Hospitalar 2018: new technologies for health care

Hospitalar 2018, in its 25th edition, brought together buyers and suppliers of the hospital sector, from May 22nd to 25th, at Expo Center Norte, in São Paulo, where advances on various fronts of the health chain, as well as the main trends in the field of business management for health establishments, were presented and discussed. The trade fair featured more than 40 simultaneous events, including congresses, conferences and sector meetings, as well as great attractions and areas dedicated to demonstrations and thematic exhibitions, such as Hospitalar Facilities and Hospitalar Reabilitação. A total of 1,200 exhibitors attended the event to show their products and technological innovations, promoting a great deal of information exchange.

Gabriela Gonçalves and Vinicius Naves, biomedical engineers from HIBOU Hospitalar, were present at Hospitalar 2018, in a partnership with the medical and rehabilitation clinic Sinapse, from Rio de Janeiro, and defended an efficient and transparent management of the technology park in health facilities. Naves, who is also a specialist in clinical engineering, pointed out that HIBOU deals with Sinapse's telemedicine management and control systems and the clinic, in turn, offers monitoring services for patients suffering from neurological diseases, performing tests such as EEG and TCD.

Sinapse gathers specialists in several medical fields, in clinical neurophysiology, outpatient neurological consultations and rehabilitation neurology, with a special focus on complementary examinations in outpatient and hospital neurology. Currently, it provides services in neurophysiology and neurophysiological monitoring to all hospital units maintained by the state health department, as well as private hospitals and insurance companies. Sinapse's technical coordinator, Maria Joana Dalcere, explained that participating in the event is an opportunity to "show a little of the work regarding the monitoring of ICU patients and learn from the technological innovations exposed here, with a focus on telemedicine".

Another two partner companies present in the event were Biocam Equipamento Médico Hospitalar, equipment provider, and Genesis, provider of artificial intelligence (AI) systems carrying cloud-based cognitive engineering solutions focused on health. One of the products launched at the event, a result of their partnership, is Criquet Beacon. Biocam CEO, Rogério Ulbrich, spoke about the new technology: "This device can be placed on medical equipment or on active badges and send signals to readers installed inside hospital premises".

Ulbrich explained that, little more than two years ago, the company started to work with the concept of Internet of Things (IoT). Regarding Criquet, IoT maps and controls the way the device travels inside the hospitals, ensuring improved safety to patients, other equipment and clinical staff. "Internet of Things represents a way to reduce waste, which is too high, and is a cost-effective technology. It is even present in public hospitals, such as Santa Casa de Valinhos, and in universities", said the CEO.

The mechatronics engineer, a specialist in clinical and hospital engineering and one of the founders of Genesis, João Galdino spoke about AI and Gene avatar, developed by his company: "We realized the hospital 4.0 is a consolidating trend, making room for innovation. So we came up with Gene, who is a virtual clinical engineer and works as a personal assistant to engineers". The avatar, according to Galdino, manages real-time operation maintenance and engineering data and answers any questions about that area. "I can check the current status of my devices and features such as productivity, machine availability, and breakdown predictability".

Galdino defended the use of AI to improve healthcare: "Human beings are able to respond to stimuli with, at the most, 70% accuracy, even the highly educated ones. Artificial intelligence, with 90% accuracy". The executive stressed that such an innovation requires partnerships with very capable professionals to analyze the data obtained through AI. He adds: "Artificial Intelligence will not replace humans; it will complement our cognitive power".

Health Connections was also present at Hospitalar 2018. Further audiovisual material on the trade fair will be available here and on our social networks, soon. Stay tuned!

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