Aspiration and reality of digital opportunities
What added value does digitalisation bring to treatments with orthopaedic aids? This is a major theme at OTWorld 2018 that runs through the entire event.
In some organisations, digital processes such as CAD programmes, 3D printing and digital patient records have, in recent times, become part of everyday life and their efficiency and effectiveness are, indeed, greatly valued. On the other hand, their use is heavily dependent on the state of technological development and its cost-effectiveness. In order, however, not to lose sight of the quality of patient care in the progressive digitalisation, people will, at OTWorld, be identifying which digital procedures have so far shown themselves to be of benefit and what challenges there are for the future.
Digitalisation: from theory to practice
In the symposium entitled ‘Digitalisation – an assessment of practical experience for use in the practice’, participants will find answers to questions on 3D-printed prostheses, on lower limb prosthetics, on the use of CAD/CAM in the manufacture of seating orthoses, on scanning technology in the manufacture of neuromuscular corsets, on technical issues in the manufacture of shoes and on the digital process chain in the modern OT workshop in general. Subjects up for discussion in further talks will include options and limitations of brain-computer-interface controlled neuroprostheses for grasping, or the impact of robotics on rehabilitation.
3D printing: from futuristic vision to present-day fact
At the world congress, experts from the industry will be considering the latest advances in digital shaping of prostheses and orthoses. Liability issues and quality deficits will form part of the agenda, as will supply in everyday clinical practice. A further symposium will take a look at additively manufactured, specialist medical aids. Discussion will also cover certification of structural stability for individually produced, 3D-printed orthopaedic aids.
For the first time, the trade show will feature a free-access podium programme focusing on digital manufacturing (Hall 1, Stand F38). Various firms will be showcasing manufacturing software for 3D printing and holding discussions on it. Topics will also include the digital manufacture of mouldings and a 3D platform for optimum foot scanning.
Medical aids of the future: digital provision
Numerous exhibitors will be launching their new products and developments on the market exclusively via OTWorld. Linings and orthoses from 3D printers, concealed sensors in the flooring to measure gait, or scanning apps for mobile patient-data recording without a plaster impression – these and many other products, based on digital technologies, will be showcased. And firms will be offering workshops to examine, for example, how CAD/CAM programs can be adopted, or to demonstrate innovative pressure-measurement technology for movement analysis. There will also be a focus on future billing procedures.
Digitalisation in the retail health sector
For retailers, digitalisation opens up opportunities to attract customers to their sales floors and keep them there. OTWorld will be looking forward to the retail trade of tomorrow, providing practical recommendations and featuring exciting stimuli from other industries. A special show entitled ‘Pavilion of Shop Design’ includes numerous digital elements.