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Call for Papers – Sixteen Topics

DMEA Congress

A variety of topics should be enriched by your lecture.

In 2020, 18 exciting topics will again be discussed in the congress program. In addition to forward-looking topics such as innovative healthcare IT, medical technology and artificial intelligence, other highly relevant topics such as IT security, medical device regulation and the legislative environment will also be presented and discussed in the congress sessions. Furthermore, the digitalisation of nursing care processes, digitalisation for patients, the ePrescription, FHIR, telemedicine, files managed by service providers, business models, the strategies and potentials of health insurance funds, the MI initiative, investment deficits for digitalisation in inpatient care and the electronic patient file will be discussed.

For 16 sessions an application in the Call for Papers is possible and you are cordially invited to apply for a lecture.

Please read the notes below on submissions

  • Please read the description of the relevant session which contains topic-related information and the requirements for your submission.
  • Submissions must be entered from 14 October to 15 November 2019
  • Participation is for free
  • Requirements for the abstract of the paper (PDF, 98.1 kB)
  • The abstract should describe the improvements made as well as the lessons learned while realising the project
  • We also require a CV in text form, no more than 2,000 characters in length, including spaces, and a photo (300 dpi) for your speaker profile
  • The title of the paper (a maximum of 120 characters including spaces) should provide an detailed description of the content
  • The abstract should present a current project which focuses on improving economic efficiency or quality

16 Topics

The focus of the session "Innovative Healthcare IT" will be on different areas of the healthcare system that are being discussed from both the technical and the social perspective. Innovation stands for new ideas and creative solutions, but also "change."

We are looking for ideas, processes or products that have changed the healthcare industry or are about to disrupt the market.

  • Where do we stand in Germany?
  • In which areas are we leading the way as innovators in the digital healthcare sector?
  • Which ideas have become standard and where should we look for inspiration internationally?

Target group: All levels: experts and novices, CIOs and users (doctors, healthcare professionals
Keywords: Innovation, change, transformation, digitization

In a situation where the number of chronically ill and multimorbid patients is on the increase one of the main challenges facing healthcare at present and in the future is the need to ensure the continuous care of sick people and those requiring assistance and nursing care within a modularised and specialised healthcare system. However, existing sectoral boundaries are an obstacle to healthcare within sectoral institutions too because the points of intersection are still not clearly defined, leading to shortcomings in the continuity of management and information. In order to guarantee the most reliable and effective care in both a medical and a nursing context, complex nursing care scenarios require a continuous, intersectoral (out-patient, in-patient), interprofessional (nursing, medical/other therapeutic professions) flow of information between the various players, as well as those affected and/or patients.

The session entitled ‘Digitalisation of Nursing Care Processes’ is intended to present not only the challenges and obstacles, but also specific solutions that have proved to be of value in practical nursing care, e.g. in transfer and discharge management or in specialised out-patient palliative care, and have shown their practical effectiveness in contributing to the improved continuity of (nursing) care. The session is also designed to illustrate how these practical examples of digitalised nursing care processes can be implemented in other areas of application.

Target group: nursing management, social services, management of care facilities and services, general practitioners
Keywords: digital care, out-patient care, intersectoral nursing care, care processes

Medical AI applications have made impressive progress in recent years. Almost on a monthly basis, the American FDA now approves AI-based applications. Similar trends can also be expected in Germany with the imminent introduction of MDR and the discussion about prescription-capable software medical products. Machine learning from data is an important basis for success. The suitability and reliability of medical AI applications depend decisively on the availability of extensive, high-quality training data. Spectacular success has so far been achieved on the basis of elaborately cured and annotated data (mostly image data).

The session will discuss whether and how routine data is suitable; what measures can be taken to improve data quality; what role data integration centers can play in providing comprehensive data; what opportunities and difficulties data and process mining from routine data offer for AI-supported predictive analysis and optimization; what standards promote the usability of routine data for AI.

