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Your Presentation at the DMEA - Call for Papers Congress Program

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Help Shape the DMEA With Your Presentation!

In the congress programm of DMEA 2023 we would like to show which topics, questions and trends are shaping digitisation in the health care system today and in the future.

Key Facts:

  • Deadline: 8 December 2022, 11:59 pm
  • Language: German or English
  • Length of presentation: approx. 15 minutes (deviations are possible and are subject to the decision of the respective session organiser)
  • Product, advertising and marketing presentations are not permitted
  • All actors in the health sector can apply


Q&A Sessions

You can also inform yourself about all important aspects of the Call for Papers in our free and digital Q&A sessions and ask your questions live:

  • Next Q&A Session: Thursday, Dec. 1., 2022, 1:30 pm (Zoom)

We look forward to your participation!

The 13 topics of the DMEA Congress 2023

Digitization project successfully implemented! Acceptance by healthcare professionals to follow soon?

Digital readiness is essential to ensure the efficient use of digital technologies by the staff.

In this session, we will highlight various aspects of digital competence in healthcare, including:

  • Digital transformation as part of the education/training of healthcare professionals
  • Further training of existing employees and strengthening their digital competence
  • New, digitally oriented job profiles in healthcare
  • Establishing digital competence among patients

Look forward to interesting presentations based on practical experiences and an interactive discussion with the audience.

Call for Papers

Your presentation should address one of the following topics:

1. How can digital competence and digital methods be integrated into education/training of healthcare professionals?
2. How can the benefits and acceptance of new forms of care such as DiGA be further increased through information/integration of service providers and recipients?
3. What opportunities does digital transformation offer to effectively and measurably counteract the shortage of healthcare professionals?
4. How to support existing employees in this rapid development?
5. What new, digital job profiles are emerging?
6. What can we learn from best practices in promoting digital competence that already exist abroad?
7. How to support and/or encourage patients in developing digital competence?
8. How can information security be successfully implemented in everyday work of healthcare professionals?

Would you like to contribute with a presentation on any of these topics from a healthcare provision, research or business perspective? Then we look forward to receiving your application. We kindly ask you to refrain from product placement.

The session will take place in the format 60+30, meaning that there will be 3-5 presentations of about 10 minutes each and an additional discussion with all speakers and questions from the plenary.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

Patients as well as healthy citizens using technology to independently and responsibly manage their own health – that is what consumer health is all about. In general, they do not use special software and hardware, instead technology and services that also have other everyday uses.

The tech giants Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft (the Big Four) as well as numerous other large international consumer enterprises have for many years focused on establishing healthcare business segments and models. For example, Apple Health/Apple Watch can remind patients to take their medication and can provide FHIR documentation. In addition, numerous SMEs and startups are developing new technologies for everyday use.

At present, some people are still sceptical about these technologies. However, their use for fitness purposes means acceptance is growing, and gradually the range of applications for new technologies is expanding too.

The session examines this topic from various perspectives. Possible discussion points:

  • How do people make their technology and service choices?
  • How can collected data be used to benefit patient care? In what ways could this impact doctors and medical workers?
  • What are consumers’ fears and expectations as regards sharing medical data with tech giants? Are there even such fears?
  • Do the Big Four really do everything better? Are ‘made in Germany‘ solutions even competitive?

Call for Papers

  • Classification in the current consumer health and tech giant landscape.
  • Product pitches are not part of this session.
  • We expressly welcome reports of experiences and best practices by patients or users.
  • Reports in English are welcome too.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

In German hospitals digital systems are widespread. Patients can frequently make use of a bedside terminal as a communication and media platform, while inter-professional meetings feature whiteboards, videoconferences and other presentations as normal tools.

But how far has digitalisation advanced in nursing? Do staff still search paper files by hand for nursing information, or are appropriate information systems being used to document and communicate information in nursing care?

Complex nursing care scenarios require a continuous, intersectoral (outpatient, inpatient), interprofessional (nursing, medical/other therapeutic professions) flow of information between the various players, as well as patients, in order to guarantee reliable and effective medical/nursing care and provide the aforesaid with the necessary information.

