Ottobock at OTWorld 2022: Technology that serves people
Promoting freedom of movement, quality for life and independence. Enabling people to live their lives the way they want them to. #WeEmpowerPeople. This is Ottobock's mission and the guiding theme of this year's trade fair appearance of the healthtech company at OTWorld. The leading international trade fair for technical orthopaedics and the associated World Congress will take place from 10 to 13 May 2022 in Leipzig, Germany. At its booth (Hall 5 / C18), Ottobock will be presenting novelties and innovations in three thematic areas: Prosthetics, NeuroMobility and Digital Business Solutions.
“In Leipzig, we are furthering the industry's future jointly with our partners, the O&P specialists and the medical supply companies. Orthopaedic technology goes digital. We bring digitalisation and innovative technologies to people”, says Professor Hans Georg Näder, owner and Chairman of the Board of Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA. “Technology that serves people is our ambition. More sensors, more networking, more AI.”
Experience innovations: Interactive and personal
Highlights at the booth include the 25th anniversary of the C-Leg prosthetic knee joint, the presentation of the holistic NeuroMobility treatment approach and the products and possibilities of digital workshop equipment. At the centre of the trade fair presentation is the event area. There are hourly interactive shows with demo users and experts, which can then be viewed as videos on the Ottobock homepage.
“After four years, the industry is finally coming together again. From person to person. In the past 26 months, O&P professionals all over the world have surpassed themselves in order to provide the best possible care for people despite the pandemic”, says Philipp Schulte-Noelle, CEO of Ottobock. “Now we can meet again, network and learn about the latest technologies. That's why the event forum is at the centre of our new booth.”
25 years of the C-Leg: A milestone in prosthetics
Ottobock is celebrating the anniversary and success story of the first fully microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee joint at OTWorld. Professor Näder presented the C-Leg for the first time on 10 May 1997 at the World Prosthetics Congress in Nuremberg – exactly 25 years before the opening day of OTWorld 2022. Today, the C-Leg is considered the “standard of care” in prosthetics with more than 100,000 fittings and numerous studies. “The C-Leg is a prime example of human empowerment. Cycling with the family again, strolling through the weekly market or working in the garden, the C-Leg breaks down barriers in everyday life”, says Martin Böhm, Chief Experience Officer. “It enables the small moments that many of us take for granted. And they make life wonderful.”
To mark the 25th anniversary of the mechatronic knee joint, Ottobock is launching an update of the C-Leg. This puts even more focus on the needs of users for safety and customisability. New features include stumble recovery Plus, additional settings via MyMode+, a training function, longer battery life and new design options.
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For more than 100 years, Ottobock has been developing innovative fitting solutions for people with reduced mobility. As a Human Empowerment Company, Ottobock promotes freedom of movement, quality for life and independence. This is supported by more than 8,000 employees. With innovative power, outstanding technical solutions and services in the fields of Prosthetics, Orthotics, NeuroMobility and Patient Care, they enable people in more than 130 countries to live their lives the way they want them to. As the world market leader in technical orthopaedics, the company founded in 1919 is constantly setting new standards and pushing ahead with the digitalisation of the industry – together with its partners, the medical supply companies and international research institutions. Since 2018, Ottobock has been transferring its expertise in biomechanics to exoskeletons for ergonomic workplaces. The international activities of the company are coordinated from the head office in Duderstadt (state of Lower Saxony). Ottobock has been supporting the Paralympic Games with its technical expertise since 1988.
NeuroMobility: Focus on holistic care
Another highlight at the booth is the theme world of NeuroMobility. Ottobock summarises the holistic care of patients with neurological indications under this name. Together with medical supply companies, the company creates complete solutions for better inclusion of people with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or paralysis due to stroke. This also includes the individual combination of products, for example, with functional electrical stimulation, the C-Brace orthotronic mobility system, wheelchairs and the Exopulse Mollii Suit. The suit is equipped with 58 electrodes, which are adjusted by qualified personnel using a control device. Low-frequency electrical stimulation can relax the muscles, restores the inhibited balance between muscle pairs in spasticity and reduces pain. This can have a positive effect on freedom of movement, balance, gait and quality for life, as demonstrated impressively by demo users at the booth.
Business Solutions: Straightforward and digital
The third thematic focus at the trade show will present solutions that enable orthopaedic companies to enter the field of digital patient care. An example is "iFab EasyScan", which consists of a scanner and especially developed scanning software. Application is fast and intuitive, and can be realised anywhere, such as in the hospital, thanks to the mobile scanner. Digital measurement is much more comfortable for patients than traditional plastering. The other phases in the supply chain – product modelling, ordering and production – can now also be carried out digitally, including through Ottobock iFab (service centre for individual fabrication). The first 3D-printed products have been produced there since 2021, such as MyFit TT, the new prosthetic socket for people with a transtibial amputation and MyCRO Band for helmet therapy for babies with skull deformities.
The networked digital processes enable faster treatment, freeing up resources for closer, more personal support for users. The reproducibility of a software-based 3D model is also a real advantage for O&P professionals because it ensures a consistently high quality of the devices.
To further improve procedures in orthopaedic workshops, Ottobock has developed the OrthoLean concept. Experts from the "Planning & Equipping, Materials" team help orthopaedic companies optimally coordinate their work processes, making their production more cost effective.
With innovative technologies, Ottobock not only enables users and patients to live their lives the way they want, but also gives O&P professionals access to the care standards of the future.