Having now given myself incredibly sore feet (thank heaven for good shoes) I have at last witnessed most of Medica.
The show is on such a scale that it is not realistic to be able to cover all its ground in just two days. Under normal circumstances, you wouldn’t need to because you would only really be looking at areas you specialise in, or have a specific need to research. However, I needed to get under the skin (forgive the pun) of the whole show in a relatively short space of time.
The first thing that struck me was the level of innovation in the medical field. Remember a lot of the products at the show are available now so they have already been tested and in most cases approved for clinical use. All the research currently going on, and from a lot of the people I spoke to, there is masses of it, will appear as soon as it is approved. But new usually means expensive.
What also caught my attention is how difficult it must be for managers to make important decisions on what to buy. Old established tech? New revolutionary tech? Or in some cases the highly tempting but slightly bonkers tech? It must be tough having to choose a product because you have a set budget that does not quite stretch to the shinier, newer, higher specified piece of equipment staring at you from the next stand. Especially when you know that it could positively impact the lives of your patients, not to mention the reputation of the hospital.
Across the whole gamut of new technology there are certain things that don’t change. In most cases, medical equipment has to be certified fit for medical applications. Be that drugs, surgical instruments or MRI scanners. This does give a certain amount of reassurance to managers, whatever level of budget they are spending. Especially in the case of electronic equipment, which in normal walks of life carries a expectancy of three years maximum and in many cases, a lot less.
Medical certification is designed to protect the user and, more importantly, the patient. Interestingly, it also protects the medical facility against undue levels of obsolescence which in a slightly obscure way benefits less well-off facilities by keeping them from the constant need to upgrade equipment.
At Captec all the computers we currently supply to the medical industry come designed, manufactured and delivered with very strict levels of certification in place. This offers us the opportunity to create powerful computer platforms that can fit into virtually any medical application, and in some ways help to conserve hard-fought-for budgets of all the medical facilities that purchase the equipment our platforms are embedded in.
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