Target group: hospital CIOs, heads and staff of data integration centers, clinicians, reseachers in clinical and medical informatics
Keywords: artificial intelligence, clinical care data, medical data science

An empirical survey conducted by KH-IT e.V. in 2018 revealed that there will be a funding shortfall of 11.5 billion euros in the field of hospital IT over the next five years. This funding gap will arise from the enormous backlog resulting from the reduced budgets of the past decade, the need to upgrade obsolete IT systems to meet the demands of digitalisation, the actual implementation of digitalisation, and the shortage of qualified IT staff. Even if the majority of this funding were to be approved, the problem that exists at the present time is that it is currently not possible to find the more than 2,500 specialists needed to meet staffing requirements. Although a hospital might be granted across-the-board funding, there is still a danger that the most of this money would not find its way into IT. Even an obligation to furnish proof of the use to which this funding has been put would not provide any guarantees that this money would be used on top of the existing IT budget. Even if digitalisation were to be a strategic objective in the healthcare system too, ways would have to be found to enable this to be achieved.

Does the funding gap really exist? How can the funding be provided? Do alternative methods exist? Are the various different kinds of funding, along with research, also finding their way into digitalisation even in smaller establishments? Is there any point in funding the numerous start-ups if their future customers do not have the financial means at their disposal to deploy and operate the innovations?

Target group: IT management/CIOs, general managers, commercial directors, budgetary controllers, associations
Keywords: funding gaps, digitalisation bottleneck, investment needs, budget allocation, in-patient care

„Simply doing it!“ is an answer often given recently when asking for details on the German eHealth strategy. In the current dynamic times it is easy to lose track on all activities that are underway. This session makes sure that you stay ahead and will therefore put the German activities in perspective to European context. Further the session will break the strategic level down from a European/national perspective to tangiable experiences on the pathway to a digital health nation. Strategic approaches to promoting digital health care can be found with several stakeholders – from policy to institutional level. This is why this session will shed light on strategic goals of European countries and their best practices and put it for discussion.

In accordance with § 291h SGB V, the electronic patient file (EPF) will alter the way that patient care is provided, making anamnesis much easier when the initial presentation takes place at a hospital or a medical practice. With this electronic patient file the patient acquires greater personal responsibility and obtains a better insight into the treatment and clinical picture. However, what the EPF cannot do is create a reliable basis for treatment for cooperative approaches to care. In order to serve as the patient’s file he or she must be able to freely determine the content, but treatment processes require reliable data bases. Consequently, in addition to the EPF, there must also be a concept for the exchange of data between the providers of various services. This session provides details about such concepts and shows how they augment the benefits offered by the EPF. We are not concerned here with technical concepts but with the benefits within the scope of the care.

Call for papers: Papers are required that should, wherever possible, present the benefits of care provider-led files from the viewpoint of the care providers themselves. In so doing they should, in particular, elaborate on the specific experiences made with the feedback from the patients involved. Preference will be given to papers from physicians or from patients.

Target group: Physicians, hospital managers, hospital executives, those responsible for medical networks, HIS & PAS suppliers

In this session reports will be presented about the practical implementation of information security in clinics. Details of the experience gained with test records in accordance with the IT Security Law will be presented.

Target group: CIO, CISO, IT managers, IT security officers, chief executives, IT security consultants
Keywords: IT security, IT Security Law, KRITIS, sector-specific security standard, B3S, test record, information security

E-Health applications have become indispensable and with them new business models have entered the traditional healthcare market. If you want to be successful, you need to know the strategic pillars that need to be considered in order to bring innovations to market. For manufacturers of digital health solutions, generating evidence to demonstrate the positive impact of the product has become essential.

The Digital Health Care Act – Digitales Versorgungsgesetz, (DVG) – a new reimbursement option is coming to the German market at the beginning of 2020 – is reinforcing the need for sound evaluations in digital health. This new law does not only offer a great opportunity for the manufacturers of digital health care products; but has a signalling effect for the entire health IT industry.

We would like to invite everyone to join us in looking at the challenges of the new benefit assessment from all sides: How do you deal with fluid medical devices and short development cycles that require rapid market introduction from a regulatory point of view and what does this mean for manufacturers of applications that have to be integrated into complex forms of care (delivery)?

