World Meeting of O&P in Leipzig
OTWorld with more international exhibitors and speakers
OTWorld's international trade show and world congress will occupy three exhibition halls covering a total of 50,000 square metres at the Leipziger Messe from 15 to 18 May 2018. More than 21,000 experts from orthopaedic and rehabilitation technology, orthopaedic footwear technology/ pedorthics, medicine and therapy are expected. Of the 570 [2016: 542] exhibitors, 53 per cent [2016: 48 per cent] come from abroad. In addition to all market leaders in the sector, numerous start-ups will be represented. They will use the world's largest industry meeting place to establish new networks in the market for orthopaedic aids. At the World Congress, around 320 international experts from 32 countries will speak on progressive care concepts or political challenges. The core theme of OTWorld is the cooperation of all professional groups involved in care. One of the highlights is the increasing digitalisation.
"Innovative strength and internationalism are the buzzwords that OTWorld, as the world's largest industry meeting place, will once again be demonstrating this year", explains Martin Buhl-Wagner, Managing Director of Leipziger Messe. "I am particularly pleased that we have been able to welcome more exhibitors than ever before, thus continuing the success story of OTWorld in Leipzig." 570 exhibitors from 43 countries will come to OTWorld this year. Among them are not only the market leaders, but also numerous young companies. Digitisation is particularly popular with many companies. As technology advances, the supply of medical devices is increasingly influenced by digital innovations - be it 3D printing, modern scanning methods or software to increase the effectiveness of supply processes.
Focus is on the quality of care
However, the quality of care must also be kept in mind with the innovative power. "Demographic change presents technical orthopaedics with great challenges. The number of patients that we have to treat with medical aids will increase significantly in the coming years," emphasises Klaus-Jürgen Lotz, President of the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (BIV-OT) and representative of the conceptual partner of OTWorld. "Our hospitals already supply more than 20 million members of the statutory health insurance funds (GKV) with aids ranging from bandages to high-tech prostheses - that's over a quarter of all GKV policyholders". In addition, there are the repercussions of the widespread diabetes type 2 disease with more amputations and the lack of exercise in children, which promotes the development of poor posture. These trends were not only evident in Europe, but worldwide.
"In parallel, our sector has to deal with digitisation, one of the biggest technological upheavals," says Lotz. "We must face up to the opportunities that these new technologies offer us, and examine and exploit the opportunities. From measuring and from production to adaptation and fitting, digital technology will lead new ways. The same applies to the consultation and care of patients as well as the handling of care. OTWorld gives an extensive insight again." The central question should not be "whether we are moving from the exoskeleton to the cyborg," emphasises Lotz: "We should concentrate on our main task: improve care for those affected, maintain or improve their mobility and quality of life".
Interprofessional knowledge transfer at the World Congress
Technical orthopaedics provides care at the interface between man and technology. The quality of care is decisively influenced by the professional exchange between orthopaedic technicians and physicians.
"It has become clear since the turn of the millennium that it is not a good X-ray, but rather the quality of life of the patient that is the success parameter of every orthopaedic treatment," emphasises Congress President Prof. Dr. Volker Bühren. "As a result, physicians inevitably came into increased contact with therapists in physiotherapy or occupational therapy as well as with orthopaedic technicians. The importance of the provision of aids and conservative therapy was imperatively communicated through these specialist areas. The development of the World Congress and the success of OTWorld demonstrate the importance of inter-professional and interdisciplinary exchange at eye level." In addition to the German Congress for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery (DKOU) and the Congress of the Association of Southern German Orthopaedists and Trauma Surgeons (VSOU), OTWorld has become the most important conservative congress for physicians, says Prof. Bühren.
This year, in addition to simultaneous translation into German and English, the World Congress will offer symposia in Spanish for the first time. This underlines its international orientation. Thus, the programme committee, which conceived the contents of the world congress under the direction of Bühren, is internationally staffed and interdisciplinary with specialised surgeons, orthopaedists and also with orthopaedic technicians and shoemakers.
Last but not least, OTWorld has proven itself as a successful network platform for all those involved in the supply of aids. For the President of Congress, therefore, it has been decided: "OTWorld is an example for many other medical care topics that also require network solutions for comprehensive processing. I understand the term network primarily in the social context of getting to know each other personally and experiencing other approaches and technology. OTWorld is also distinguished by its worldwide internationality, which has been cultivated and grown over many years."
The International Trade Show and the World Congress OTWorld represent a unique offering for orthopaedic technicians, orthopaedic shoemakers, rehabilitation technicians, therapists and doctors, engineers, medical supplies retailers and staff of health insurance companies and healthcare funding organisations. In 2018 OTWorld attracted 21,400 visitors from over 90 countries and 570 exhibitors from 43 nations. The World Congress had 320 speakers from 32 countries. The steering organisation for OTWorld is the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (Bundesinnungsverband für Orthopädie-Technik). The OTWorld brand is owned by Confairmed GmbH, who also organise the Congress. Leipziger Messe GmbH is responsible for the trade show.
Ms Karoline Nöllgen
Phone: +49 341 678 6524
Fax:: +49 341 678 166524
Pressesprecherin BIV, Bundesinnungsverband für Orthopädie-Technik
Ms Kirsten Abel
Phone: +49 231 557050-27