The session entitled ’Digitalisation in Nursing’ examines this topic and aims to present the challenges and obstacles (e.g. integration in the TI) as well as specific solutions (e.g. digital health applications / digital applications for nursing).

Call for Papers

If possible, submissions should seek to answer one of the following questions and contribute to the exchange of experiences:

  • Which nursing processes are already digitalised in your (inpatient/outpatient) facility?
  • How does digitalisation support discharging and/or communications in the nursing environment and across sectors in your facility?
  • Can you present a practical example of a successful and/or unsuccessful digitalisation project in nursing, i.e. a positive and/or negative experience?

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

Digitalisation has firmly established itself in everyday medical work. Medical practices and medical care centres are increasingly confronted with IT solutions that go far beyond a video consultation. With the electronic medication plan, emergency data management, electronic patient file, COVID-19 certificate, communication in the medical system, electronic sick note, electronic medical certificate, ePrescription, telematics in intensive care medicine and their corresponding expansions, a significant number of TI applications are being introduced all at once. On the one hand this poses serious challenges for data processing in medical practices and for users, but it also opens up new potential applications that ideally benefit medical practices and medical care centres.

The session examines how far digitalisation has advanced in German medical practices and medical care centres and the prospects for and benefits of electronic applications in outpatient care. The intention is also to discuss innovative solutions and exchange everyday work experiences in medical practices.

Call for Papers

We expressly welcome users’ submissions.

  • How far has digitalisation advanced in German medical practices and medical care centres?
  • What is the current outlook?
  • How do digital applications benefit outpatient care?
  • What innovative solutions would you like to see and what is your everyday experience of work in a medical practice?
  • What could digital care scenarios look like in the future?

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

To meet the current challenges in the german healthcare system, 4.3 billion euros were made available by the KHZG. However, shaping the digital transformation is more than just buying and composing newly acquired information systems, but ideally follows a digital strategy. This has to be seen in the context of a corporate and IT strategy and has a high impact on the future performance of the institutions as well as their goals as a company. These institution-related goals should be considered in conjunction with the "national digitization strategy for healthcare and nursing" of the Federal Ministry of Health, which addresses not only vision and goals, but also framework conditions and prerequisites for successful implementation. This session will provide insights into how a digitization strategy can be set up and implemented, including in the context of a national digitization strategy, what obstacles can arise and how to avoid them in a practical way.

Call for Papers

  • Good structure (introduction, methodology, results, discussion)
  • Real results, not very first idea, at the beginning of a 5-year project
  • Strong practical relevance
  • Clear take-home messages for congress participants
  • No advertising text and no praise of a company oder product

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

The aim of the session is to present European Health Data Space (EHDS) activities and assess their impact on current and future electronic health record infrastructures at national level. This includes cross-border health information exchange (HIE) and establishment of digital identities for acute care as well as for secondary use by research purposes. Topics to be addressed by different stakeholders (policy makers at European and national level, EU projects, national health agencies, manufacturers, service providers).

Call for Papers

To this end, different stakeholders (policy makers at European and national level, EU projects, national health agencies, manufacturers, service providers) are invited to address at least one of the following aspects in their contributions:

1. plans and timeline for an EHDS,
2. current state and roadmap of cross-Europe HIE,
3. EHDS prerequisites, like national infrastructures and in particular digital identity,
4. flagship EU-projects providing concepts and specifications,
5. impact of European EHDS recommendations / regulations on the German Health Telematics Infrastructure (current and future version, namely TI / TI 2.0) and
6. impact on the design of local, regional or federal health networks for meeting future EHDS requirements.

Contributions should be factual and provide details on architectures, information models, use of profiles and standards where appropriate.

This session will be held entirely in English, abstracts should preferably be submitted in English.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

Nowadays, it is unthinkable for work routines in hospitals and medical practices to function efficiently without comprehensive digitalisation of all the related processes. What is easily forgotten is that the security and availability of the information processed requires constant attention. If outages or events impacting cybersecurity occur, the damage is often immense.

Lectures on practical issues will highlight typical risk factors that can lead to outages and pose a risk to patients.

You will find out how to detect risk factors at an early stage and in particular about the organisational and technical measures to counter them effectively.

Updates will also be provided on general regulations, funding and legal requirements.