Based on practical examples, we would like to share the initial experiences of companies within the framework of the DVG and demonstrate how access into the market can be shaped via a comprehensive, but pragmatic benefit assessment. The keywords pay for performance, value-based healthcare or real-world evidence have long been used in healthcare. With digital health applications and a redesigned reimbursement process, it is now possible to turn these approaches into reality.

Call for papers:All companies from the DVG context, especially the manufacturers of digital healthcare applications, are invited to join our discussion on the challenges of new digital business models in healthcare and to share their initial experiences and approaches to the benefit assessment for the DiGa directory: What does the methodology look like, which types of data are being consulted and how do the business model and benefit assessment interact?

Target group: providers, payers, manufacturers of digital health solutions

The MDR can challenge vendors and user of software in the medical domain. Some applications will require a higher class others will become a medical device for the first time. The session will give an update to the curret situation and and latest developments by involving all relevant stakehodlers.

Target group: Hospital-IT, Management, Vendors, Associations
Keywords: MDR, new requirements

The aim of this session is to present the current and foreseeable benefits of the FHIR standard in Germany. The following aspects will be considered:

  • FHIR resources and profiling,
  • FHIR for displaying granular information entities,
  • aggregation of FHIR resources for medical documentation entities such as medical certificates, reports, basic data sets,
  • the importance of FHIR with reference to the ongoing development of HL7 V2.x messages,
  • the extraction of content, e.g. from documents in FHIR resources,
  • FHIR in apps for interaction between patients and service providers,
  • FHIR resources as a component and for the exchange of data in electronic files, and
  • compiling and running FHIR repositories.

Call for papers: Contributions should clearly address at last one of the aforementioned aspects. In so doing they should seek to refer to a successful implementation and above all they should deal in detail with the experience thereby gained, i.e. showing opportunities and shortcomings, as well as commenting on the interoperability achieved.

Robotics and artificial intelligence will bring about fundamental changes to medicine and the world we live in like few technologies have ever done before.
This session shows what is already in use today, what is being worked on, and what we can expect in the future.

Target group: everyone, medical users, medical technicians, investment decision-makers, nursing staff, investors
Keywords: robotics, medical technology, robots, artificial intelligence, support systems, surgical robots

Interoperability is one of the main prerequisites for being able to actually take advantage of the benefits that health IT has been promising for years. In this context the term “interoperability” encompasses much more than just sector-specific technical standards such as FHIR or CDA, or medical arrangement systems, for example LOINC or SNOMED CT. In particular organisational agreements and harmonisation between the stakeholders are required in order to make eHealth services useable in an interconnected healthcare system.

The session “Interoperability and Interconnectedness” is intended to show how interoperable solutions have already been implemented, independently of technology. How are users involved and their processes analysed and adapted? What regulatory framework conditions (laws, self-administration) promote the process, and what inhibits it? What business models exist, i.e. who benefits and to what extent? Is this quantifiable? What was the procedure with invitations to tender? What skills and certification are needed or desirable, both with reference to IT systems and for individuals?

Examples of titles of possible papers:

  • The long but rewarding path of automated booking appointments using the web for GPs and patients at the Glottertal Clinic
  • How we converted a historically evolved HIS to FHIR, thereby improving usability – HIS supplier XY

Target group: Health-IT vendors and users, decision-makers, policy
Keywords: interoperability, standardization, business models, eHealth services

In future physicians will be able to prescribe medications electronically, as provided under the terms of the Law for Increased Safety in the Supply of Medications (GSAV). Question arise in this respect about the organisational and procedural aspects, as well as the standardisation of prescription details and the associated semantic determination of identifiers for products and active agents, and the representation of complicated dosages throughout all primary systems. What would this look like against the background of a realistic time plan, and how would a cross-border exchange be possible? These aspects will be presented and discussed during this session.

Target group: Staff employed by manufacturers of primary systems, hospital IT staff, persons responsible for practice IT, pharmacists, physicians
Keywords: eHealth, ePrescription, eRegulation, medication, standardisation, economic added value

From 1 January 2021 the statutory health insurers are required to offer those whom they insure an electronic patient file (German acronym: ePA) in accordance with §291a SGB V (ePA), the specifications of which were adopted by gematik in the summer of 2019. This electronic patient file is not intended solely to be a storage medium for documents considered by patients to be relevant, but also to facilitate communication and the exchange of data between insured persons and the provider.

