MUNICH On the occasion of the “Medizin Innovativ - MedTech Summit 2016” congress, Bavaria's Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Franz Josef Pschierer emphasised the importance medical technology has for Bavaria. Pschierer: “Medical technology is a future-oriented sector. There are more than 1,000 companies with almost 80,000 employees active in this sector in Bavaria alone.” Franconia in particular has established itself as one of the top location for medical technology in Europe.
Pschierer adds: “Nearly one-third of German production comes from Bavaria.” Two-thirds of all medical technology products made in Bavaria are exported: “This makes the sector a pillar in our foreign trade,” says the Vice Minister of Economic Affairs.
And medical technology is more than just a strong business segment. Pschierer: “It serves the well-being of everyone. But we are currently facing tremendous upheavals: personalised medicine, innovative health care and the digitization create new opportunities. This is why technologies that transcend sector-specific networks is of particular significance,” Pschierer emphasises with a focus on the congress, during which innovative solutions and examples of good practice from medical technology and the health care sector are introduced.
Digitization was the central theme of this year's congress. Pschierer: “Digitization will play a key role in future innovations in medical technology. The health care sector, in particular, offers enormous potential created by digital solutions for provision, care and support of patients; this also applies to the field of prevention.”
The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs supports the sector with, among other things, the Digital Health/Medicine platform at the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern. Pschierer: “We create the necessary infrastructure there in order to take advantage of the opportunities digitization offers for the health care sector.”