The world’s first ‘smart’ peak flow meter that connects to a smartphone and a software platform that turns exercise into video games are two of the cutting-edge technologies that will be showcased alongside a range of pioneering UK digital health innovations at MEDICA 2019.
This year, the ABHI UK Pavilion – organised by the Association of British HealthTech Industries – will highlight a range of ground-breaking UK digital health technologies, giving an international platform to the digital transformation breathing new life into the medical world.
Exhibitors include MIRA Rehab, whose medical software turns physical and cognitive exercise into video games. Using motion tracking sensors, MIRA (Medical Interactive Recovery Assistant) is designed to make physical therapy easier and more fun for patients while helping clinicians track their patients’ progress through means of telerehabilitation. By ‘gamifying’ exercise, the device is helping to change the way physical therapy is delivered, which can be a long and arduous process for those in need of rehabilitation.
Another revolutionary new device being showcased on the ABHI UK pavilion is the world’s first ‘smart’ peak flow meter that connects to a smartphone. Utilising smartphone sensor technology, the device can predict a potential attack up to 7 days in advance, allowing asthma patients to better manage their condition. The smart device, created by Smart Respiratory Products, allows patients to understand their peak flow (the measure of how quickly you can blow air out of your lungs) through a mobile app and is set to aid the 235 million asthma sufferers worldwide.
Paul Benton, Managing Director, International, said: “The medical industry is driven by innovation, and digitalisation has allowed the medical world in Britain to take great strides into the future. We are excited to be able to showcase and give an international platform to these ground-breaking technologies on our UK Pavilion at MEDICA.”
Digital health forms part of one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. The UK digital health market was valued at $4 billion in 2017 – and is forecasted to reach $28.3 billion by 2025. Globally, the digital health market is set to exceed $379 billion by 2024.
Digital health will be featured prominently at this year’s MEDICA. ABHI will again be leading the UK’s largest and most visible Pavilion of health technology companies at the show, which takes place from 18 – 21 November 2019.
ABHI is the UK’s leading industry association for health technology (HealthTech).
ABHI supports the HealthTech community to save and enhance lives. Members, including both multinationals and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), supply products from syringes and wound dressings to surgical robots and digitally enhanced technologies. We represent the industry to stakeholders, such as the government, NHS and regulators. HealthTech plays a key role in supporting delivery of healthcare and is a significant contributor to the UK’s economic growth. HealthTech is now the largest employer in the broader Life Sciences sector, employing 127,400 people in 3,860 companies, with a combined turnover of £24bn. The industry has enjoyed growth of around 5% in recent years. ABHI’s 300 members account for approximately 80% of the sector by value.