Healthcare represents a large and fast growing societal and economic activity. The European healthcare market is expected to grow from around $2080 billion in 2016 to around $2125 billion in 2020.
The European medical technology market is estimated at roughly 110 billion Euro in 2016; it is the second largest medical technology market after the US. Europe has numerous global healthcare equipment suppliers and the sector has a massive potential for robotic applications. Technologically Europe has a lot to offer, but the wide-scale adoption of robotic technology in the healthcare sector is at this moment limited, yet promising. Continuar leyendo
Any scientific activity generating new knowledge needs to go through an experimentation stage in which the method proposed is executed and monitored using appropriate performance indicators.
If the scientific thoroughness of the method proposed is per se a relevant aspect, the experimentation and analysis of experimentation outcomes is a necessary step for validating the proposed model or approach. In particular, the comparison with state of the art solutions is a mandatory step for contrasting the outcomes of the proposed work and confirm the added value of the solution. A research can be theoretically very strong and appealing, but it has also to provide clear benefit with respect to the state of the art. This is where the benchmark concept enters. Continuar leyendo
Neurorehabilitation includes multiple therapies to improve mobility and strength, motor skills, cognitive functions of memory, attention, and processing and execution of functions, communication, and more. Important therapies are physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychological therapy, and speech and language therapy.
600 Million people worldwide require neurorehabilitation, only 1/3 receive it in some form. After a traumatic incidence or accident causing brain or severe spinal cord injury a multi-disciplinary team of rehabilitation specialists provides rehabilitation in the acute phase and continues in sub-acute stages (first 6 months after injury). However this only applies to areas in developed countries where specialized rehabilitation hospitals and reference centers exist. Continuar leyendo