More than 5,000 participants, over 100 Supporters and more than 500 contributions to the programme - these were the final figures after three days of DMEA sparks - the first entirely virtual edition of Europe's leading event for digital health.
"Our main goal with DMEA sparks was to provide a platform under the current circumstances for a dialogue on digitalisation in the healthcare system - especially as demand has never been higher," said Sebastian Zilch, managing director of the German Association of Healthcare Vendors. "The positive feedback from our speakers and participants showed our decision was right. What also became clear was that a virtual format cannot replace DMEA as an in-person event. I very much hope therefore that DMEA 2021 will take place as planned again next April."
"We were delighted that so many of our exhibitors were open to a new virtual format," said Jens Heithecker, executive vice president of Messe Berlin. "As Supporters they contributed significantly to the event's success and helped shape the programme with numerous webinars and presentations."
Digital health on demandStarting today, DMEA sparks is hosting a comprehensive on-demand service that provides online access to many program items until 15 July. They include all the items from day one, among them the opening interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn, the eHealth Hot Seat with Dr. Markus Leyck Dieken (gematik), as well as virtual tours and many of the webinars and lectures by Supporters from days two and three.
All items can be accessed on the website at www.dmea-sparks.de.
About DMEADMEA 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. The next edition of DMEA will take place from 13 to 15 April 2021 in Berlin.
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.