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April 01, 2019

DMEA Dossier on health IT Trends

From the Telematics Infrastructure to Artificial Intelligence: The latest topics at DMEA 2019

How can deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) play a future role in healthcare? How widespread is cloud computing in the German healthcare system? And what is the status quo in establishing the telematics infrastructure? With its program of events DMEA 2019 offers a platform for discussion on all these issues. A number of exhibitors, including the Gold Partners, will also be presenting their innovative solutions at the Industrial Fair.

Berlin, 1st April 2019 - In September 2018, following corresponding talks, the association representing Germany’s statutory health insurances and the German Hospital Association (DKG) agreed on a plan to finance the costs of setting up and operating the telematics infrastructure (TI). It means that after the ongoing rollout of the telematics infrastructure in the outpatient sector healthcare players in the inpatient sector are to become interconnected too. Uwe Eibich, a member of the board and head of the Telematics and eHealth platform division of CompuGroup Medical SE, had this to say: “From our point of view the rollout is going well. At the end of 2018 we registered around 40,000 installations or orders for our connector/telematics connection. Currently our connectors are being used in over 100 different software systems for medical practices. The deadline for connecting medical practices by the end of June is no problem for us providing doctors place their orders in time. Ensuring delivery and training technicians will however be something of a challenge. This is where CGM has the most experience. We have already begun installing equipment in around 50 hospitals, at present only in outpatient clinics and departments supported by the KBV.”

Mark Düsener, head of Telekom Healthcare Solutions, also confirmed the shift towards digitally interconnected systems: “The current rollout in outpatient clinics will increasingly impact on hospitals as well. Another topic becoming more and more of interest in the hospital environment is cloud computing, which is already much more widespread in other countries. Internationally, there is a clear tendency towards centrally organised HIS installations, either a traditional cloud or a type of private cloud in a data centre. This is a trend where Germany will follow suit. However, it is important to have a uniform framework if we want to be able to drive the digital transformation in the healthcare system forward. We currently have a very heterogeneous landscape of hospital laws in the various federal states, where the European General Data Protection Regulation will not change anything for the time being. In order to harmonise laws a political will must be there.”

While the harmonisation of laws is still the subject of discussion, the federal government has taken a decisive step elsewhere: Germany is to become a global leader in the research, development and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI). André Sander, software development head at ID, also sees good prospects for AI, while cautioning that one should be critical: “In the future, artificial intelligence will become integral to medical care. However, the many success stories that we hear often oversimplify artificial intelligence. Not every problem can be solved with neuronal networks and deep-learning algorithms. I do believe that AI now has the same ability as humans to recognise patterns. When asked certain questions regarding images, algorithms are now able to respond just as accurately or better than a trained medical specialist. However, it is important to be aware of the limitations. Modern algorithms still have a problem with language nuances. That applies as much to compound nouns, which are frequently used in German, as it does to the specific terminology used in different medical institutions, their acronyms for instance. Spelling and grammar can be a challenge, especially for non-native speakers. Anyone developing analysis tools must be aware of those limitations.”

With its comprehensive program DMEA provides the ideal platform for a further dialogue.

Outline details of timing of events

Day 1 at DMEA (09 April 2019):                        

· Congress session: Standards and Interoperability as they Apply to Patient Safety and Innovative Diagnostics and Therapy (time: 9.30 - 11.00 a.m. | venue: _Stage B, Hall 2.2)

· Congress session: The Future of Healthcare (time: 9.30 - 11.00 a.m. | venue: _Stage A, Hall 1.2)

· Guided tour of the fair: Tour 1: Digital Health Innovations (time: 2.30 - 3.30 p.m. | venue: Centre Foyer, Hall 3.2 | 4.2)

· Talk: AI in the Healthcare System – Part 1: Data Knows Better (time: 2.30 - 3.30 p.m. | venue: _Hub 4, Hall 4.2)

· Talk: Natural Language Processing and AI: The Digital Transformation Begins with Collecting Information (time: 5.00 - 6.00 p.m. | venue: _Hub 2, Hall 2.2)

· Talk: The Telematics Infrastructure in Hospitals (time: 5.00 - 6.00 p.m. | venue: _Hub 1, Hall 2.2)

· Guided tour of the fair: Tour 9: AI in the Healthcare System. On the Way to the Future (time: 5.00 - 6.00 p.m. | venue: Centre Foyer, Hall 3.2 | 4.2)

Day 2 at DMEA (10 April 2019):

· (Academy) seminar: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (time: 9.30 a.m. - 1.15 p.m. | venue: _Nightingale Room, Hall 1.2)

· Panel: VSDM, NFDM, eMedication Plan…What next? Telematics Infrastructure Applications (time: 1.15 - 2.15 p.m. | venue: _Hub 4, Hall 4.2)

· Guided tour of the fair: Tour 16: AI in the Healthcare System (time: 2.30 - 3.30 p.m. | venue: Centre Foyer, Hall 3.2 | 4.2)

· Talk: N³: How can Digitalisation make Hospitals Work more Efficiently? (time: 5.00 - 6.00 p.m. | venue: _Hub 2, Hall 2.2)

Day 3 at DMEA (11 April 2019):

· Congress session: Precision Medicine for the Wellbeing of the Patient? (time: 9.30 - 11.00 a.m. | venue: _Stage C, Hall 4.2)

· Congress session: Artificial Intelligence for Physicians and Patients: Opportunities and Challenges for Practical Applications (time: 11.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. | venue: _Stage C, Hall 4.2)

· Workshop: Big Data and Artificial Intelligence from a Systems Medicine Perspective (time: 2.30 - 3.30 p.m. | venue: _Box, Hall 1.2)

About DMEA – Connecting Digital Health

DMEA represents a strategic evolution of the former concept. Its aim is to mirror the entire digital supply chain including every process along the way. Step by step DMEA will expand into a platform representing every digital field of interest to all players in the healthcare system, both now and in the future. DMEA targets decision-makers in every healthcare sector – hospital managers, IT heads, doctors, nurses, healthcare policymakers and experts in science and research. As an integrated event combining a trade fair, congress, academy and networking events it gives participants an opportunity to find out about the latest digital healthcare developments and products, establish industry contacts and gain high-level qualifications.

DMEA is held by the German Association of Healthcare IT Vendors (bvitg) and organised by Messe Berlin. The following industry associations also contribute to the event: the German Association of Healthcare IT Vendors (bvitg), the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS), the German Medical Informatics Professional Association (BVMI). The National Association of Hospital IT Managers (KH-IT) and the Chief Information Officers of University Hospitals (CIO-UK) contribute to the subject matter. The three-day event takes place annually on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

More information on products, topics, events and industry trends can be found by visiting the health IT homepage of bvitg Service GmbH, a subsidiary of the German Association of Healthcare IT Vendors (bvitg).