IFAS 2018 | 23 - 26 October 2018 | Messe Zürich
IFAS - the trade fair for the healthcare market - confirmed 2018 once again as popular hub for the healthcare industry. Exhibitors were delighted with the high quality of visitors.
IFAS, the trade fair for the healthcare market, remains a very popular meeting place for the industry. From 23 to 26 October 2018, around 16,000 visitors came to the 35th IFAS event in Zurich to find out about the latest trends and developments. The trade fair thus built on the success it enjoyed in 2016.
The “IFAS Innovation Challenge” startup competition, which was held this year for the first time, met with great interest and was one of the highlights of the trade fair. There were 14 startups in the final round. They had already beaten around 50 other contenders and now had the opportunity to present their innovations at IFAS. On the penultimate day of the trade fair, Nik Hartmann crowned the winners: the startup Scewo nabbed the CHF 10,000 prize awarded by the expert panel of judges. The young entrepreneurs from Technopark Winterthur impressed the judges with their innovation “Bro”, the first wheelchair in the world that can climb stairs.
The audience prize went to the Zurich-based startup derma2go, which provides a simple way to seek advice from dermatologists online. If somebody discovers a suspect mole or a potential fungal infection, they can take a photo of the area affected, register with derma2go, upload the photo and fill in a questionnaire. Shortly afterwards, a dermatologist will view the photos and send their diagnosis to the patient. Given the rising number of skin cancer cases in Switzerland, this invention could generate a great deal of interest. “The first IFAS Innovation Challenge was an all-round success and made IFAS even more appealing,” says Salzgeber.
The IFAS Forum was among the well-established events at the trade fair. This year, it ran under the slogan “going into the future safely and securely”. In presentations and discussion panels, experts shed light on topics such as IT in practice, creating interprofessional networks to ensure security of supply and artificial intelligence as an aid for medical professionals.
In the “Hospitality in Healthcare” special exhibition, ten exhibitors illustrated how the quality of life and living for the elderly or sick could continue to be safeguarded in future, presenting interesting and field-tested solutions in both the special exhibition and the Forum.
This year, the integrated jobs fair CareFair also proved a valuable addition to IFAS, giving employers and job seekers in the industry an opportunity to meet. 16 employers from the healthcare sector, including the University Hospital Zurich and the Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen, were among the exhibitors. Exhibitors could use the new online platform CareBase, launched in 2018, to view profiles in advance and invite potential employees to an interview at the jobs fair itself. Job seekers could upload their documents onto the platform for free. Both the CareBase online platform and the integrated job fair CareFair are helping to counter the shortage of skilled labour in the healthcare industry.
“The success of IFAS 2018 confirms that the trade fair is still very popular in the healthcare industry – especially in times of increasing digitalisation,” Salzgeber is delighted to report. And he is already announcing the next one: the 36th IFAS will be held from 20 to 23 October 2020. Plans include further developing the IFAS Innovation Challenge.
The next IFAS will be held from 20 to 23 October 2020 in Zurich.