World Healthcare Congress showcases affordable global health
4 May 2010
The World Health Care Congress Europe
(19-20 May 2010,
Brussels), a gathering of health leaders from Europe and
around the globe, will present an exhibit featuring innovators who are
developing unique and affordable healthcare innovations and programs,
particularly to underserved populations.
More than 60 visual displays from non-profit organizations,
academic institutions and emerging entrepreneurs will be featured.
Organizations include Almeda of Germany, which will present its
medical programme that focuses on telecoaching and telemonitoring
to reduce the rising prevalence of chronic heart failure. The event
will build upon the success of the WHCC Affordable Health Innovation
Exhibit, held in April in Washington, DC.
General submission categories for the poster session include:
- hospitals and health delivery;
- public and population health;
- product and service financing; and
- healthcare research/ mobile health.
The exhibit is part of the WHCC Affordable Health Global
Initiative, a website
dedicated to sharing health innovations from around the world.
Through the site, organizations are invited to share their
innovations, find others who are doing similar work, and comment on
innovations that are displayed.
Innovations on display at WHCC Europe range from those created by small start-up
organizations to global industry leaders. Examples are:
- V-Scan Ultrasound from GE Healthcare, which allows
low-cost-affordable ultrasounds thought a compact hand-held
A paper-based diagnostic
tool roughly the size of a postage stamp that can be used to detect
numerous diseases has been developed by Diagnostics for All. The
technology was originally developed at Harvard University and
supported in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The
device is printed onto paper using an ink jet printer (see photo
on right showing pages of printed devices — each device is about
1x1cm). Channels and wells are printed onto paper using water
repellent ink. Biological and chemical assay reagents are then
deposited in the wells. When biological samples are applied to
the device, the paper wicks the sample through the channels to
the assay zones (the wells), where the zone changes colour. The
results can be read by comparing the colour with a reference
colour chart printed on the device.
- A health advice telephone service in India, developed by the
Health and Management Research Institute, to reach the
'underserved' population in the country. The system is similar
to the NHS Direct and NHS 24 telephone-based health advice
services in the UK.
- A Brazilian firm that is developing solar-powered
hearing aides that allow the hearing-impaired improved quality of
- The Mobisante handheld ultrasound scanner connected to a smartphone
that allows health workers to take medical imaging into the
community. Patient data and images can be viewed on the
smartphone and images can be uploaded via WiFi or a mobile phone
network (2G/3G) to a remote server for access by other medical
About WHCC Europe
The 6th Annual World Health Care Congress — Europe is a major
international forum that convenes over 400 leaders from all sectors
of healthcare to share the best practices and successful initiatives
for improved delivery and outcomes in Europe. The 6th Annual event
is sponsored by Abbott, GE Healthcare, Health Dialog, Healthways,
Marsh, Orange, Pfizer Health Solutions, PricewaterhouseCoopers,
UnitedHealth International and Verisk Health.
1. The Health Innovations website:
2. World Healthcare Congress Europe will be held at the Conrad
Brussels Hotel, Brussels, Belgium, 19-20 May 2010: