Save the date: October 01, 2019, Healthcare and Photonics Workshops during Photonics Applications Week

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Save the date: October 01, 2019, Healthcare and Photonics Workshops during Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Find more about Healthcare and Photonics Workshops: https://www.healthtechevent.com/

Find more about Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week): https://phappsweek.com/

Host your own event: https://phappsweek.com/host-your-own-event/

Photonics is a key enabler for Health care

Biophotonics is a new and fast growing discipline in the health care and life sciences industry. Biophotonics studies the interaction between light and human tissue. Using multiband photonic and spectroscopic methods it is able to analyze cells and tissues by the way these living structures absorb, reflect and scatter light. This can be used to diagnose and treat diseases ranging from cancer to strokes and Alzheimer’s.

The benefits of photonics in health care are plentiful. The technology is non-invasive and has no adverse side effects, as it only deploys a light beam for diagnosis and treatment. Medical devices based on photonics technology are small and easy to handle, making the treatment highly portable. Last but not least, the cost of photonics treatment is low.

In the following health care fields is photonics technology especially promising:

Preclinical research & diagnosis
Because of its high resolution and three dimensional imaging biophotonics allows a more holistic understanding of the process by which diseases originate and progress in the human body. This knowledge could help to detect and cure diseases even before macroscopic symptoms are revealed.

Oncology
Early detection of cancer is crucial for effective treatment. For most cancers screening is ineffective, unpleasant (like colonoscopy) or simply impossible. Photonics is able to detect tumors with much more accuracy and speed and at lower costs. Photonics can also be applied in a surgical microscope or endoscope to precisely assess the degeneration of cancer tissue and offer treatments based on light to eliminate cancerous tissues.

Breath analysis
Exhaled breath contains thousands of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), that act as valuable biomarkers showing metabolic processes within a patient’s cells and tissues. Current breath biopsy analysis requires large and unwieldly equipment, that is expensive and intrusive for the patient. Photonics can make these systems much more compact so that VOC analysis could be done with a hand-held device, at much lower energy consumption and lower manufacturing costs.

Infectious diseases
Photonics is able to rapidly identify pathogens after an infection. Clinicians are already working with a mobile phone-based fluorescence imager that detects bacteria in infected wounds. The imager guides the clinician to areas that require decontamination prior to bandaging.

Neuro-monitoring and imaging
Because of its non-invasive nature photonics technology is very well suited to monitor the human brain, in particular in vivo imaging and neuro-monitoring. In this way stroke and brain injuries can be better diagnosed and treated. Photonics can also shed further light on neurovascular coupling in Alzheimer’s disease. Because of its lower cost photonics is well suited for scientific studies in healthy populations to help understand brain development and healthy ageing.

The Health Tech event consists of several workshops where endusers and suppliers will meet and discuss what is needed for Health Care and how photonics can support this.

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Photonics in Health Care – Application areas

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Photonics in Health Care – Application areas

Biophotonics is a new and fast growing discipline in the health care and life sciences industry. Biophotonics studies the interaction between light and human tissue. Using multiband photonic and spectroscopic methods it is able to analyze cells and tissues by the way these living structures absorb, reflect and scatter light. This can be used to diagnose and treat diseases ranging from cancer to strokes and Alzheimer’s.

The benefits of photonics in health care are plentiful. The technology is non-invasive and has no adverse side effects, as it only deploys a light beam for diagnosis and treatment. Medical devices based on photonics technology are small and easy to handle, making the treatment highly portable. Last but not least, the cost of photonics treatment is low.

Researchers have identified several health care fields where biophotonics technology is especially promising: Continue reading “Photonics in Health Care – Application areas”

Big data for healthcare: more than a promise – Presented by Herman Bennema, Vektis

Herman Bennema

Big data for healthcare: more than a promise – Presented by Herman Bennema, Vektis, at the Health Tech Event, on January 31, 2018, at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands. Read the interview.

The presentation shows the actual and near future possibilities of big data analytics in heathcare based on administrative data Continue reading “Big data for healthcare: more than a promise – Presented by Herman Bennema, Vektis”

How the social robots can play role in the spectrum of innovative healthcare? – Presented by Amit Kumar Pandey, SoftBank Robotics

Amit Kumar Pandey

How the social robots can play role in the spectrum of innovative healthcare? – Presented by Amit Kumar Pandey, SoftBank Robotics, at the Health Tech Event, on January 31, 2018, at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands. Read the interview.

