacture" in Hall 1 will present the latest industry developments and solutions. "It is particularly clear in the field of medical trade fairs and congresses, where Leipziger Messe plays a leading role in organising and staging, that digitalisation in the healthcare sector is opening up new national and international opportunities. OTWorld, the industry's leading event and most important innovation platform, will focus on the digital transformation in 2020. We are expecting many new products and we think that many of the presented innovations will be digital," says Martin Buhl-Wagner, Managing Director of Leipziger Messe.
An Interdisciplinary Approach Is a Must - At the Exhibition and at the Congress
Even and especially in the age of digitalisation, quality-oriented optimal care of people by an interprofessional team and the associated individualised production and adaptation of medical aids is the focus. Care is becoming increasingly complex, both medically and in terms of medical aids. This demands that the disciplines grow together and understand each other more than ever before. At OTWorld, this necessary interdisciplinarity is reflected in the wide range of products and services presented at the exhibition and at the congress.
OTWorld visitors have been able to gain practical insights into the multifaceted benefits of rehabilitation technology at the Technical Forum for Rehabilitation since 2012. The importance of interaction within the care team forms a fundamental part of this year's theme: "People with Cerebral Palsy". Cerebral palsy (CP) is the term used to describe movement disorders caused by early childhood brain damage. In the Technical Forum for Rehabilitation, different phases of a CP patient's life, and therefore the different aids he or she needs from childhood to adulthood, are to be presented as a route through life with the respective care spectrum at individual stations. The Technical Forum for Rehabilitation in 2020 will be organised in cooperation with the concept partner rehaKind.
In 2020, the OTWorld congress presidency will be held for the first time by an orthopaedic technician as well as by a physician. The new dual leadership team consists of Prof Dr Christoph Josten, Managing Director of the Clinic for Orthopaedics, Trauma Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the University Hospital Leipzig and Master Orthopaedic Technician Michael Schäfer, Managing Director of Pohlig GmbH and Chairman of the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (BIV-OT).
OTWorld presents itself as a global platform for the entire care team. This interdisciplinary approach, together with a more international outlook, is also reflected in the congress programme. The new format "Interdisziplinäre Leuchttürme weltweit" (Global Interdisciplinary Leaders) will present international best-practice examples for optimal care by a care team. Topics include advanced upper limb prosthetics, scoliosis and club-foot treatment.
Growing Importance of the Healthcare Supplies Shop
The healthcare supplies shop will be given considerably more attention at OTWorld 2020. In addition to the engagement of the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology as OTWorld's conceptual partners, the active involvement of the trade associations of the state guilds now also demonstrates the importance of OTWorld. At the request of the trade associations, a separate meeting place for the employees of healthcare supplies shops will be set up for the first time at the BIV-OT trade fair stand. OTWorld is the most important platform for representing the interests of the healthcare supplies shop. In addition to imparting professional know-how, the training programme, which focuses on optimal indication-based care, also takes into account topics such as process management in the medical supplies store and integrated digitalisation - from internal and external communication to billing and logistics. Other topics in the area of care competence include the increased demands placed on sales personnel. First contact with the customer means that in-depth specialist knowledge and a pronounced advisory competence are becoming increasingly important.
Young International Professionals from the Industry at OTWorld
The Youth.Academy TO is an interdisciplinary initiative to promote young talent in prosthetics and orthotics. The Youth.Academy TO has become a fixture of OTWorld and will take place for the fifth time in 2020 as part of the world's largest industry meeting. During the OTWorld trade show years, the Academy provides a large number of participants the opportunity of further training adapted to their own level and networking opportunities. In 2018, around 550 trainees and students from the fields of prosthetics and orthotics, orthopaedic footwear technology, physiotherapy and medicine from seven countries took part in the Youth.Academy.
NEW and Parallel to OTWorld: The TAR Conference
The TAR Conference (Technically Assisted Rehabilitation) is a European forum that presents and discusses the latest technical innovations in rehabilitation. Parallel to OTWorld 2020, the TAR Conference will be held from 14 - 15 May 2020. Visitors, exhibitors and congress speakers at both events will have a global and unique overview of the latest technological innovations in rehabilitation. This parallel conference will be an exciting addition to OTWorld.
The International Trade Show and the World Congress OTWorld represent a unique offering for orthopaedic technicians, orthopaedic shoemakers, rehabilitation technicians, therapists and doctors, engineers, medical supplies retailers and staff of health insurance companies and healthcare funding organisations. In 2018 OTWorld attracted 21,400 visitors from over 90 countries and 570 exhibitors from 43 nations. The World Congress had 320 speakers from 32 countries. The steering organisation for OTWorld is the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (Bundesinnungsverband für Orthopädie-Technik). The OTWorld brand is owned by Confairmed GmbH, who also organise the Congress. Leipziger Messe GmbH is responsible for the trade show.
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