This year, the COMPAMED Innovation Forum was dedicated to the topic of "High-tech support for dementia patients" and presented how intelligent medical technology can help to better solve fundamental problems in the area of "care" in the future.
In the course of the 3-part forum, around 40 representatives from the fields of technology, care and medicine gathered for online dialogue. Effective networking between product developers, manufacturers, users and those affected should help to align new technical innovations as closely as possible to the needs of professionals and patients.
The first session focused on "Technologies for the social and medical care of dementia patients". In the course of the session the importance of an adequate milieu design for people with dementia was highlighted. This requires both structural and technical solutions and a comprehensive data collection. Artificial intelligence (AI) can help to recognise and influence the mood and thus make an important contribution to improving the quality of life of patients.
In the second session "Body near sensory technology for the care of dementia patients" the comprehensive possibilities of modern, body near sensory products were discussed. A patient-friendly, smart and contactless acquisition of vital parameters still poses great challenges to developers with regard to data acquisition by camera, e.g. for use in the home. Foil-based "smart patches" are intelligent sensor patches that can record health data directly on the skin and are skin-friendly, durable and comfortable so that the patient does not feel impaired. A sensory motion detection system suitable for everyday use is intended to help patients to react safely and reliably to the loss of self-help ability and motor restlessness.
In the third part, "Technologies for dementia-friendly interior design" were presented and the focus was sharpened on the concrete needs of those affected. One challenge in the home care of dementia patients is the need for constant communication and involvement of relatives in all therapeutic measures. With regard to suitable solutions for the field of dementia, there is currently a lack of interfaces between industry, science and users, which, for example, compare technical developments with actual applicability in everyday life. "Relatives and dementia patients need intelligent technologies, digital solutions, networked offers and proposed solutions that are enjoyable, fun, and provide concrete and individual help and relief in everyday life. They must be available nationwide for all potential users," explains Brigitte Bührlen from WIR! Foundation for Caregiving Relatives from Munich. Age- and dementia-sensitive architecture, the installation of the right light for people with dementia and the possibilities for fall prevention using intelligent skirting boards and bed edges were further aspects of the session.
Due to corona-related restrictions in many companies, the COMPAMED Innovation Forum was held this year for the first time as a digital event series".
Once a year, current medical technology topics are presented and discussed among experts to identify current challenges and solutions. The forum is also regarded as a trend preview for the COMPAMED trade fair, the largest European platform for suppliers to the medical manufacturing industry.