In the Land of the Rising Sun
From 5 to 8 october, Japan was a centre of international experts of prosthetics and orthotics. The team of OTWorld took part.
After six years away, the World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics' (ISPO) was hosted in Asia, once again providing a unique opportunity for global exchange in the field of assistive technology in the region. The venue was Kobe, Japan. Japan is the world's second largest market for medical products and services. The Japanese healthcare system is considered highly innovative but depends heavily on imports (49 per cent), which also includes orthopaedic aids such as prostheses and orthoses. For four days, from 5th to 8th October, Kobe was a centre for international experts who, under the slogan of "Basics to Bionics", reflected the breadth of the rehabilitation field and assistive technology. Exhibitors from all over the world, including many market leaders, presented their products and services with a special focus on the emerging South-east Asian markets. Delegates from more than 100 countries, including Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan, as well as emerging countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia and Malaysia, attended the conference.
OTWorld Team on the go
The OTWorld team was represented by a trade fair stand and expanded its international contacts with industry associations and experts in Kobe. Exchange and cooperation between ISPO International and OTWorld continued to gain momentum: The new international format, "OTWorld Congress P&O Insights", became part of the World Congress for the first time. Organised by Confairmed GmbH, the symposium on "Quality standards in upper and lower limb prosthetics: a new way towards structured fitting processes" took place on 5 October 2019. Under the new label, the OTWorld globally presented symposia with notable speakers and a strong focus on practical relevance in patient care. Another innovation was the international congress edition of the "HowToTreat" magazine, which was published in collaboration between ISPO International and the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology.