The Annual Scientific Conference moved to Cork for the first time when it was held in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs on Friday, October 4, 2019. With constantly increasing attendance numbers, the conference goes from strength to strength. The theme of the conference was “Clinical Engineering – Experiences and Advancements” and the conference programme kicked off with an insightful presentation from Will Wright from the Gold Sponsor, Olympus.
The title of the presentation was “Medical Content Management - Enabling Interoperability and Continuum of Care”. The conference for 2019 had a strong international emphasis with three speakers from the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) making contributions through live-feed presentations and Q&As in a session titled “Clinical Engineering – An International Perspective”. This session also had contributions from Peck Ha Tan, the Honorary Secretary of the Singapore BES and Richard Scott, the Head of Clinical Engineering at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The day’s programme contained further interesting presentations on topics such as:
• An Introduction to Clinical Gait Analysis;
• Magnetic Self-Assembling Tool for Minimally Invasive Surgery;
• Tackling Public Sector Challenges;
• The use of 3D Printing Technology in the Creation of Patient Specific Facial Prostheses;
• The Role of Mobile in Nest Generation EPRs;
• BEAI Professional Development.
As part of the 2019 conference, the BEAI introduced a Patient Experience Interview. The interview gave a first-hand insight into the experiences of a patient within a healthcare setting. This new segment will definitely form part of BEAI conferences in the future.
As always, the exhibition area was busy with innovative technologies being displayed and demonstrated by both international and indigenous Irish companies. The exhibition forms a key component of the Annual Scientific Conference with exhibitors and attendees given the opportunity to network and meet in an informal setting. We would like to thank the Gold Sponsors, Olympus, for their support and contribution on the day, and to recognise the input and sponsorship of all of the 20 Silver Sponsors who exhibited on the day.
Thank you, also, to the speakers who made the event as interesting and informative as possible and, of course, to the delegates who continue to support this growing event. We look forward to meeting you all at the BEAI’s 25th Annual Scientific Conference which is being held in Croke Park in Dublin on Friday, September 25, 2020.