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KIMES 2019 is all about the future

The 35th Korea International Medical & Hospital Equipment Show (KIMES) again proved to be a great success. Over 73,000 visitors from 96 countries entered the show in Seoul, attracted by, for example, the latest developments in AI-assisted diagnostics, robotic surgery and rehabilitation, healthcare solutions for the aged and comprehensive smart hospital systems.

The KIMES motto, ‘Meet the future’ was apt: 40,500 square metres of exhibition space, saw innovations that could have been classed as science fiction not long ago. Today, such innovative radiology, laboratory and surgical devices and tools, medical software, rehabilitation technology are a reality. More than 1,400 companies from 36 countries were represented, including the important industrial nations in Asia, Europe and the US. Emerging markets, such as the Near East, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Africa, also played important roles.

Local companies play key parts

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The organisers of the fair, Korea E & Ex Inc., saw the rising number of visitors and exhibitors as a clear sign of the sustained relevance of KIMES and the growth potential of the Asian medical market as a whole. ‘As a leading medical event in the Asian region, we can continue to grow and act as a central hub for all players in the medical and healthcare industry,’ the organisers added. 

Local manufacturers, such as Samsung, Listem, DK Medical, BIT Computer and Alpinion were great lures, alongside international competitors such as Fuji, GE, Philips and Shimadzu. Visitors were noticeably interested in the innovations shown, including solutions in robotics, 3-D printing, wearables and smart analysis tools.

Greater variety of topics through cooperation

Amongst the most important new features at KIMES 2019 was the cooperation with Medical Korea, a conference focusing on global health and medical tourism. The organiser, Korea Health Industry Development Institute, also contributed to the success of KIMES 2019 with presentations on service topics, global trends, developments, medical training and development of new (digital) markets.

KIMES acknowledged the growing importance of technologies around artificial intelligence (AI) by hosting the co-event MedicomteK, which focused on AI and deep learning developments as well as the manufacture of high-tech medical products which continue to be very much in demand. 

180 lectures deliver knowledge

The concept behind KIMES paid off once again this year. Stable foundations have been laid for the future

Korea E & Ex Inc.

Along with the innovations presented at the exhibition stands, KIMES again excelled with around 180 top-class, specialist lectures and seminars, the organiser adds. Highlights this year included the keynote from Bidur Dhaul, who is responsible for the Patient Care and Monitoring Systems divisions at Philips Health Tech. Dhaul provided his large audience with insights into the latest developments in the field of smart care solutions.

Further sessions addressed the role of healthcare politics in the medical devices market, cutting edge technologies and financing solutions for doctors. ‘The concept behind KIMES paid off once again this year,’ Korea E & Ex Inc. confirmed. ‘Stable foundations have been laid for the future of this Korean show.’


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