Call for Papers

Based on examples in hospitals and medical practices you can report on the causes of past IT security problems. Have you monitored a specific outage and been able to draw conclusions for effective counter measures for everyday work in the future?

Have you been able to significantly improve procedures in a hospital or medical practice through intelligent organisation or do you have experience with technical aids that can also benefit others?

Can you provide a clear description of imminent legal or normative regulations that will have a lasting impact on information security, or as someone with inside knowledge do you have background information worth sharing?

Then we would be delighted if could share and discuss this knowledge with us and our audience.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and algorithms have been the talk of the town for years in the context of the digitization of healthcare. Even if the high expectations are not always fulfilled, as the example of "Dr. Watson" shows, and a multitude of questions are discussed - beyond marketing promises, the new processes have already found their way into everyday medical practice in many places. Be it for clinical decision support or also in use by patients. This session will highlight where and how such applications are already being used in practice in hospital and outpatient care or by patients themselves. The focus will be on the practical application, the experiences gained, and the challenges faced.

Call for Papers

For this session we are looking for contributions on the practical, medical and patient-oriented use of AI, machine learning and algorithms in the entire treatment process (diagnostics and therapy) by healthcare professionals and/or patients. It is expected that the application is already used in everyday treatment and is no longer exclusively in development.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

This session will focus on the actual goal of digitization: the availability of medical data and its use, and the medical and societal benefits that arise from this. The focus will not be on technical aspects of interoperability and system communication, but on the aggregation, evaluation and analysys of medical data, especially data from primary patient care. In four contributions and a concluding panel discussion, the perspectives of data use and data science potentials will be highlighted and the following questions will be discussed:

  • Which data should be merged and made analyzable?
  • By what means, what research data infrastructure should this be done?
  • How should data access and security in data use be ensured? Who should be allowed to use data and how can social acceptance for data use be achieved?
  • What legal basis is needed for data pooling and use ("data donation", "opt-in" versus "opt-out")?
  • What concrete added values can already be demonstrated through data pooling and analysis, what examples of medical and/or societal benefits exist?
  • Which initiatives and pilots on a national scale contribute to the national health data infrastructure for medical data pooling, evaluation and analytics?

The discussion will also be held with a view to the upcoming European Health Data Space (EHDS) and will follow on from the DMEA session on digitalization strategy.

Call for Papers

Only papers that make/meet fundamental considerations/statements and/or report experiences from projects at the national level will be accepted. NO product presentations or project presentations with limited outreach, no presentations with "requests" to legislators (this will be done in the panel discussion). In their selection, the session sponsors intend an ideal composition of 2 contributions on data evaluation and its existing challenges, 1 amount on regulatory challenges, 1 contribution on a national health data infrastructure. Furthermore, they reserve the right to bring in an additional panelist for the final discussion.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

The cloud transformation has long arrived in the healthcare sector. Particularly through the Hospital Future Act (KHZG), applications that are provided as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), such as patient portals, are finding their way into the IT infrastructure of hospitals. The advantages and opportunities are clear: Vendors benefit from the scalability of solutions and rapid deployment of changes. Ambulatory clinics and hospitals, which are increasingly overburdened due to staff shortages and increasing demands on IT security, are relieved in the administration of the existing clinical systems. End users benefit from process support and modern interfaces that create and enhance user experience.

However, the shift to SaaS solutions has implications for the operation of IT departments in terms of staff qualifications and skillsets, as well as financing. With the deployment of SaaS solutions, software costs are shifting from capital to operational expenditures. This redistribution has not yet been taken into account in hospital financing. Even if most of current SaaS solutions are (modular) partial solutions, the change for comprehensive Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) has begun. How can innovations sustainably be financed and operated? How can compliance to data privacy regulation be ensured and patient data protection ensured? How can vendors position themselves for the future? What IT and consulting services can vendors offer to support the transformation of service providers and establish the added value of a cloud-based system in the market? This session will highlight the opportunities and challenges of SaaS for vendors, customers and end users, as well as the implications for healthcare policy.

