Future Healthcare’s 2019 exhibition and conference boasted 350 companies showcasing their innovative advances in healthcare products and services. Held in Olympia, London last March 18-19, the event is an annual venue where companies can share to the global market their innovations.
Medical News Today attended this year’s event and shared their list of best products from the event. Among those that caught their interest are:
- Mobile Cancer Screening – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is among the top 10 causes of death, associating 1 in every 6 deaths. Efforts to improve both prevention and cure of cancer have never been as active as before. MobileODT, with headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, has developed a hand-held scanner that enables users to capture high definition images of the cervix. Coupled with the companies advance software, diagnosis becomes readily available.
- Dementia Detection – Dementia is a syndrome affecting parts of the brain associated with cognitive functions. Manifestation of the syndrome is more observed in older people. WHO cited that in 2015, the estimated cost relating to dementia is at USD 818 billion. Oxford Brain Diagnostics, through its cortical disarray measurement (CDM), believes that they can identify early manifestations of the syndrome, which can boost up prevention through a change in lifestyle. The CDM uses MRI images to identify changes in the structure of the patient’s brain.
- Companion Robots – Human beings are social creatures. It is natural that lack of companionship and interaction to other human beings results in medical conditions. Companion robots have then become an alternative source for this.
Other innovations within the healthcare industry include:
- 3D Printing – The inclusion of 3D printing in the health industry have become a game changer. Surgeons can better explain to their patients the anatomy of body parts replacements. The US Food and Drug Administration acknowledged this and have published guidelines for manufacturers of 3D healthcare materials.
- Genomics – More and more consumers are now getting more health conscious. Understanding their genetic composition has become then in-demand service.