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Delcam to promote Healthcare Division on UKTI Mission to India

Delcam’s new OrthoMODEL software offers automated design of custom insoles for diabetic patients

CADCAM developer Delcam will promote the software and services available from its Healthcare Division during a UKTI Health Sector Mission to India from 14th to 19th January. The Mission will visit New Delhi and Mumbai before ending with a two-day Indo-British Health Initiative conference on diabetes in Chennai.

The Chennai conference will be attended by senior stakeholders from the health sector across India, together with a large contingent from the UK. It will be addressed by UK Health Minister, Anna Soubry MP, Leicester MP Keith Vaz and Chair of the UK-India Business Council, The Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt, as well as many leading diabetes specialists from India.

During the conference, Delcam will demonstrate the new version of its OrthoMODEL software for the design of custom orthotic insoles for patients with diabetes. As well as being much quicker and less expensive to make, insoles produced using digital methods give a closer match to the anatomy of the patient’s feet. This greater accuracy gives more consistent pressure relief across the foot, so improving patient outcomes and limiting treatment costs by reducing the risk of ulceration and eventual amputation.

Delcam established its dedicated Healthcare Division in 2009 to provide a greater focus on this increasingly important part of its business. The Division helps companies across the medical, dental and associated industries to take advantage of the latest computer-based design and manufacturing techniques.

Delcam’s increased emphasis on the healthcare industry comes at a time when the sector is expanding rapidly and when it is much more receptive to computer-based technology. The aging population in industrialised countries and the growing affluence of the emerging economies mean that the healthcare industry is seeing global growth. Within India alone, the healthcare delivery sector is forecast to grow to $150 billion by 2017.

Delcam has, of course, been active in many areas of the healthcare business for several years. Its design, reverse engineering, machining and inspection software are used in a wide range of applications from the production of prostheses, through to the manufacture of surgical instruments and all types of medical packaging.

More recently, Delcam has introduced several specific products for the healthcare market. These include the DentCAD and DentMILL programs for the digital design and manufacture of dental restorations, which were awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category in 2010, as well as the OrthoModel and OrthoMill software for the development of orthotics. The company also offers special versions of its CRISPIN range of footwear design and manufacturing software for the production of orthopaedic footwear.

The common theme with all these products is that they take existing Delcam technology and add a dedicated interface that uses imagery and terminology from the healthcare sector. This makes the software easy to learn and quick to use for healthcare professionals, even those that are not familiar with using computer-based design and manufacturing. Furthermore, all of this dedicated software has been developed in association with leading practitioners in the various areas of the healthcare industry. Support and advice from these experts continues to guide the further development of Delcam’s programs.

07 January 2013

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