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Connecting the medical technology supply chain

21 - 23 May 2019 // Nuremberg, Germany

Welcoming Address for MedtecLIVE 2019

Federal Minister Jens SpahnOne characteristic of our healthcare’s efficiency is its combination of state-of-the-art medical technology with the excellent specialist and human skills of the many employees who work in the sector. The high standard of care also demands that we keep pace with the latest technical developments and continue to be able to offer patients in Germany care dictated by the latest developments in science and medical technology. With this in mind, I am pleased when MedtecLIVE in Nuremberg helps to open up useful innovations to patient care markets.

Digital innovations in particular offer concrete opportunities to make daily treatment processes noticeably more effective, more economic and safer if we take advantage of their benefits for our healthcare quickly. It is therefore very important to me that we use our high quality standards to drive forward developments here that occur elsewhere around the world and even have an impact on our healthcare.

One current challenge we face is the cybersecurity of medical devices that are able to become part of a network. In close cooperation with the German Federal Office for Information Security, the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices published recommendations regarding cybersecurity requirements for the first time in the spring of 2018. By analysing potential risks, sensitizing manufacturers and users to these early on and providing solutions at eye level using the rapidly advancing technical possibilities available to us, we can convert digital progress into patient benefits and guarantee high security levels.

I am sure that the creativity with which suppliers and manufacturers in the medical technology industry are rising to the new challenges and helping to make our high-quality healthcare even better through innovative ideas will be evident at MedtecLIVE in Nuremberg.

Jens Spahn
Federal Minister
Member of the German Parliament