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제목      [Go] Win-win cooperation between the rehabilitation medical device market and hospitals, patients, and manufacturers. 조회수      95
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[Go] Win-win cooperation between the rehabilitation medical device market and hospitals, patients, and manufacturers. 2021.01.24

https://www.etnews.com/20210122000087

"8 million elderly people aged 65 or older in Korea." It is 35.8 trillion won in medical expenses for the elderly for a year.' This is data from the Ministry of Public Administration and Security in 2020. The proportion of the population aged 65 or older increased by 0.7 percentage points (P) from 14.8% in 2018 to 15.5% in 2019, and by 2025, the elderly population is more than 20% of the total population, and the era of 10 million elderly is on the verge.

According to data from the National Health Insurance Service in 2019, the annual medical expenses of the elderly aged 65 or older accounted for 41% of the total medical expenses with 35.8 trillion won, and about 5 million won per person was spent annually. In particular, the medical expenses for hospitalization caused by falls or dementia are about 20 million won per person.

According to health care data, 91,021 patients with lumbar bone fractures due to falls are estimated to have medical expenses of KRW 78.69 billion in 2019, and medical expenses due to dementia are estimated to reach KRW 106 trillion in 2050.

Experts were concerned about accelerating the depletion of health insurance finances as medical expenses for the elderly increased due to super-aged people. Prevention of falls and prevention of dementia (delay) are important for the elderly, and many rehabilitation cases are needed. It is reported that muscle strength and balance exercise improved balance ability by reducing the risk of falls in the elderly, and many studies are being conducted on prevention and delay of dementia.

It developed high-tech education equipment and supplied it to domestic and foreign universities as a professor's foundation in 2000, and only after completing its own product lineup after 10 years of developing rehabilitation medical devices with information technology (IT) and medical convergence technology.

There are many patients who need rehabilitation due to stroke, traffic accidents, falls, and cognitive impairment, but it is believed that there will be more elderly people who need rehabilitation to prevent diseases in the future. In addition, many people want training and self-treatment at home as well as institutions such as rehabilitation hospitals, nursing hospitals for the elderly, and day care centers. In the future, rehabilitation will be carried out in parallel at hospitals and homes, from treatment to prevention.

Healthcare devices with a new paradigm encompassing advanced IT, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) require new test inspection standards different from existing licensing standards. Since it is a complex product with therapeutic, training, and exercise equipment functions, preliminary preparation of licensing and test inspection standards in parallel with R&D will be an important stepping stone for the excellence of medical devices in Korea, an IT powerhouse, and early securing the global market.

In order for rehabilitation devices developed and manufactured by SMEs to move toward the global market, domestic rehabilitation hospitals need affectionate care through clinical trials, including the use of domestic products. Fortunately, the recent supply of domestic rehabilitation robot therapy devices and revitalization of demonstration projects through the National Rehabilitation Center and the Korea Robot Industry Promotion Agency are playing an important role in helping domestic medical devices stand up and walk quickly.

Although it has been developed hard, it is necessary to ensure that there are no medical devices that disappear without proper use due to lack of product trust. In order to commercialize good medical devices, manufacturers should develop good products, and licensing testing institutions should establish an environment where standards and tests can be performed in advance. In addition, as a distribution project of the demonstration project, hospitals and demonstration institutions should establish a virtuous cycle in which they identify the requirements for effectiveness and performance improvement through clinical trials and usability evaluation and feedback them to manufacturers.

Only then will the rehabilitation medical device, a representative product of the convergence technology of the 4th industrial revolution, be another IT pride that extends to the world loved by patients and the elderly.

In my mid-60s, I hope that rehabilitation treatment will be diagnosed once a week at hospitals, use training machines twice a week at welfare centers or village centers, and use exercise machines every day at home.

If public funds to be used to treat falls or dementia patients are used to install training equipment in some neighboring village halls or welfare centers so that the elderly can exercise, a healthy society will be created through disease prevention and the government's spending on public funds will be greatly reduced.

The health-care rehabilitation medical device industry will grow rapidly. This is because in the future, we want a world where we live a long life with fewer diseases, and now we can prepare such technology.

We hope that a system in which patients, hospitals, and manufacturers truly coexist and cooperate will be established quickly, and that Korean rehabilitation medical devices will lead the global market and contribute to creating a healthy world.

Jeong Kwang-wook, a professor of electronics and communication computer at Gumi University (CEO of Mentel), kwjung@gumi.ac.kr
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