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15 March: Covid-19 pandemic: Social and Healthcare dynamic impact in Benin - WICID - ABSPIE

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Declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020, after the first infections in China at the end of 2019, the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a global emergency and continued to spread across the world. No country, including Republic of Benin in Africa and Italy in Europe, has been able to escape this disease. Its impact on human health, is disrupting an interconnected world economy through global value chains, given the impact on the entire world population and the economy.

In Benin, from 14th March 2020, the evolution of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is epidemiologically recorded at 3363 cases confirmed, 95 cases recovered, 46 case dead (January 2021).

Even if the social contexts seem very different, the pandemic creates in healthcare systems of all around the world, a generalized condition of low-resource settings (LRSs), i.e., environments lacking means, specific knowledge, specialized personnel, medical devices, and drugs, and with inappropriate medical locations. In fact, while this condition was already familiar to low- and middle-income countries, COVID-19 has overwhelmingly reported LRS conditions in high-income countries, such as Europe. In addition, the social and ethical impact of the pandemic calls sociology and bioethics to reflect on the perception that the population has of this situation, i.e. the possibility to respect the measures of isolation, the availability of personal protection equipment, the criteria for access to the scarce health resources available.

Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre For International Development

Applied Biomedical Signal Processing and Intelligent e-Health Lab

15 March 2021 • 10-11am (UK time)

Alessia Maccaro - University of Warwick

Leandro Pecchia - University of Warwick

Davide Piaggio - University of Warwick

Marius Vignigbé - University of Abomey Calavi

Roch A. Houngnihin - University of Abomey-Calavi

Thu 11 Feb 2021, 13:55 | Tags: health economy, LMIC, COVID, Social Impact, WICID

Nomenclature of medical devices - European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering & Science - EAMBES - February 11th at 3 PM UK Time

In May 2019, the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organisation (WHO) decided to start working on a free international nomenclature of medical devices, including IVDs, for facilitating and harmonising the work of regulators, procurers, supply and user around the globe. According to the WHO, this nomenclature must be a "Public Good", not subject to copyright, freely accessible to everyone, and designed to consider the real need of healthcare professionals (e.g., nurses, clinical engineers), facilitating their daily work. For this reason, the WHO considered aligning the nomenclature with the International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision (ICD11).

The European Union has decide to change its official nomenclature adopting the Italian nomenclature.

Consequently, the Nomenclature Working group of EAMBES (European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering & Science) organised a webinar led by international experts aiming at clarifying the Italian Nomenclature system of Medical Devices.

The webinar will be held on February 11th at 3 PM UK Time by Dr. Ernesto Iadanza, Adjunct Professor, Department of Information Engineering - Università degli Studi di Firenze, and Prof. Fabiano Bini, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Universita’ La Sapienza di Roma

Wed 10 Feb 2021, 09:04 | Tags: nomenclature, EAMBES, Medical devices, WHO

5G and Wellbeing: an opportunity for researchers, staff and students

5G will be leveraged to realise new opportunities for regional businesses, academic researchers, University staff and students. Warwick is the first University campus that has proactively been given 5G activation by BT.

Learn how this can change our lives.

Hear from expert speakers:

Wendy Coy – Director of Operations, Innovation Group, and Facilitator

David Plumb – Chief Innovation Officer, Innovation Group, University of Warwick

Lucy Baker – Service Technology Director, CTIO, BT Enterprise

Darren Farmer – Business Development Director, BT

Professor Theodoros N. Arvanitis holds the Chair of Digital Health Innovation and he is the Director of The Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, at University of Warwick.

Dr Leandro Pecchia – Associate Professor (reader) of Biomedical Engineering. Director of the Applied Biomedical Signal Processing and Intelligent eHealth Lab

Robert Franks – Managing Director of West Midlands 5G Limited

Link to the event


A decision-making support algorithm for active implantable medical devices evaluation.

Martina Andellini was interviewed about this project carried out in Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome.

This project aims at developing a rigorous and reliable decision-making support algorithm for active implantable medical devices (AIMDs) in order to evaluate their performances and to finally select the most suitable and patient-specific AIMDs model.

