April 03, 2023

Digital healthcare system: Big challenges, new laws and innovative solutions

More fascinating than ever: DMEA in Berlin, Europe’s leading trade fair for connecting digital health, is more than a showcase for improved, digital healthcare. It is also the leading discussion forum for digitalisation in medicine.

This year will feature numerous topics: in addition to the Hospital Future Act (KHZG), still a much talked-about subject in this sector, the Federal Ministry of Health has formulated two new digital laws. Moreover, German-speaking countries face far-reaching changes in the market for hospital IT. The seven Gold Partners of DMEA 2023 are joining the debate and in particular offer innovative solutions able to address the big challenges confronting Europe’s healthcare systems.

CompuGroup Medical (CGM): “The sectors are converging, and that includes IT“

For CGM the focus at DMEA 2023 is on the development programme of the Hospital Future Act and the structural changes in the hospital IT market following the announcement of SAP to withdraw its IS-H software. “In recent years we have developed CGM CLINICAL, a completely new, modular hospital information system based on our open G3 technology. For anyone needing to replace their hospital information system now or in the future this is a very attractive option for various reasons”, says Bernhard Calmer, managing director of CGM Clinical Europe. In addition to the G3 hospital information system (HIS) and HIS movements, CGM is also addressing patient portals, a major topic in the context of the Hospital Future Act. “With the CLICKDOC patient portal we at CGM have finally developed a portal that not only meets funding requirements but also allows hospitals to comprehensively involve the patient“, says Michael Schösser, managing director of CGM Clinical Europe and area vice president, Business Area HIS.

Dedalus HealthCare: When hospital IT comes to the patient

The hospital IT specialists of Dedalus HealthCare are coming to Berlin with ORBIS U, the new web-based generation of the ORBIS hospital information system. “At DMEA 2023 we will be showing the entire operating cycle for the first time. We are positioning ORBIS U as an attractive option for hospitals requiring HIS orientation“, says Winfried Post, general manager and CEO of Dedalus HealthCare DACH. At DMEA visitors can also get a first glimpse of a new radiology information system due to go into service in 2024. Other key topics include cross-sectoral applications. “Our Patient XCare Suite is a comprehensive patient portal fully powered by ORBIS U technology“, says Post. Together with Asklepios, Dedalus is also presenting its CareBridge discharge management solution on a separate stand.

Deutsche Telekom: From digital IDs to the metaverse

The trend in the healthcare system is towards integrated data spaces, says Gottfried Ludewig, head of Healthcare at T-Systems. Interoperability is the key here, and the company is well positioned for the future. Digital IDs will be another topic at DMEA. Hospitals are obliged to provide them from 2024. “Secure digital IDs are an important factor if we want to implement digital processes. We are currently developing digital IDs for the first health insurances and are confident of success in the near future.“ At DMEA 2023 Telekom will also have information on numerous highly innovative projects dealing with tomorrow’s medicine – where topics will include AI for assisting the needy and medical courses in the metaverse.

ID GmbH & Co KGaA: Are you still documenting or has the learning process begun?

If digitalisation in the healthcare system is to be a success then it will require more than a functioning infrastructure. IT systems need to understand content too. ID knows how information on diagnoses and drugs can be extracted from digital documentation and ultimately free-form text: “Using a terminology server one can extract important facts from free-form text about a patient – data that can be used for invoicing or for research as well“, says Dr. André Sander, head of Technical Development at ID. DaWiMed is to be featured at DMEA 2023. This enables hospital hygiene, financial controlling and quality assurance staff to specifically search free-form text. In the future terminology servers will also be able to fill in electronic patient files (ePA), which the federal government is speeding up with its new digital law.

medatixx: How outpatient medical practices became digital beacon projects

Digitalisation must offer benefits and be user-friendly: that is the mantra of medatixx, a market leader in IT systems for outpatient care. What will be the highlight at DMEA 2023? “Clearly our new software for outpatient psychotherapy, known as psyx. This has been on the market since January and already the feedback has been very positive”, says Jens Naumann, managing director of medatixx. Psyx is a modern solution based on medatixx software, which the company supplies to medical practices. Sensitive data can remain securely archived locally in a medical practice. At the same time, with the help of a complex hybrid architecture the software allows remote updating. That is something customers need not worry about. The maintenance and support required is minimal”, says Naumann. For hospitals the Bamberg-based company has x.vianova, a solution for medical care centres. Supporting tools such as online scheduling and digital archiving are among the features on show at DMEA.

Meierhofer AG: “We make sure hospitals can master the digital transformation“

Faced with the introduction of a hospital information system or having to implement development projects, how do IT departments cope? How, in times of staff shortages, can one reduce the burden on resources – and ultimately have an IT system that is a pleasure to use? Meierhofer AG, which is also exhibiting its innovative M-KIS Now concept at DMEA 2023, has the answers. With the help of pre-configured hospital processes this product makes it as easy as possible for hospitals to switch hospital information systems (HIS). “That takes a lot of the pressure out of changing hospital information systems, so it is possible to get the system up very quickly while minimising the burden on resources“, says Matthias Meierhofer, founder and CEO of Meierhofer AG.

Another highlight at DMEA is a data manager that helps with monitoring of medical devices in ICUs and stroke units. For Meierhofer meeting in person is important too. “We will have customers as guests on our stand available to answer questions and offer information based on their own experiences.“

NEXUS AG: Digital hospitals: bringing together what belongs together

Modern hospitals must be digital all-rounders. The hospital IT specialist NEXUS AG ensures that hospital workplaces, intensive care units, specialist units of all kinds and of course administration and financial controlling departments work harmoniously together.

“One highlight of our NEXUS / KISNG is the central processing unit with which hospital processes can be defined and controlled across differing IT systems,” says sales director Daniel Heine. The company’s other mainstay is diagnostics, with special systems covering opthalmology to cytology. The NEXUS / ADVANCED REPORTING module designed to make diagnostics easier for users is another key topic at DMEA: “The idea is for the diagnosis to write itself so to speak during the examination“, says Heine. “With customer projects, we were able to register time savings of up to 80 per cent. That is something we will specifically be showing at DMEA for psychiatry, cardiology and urology for example.”

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.

Every year, the DMEA dedicates a separate program to the central topic of "young talent and careers".

2022, the DMEA was able to achieve an increase in visitors: More than 11,000 trade visitors attended DMEA - plus over 500 exhibitors and 300 national and international speakers.

In 2020 and 2021, the DMEA could only take place digitally due the pandemic. In 2021, more than 4.000 participants registered for the digital version of DMEA, and around 2.500 viewers watched the program items every day.

The DMEA is organized by the Bundesverband Gesundheits-IT - bvitg e.V. (Federal Association for Health IT) and is hosted by Messe Berlin GmbH. The DMEA is also organized in cooperation with the industry associations GMDS (German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology) e.V., BVMI (Professional Association of Medical Informatics) e.V. and with the content-related participation of KH-IT (Federal Association of Hospital IT Managers) e.V. and CIO-UK (Chief Information Officers - University Hospitals).

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