This session is intended to examine the implications for patients, physicians, clinics and health insurers of the introduction of the ePA in 2021. What benefits does the ePA produce for patients and what are the conditions that must apply? But what added value does the ePA also provide for providers, and what technical, semantic and specialised specifications need to be met? How can primary systems such as HIS or PAS ensure that the user gains effective access to the ePA? How is interoperability guaranteed between the ePAs of different insurers? These issues will be discussed during this session.

Target group: Clinic IT managers, PAS/HIS suppliers, patients, physicians, clinic management, statutory health insurance schemes
Keywords: Electronic patient file, interoperability, interconnectedness, digital care, gematik

“I’ll just go to the doctor” – a phrase that, to a certain extent, reflects the reality of medical care in past decades in Germany. One feels ill and goes to the nearest accessible doctor in the hope of being seen quickly and of receiving immediate treatment. At the present time this model has its limitations and will certainly not be feasible in the future. The commonly held view is that the blame for this lies with a future shortage of available doctors. “Telemedicine” is often offered as one optional solution, without precisely defining the actual form that this should take. This session is intended to supply at least some of the answers to these questions.

Even transferring doctor-patient communication from the consulting room to telecommunications media in the form of a video consultation does not represent any increase in medical resources. Instead the main opportunities offered by telemedicine can be found in the prevention, delay, or at least the early diagnosis of an evident illness, with the aim of minimising the efforts required in its treatment. In the case of illnesses that are already evident, telemedicine can be used to optimise treatment processes, thereby ensuring the best possible patient outcome.

This approach means that many technical, organisational and legal challenges have to be considered, such as data protection, data security, standardisation, interoperability, medical device regulation, benefits and costs. Current developments in telemedicine, and its future prospects as well as its challenges will be presented and discussed in this session.

Target group: physicians, nursing profession, hospitals, practices, nursing facilities, industry, teaching and research
Keywords: remote treatment, doctor-patient communication, prevention, challenges

Continuing the implementation of the new eHealth law, statutory health insurance funds are required to establish by 1 January 2021 the electronic patient record (ePA) for each insured individual. Via telematics infrastructure or via mobile access (apps) insured persons or patients are given access to their individual health data. As a first step, the ePA will contain emergency data, electronic medication plans (eMP) as well as medical reports. The insured persons themselves decide whether they want to use ePA and they also decide which data is to be entered. With the ePA, the insured persons can permit access to their medical data to authorized persons. In addition, insured persons can upload documents themselves and share them with authorized health professionals.

The new law (TSVG) allows health insurance funds to provide their clients with additional content and, if desired, to offer individual health care services. During recent years, health insurance funds have already developed corresponding electronic health records (eGA) with different approaches.

In this session, several solutions will be presented and discussed. The following questions will be discussed in particular:

  • How can the different concepts presented be interconnected and exchanged in accordance with the telematics infrastructure?
  • How and to what extend is further processing of data from documents provided in an ePA possible?
  • To what extend should the data provided in the ePA be used to improve the quality of treatment processes and in anonymized form be used for research and development, e.g. of new health care concepts?
  • To what extend will the ePA include “learning systems” to be used in the course of artificial intelligence?

Call for papers: The call for papers is primarily addressed to representatives of statutory health insurance companies who have already developed a corresponding ePA or eGA and have already gathered some experience.

Target group: health insurers, health policy representatives, patients’ representatives, IT suppliers
Keywords: ePA, eGA, electronic patient record, telematics infrastructure, health insurance funds

Call for Papers
14.10. - 15.11.2019


Juliane Müller
T +49 30 2062258-57

In case of technical questions
Andrea Hillmann
T +49 30 3038-2259

Please be aware...

  • Papers submitted by users are especially welcome
  • Product, advertising and marketing papers will not be accepted
  • Only submissions which are complete and comply with our conditions will be accepted.
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