ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA at Africa Health Exhibition 2017

ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is proud to participate for the sixth time in the continent’s largest healthcare exhibition and to present some of Austria´s most renowned companies in the health and medical technology sector to an international audience.
The Austrian pavilion at Africa Health Exhibition 2017 will feature solutions for:

  • Hospital Management
  • Pneumatic tube systems
  • Medical devices & supplies
  • European Congress of Radiology

The health and medical technology industries are particularly dynamic economic sectors. Across Europe, almost ten percent of all staff are employed in these industries. Austrian companies are represented on the international market with medical technology, pharmaceuticals and basic medical supplies, in addition to know-how, engineering and services. In an industry characterised by specialisation and innovation, customers from across the globe profit from the expertise and research of their Austrian partners. But Austria is also becoming increasingly sought after for health services, including operations, rehabilitation services, preventive medicine and wellness.

Please find on the following pages more detailed informationon on this year´s exhibitors from Austria:
- Allomed Medizintechnik GmbH
- European Society of Radiology - ESR
- Ing. Sumetzberger GmbH
- Lohmann & Rauscher GmbH
- Smidek Management International GmbH
- VAMED Management und Service GmbH

For further information:
ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA – Austrian Trade Commission
Cradock Heights, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196
T +27 11 442 71 00
E [email protected]

We look forward to welcoming you at the Austrian National Pavilion (2E-32)!

Ayanda Medical

Ayanda Medical in cooperation with Austrian Allomed Medizintechnik are distributors of high quality medical devices. To accommodate the South African Healthcare market, the existing portfolio eg. Pleurasafe has been extended with Infections Prevention products such as Meteka but also with mobile electro-medical devices such as Clarius Mobile Ultrasound Scanners which can be connected wirelessly to Android or iOS tablets.

Our vast experience in the medical field can be utilized also for your product! From a market entry report to registration and finally implementation of a sales strategy, we can assist with all your needs for the South African market. Talk to us, we are your partner with benefits!

European Society of Radiology (ESR)

European Society of Radiology (ESR) offering special reduced ECR 2018 fees at the Africa Health 2017. Visit us at our booth to take advantage of this special offer (Hall 2 / 2E35)
The European Society of Radiology (ESR) currently represents more than 69,300 members from 157 countries worldwide. It is an apolitical, non-profit organisation, dedicated to promoting and coordinating the scientific, philanthropic, intellectual and professional activities of radiology in all European countries. The Society's mission is to serve the healthcare needs of the public through the support of science, teaching and research and the quality of service in the field of Radiology.

The ESR offers a wide range of benefits to its members:
- Reduced fees for the European Congress of Radiology
- Coverage of article processing charges for accepted articles in Insights into Imaging and European Radiology Experimental.
- Free electronic access to European Radiology, Europe's no. 1 general radiological journal.
- Opportunity to submit to EURORAD, the largest peer-reviewed online teaching database of radiology
- Free access to all contents of Education on Demand, the ESR e-learning platform, including the possibility to earn e-CME credits.
- Exclusive option to participate in:
     European Diploma in Radiology: examination based on the ESR European Training Curriculum (radiologists or radiology residents)
     All activities of the European School of Radiology (ESOR).

European Congress of Radiology (ECR)
The ECR is the annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and is one of the largest medical congresses in the world, attracting more than 25,000 congress participants. With 300 companies exhibiting across more than 26,000m², its exhibition is also one of the largest medical exhibitions in Europe.

ECR 2018 will take place in Vienna from February 28 to March 4, 2018 under the leadership of ESR President Prof. Bernd Hamm from Berlin, Germany. The congress motto, chosen by the president, is ‘Diverse & United’ and the ESR is very much looking forward to seeing ECR 2018 unite radiologists to show the diversity of the discipline.

“Radiology is such a diverse specialty, ranging from more and more refined diagnostic options to image-guided minimally invasive treatment options. Our specialty has something to offer for all of us and also for future generations of physicians, radiographers and students. However, like in a mosaic, it is the connection of all the pieces that create the big picture. By using this metaphor I wish to express my sincere wish and hope that, despite these different and interesting facets and subspecialties, radiologists should see themselves as a community and join forces to strengthen our specialty in the best interest of our patients”, said Hamm, sending out an invitation to all members of the radiological community.

