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10 - 13 May 2022
News Overview 11/16/20
Crisis as an Opportunity: Sector-Political Discussions at OTWorld.connect 2020

Crisis as an Opportunity: Sector-Political Discussions at OTWorld.connect 2020

At OTWorld.connect, international medical aid providers exchanged views on the sector's most pressing future issues. Besides other topics, the focus was on how to deal with the current pandemic situation. All discussion panels can be (re-)viewed free of charge in the media library.

What role does digitalisation play in quality-assured care? This question was, among others, discussed in the virtual space of OTWorld.connect 2020 by representatives of German federal politics, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO). The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people around the world think about the supply of medical aids, explained Chapal Khasnabis, Technical Officer in the Disability and Rehabilitation Team (DAR) of the Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP) Division of the WHO. It was a matter of "turning this crisis into an opportunity for the future." Telemedicine and telehealth have been in discussion for a long time. It is now necessary to use digital technologies from artificial intelligence to additive manufacturing to support the individual and local access to medical aids, especially given the contact restrictions.

Recordings Are Accessible Free of Charge

The recordings of all contributions from the sector-political forum can be viewed by registering free of charge at Already registered participants simply log in via the digital platform. The discussion rounds with international representatives of WHO and ISPO were simultaneously interpreted and are available in English.