MEDICA 2008 opens its doors
When from 19 to 22 November the world's largest medical fair takes place in Dusseldorf, the entire city is in a kind of emergency state: hotels are bustin' out of their seams, traffic periodically comes to a standstill and at night exhibitors and visitors alike crowd the narrow streets of the Altstadt and the fancy hotel bars and enjoy whatever entertainment North Rhine-Westphalia's capital has to offer.
A major focus of this year’s MEDICA will be the ever increasing efforts to link all players in the healthcare system into one tightly knit network provided by medical IT, be it through electronic patient records, telemedicine applications or remote monitoring of chronically ill patients. In the medical technology sector the attention will center on compact devices - devices which offer smaller footprint, enhanced performance and more functionalities.
The programme will be complemented by many special shows under the MEDICA roof, for example MEDICA MEDIA (telemedicine / hall 16), MEDICA VISION (presentations by research institutions / hall 3) und the Physiotherapy Forum (hall 4), which in the course of the years have developed into MEDICA pillars. In previous years, the MEDICA Congress attracted 10,000 participants, and the German Hospital Conference is the country’s leading event for hospital decision makers. In 2008, the German Hospital Conference will look at “the price of quality”: “Insufficient hospital financing as far as both operations and capital investments are concerned will be the topic of our opening discussion on Wednesday at 10 am,” says Gerd Norden, managing director of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Krankenhaustag (GDK). “Throughout the four-day programme, physicians, administrators, owners, technicians, IT experts, financial controllers and nursing staff will find a wealth of information regarding their particular disciplines.”
State-of-the-art hi-tech will be starring at Compamed 2008, the international lead fair for medical suppliers, which takes place at the same time as MEDICA. The comprehensive range of hi-tech solutions presented at Compamed is geared to those involved in developing and manufacturing medical-technology products. New materials and components, preliminary products, packaging solutions and services are showcased, as are complex micro-systems and one-stop shopping contract manufacturing solutions. 519 exhibitors from 30 countries are set to crack last year’s record and continue the growth in halls 8a and 8b.
The trade fairs in the Düsseldorf trade fair centre are open every day from 10 am to 6:30 pm.
For further information please visit www.medica.de
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