Italy’s Servizio Sanitario Nazionale has provided generations of Italians with a good standard of universally accessible health services. Technical advances and demographic trends have helped to extend the average life expectancy. However, the system is today facing new challenges. The country’s financial crisis has hit the health sector hard. Ospedale Pederzoli SpA in Peschiera del Garda is well aware of the new economical and ethical challenges. The health institution has successfully developed from a nursing home to a modern hospital.
The human intestine plays host to billions of bacteria that help it to perform its function of digesting the food we eat and absorbing nutrients into the bloodstream. However, a host of factors can disrupt the delicate balance of bacteria in the gut, leading to the kinds of intestinal problems such as bloating, cramping, diarrhoea and even more severe problems that affect so many people today. Probiotical S.p.A. is part of Group Movin Alce, a major Italian industrial and research concern active in the dairy industry. Probiotical exploits 30 years of research to produce probiotic lactic acid bacteria aimed at restoring the natural intestinal flora essential to healthy digestion.
Lifestyle changes over the last few decades have been both a blessing and a curse. On the plus side, we can celebrate vastly increased life expectancy. Unfortunately, improved access to processed foods and more sedentary living have also resulted in growing rates of diabetes, leading to demand for home blood glucose testing equipment. 77 Elektronika Kft. responded to this need and pioneered blood glucose meters for the Hungarian market. This remains among its key products today, which also include urine analyzers and consumables.
Industrial automation is a concept often associated with assembly lines and replacing humans with machines for repetitive work. Health care, on the other hand, is a sector that involves empathy and sensitivity towards patients’ needs. At fi rst glance, it seems like these two sectors have nothing in common, but in fact, automation can be instrumental in improving patient care both in the hospital and at home. Omnicell, Inc., based in Mountain View, California, is a global recognized leader bringing automation to the healthcare sector, thereby increasing efficiency among hospital staff and to providers in the community. We spoke with John Ridyard, Vice President of Marketing at Omnicell, about the company’s growth and how this industry is changing in coming years.
Cancer research is constantly developing more and more treatment options that help cancer patients to live longer and better lives. The number of patients diagnosed with cancer is still increasing, and therefore effective treatment options are more important than ever. Accuray Incorporated develops and produces a complete portfolio of innovative radiation therapy and radiosurgery platforms for treating multiple forms of cancer. With its high-precision cancer treatment solutions, tumours can be irradiated effi ciently while preserving healthy tissue. This way, the side effects of the treatments can be reduced, and the quality of life of patients can be enhanced.
Diabetes diagnoses are rising, with an estimated 300 million sufferers worldwide. When left untreated or poorly managed, diabetes has terrible consequences for patients. However, maintaining stable blood sugar levels requires a level of discipline that many people struggle with. ISIS Diabète SAS in France specializes in fitting and training patients in the use of the latest external insulin pumps to free them from a constrictive regime.
With an increase in numbers by about 2 to 4% each year, diabetes has become one of the pressing medical issues of our time. The metabolic disorder can occur in two forms – type 1, where the pancreas fails to produce insulin altogether (often already in early childhood), and type 2, which is typically linked to old age or an unhealthy lifestyle. Patients of both types rely strongly on devices to help manage the chronic disease. In France, Roche Diabetes Care France SAS provides comfortable solutions to keep diabetes in check.
Pharmaceutical research is moving in many exciting directions that promise to bring real advances for human health, not just in the big medical challenges such as cancer and metabolic disease, but in immunopharmacology and nutraceuticals as well. The backbone of the research process is exhaustive testing of new molecules and biologics. Bertin Pharma in France specializes in supplying a wide range of bioreagents and is also a respected research solution provider.
Without the transport and logistics industry, the whole world would very quickly grind to a halt. No foodstuffs, no building materials, no medical supplies. Not just the luxuries in life need to be transported, the essentials which sustain life are equally dependent on effi cient delivery solutions. Many products require only a lorry, ship or aircraft to get from A to B with no special conditions necessary, and there are thousands of generalist freight forwarders competing for this business. Some goods, however, need very careful handling due either to their value or sensitivity or, of course, both. Bomi Group specializes in logistics for the medical sector, moving clinical machines, diagnostics and other products around the world.
Whatever else happens in the world, healthcare is one of the industries that will always be needed. It is a relatively traditional sector and the basic principles underpinning patient care remain fairly constant. Progress is made through advanced treatment techniques and innovative products that make life easier and more efficient for patients and medical staff alike. The Getinge Group, headquartered in Sweden, is a leading global provider of innovative solutions for operating rooms, intensive-care units, hospital wards, sterilization departments, elderly care and for life science companies and institutions.