Current hot topics in radiology such as big data, artificial intelligence, hybrid imaging, interventional imaging, and radiomics will be major points of focus at ECR 2018.

Ing. Sumetzberger GmbH

Tradition meets Modernity - Blood Labors of the future

In June 2016 a new pneumatic tube system and a new laboratory street have been installed at SMZ Süd - Kaiser - Franz - Josef - Hospital in Vienna. Why is it unique? It is the world's first fully automated direct transfer of blood samples to a laboratory road using a pneumatic tube system.

An increase in the amount of patients, complete documentation requirements and legal changes are putting the hospital system under more pressure to reform. Achieving a high patient satisfaction, using hospital staff optimally and working as efficiently as possible, are daily challenges for many hospital managers.

Blood labs play a special role here. In 90% of cases, their results form the basis for any further treatment in hospitals. A shorter waiting period between blood collection and laboratory results contributes significantly to an increase of patient satisfaction.

The usage of laboratory roads is nothing new. Usually, the blood samples are transported to the blood laboratory via a courier service or pneumatic tube system and manually filled into the laboratory road by an employee.

Process optimization with minimal adaptation effort
Now Sumetzberger has ensured that the automation of laboratories can be pushed into new dimensions. "In close collaboration with our partners and the Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Hospital, we have created the missing link between pneumatic tube systems and laboratory roads. “For the first time, this allows a direct transfer of blood samples to blood analysis without the need for manual labor and with minimal adaptation effort, "explains Josef Gebhard, Export Manager at Sumetzberger GmbH. "This reduces the waiting time on laboratory results to less than one hour, depending on the analysis. Also, the automation of routine analysis can be used to shift personnel resources, such as innovative laboratory analytical technologies in patient care or research. "

Close collaboration for optimized processes
The quality and safety of blood samples are the main focus. In addition to the shock-free transfer of the blood samples from pneumatic tube systems to laboratory roads, the requirements catalog included an emergency exit as well as the possibility of temporary storage. The patented AutoUnload carrier is equipped with specially developed carrier inserts.
In June 2016, Sumetzberger started an evaluation procedure according to a guideline from Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Hospital for blood indicators such as H-Index, LD and potassium. Since then about a million blood samples have been analyzed more quickly and efficiently.

Individual solution for every hospital
Mr. Josef Gebhard concludes: "The realization of individual customer requirements has a high priority in the planning phase of effective pneumatic tube systems and automation technology. The demand for automated processes in patient care is becoming very important. Worldwide, we have developed and installed pneumatic tube systems in more than 1000 hospitals. Together with our local partners it is always important for us to develop our technology, so that our pneumatic tube systems can easily be adapted to new challenges with minimal effort. With our solution of direct transfer to laboratory roads, we were once again able to achieve this goal successfully." In 2018, the next fully-automated laboratories will be put into operation at the Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, and the SMZ-Ost Hospital, Vienna.

Contact Details
Josef Gebhard
[email protected]

Lohmann & Rauscher brings brand values together in new claim

New claim, familiar values: People.Health.Care.

With immediate effect, the internationally operating manufacturer of medical devices Lohmann & Rauscher (L&R) is presenting itself with a new claim, which describes the main areas of focus for the company in a nutshell: People.Health.Care. The claim is designed to condense the corporate approach of L&R and communicate it in an emotional manner and also to help in branding.

As a solution provider and reliable partner in the fields of medicine, nursing care and hygiene, L&R has three focal areas at the core of its day-to-day work: people, their health and care for both. From now on, these focal areas are being taken into account in the new claim “People.Health.Care.”, which reflects the corporate approach of the medical device supplier and communicates it in an emotional manner.

“The claim is not only formally closely linked to the L&R brand – first and foremost it is designed to bring together the content of our focal areas of business and thereby help in branding. That is why our positioning with the claim is an important component of our internal and external marketing activities, especially in view of the increasing internationalisation of the company,” says Wolfgang Süßle, CEO of the L&R Corporate Group.

Even though the three areas are deliberately separated by a full stop and are distinct, together they form a whole and in essence stand jointly for the vision and values of L&R as a solution and service provider: quality, expertise, customer focus, confidence, innovation and reliability.

People. Focus on people.
People are at the focus for L&R and that is why they come first in the claim. With its claim, L&R is directing its attention at customers, users and patients on the one hand and partners and employees on the other and is putting them at the centre of its activity.