Never before in the history of robotics, social robots have been so close to us, in our society. We are ‘evolving’, so as our society, lifestyle and the needs. AI and Robotics together are converging towards creating a smarter, happier and healthier eco-system of living. The first part of the talk will reinforce that such social robots have a range of potential societal applications in healthcare and therapy, and that as a robotics industry, SoftBank Robotics’ R&D and Innovation is around the centrality of wellbeing of people. The second part will present the feedback and needs from the real users, and will highlighting some of the immediate R&D directions. The talk will conclude with some open challenges ahead, including social and ethical issues and emphasize on the greater need of a bigger and multidisciplinary effort. Continue reading “How the social robots can play role in the spectrum of innovative healthcare? – Presented by Amit Kumar Pandey, SoftBank Robotics”

New technologies can influence rehabilitation of patients as we know it today – Lieven De Maesschalck, Mobilab

Lieven De Maesschalck

New technologies can influence rehabilitation of patients as we know it today – Lieven De Maesschalck, Mobilab

Lieven De Maesschalck is a registered nurse & Master in Nursing science. As Innovationmanager, he is responsible for Mobilab, a multidisciplinary centre of expertise, conducting applied research into wellbeing and technology connected to the university college Thomas More Kempen. He is doing research for at least 20 years. On January 31, 2018, he will speak about The impact of exoskeleton use for patients at the Health Tech Event in Maastricht.

What drives you?

Patientdriven: Always looking for innovation for the individual person. Technology must be supportive for the person. Continue reading “New technologies can influence rehabilitation of patients as we know it today – Lieven De Maesschalck, Mobilab”

Emersion of data analytics has greatest potential to individualize therapy – Alexander König, Reactive Robotics

König Reactive Robotics

Emersion of data analytics has greatest potential to individualize therapy – Alexander König Reactive Robotics

Alexander is founder and CEO of Reactive Robotics. He is a frequent speaker at innovation events in the fields of robotics and medical-technology, holds several patents and published over 30 scientific articles in the field of technology-assisted motor-rehabilitation. On January 31, 2018, he will speak about Intelligent robotics for Very Early Mobilization of Intensive Care Patients at Health Tech Event at MECC Maastricht.

What drives you? Continue reading “Emersion of data analytics has greatest potential to individualize therapy – Alexander König, Reactive Robotics”

Digital Health Accelerator Program by Rockstart

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Health Tech Event‘s partner, Rockstart Digital Health, announces applications open for its accelerator program.

As a part of our network, we think this might be interesting for you.

Applications are open for Rockstart Digital Health. The 6-month program held in Nijmegen provides an unparalleled access to the healthcare ecosystem, capital, coaching and investors for entrepreneurs who are looking to change the way things are done in healthcare. Continue reading “Digital Health Accelerator Program by Rockstart”

Technology and care: the impact of use of exoskeleton for patients – Presented by Lieven De Maesschalck, Mobilab

Lieven De Maesschalck

Technology and care: the impact of use of exoskeleton for patients – Presented by Lieven De Maesschalck, Mobilab, at the Health Tech Event, on January 31, 2018, at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands. Read the interview

The presentation with give an overview about the use of exoskeletons for patients. As introduction we start with a short description about the to walk again foundation, founded in 2003 by paraplegic former Iron Man triathlon champion Marc Herremans and his coach. His mission was to make disability sports & related rehabilitation services accessible to all. “Getting human capital out of their wheelchairs” “Because inactivity paralyzes both mind and body”. So now we are taking the next step: TWA-Post Rehabilitation Centres. An initiative by the To Walk Again Foundation, Orthopedie Van Haesendonck, AZ Herentals and Mobilab@ThomasMore. With this brand new initiative we want to set the standard for accessible, stimulating and progressive post-rehabilitation services through sports and exercise – pairing medical technology with expert medical and academic support. This presentation will give an overview of the activities already done and planned. This lecture gives information over the impact of the use  off exoskeloton on Qualitiy of Live and this in a two years follow-up study. There will be also a demo with the exoskeleton. Continue reading “Technology and care: the impact of use of exoskeleton for patients – Presented by Lieven De Maesschalck, Mobilab”

International privacy regulation: Compliance officers react extremely defensive – Herman Bennema, Vektis

Herman Bennema

International privacy regulation: Compliance officers react extremely defensive – Herman Bennema, Vektis

Herman Bennema is CEO of Vektis, the leading healthcare information provider in the Netherlands. Mr Bennema is an experienced executive with an inherent strength of improving businesses based on analytical insight. Under his leadership, Vektis evolved from an organization focused on collecting healthcare claims-data to an information provider for the entire healthcare system in the Netherlands. Prior to Vektis, Mr Bennema was boardmember of Solera Netherlands, specializing in automobile related claims. Herman started his career as a technical officer in the Royal Netherlands Airforce after finishing his education at the Royal Military Academie. He also holds a graduate degree in business economics. Herman Bennema will speak on Jan 31, at Health Tech Event in Maastricht, about Big data for healthcare. Continue reading “International privacy regulation: Compliance officers react extremely defensive – Herman Bennema, Vektis”