Focus on medtech in Europe during ‘MedTech Week’ 19-23 June.
It is the third year now that we take a dedicated week in June to debate with our partners across Europe the value of medical technology for patients, healthcare systems and society at large. I am more than excited about the high level of engagement and interest that the ‘MedTech Week’ receives from industry and stakeholders who use, regulate, evaluate and purchase the products, services and solutions our sector provides.
The ‘MedTech Week’ takes place from 19 to 23 June and is part of a wider initiative to illustrate what medical technology is all about. In a joint effort, national medtech trade associations and companies across European member states and beyond come together and encourage stakeholders to get to know our sector and what it delivers. We are proud about the products and solutions that save and improve hundreds of thousands of lives of people day by day and we are committed to understand and embrace tomorrow’s healthcare needs with the same passion.
Throughout the week, a wide range of activities will take place. These will be fun and engaging, but also informative and thought-provoking. Have a look at what is happening in your country here. You will find conferences and workshops with national and local policy-makers, radio and television debates, quizzes, social media buzz, career days, employees’ trainings, roadshows, photo exhibitions and much more. Companies are also opening the doors to their manufacturing sites for visitors to explore the thinking behind medical technologies. Follow the #MedTechWeek on your social media channels for live updates!
Our industry understands the stringent need for healthcare systems to spend available budgets wiser. Modern diagnostic tests, medical devices and services can contribute significantly to improve outcomes for patients and to address waste in the system. We are convinced that more timely and accurate diagnosis, identifying best treatment options, improving care processes, less invasive procedures, more homecare solutions, and self-management support are all part of the solution to allow people to live longer, healthier lives.
Success of ‘MedTech Week’ for us will be if we can generate dialogue. We might not always agree amongst different healthcare stakeholders about what the best solution is or what we really need in order to address the acute health challenges ahead of us. But I truly believe that the way forward can only lie in close collaboration, in talking more to each other, in understanding each other better and in jointly exploring new ways of delivering healthcare more efficiently and to people’s needs. We need to think and act holistically – across patient pathways, across disciplines, across silo budgets.
I hope MedTech Week will inspire you to explore more about medical technologies and our industry. So, mark your agendas and join in on 19-23 June!