The video of the interview can be found Link to the video.

Mon 05 Oct 2020, 18:00 | Tags: HTA, Medical devices

Elderly homecare and Active Aging European Initiatives after COVID-19

This webinar will discuss how COVID will change the future of Active Ageing policies, technologies and programs in Europe.

The meeting will be hosted and chaired by Sergio Guillen, MySphera, which will introduce the webinars and the topic.

  • Leandro Pecchia will open the discussion reporting on the lesson learned on International, European and National COVID response.
  • German Gutierrez, Medtronic, will present how this pandemic has changed the scenario of integrated care in Europe, demonstrating, if needed, the importance of integrating social and healthcare interventions for later life.
  • Cristiano Paggetti, Medea, will lead the reflection on how the current pandemic is challenging the scale-up of healthcare technologies
  • Maria Teresa Arredondo, UPM, will lead the discussion on how innovation is supporting the response to COVID pandemic.

For further information and registration follow the link.

Wed 24 Jun 2020, 15:12 | Tags: COVID

The role of biomedical engineers in COVID-19 response

Davide Piaggio, Alessia Maccaro and Leandro Pecchia held this seminar at the International webinar on post-COVID healthcare (Chennai (India), 2020).

The main challenges arising from COVID-19 were presented, with a specific focus on ethics and the role of biomedical engineers in the response to the pandemic.

The video and the interview can be found at this link

Tue 16 Jun 2020, 00:00 | Tags: COVID

Dr Pecchia Keynote at the Better Future of Health Ageing 2020 - European Council Presidency Conference

4th of June, 2020, 12 CEST (11am UK)

The Croatian EU Council Presidency Conference on Better Future of Healthy Ageing 2020 (BFHA 2020) will be held online from June 3rd to 5th due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation.

BFHA2020 is organized by the University of Zagreb School of Medicine in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia, under the auspices of the European Commission as part of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Dr Pecchia will give a keynote talk titled The Impact of Smart Technologies in the Future of Healthy Ageing.

The Event will be broadcast via web. Info here.

 

Wed 03 Jun 2020, 13:59 | Tags: Medical devices

Health Technology Assessment of Medical Devices: an introduction

Organized by the Institute of Biomedical Technology (INBIT), and endorsed by Hellenic Society of Biomedical Technology (ELEVIT), Clinical Engineering Division (CED) and Health Technology Assessment Division (HTAD) of IFMBE.

When: May 11, 2020, Zoom

11:30 AM Greece Topic: HTA of Medical Devices webinar Agenda:

11:30 – 12:00 Introduction on HTA of Medical Devices, Prof. Nicolas Pallikarakis

12:00 – 12:45 Different Approaches for HTA Appraisal of Medical Devices, Ass. Prof. Leandro Pecchia

12:45 – 13:00 Q & A

Recording available here.

Mon 11 May 2020, 15:43 | Tags: health economy, Clinical Enginering, HTA, Medical devices

WHO-IFMBE CED COVID19 Critical Topic Webinars: Ventilators

19.05.2020, 13-14, Zoom (link below)

Micro-Global Forum sessions on COVID19 set up by WHO (Adriana Velazquez).
We've joined forces with WHO to offer you frequent focused global conversations on key applied topics where the evidence base is shared, reviewed, and applied, particularly to address LMIC emerging needs. The purpose of these micro-forums is to give CEs the management information to pass on to senior stakeholders to showcase what solutions have worked elsewhere.

More information is available on the IFMBE CED website and WHO one.

Tue 05 May 2020, 13:54

WHO-CED COVID19 Critical Topic Webinars: Pulse Oximetry

15.05.2020, 13-14, Zoom (link below)

Micro-Global Forum sessions on COVID19 set up by WHO (Adriana Velazquez).
We've joined forces with WHO to offer you frequent focused global conversations on key applied topics where the evidence base is shared, reviewed, and applied, particularly to address LMIC emerging needs. The purpose of these micro-forums is to give CEs the management information to pass on to senior stakeholders to showcase what solutions have worked elsewhere.

More information is available on the IFMBE CED website and WHO one.

Tue 05 May 2020, 13:52

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