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Your presentation at the DMEA - Call for Papers Congress Programme

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Help shape the DMEA with your presentation!

In the congress programme of DMEA 2022 we would like to show which topics, questions and trends are shaping digitisation in the health care system today and in the future.

Once again, experts from business, science and practice are in demand! From 01 November to 02 December 2021 we invite you to apply for a lecture with your topic.

We are looking for lectures that present a current project or show ways in which care processes can be improved or made more efficient. You feel addressed? Then we look forward to receiving your short online abstract by 02 December!

Please read and observe the following application instructions:

  • Participation in the Call for Papers of DMEA 2022 is free of charge.
  • Deadline for submission: Thursday, 02 December 2021, 23:59
  • Submissions can be made in German or English.
  • Please read the session descriptions. They will tell you the requirements for the topics and thus for your application.
  • Please refer to the abstract of the lecture according to the requirements.
  • Please have a curriculum vitae in text form (max. 2000 characters incl. spaces) and a professional high-resolution photo ready for your speaker profile.
  • User presentations are particularly desirable.
    Product and marketing presentations are not permitted.
  • Only complete applications that meet our requirements can be considered.
  • Please read the conditions of participation and, if applicable, also provide them to the speakers of your presentation.

An extension of the submission period is not intended and subsequently submitted contributions, including those sent directly to the DMEA team, cannot be considered.

The 14 topics of the DMEA Congress 2022

The question is, can we make progress in digital health and health IT with the current backlog without cloud services as quickly as the stake holders expect?

In doing so, we must not limit ourselves to looking at the German Healthcare System, which can be proven in the international digitalization (see Meier / Hülsken / Maier 2021). Healthcare, globally compared to other industries is back. On the other hand, the expectations of the stakeholders are increasing, keyword HIE with the patient, software suppliers only offer their solutions from the cloud, IT staff for on-site services is not available, etc.

Call for Papers

What is your response as a stakeholder, how do you organize services from the cloud?

Why is service from the cloud the way for your software – infrastructure offering?

What benefits and resource savings do the inpatient service provider, the outpatient service provider, the insurer, health authorities or registries and of course the patient, the users and the IT staff have from the solution as a cloud service?

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

The state of digitisation in the health sector is a dark field that can be illuminated by determining its actual use. Maturity models are a proven means for this. However, they not only help to measure, but also reflect functional and strategic aspects through their structure and can thus also help with strategic information system or product planning. This is currently an important topic especially for hospitals.

Many hospitals have already gained initial experience with maturity models in the past. While internationally the EMRAM model of the HIMSS is often used, in Germany instruments such as "KIT-CON IT maturity level", "ARM adaptive maturity model, "the digital maturity level" or "Check IT" are also used by the university hospitals and large municipal hospitals, Fraunhofer ISST, bvitg and Marburger Bund, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and Münster University Hospital.

With the KHZG, the federal legislator has now obliged German hospitals to measure their maturity, at least if they want to benefit from the KHZG funding. The corresponding maturity model was recently presented by the commissioned consortium "DigitalRadar". The first measurement will be carried out in the period from October to December 2021 for the reference date 30.06.2021. A second measurement is planned for 30.06.2023.

As with all measuring instruments or tests, there is not only the question of practicability, but also of objectivity, reliability and validity. E.g. are we measuring what we want to measure? Does it adequately reflect the state of affairs? Is the measurement of any use to us?

In this session we would like to discuss first results and expectations for further development, but also answer questions like:

Should hospitals maintain their own maturity level measurement in addition to DigitalRadar or introduce new ones? Should measurement also take place in the outpatient sector?

