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Growing Market of Chinese Assistive Technology – Prospect through 2018 R&OC

Createtime:2018-04-25 16:14:29     Release source:     Hits:219

Held on April 2nd to 4th in Poly World Trade Center, Guangzhou, China, 2018 Rehacare & Orthopedic China(2018 R&OC) has successfully concluded. A lot of visitors from home and abroad governmental department attended this exhibition. 263 exhibitors(including companies that are from America, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, India, Finland, Britain, Australia, etc) presented over 1000 products in this giant sharing platform and while 18264 professional visitors from 51 countries and regions came to meet this cutting-edge technology in Chinese market. Dating back to 2011, R&OC is being held for eight years. This leading industry exhibition has witnessed rapid development of Chinese rehabilitation industry and has shown a positive prospect of Chinese assistive technology.

 

Increasing Need of Assistive Products in Domestic Market

In 2016Chinese government began to set up Medical Level System and Dual Referral System between community health service institutions and hospitals. Rehabilitation department in traditional hospitals initially focus on patients that have acute disease, while community health service institutions and rehabilitation institutions concentrate on patients in convalescence phase, which means the patients may need to recover at home after emergency treatment. According to statistics published by National Aging office, at the end of 2017, there are already 241 million Chinese aged over 60 and 70% of them have chronic disease.

New reform policy in medical system and increasing aged population reflects that there is an increasing need of assistive products in Chinese market. Not only companies notice this change and have made renovation accordinglyChinese government also takes a quick step in prompting assistive technology.

 

National Rehabilitation Assistive Devices Pilot Areas

The State Council issued a plan on Oct 27,2016 to promote the development of the rehabilitation and assistive products industry, aimed at meeting the growing demand of rehabilitation services in China and strengthening its competitiveness. The cabinet made the goal that the output of the industry will surpass 700 billion RMB ($103.3 billion), a number of world-class Chinese brands and related industrial clusters will emerge and its share in high-end market will see a significant increase by 2020, according to the document.

At the end of 2017, Chinese government put this policy into practice. 12 National rehabilitation assistive devices industry innovation pilot areas were announced to meet the need of improving assistive technology for aged people and the disabled. Most of these pilot areas locate in less developed provinces, such as Ganshu, Inner Mongolia. It shows Chinese’s ambition to use less labor costs to develop assistive products industry.

 

Assistive Innovation in R&OC

A lot of assistive innovations were shown at R&OC 2018 and should be paid highly attention to as they demonstrate the future trend of Chinese assistive products.

I. IoT- Internet of Things in assistive innovations

China is experiencing dramatic change in internet and its related area. Development of IoT offers a platform of medical service to families and community. More patients in China are able to contact doctors through IoT. And applications of wearable devices help patients to recover at home more conveniently and safely.

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II. Rehabilitation Robots and high-tech assistive device

Technology of medical robots in China is making an unbelievable movement as it benefits patients’ lives by fulfilling their expectation to do daily work by their own. And high-tech assistive devices help patients with hemiplegia walk smoothly.

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III. Emerging materials using in assistive device

In recent five yearsemerging materials have brought a breaking improvement in rehabilitation area and assistive products.  Low temperature thermoplastic materials and other advanced composite materials have all contributed a different perspective for people in need to using assistive devices in more applicable way.




Reported by:Samantha LIANG 

Edited by: Nikko LIU


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