Annual Conference on Health Technologies - Health Technologies: Imperative Response to Tomorrow's Challenges!

    MONTREAL, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 300 healthcare professionals
and experts recognized both in Quebec and internationally are convened to the
second Annual conference on health technologies, organized by the Association
of Health Technologies Industry. The conference will be held on March 15 and
16 at Montreal's Mount-Royal Centre.
    This year's theme being Technologies Serving Health, the Conference will
be an opportunity to exchange views on the major issues promising to shape the
health sector in coming years and to discuss this sector's current broad
trends. Participants will also learn more about innovations in health
technologies as well as their possible contribution to improved healthcare for
    Mr. Jean Rousseau, Conference chairman and vice president of AITS, points
out that:
    "In the Quebec context, with its ageing population and the lack of health
professionals expected as early as 2008-2010, health technologies will play an
increasingly important role in helping clinical personnel maximize the time
allocated to care."
    Guest speakers will include: Baldur Johnsen, director of
Development/Health Market at Hewlett Packard, will highlight the benefits to
practitioners and patients of the organization of care provided by the
entirely "digitalized" setting at St. Olav Hospital in Norway; Dr. François
Dagenais (Laval Hospital) and Dr. Kevin Lachapelle (McGill Medical Simulation
Centre) will present, respectively, the innovations in heart surgery and the
revolution in medical education made possible by the McGill Medical Simulation
    The Conference will also feature a round-table discussion that will bring
together representatives of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux
and consortiums mandated by the government, who will debate the management of
clinical data and progress on the computerization of health information. The
protection of personal information will also be a hot topic addressed during
the Conference.
    Awards for the 10th edition of the Innovation Research Contest will also
be presented at the Conference. This Contest is designed to promote marketable
university research projects in health technologies. A Poster session
scheduled into the Conference will allow attendants to see these innovative
projects in more details and to meet their authors.
    Finally, AITS will reveal some of the success stories of its members, by
presenting recently marketed technologies with concrete impacts on patients'
quality of life. Please refer to the preliminary Conference program at

    The Association of Health Technologies Industry (AITS) fosters the
creation and development of businesses in the health technologies sector . 
AITS participates actively in promoting its members on domestic and
international markets and in defending their interests on the national level. 
Combining active participants with well matched resources, AITS is using
innovation and expertise to energize a whole industry.

For further information:

For further information: Marie-Claude Savard, AITS, (514) 383-3268, ext.
6,; Aline Vandermeer, Enigma communications, (514) 982-0308,
ext. 211,

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