International Networking at DMEA 2020

DMEA - Connecting Digital Health21 - 23 April 2020, Berlin, Germany.
DMEA has become international - as Europe's largest event for digital healthcare DMEA is drawing visitors from outside Germany again. They can all look forward to a special program of discussion and talk formats that is being hosted in partnership with Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), the business promotion organization of the federal government. "Digitalization does not stop at national borders. That is why we have a particular interest in promoting not only an interdisciplinary but also an international exchange of views," said Sebastian Zilch, managing director of bvitg. "This event offers ideal opportunities for our visitors to find out about best practices at home and abroad and exchange views with a large number of experts."

International Lounge powered by GTAI features a wide range of topics

The main place to head for international trade visitors is the International Lounge powered by GTAI in Hall 3.2. Julia Pietsch, senior manager of digital health at GTAI, says: "The International Lounge gives companies from around the world an opportunity to get information about the German market for digital health applications. The focus this year is on the economic prospects arising from the law on digital medical care. At the same time, German companies can find out about promising markets abroad. The International Lounge is also the meeting place for international delegations at DMEA, which this year will again be presenting the latest developments on their domestic digital health markets."

Besides the English-speaking events at the International Lounge powered by GTAI, trade visitors can also take part in English tours of the exhibition on the German health market. There will also be simultaneous interpreting available at the congress sessions and keynote speeches. Topics at the congress range from AI, robotics in medicine and digitalization of nursing care processes to IT security and interoperability standards.

International terminologies: a uniform language for IT systems

Understanding each other is of fundamental importance, particularly where interoperability is concerned. This requires terminologies, says André Sander, software development head and management executive at ID. "The medical sphere is complex, which is why a digitalized healthcare system uses various IT systems. Terminologies are imperative in order to ensure frictionless intercommunication. Naturally, IT systems can be interconnected without terminologies, but then they cannot sensibly exchange information, since they do not have a common language. The result is spectacularly inefficient. Studies at university hospitals have shown that some doctors spend 60 per cent of their time on a computer. One reason is a lack of terminologies."

Terminologies also provide additional advantages as international networking expands. André Sander: "International terminologies become necessary when IT systems are to be linked beyond national borders or if one wants to involve colleagues from other countries. They are also useful in multilingual scenarios. Research benefits from it too."

The program of DMEA 2020 can be found online here.

About DMEA

DMEA is Europe's leading event for health IT, which gathers decision-makers from every area of the healthcare sector - including IT specialists, physicians, hospital and nursing care executives as well as experts from politics, science and research. In 2019 a total of 11,000 trade visitors came to DMEA to find out about the latest developments and products, acquire qualifications and establish important industry contacts. DMEA 2020 will take place from 21 to 23 April 2020 in Berlin. Topics will include artificial intelligence, innovations in health IT and digitalisation of nursing care processes.

DMEA is held by the German Association of Healthcare IT Vendors (bvitg) and organised by Messe Berlin. DMEA is organised in cooperation with the following industry associations: 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) provide contributions on the subject matter.

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