Health. Sphere of activity and expertise.
Health defines both a basic human need and the vision and brand values of L&R. The claim is therefore not only a clear commitment to health in general, but at the same time the promise to provide products and concepts that help people throughout the world.

Care. Reliable partner and solution provider.
As a caring solution provider, L&R is incorporating the brand values of confidence, customer focus and service orientation in the new claim and is positioning itself as a reliable partner of customers, employees, users and patients.

Lohmann & Rauscher
Lohmann & Rauscher (L&R) is a leading international supplier of high-quality premium medical devices and hygiene products ranging from conventional dressing material to modern treatment and nursing systems. Created in 1998 through the merger of Lohmann (founded in 1851) and Rauscher (founded in 1899), L&R has more than 160 years’ expertise as a reliable solution supplier for its customers. With 4,600 employees, 44 corporate subsidiaries and holdings and more than 130 selected partners, the company is active in all of the world’s key markets. It generated sales volumes of €589 million in 2016. The L&R headquarters are located at the Rengsdorf (Germany) and Vienna (Austria) sites.

Further information on Lohmann & Rauscher (L&R) can be found at:

Press contact:
Lohmann & Rauscher International GmbH & Co. KG
Sabrina Klein, Public Relations
Tel.: +43 1 57670-386  Fax ext.: 9386
Mobile: +43 676 83300-386
E-mail: [email protected]

VAMED exports health competence to Africa

VAMED, the leading international service provider in the health care sector with a unique range of offers, which has its headquarters in Austria, has entertained business relations with partners in many African countries for more than 30 years. Since its market entry in Africa in 1985 (rural health care projects in Nigeria), VAMED has successfully completed (or is still working on) more than 80 projects for more than 250 health care facilities.

Among VAMED’s key projects was the turnkey construction of the Maitama Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria and the enlargement and refurbishment of 14 teaching hospitals throughout Nigeria, which were finished in 2013. In Gabon, VAMED started in 1998 with the turnkey implementation of the two 120 bed-hospitals in Port Gentil and Koulamoutou including training and maintenance for one year, followed by the turnkey implementation of a 160 bed-hospital in Franceville, the Hôpital Principal in Libreville and three regional hospitals in Lambaréné, Tchibanga, and Makokou. Work on the major modernization project Centre Hospitalier de Libreville – representing the Teaching Hospital in Gabon – is implemented according to schedule, some extension phases have already been successfully completed.

Additionally, VAMED is in charge of the total operational management of six regional hospitals and of the facility management of the Owendo Hospital in Libreville, of the Angondje Hospital, and of the Centre Hospitalier in Libreville. Furthermore VAMED also provides training services for all projects in Gabon as well as in other African markets including Kenya and Ghana. In Ghana, VAMED started with a first project in 2000 (turnkey implementation of the District Hospital Sogakope), followed by District Hospital projects in Begoro, Gushiegu and a total number of 15 polyclinics in 3 different provinces throughout the country. The polyclinic concept, which VAMED developed together with the Ministry of Health of Ghana, is aimed at improving medical care for the population in outlying areas. All polyclinics are of a modular structure, each comprising a central medical complex featuring operating room, examination rooms, a maternity ward, a laboratory, a pharmacy, and a bed ward, as well as a service complex and staff accommodation. The concept is complemented by a water tank, rainwater collection channels with tank, a solar water heating systems as well as a wastewater and sewage treatment plant.

Founded in 1982, VAMED has become the leading global provider of a full line of services for hospitals and other health care facilities. The group has implemented more than 800 projects in 79 countries on four continents. VAMED’s portfolio ranges from project development, planning and turnkey equipment via maintenance, technical, commercial and infrastructure services to the total operational management of health care facilities. With its portfolio of services, VAMED covers the entire range of health care, from wellness and preventive medicine via medical care and nursing to aftercare and rehabilitation. VAMED is Austria’s leading private provider of rehabilitation services and, through VAMED Vitality World, the company is also Austria's largest operator of thermal spas and health resorts. In the year 2016 the VAMED group was responsible for some 17,400 staff worldwide, generating a volume of business of € 1.6 bn.

VAMED in Africa
Projects: more than 80
Health facilities served: more than 250
Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cap Verde, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda
VAMED Group, Sterngasse 5
1210 Vienna, Austria