Call for Papers

In accordance with the title, contributions with practical relevance to goals, methods, tools, experiences and expectations of maturity models, including how these can be used to shape one's own digital expansion planning, are desired. Essential questions of interest to the industry should be addressed, illuminated and, if possible, answered. Contributions dealing with experiences on the effort required for measurement are also welcome. Contributions should give participants something to take away at the end, such as lessons learned or take-home points.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

Digitization and, in particular, the digital interconnection of physicians‘ practices via the telematics infrastructure (TI) is still progressing slowly. The reasons given by physicians and their professional organizations for this are that the benefits of TI applications (ePA, emergency data record, KIM, etc.) are not sufficiently apparent, the necessary products are not adequately available, and there is a lack of modern, user-friendly solutions. Combined with this, the fear of additional work instead of meaningful support of the practice processes is expressed again and again.

However, physicians are not generally skeptical about digitization. During the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, there was a massive expansion of video consultation hours in the outpatient area. In other areas, however, digitization is stagnating. Only a small amount of data on findings, doctor's letters and diagnostic images is still being transmitted or received digitally. Data exchange between physician‘ practices and inpatient facilities continues to take place almost exclusively in paper form or by fax.

However, many physicians would like to receive more digital networking, both across disciplines within the ambulatroy sector and across sectors with hospitals and other healthcare facilities. And last but not least, there is a growing interest in digital exchange with patients on both sides as well.

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For this session, we would like to see contributions that demonstrate innovative, viable and available solutions in the area of digital(-connected) transformation with the greatest possible benefit for physicians' practices in Germany. A focus on small and medium-sized practices that are not integrated into a hospital group or company-like MVZ structures with corresponding IT departments is expressly welcomed.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

Providing preventive care in the health care system, as well as ensuring the care of sick people and people in need of care and assistance in a modularised health care system, is one of the central challenges against the background of the increase in chronically ill and multimorbid patients. However, existing boundaries at the sectors, but also within the sectoral institutions, make health care more difficult, as the interfaces are still not clarified and defined and, as a result, deficits in management and information continuity arise.

Complex nursing care scenarios require a continuous, intersectoral (outpatient/inpatient), interprofessional (nursing/medical/other therapy professions) flow of information between the actors involved, but also the patients, in order to ensure the safest and most effective medical and nursing care possible and to inform and educate them.

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The session will present both the challenges and obstacles (e.g. connection to the TI) and concrete solutions (e.g. Digital Care Application) that have proven themselves in practical nursing care, e.g. in transfer and discharge management or in specialised outpatient palliative care, and that contribute to improving (nursing) care continuity using digital applications and structures in practice. The session will also show how these practical examples of digitalised nursing care processes can be transferred to other areas of application and how they can be explained to people with illnesses (patients) and their relatives and brought closer to them. Because especially in the general population, there is a lot of scepticism and often also questions that have not been clarified to date.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

Artificial intelligence has the potential to significantly change and improve medical care. The spectrum ranges from AI-supported digital health applications to AI algorithms that take over defined tasks (e.g. infection surveillance) or accompany care processes. However, there are often strict regulatory frameworks due to data protection requirements and the classification of many AI applications as medical devices. In addition, interoperability in medical information systems and sufficient data quality are challenging. The session will highlight current developments, success and failure factors, and application scenarios. Additionally, the session will present strategies for the successful implementation of AI in the healthcare context for discussion.

Call for Papers

Presentations should present concepts and/or applications that are not only ready for routine use, but for which experience from use in a health care context is already available.

Contributions should not focus on the presentation of product features. Instead, the focus should be on success/failure factors, methodological approaches and implementation strategies.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

Following the initial introduction of the e-prescription in July 2021 in selected healthcare facilities, from January 2022 all SHI-accredited physicians will have to use the electronic prescription when prescribing pharmacy-authorized medicines via the statutory health insurance scheme. The electronic medication plan (eMP) and emergency data record (NFDM) applications, in which medication data can be stored, were already introduced in January 2021. The Federal Uniform Medication Plan (BMP) has been in place since October 2016. This session will share experiences with the implementation of these new tools from the physician, pharmacists and software vendor side. A focus will also be placed on the aspect of using different drug databases with regard to the creation of a reference database according to §31b SGB-V by the BfArM. Further central questions are: Do the new applications support the improvement of drug therapy safety, does a necessary synchronization of the applications create additional work and how can this be prevented if necessary. In addition, the collaboration with closed-loop systems will be considered.

