Digital German innovation in spotlight at the Hannover Messe
Germany exhibited pioneering medical technology at this year's Hannover Messe. The innovations shown indicate that the drive to digitize, coupled with government programs to promote research and development (R&D), is bearing fruit for patients, healthcare providers and German medical technology manufacturers.
One of the technologies presented at the trade fair was a system designed to improve how hearing aids work and are accepted by users. The Audio-PSS tele audiology project was shown at the group pavilion of Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which is providing funding for system development.
Audio-PSS is adaptive. It works by assessing data from the surroundings in real time and adjusts hearing aids automatically. One of its aims is to shorten the weeks of stressful adaptation required for wearers to get used to hearing aids. Audio-PSS potentially has more applications, including making noise maps for environmental research and city planning. Developers say the example of the hearing aid industry shows that "digital transformation can be successfully achieved through personal services." There are five project partners: Kiel University, OFFIS e.V. and the hearing aid manufacturers KIND, audifon and HörTech.
Meanwhile, at the pavilion of Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the export initiative for the German healthcare industry, HEALTH MADE IN GERMANY, made its premiere on "International Day" at the Hannover Messe. As part of its presentation, the initiative introduced how it can support international companies, individuals and organizations that are interested in establishing contact with potential German partners and suppliers in the healthcare field.