Founded in 2005 at Leipzig University’s Faculty of Medicine, ICCAS (the Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery) is now one of Germany’s most important research centres for biomedical engineering. Tight links between medicine, engineering and information technology have spawned innovations such as the intelligent operating theatre, in which medical devices from different manufacturers communicate with each other and which facilitates predicting the individual steps of a medical procedure. The ICCAS success story also includes the clinical information system “oncoflow”, one of the first systems for the interdisciplinary planning of tumour treatments between oncologists, radiologists and surgeons. Current projects involve AI-assisted treatment decision models, 5G in emergency medicine, medical robotics and MR-guided interventions.
Image on right side: Demo sugery © ICCAS
Breeding ground for new ideas
This fertile environment also benefits start-ups that use new ideas to drive developments forward and establish themselves beyond Leipzig. DIPAT, for example, the first online living will from Leipzig, is now available to people all over Germany. The start-up mementor is one of the first providers of digital medical products in the field of sleep medicine and has developed a scientifically based, digital solution for the treatment of sleep disorders via smartphone – including official approval as a “prescription app”.
As a “pocket physiotherapist”, the Leipzig start-up eCovery has created a medically based training app offering new possibilities for physical rehabilitation after joint injuries and diseases. To this end, it has carefully combined innovative sensor technology, a digital application and sound medical expertise.
Image in background: Benedict Rehbein, Marcus Rehwald and Alexander Georgi, founder eCovery © Florian Pappert
How this can look in practice was recently presented by eCovery as part of the congress programme at the world’s leading trade show, OTWorld. Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has also changed the relationship between therapists and patients, the topic of digital rehabilitation services is more relevant than ever. Due to the pandemic, OTWorld was also held completely online for the first time. In normal times, the congress would have traditionally welcomed many thousands of participants and trade visitors at the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL). As the leading international meeting place for the industry, the congress fair is all about modern medical aid supply. Experts from all over the world use it as a springboard for innovation and dialogue.
Image on left side: OTWorld2018 © Tom Schulze