Dr Wolfgang Albath, one of the founders of MEDICA in 1969, reflects on forty years of medical technology advancements that passed through the halls of that venerable European conference. Essentially, the article is a summary history of the rapid advancements the science of medicine has undergone with the introduction of all sorts of high tech gadgetry.
One touching Medica memory is of doctors standing amazed in a small room filled with huge computers, when the Medica Media Street was launched in 1987. They never imagined how their own lives would be transformed. Although IT systems only arrived in hospitals in the late ’80s, today clinical and administrative processes are managed via a hospital information system (HIS), for which the clinical workstation is continuously evolving.
Read on at European Hospital: 40 years of MEDICA