Medical devices

Events

2013

Second WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices, 22-24 November 2013, Geneva Switzerland

The Second Global Forum, organized by the medical devices unit of WHO, will provide the global medical devices community with a forum to share best practices, challenges and updates on progress in assessment, development, management and regulations since the First Global Forum in Bangkok in 2010, where stakeholders from 107 countries participated. The Forum will also address the development of lists of medical devices by clinical intervention and disseminate information about innovative, appropriate, and affordable devices for low resource settings. The conference will allow other stakeholders from academia, international organizations, industry, NGOs, and end users to share their experiences and challenges in providing access to medical devices in accordance with the 60.29 resolution of 2007.

Equip’aid: Sharing for Better Healthcare,
19-20 November 2013, Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France

Equip’aid will be the first international conference to explore the role of international aid in medical device distribution (via medical equipment donations and support projects). Equip’aid will feature contributions from a diverse group of stakeholders of medical equipment support projects, including international policymaking and funding agencies, government representatives, health facility managers from donor and recipient countries, researchers, staff of NGOs involved in such projects, and equipment manufacturers and distributors, among others. Topics of discussion will include the relationship of donations to the context of the WHO Global Initiative on Health Technologies, logistic and training, and research direction and challenges. The meeting is jointly organized by Humatem, the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE) and the French Hospital Federation (FHF), and it will be complementary to the Second WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices. Attendees from each event are highly encouraged to attend the other.

Third Global Health Forum on Human Resources for Health, 10-13 November 2013, Recife, Brazil

The Third Global Health Forum on Human Resources for Health will be a joint effort of Global Health Workforce Alliance (WHO), the government of Brazil, and PAHO. The programme events will attempt to address from several angles the human resource crisis plaguing the health sectors in many countries. It will update the outcomes of the first two global forums in the new context surrounding the transition to the post-2015 policy environment. Outside of the main forum, additional opportunities for exchange will take place through side events, field visits, and a marketplace.

2013 IEEE Healthcare Innovation Conference (HIC), 6-9 November 2013, Palo Alto, CA, USA

The Healthcare Innovation Conference (HIC) is a meeting of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. This conference is intended to focus specifically on healthcare-relevant innovations and opportunities/challenges in improving the process of innovation. The second annual HIC will feature talks and exhibits by policymakers, engineers and health care professionals as well as members of industry.

2013 Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), 20-23 Oct 2013, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

GHTC 2013 follows the theme of “Technology for the benefit of humanity” and will convene a wide audience to discuss the use of technology in health care and other sectors for the development of humanitarian solutions and innovations. Members of the medical devices community will find value in the events under the “Health, Medical Technology, and Telemedicine” topic.

MEDICON 2013: XIII Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, 25-28 September 2013, Seville, Spain

MEDICON is a regional conference of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering. The meeting is held every three years, and in 2013 its theme is “Research and Development of Technology for Sustainable Healthcare.” The event will feature keynote and invited speakers addressing applications of specific technologies as well as different elements of the medical device design and development process

35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMB), 3-7 July 2013, Osaka, Japan

The Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society of IEEE is the professional organization dedicated to the advancement of biomedical engineering. Their annual meeting is attended from engineers from around the world and others with connections to the field. This event featured numerous discussions of the advances in the major areas of bioengineering and biomedical engineering.

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 2013 High Level Segment, 1-4 July 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

ECOSOC’s 2013 high-level segment featured the Annual Ministerial Review, entitled “Science, technology and innovation, and the potential of culture, for promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” as well as several related keynotes, panel discussions, and debates. The government of Thailand hosted a side meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), in which the WHO Medical Devices unit participated by disseminating information and prompting discussion about the role of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in achieving UHC.

International Hospital Federation - 38th World Hospital Congress, 18-20 Jun 2013, Oslo, Norway

The International Hospital Federation is an international NGO representing healthcare organizations around the world. It aims to promote the spread of knowledge and country experience in order to improve health management practice. The 38th World Hospital Congress, entitled “Future Healthcare,” was a meeting of clinicians and policymakers from 42 countries. The WHO Director General addressed the forum and encouraged both the exploration of technological possibilities for the future of the hospital and the acknowledgment of the great inequalities that exist despite current capabilities. Adriana Velazquez Berumen, coordinator of the WHO Medical Devices Unit also made a presentation at this event.

10th HTAi Annual Meeting, 15-16 Jun 2013, Seoul, Korea

Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) is an international forum of organizations and individuals involved or interested in the practice and methods of Health Technology Assessment (HTA). This meeting featured discussions on new applications of HTA, methodological issues and implications of HTA for policy and decision-making. WHO hosted a roundtable on the role of HTA in achieving Universal Health Coverage. Adriana Velazquez Berumen, coordinator of the WHO Medical Devices Unit made a presentation at this event.

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Annual Conference and Expo, 1-3 Jun 2013, Long Beach, CA

AAMI’s annual meeting brings together biomedical and clinical engineers, technicians, and IT and management specialists. The event featured educational sessions on topics relevant to health technology management as well as an expo allowing attendees to browse new and upcoming technologies.

14th World Congress of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB), 2-5 May 2013, São Paulo, Brazil

The World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) is an NGO and the global organization for professionals and researchers in the field of diagnostic ultrasound. The 14th World Congress, in conjunction with the XVI Congress of the Latin American Federation for Ultrasound, was hosted by the Radiological and Diagnostic Imaging Society of São Paulo. The event featured discussions on specific topics in imaging as well as management and emergencies.

Design of Medical Devices Conference, 8-11 Apr 2013, Minneapolis, MN, USA

This meeting is a joint effort between the University of Minnesota and the Institute for Engineering in Medicine. It discussed medical device design in the context of specific areas such as artificial organs, biomaterials, drug delivery, and prosthetics/orthotics. Specific techniques such a virtual prototyping and broader topics such as entrepreneurship and innovation were also addressed. Dr. Adriana Velazquez-Berumen gave a featured presentation on “Need for Appropriate, Affordable, and Safe Medical Devices”

International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF), 19-21 Mar 2013, Nice, France

The IMDRF is a global collaboration of medical device regulators working towards individual progress and regulatory harmonization. Their biannual meetings feature working sessions on pending international legislation, validation of international standards, discussion of developments in individual countries, and review of regulation-relevant development on specific devices. Participants included regulators from nine member countries, and WHO attended this meeting as an official observer.

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition, 3 - 7 Mar 2013, New Orleans, USA

HIMSS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of using information technology and management systems to improve health care service delivery. This annual conference addresses the challenges faced in specific areas of the health sector, including clinical and business intelligence, clinical engineering, mobile health, RFID, nursing informatics, IT ventures, and health IT education. The 2013 conference in particular offered an innovation symposium, a Global Health Forum, hands-on workshops, online simulcast sessions, and continuing education opportunities.

Ministerial Meeting on Achieving Universal Health Coverage, 18 February 2013, Geneva Switzerland

This meeting of officials from the ministries of health and finance in 27 countries featured discussions on individual progress toward universal health coverage. WHO organized the meeting jointly with the World Bank in the wake of UNGA’s adoption of a resolution encouraging the pursuit of universal health coverage.

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