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April 08, 2019

DMEA debuts with a wide range of topics and interactive formats

Minister of Health Jens Spahn to attend opening of DMEA

Dorothee Bär to deliver keynote speech on day two of the fair

Dr. Gottfried Ludewig to face critical questioning from the industry at the eHealth Hot Seat

What can be done to ensure the success of ePrescriptions and the electronic patient file? What prospects do digital solutions for the patient offer? What added value can digitalising nursing care achieve? From 9 to 11 April on the Berliner Exhibition Grounds DMEA – Connecting Digital Health (formerly conhIT) will devote itself to the entire range of topics surrounding the digital transformation of the healthcare system. DMEA is the main platform for digital healthcare where everyone involved can engage in a dialogue – including hospital managers, IT heads, doctors, nurses, as well as representatives of politics, local government, science and research.

Jens Naumann, CEO of the German Association of Health IT Vendors (bvitg), the organisers of DMEA: “Digitalisation is a topic that affects everyone worldwide and has taken on a dynamic role in health institutions. The number of people involved in health IT is rising. Without the many possibilities that IT has created modern healthcare would be unimaginable today. Where once the debate was on whether digitalisation would take place, it is now about how fast and what positive uses it can be put to. The DMEA concept is precisely the right platform for a dialogue between everyone involved in the supply chain and for presenting innovative solutions“

Dr. Christian Göke, CEO, Messe Berlin: “The changes that result from digitalisation of the healthcare system concern everyone. That applies to us too. After eleven successful years of conhIT it was time to take things a step further and reposition ourselves as DMEA – with a broad range of topics dealing with every aspect of digitalisation in the healthcare system, a wider audience and new interactive formats.“

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn, member of the German Bundestag, has announced his attendance at the opening of DMEA. In his keynote speech he will outline ways in which digitalising the healthcare system can benefit patients and what the ministry’s future plans are. In her keynote speech on day two of the event, the Federal Chancellery's State Minister for Digital Affairs Dorothee Bär, member of the German Bundestag. The new eHealth Hot Seat format will provide an opportunity for critical dialogue, at which Dr. Gottfried Ludewig, head of the Digitalisation Department at the Federal Ministry of Health, will face questions from the audience and live via Twitter.

The eHealth Hot Seat is only one example of the interactive formats at DMEA. Be it a slam, panel or workshop, the new formats invite visitors to exchange practical knowledge among experts. The program also features numerous Congress sessions which will examine pressing industry issues.

Jens Naumann, CEO of the German Association of Health IT Vendors (bvitg), the organisers of DMEA:“The Congress and interactive events feature a wide range of topics: discussion will focus on artificial intelligence, IT security and interoperability as well as the digitalisation of nursing and the importance of the electronic patient file for intersectoral and interprofessional care. The latter topic in particular is currently attracting considerable public attention. In an age in which digitalisation is rapidly and comprehensively changing our lives, more and more health insurance customers expect to be able to obtain their health data and gain electronic access to medical care. Political aspects, legal certainty and financial issues also play an important role in ensuring that practical and innovative applications find their way to the patient as well as health insurances. They all strongly influence the innovativeness of health IT in Germany – a sector characterised by strong, above-average growth and one without which digitalised healthcare would not be possible.“

In order to provide better orientation, for the first time there are six themed tracks which cluster topics according to key interests. Another new feature is an expanded program for young professionals which will take place on all three days of the fair: Be it a job CV check or speed networking at the Meet2Match event for career starters, the Career Partner rallye for students or the DMEA Newcomer Award for university graduates – DMEA is the right platform for bringing young talent into contact with companies.

Some 570 companies ranging from startups to market leaders are exhibiting their new products on an expanded display area at the Industrial Fair. Once again, startups will be able to present their ideas at the Startup Café. Among the products are an intuitive app which assists early recognition of dementia, a smart band aid for the home care environment, and a VR application which enables stroke patients to regain their independence more rapidly.

About DMEA – Connecting Digital Health

DMEA is the successor to conhIT – Connecting Healthcare IT and represents a strategic evolution of that 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).

www.health-it-portal.de

This press release can also be found on the internet: www.dmea.de