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The session will focus on the aspects of user-friendliness, security and potential benefits of the e-prescription applications. For the area of user-friendliness, experiences with the implementation of these new tools will be presented by physicians and software manufacturers. The security aspect will be examined with regard to the use of different drug databases against the background of the development of a reference database according to §31b SGB-V by the BfArM. Also the question whether additional work and risks arise from a necessary synchronization of the applications and how this can be prevented if necessary. An assessment of the medical benefit and in particular of patient safety will be made by presenting the potential of the applications in improving drug therapy safety. Collaboration with closed-loop systems will also be considered. It would be advantageous if initial studies could already be presented on the above-mentioned aspects.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

EHealth has been the key to a sustainable healthcare system not only since the pandemic. The member states of the European Union have recognised this and initiated a multitude of initiatives, projects and strategies. At the same time, different approaches and speeds can be seen both between the EU and member levels, as well as between the members themselves. The result is a fragmented Europe.

The session will give an overview of the degree of digitisation within the EU and present key European programmes. Special attention will be given to national projects, the European Health Data Space (EHDS) and GAIA-X.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

Digitalisation has noticeably arrived in everyday medical life. Medical practices and hospitals are increasingly confronted with IT, the use of which brings with it completely new requirements. How can medical staff find better access to IT? What digital skills are needed in the health professions? How can acceptance and usage behaviour change? How can competence building succeed for entire institutions? This session will discuss the user perspective and highlight best practices in the outpatient and inpatient sector.

Call for Papers

The session is thus aimed at IT managers and personnel developers in hospitals and medical care centres, at software manufacturers and in research, at practice managers and doctors' surgeries, as well as at all those who are enthusiastic about further training and personnel qualification.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

With the increasing digitization of all processes in outpatient and inpatient care, the dependence on this very process support is growing. Cyber and information security is regarded as a basic prerequisite for the success of digitization in Germany. (cf. Cybersecurity Strategy for Germany 2021).

What is the state of information security in practice?

Call for Papers

Your presentation should offer answers to one of these questions, for example:

  • Which current weaknesses offer the greatest potential for attack or damage and should therefore be addressed as a matter of priority?
  • Which methods can be used to improve information security, i.e. ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of information, processes and systems?
  • How can the relevant processes be identified?
  • Is TI really the silver bullet?
  • How can measures be implemented quickly and in a targeted manner?
  • What lessons can be learned from current incidents (e.g. Wolfenbüttel, Dessau, Düsseldorf)?
  • Which operators have examples of successful security projects?
  • Which new risks do I bring into my house?
  • How do I look at supply chains?
  • How does information security look from a commercial point of view?
  • Is the outpatient sector really special?
  • What budgets are necessary for information security, how can the necessary resources be financed?

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

The tension between operating outdated infrastructures and helping to shape digital changes now determines everyday life in hospital IT. This requires new concepts for the management of innovation and change. However, the implementation of change also requires professional project management as well as a well thought-out operating and service concept. A major challenge is also the search for personnel and the development of IT organisational structures as well as new requirements for the skills or competences of IT personnel and their leadership.

Call for Papers

We are looking for practical examples and experience reports from hospitals that are still at the beginning of the change or can already show corresponding implementation successes.

Presentations on change management and personnel development in the context of digitalisation are also welcome.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

Is it worth it? - For whom, which processes and will it improve Care?

Integrated care chains must not and will not stop at the sector borders in the German health care system. A central component for the necessary exchange of information is the electronic patient record (EPR). Due to the legal obligation to introduce this in the SHI sector, it is already available to most citizens in Germany. The EPR can therefore enable data exchange along integrated care chains, digitalise processes and realise a seamless data transition between outpatient, inpatient, pharmacy and nursing care, among others.

