December 14-15, 2017

Medtech Impact Expo & Conference

Venetian / Palazzo Resort

Las Vegas, NV

(561) 893-8633

info@medtechimpact.com

Month: December 2016

Tarsus Medical, A Division Of Tarsus Media Group, Debuts MedTech Impact Expo & Conference, An Event That Reinforces The Critical Connection Between Technology and Healthcare

December 14, 2016 (Boca Raton, FL) –

Tarsus Medical debuted MedTech Impact Expo and Conference at A4M 24th Annual World Congress, a co-located event designed to assist healthcare practitioners and professionals better serve their patients through the use of medical technology and devices, while understanding the transformative effects of newly developed products and equipment. Speakers and sessions educated attendees on groundbreaking scientific research and education, supplemented by the most progressive equipment and medical technology.

The conference agenda included keynote speakers who discussed the multitude of ways to leverage data, manage patient privacy and security, understand legal implications, and gain insight into care collaboration software and collaborative health teams. Opening keynote speaker Richie Etwaru, Chief Digital Officer at IMS Health, lectured on the landscape of healthcare, and how to help companies stay afloat with continuous changes and advancements. Etwaru briefed attendees on the critical need for healthcare professionals to understand technology and the digital sphere, and stay current with developments in companies’ infrastructures. Skip Rizzo, Research Director at USC, addressed revolutionary advances in functional technology—specifically, clinical Virtual Reality—that can be harnessed and applied to a diverse range of clinical conditions and research questions.

Other keynote speakers included Kim Baden-Kristensen, Founder and CEO of Brain+, who presented findings on neurogaming as a tool to improve patient outcomes. Stephanie Habif, behavioral scientist and Stanford lecturer, led a panel discussion on the impact of health tools, and their success and efficacy in effecting behavior change. Other lecturers like Reenita Das, Partner and SVP of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Frost & Sullivan, and Dr. Michael Nova, Chief Innovation Officer of Pathways Genomics, discussed the ways in which health technology wearables and machine learning can be integrated into modern medicine and healthcare.

About MedTech Impact:

The goal of MedTech Impact is to help healthcare practitioners and professionals better serve their patients through the use of technology, by utilizing devices and products that help track progress, assist with diagnoses, and ultimately support injury and disease prevention. By connecting attendees with the most recent and innovative scientific research and education, MedTech Impact envisions helping clinics, hospitals, and private practitioners protect and build the infrastructure of their practices by utilizing the most recently developed and cutting-edge devices, equipment, and technology. For more information, visit www.medtechimpact.com.

Market For Wearable Devices

A vast number of companies and businesses now offer a type of wearable advanced feature, including Philips, Bioness, Fitbit, and Apple. A report titled “The Market for Wearable Devices” profiled these industries, in addition to market drivers and benefits associated with the adoption of wearable devices in the healthcare industry. The publication differentiated products into four main market segments:

1. Lifestyle & Fitness: Most data considers this segment to be the most advanced category in the market of wearable medical devices; these products include fitness/activity/sports trackers. The idea of personal health and wellness monitoring is a primary contributor to this arena, as the line between medical and lifestyle devices is further blurred.

2. Diagnostics & Monitoring: These non-invasive devices have the potential to provide valuable and necessary health information, including glucose & cardiovascular monitoring, pregnancy/obstetrics, neurological monitoring, and devices that assist in sleep observation and support.

3. Therapeutic: These systems that monitor disease states while simultaneously tracking health activity can store data and deliver feedback therapy, representing the upcoming frontier in personalized healthcare and medicine. These products include insulin management, respiratory therapy, and pain control devices.

4. Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation: This segment of products includes body motion, wearable sensing garments, fall detection, and other devices that help prevent injury, and/or subsequently support rehabilitation.

Technological Advances Treat Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease, formally known as Diabetic Retinopathy, is a complication resulting from diabetes that affects the eyes. Caused by damage to the blood vessels of the retina—the light-sensitive tissue found at the back of the eye—diabetic retinopathy can ultimately lead to irreversible blindness. Statistics reveal that the disease will affect up to 80% of those who have had diabetes for over two decades.

While proper treatment protocols and consistent monitoring of the eyes can substantially reduce the disease’s occurrence, most medical specialists capable of early detection are not obtainable in parts of the world in which the disease is prevalent. The examination is costly, requiring highly trained specialists to interpret images and rate them for disease presence and severity, and inaccessible for most parts of the underdeveloped world.

Researchers at Google, however, have recently developed a deep learning algorithm that is capable of interpreting the signs and symptoms of diabetic eye disease in retinal photographs: potentially assisting physicians in screening more patients in settings with limited resources. These new advances have the potential to solve a host of critically important medical and healthcare problems; soon, automated screening methods for diabetic eye disease may be available to assist doctors in evaluating greater numbers of patients, and rapidly refer those with signs of disease to specialists.

Wireless & Wearable: Why Wait?

The market of wearable medical technology is one of the most rapidly growing and advancing sectors in the global marketplace, now comprised of devices that have the potential to alter and enhance lifestyle, provide diagnostic and therapeutic support, and aid in injury prevention.

These devices, which once solely focused on one single measurement (the number of steps in a day), now have the capabilities to focus on a variety of bodily measurements: heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, etc. New miniaturized sensors, wireless communication protocols, portability and data transfer abilities, are only a small sampling of the market’s proliferation.

Now valued at approximately $13.2 billion for the year of 2016, the industry of wearable technology is continuing to progress, as healthcare professionals and practitioners are concentrating on the overwhelming need to monitor diseases and aging populations. Due to the advent of new wireless and Bluetooth technologies, a quickly improving infrastructure, and a mounting patient familiarity with wireless devices, the technological advancements are being embraced by the healthcare industry. In order to engineer systems that facilitate the incorporation of wearable medical devices into patients’ and physicians’ daily routines, the marriage of medicine & IT-advancements will continue to develop and strengthen.