Key themes for 2018: Digitalisation & Evidence
Planning for the congress is now well under way. The initial major topics were set out at the meeting of the Programme Committee last October.
In preparation for the up-coming World Congress at OTWorld, the interdisciplinary Programme Committee has now agreed the core themes and structure for the Congress. In 2018, the Congress Programme will again offer, every day, a comprehensive and practically based series of programme items and discussion formats, to encourage exchanges of views and experiences. The e-Poster exhibition will be extended and, by including short talks, too, will find its way into the day-to-day Congress Programme. Thematic highlights will be created each day by the top-flight keynote speakers.
Issues relating to the use of evidence and digitalisation in treatments using mechanical aids will come under particular scrutiny at the next event. Because of these influences, the entire healthcare system is facing a radical change, which is also impacting on orthopaedic technology. We were already discussing future-proof procedures in the manufacture of prostheses and orthoses at the last OTWorld. As Dr. (med.) Urs Schneider, from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA), explained in his keynote address Opportunities and challenges in the manufacture of the orthopaedic technology of tomorrow: “Lots of people are working on making information available in real time and this means that linking human beings, objects and systems is, in principle, a possibility.” This, he suggested, will, at the end of the day, have implications that orthopaedic technology, too, will have to concern itself with. Both at the World Congress and in the international trade fair, OTWorld will, under the overall notion of Orthopaedics 4.0, throw the spotlight on important developments, trends and challenges for orthopaedic technology tomorrow.