Call for Papers

Which processes of intersectoral care that are still conventionally analogue today are considered particularly suitable for digital mapping using EPR? To what extent are intersectoral care chains that include the EPR already established in the realities of health care? How are corresponding projects set up, with which actors and which (technical) partners?

Do EPO-supported care chains go hand in hand with more efficient and/or higher-quality care? The question of the benefits of integrated care chains based on the EPR can be answered from different perspectives: What medical or nursing benefit results and with what evidence? Do the procedural optimisations improve the efficiency of treatments or care? Which monetary benefits arise at which points and are sustainable for which stakeholders?

Who are the drivers of digitalisation and to what extent do they benefit from it?

The establishment and further development of care processes is associated with considerable initial and subsequent operating costs. Who invests in this? What financial resources are available for this and how do the investments pay off?

Are there experiences from similar developments in other countries? What findings and results have emerged there and are they transferable?

We would like to shed light on these questions, practical examples and possible solutions in the session - with representatives from all sectors, industry, research and health insurance companies.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

Now that health policy and self-administration have fixed some important framework conditions for the technical interoperability of IT systems in the health sector, "semantic interoperability" is increasingly coming into focus.

This is not only about mutual agreement on a common "document or data language", but should also aim at a (semi-) automatic interpretation of medical and nursing data.

The session on "Semantic Interoperability" is intended to pick up on current developments, be they in the context of existing standardisation efforts or from sustainable projects in intersectoral care.

The session topic thus covers a range from the annotation of documents for rapid retrieval in file systems to a highly structured system of medical information objects. The session will also examine the principles of transferring data into standard nomenclatures and classifications - such as Snomed-CT or LOINC - as well as the targeted usability of routine data, for example in clinical research.

Call for Papers

Papers can be submitted in the context of standardisation efforts or approaches to the practical use of semantic interoperability methods. This includes, for example, the integration of standardised classifications, the use of structured information objects or metadata-based searches in intersectoral record systems.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

Improving intersectoral collaboration among all involved in health care is a perennial issue in the German health care system. However, it is more relevant than ever: Following the guiding principle the right information, at the right time, in the right place, the use of IT solutions promises to overcome the established sectoral hurdles. Using digital technologies enables the management of patient pathways and allows patients to be involved in their recovery process. At the same time, digital applications provide solutions for the trend of moving medical services in the outpatient care setting and for meeting current challenges such as delivering care in rural areas and compensating the shortage of medical staff. Nevertheless, many lighthouse projects have so far remained isolated solutions or lacked financially viability in the long term. With the telematics infrastructure, a project-independent health data network throughout Germany is now available, which creates new communication opportunities with applications like KIM and TIM. This session will give a status update on connected health care 2022 and provide impulses as well as an outlook on the way to a nationally interconnected healthcare system.

Call for Papers

Semantic and syntactic interoperability must be considered in all approaches so that reuse of data can occur.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

The aim of the session is to consider and evaluate the concepts of a TI 2.0 and its services in terms of their design and implementation as well as their impact on existing IT solutions. For this, different stakeholders (such as IT managers, manufacturers, service providers and specifiers) should address at least one of the following aspects of TI 2.0 in their contributions:

  • Concepts, Roadmap and Migration,
  • Usability and benefits,
  • Solution approaches for a digital identity (BSI and BfDI compliant) incl. impact on Electronic Health Card, Health professional card, SMC,
  • TI Messenger as a pioneer,
  • Gateway solutions for the secure connection of institutions, especially with regard to distributed data storage,
  • image data communication,
  • Comparison of TI 2.0 concepts with international approaches.

The contributions are intended to inform not only about the status achieved but also about the next steps and provide recommendations for the service providers and facilities concerned in preparation for TI 2.0.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.