Call for Papers

The abstract should be structured as follows:

1. Meaningful title (which is not the title of the session)
2. Problem description
3. Description of your contribution to the session
4. Conclusion and powerful message to audience

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

The corona pandemic and the accompanying restrictions on personal doctor-patient contacts have also focused attention in Germany on the potential of Telemedicine in its various forms. Telemedicine has numerous facets and ranges from telemedical care in regional rural areas to specialized care for rare diseases or monitoring of special medical devices that patients require.

The session will look at different telemedicine care scenarios from the perspective of which patient groups and which diseases are amenable to the telemedicine approach and where its limitations.

Contributions and best practice examples from different perspectives (physicians, patients, self-government, companies) should be presented and discussed in order to give an impression of the status and perspectives of telemedicine solutions in Germany and abroad.

Call for Papers

The session should present telemedicine projects or evaluations on the development of telemedicine in different settings. In particular, it should address what the original expectations were in the project and how the care scenarios have changed through implementation and real-world requirements. Studies on the development of telemedicine should address which patient groups are in focus and to what extent these patient groups also use the telemedical offers and which changes are necessary so that telemedical offers can be used more effectively.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

Nowadays, hospitals often establish high-tech environments with state-of-the-art medical devices. However, many devices are based on proprietary interfaces and cannot be flexibly networked with each other. This makes it difficult to use the data that is generated. Even though the application potential of open and flexibly connectable medical devices for medical care is high, their practical implementation is still in its infancy. The main questions concern interoperability, cybersecurity, approval and operation. It is thus crucial that openly and flexibly networked medical devices are also safe and efficient and that the resulting liability issues are clearly defined.What are the particular pitfalls to be aware of? And what can appropriate solutions look like?

Call for Papers

Call for Papers Applicants are requested to present possible solutions to the following questions in the form of a lecture or practical example:

  • How can open and flexible connected medical devices be operated efficiently and securely?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of connected medical devices compared to open and closed (proprietary) systems?
  • Who benefits in particular from the use of openly and flexibly connected medical devices?
  • What (specific) requirements does the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) place on connected medical devices?
  • How can cybersecurity be guaranteed?
  • Are there adequate (international) norms and standards to enable interoperability and connectivity at all relevant levels?

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

The aim of the session is to take stock of the current and future expectations of the telematics infrastructure (TI) and the associated applications (ePA, e-prescription, KIM, medication and emergency data management, messenger) in doctors' practices and hospitals, but also - and above all - of patients, with regard to the level of technical development achieved, the organization, the practicability and the use of the TI to date.

The focus will be on aspects relevant to practice, usability, approaches to solutions for a digital identity and aspects that create benefits.

Based on the status achieved, the expectations and the further development of the TI to TI 2.0 and the ePA to ePA 2.0 based on these expectations will be presented and discussed with regard to the technical and organizational requirements, the deadlines for realization in terms of time, and the necessary broad involvement in terms of use by relevant users (especially the service providers in outpatient and inpatient facilities) and the patients as end users.

Finally, a critical assessment will be made of the benefits that the developments of TI and its applications to date have brought to our solidarity community and how the expectations presented can be achieved in the future.

Call for Papers

Based on the formulation of expectations regarding functionality, reliability, usability, user-friendly handling, data security and data protection and, above all, the benefits of a telematics infrastructure and the applications based on it in healthcare - both for doctors' practices, hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare facilities as well as for the insured and our solidarity community - the presentations are intended, on the one hand, to take critical stock of what has been achieved so far and, on the other hand, to point out a path for the future further development or new development of the telematics infrastructure.

This includes the applications associated with it to date (ePA, eRezept, eAU, KIM, medication and emergency data management, TI Messenger) as well as other possible application scenarios (e.g. image data communication).

Criteria such as fulfillment of technical and organizational requirements for TI use, e.g., interoperability with primary systems in healthcare facilities, structural, process, and outcome quality, system quality, information quality, service quality, simplification of access to more mobile use, and user/user satisfaction criteria should be considered.

The duration of the presentation should not exceed approx. 12 min. that there is still enough time for a joint discussion.

Here you will find the application portal for your submission.

All Important Information at a Glance

The Call for Papers for the DMEA Congress is open to all stakeholders in the healthcare industry or other appropriate industries. We look forward to receiving diverse, innovative and practical submissions.

From 08 November we invite you to apply for a lecture with your topic.

Only papers that are submitted in full via the submission portal form by 08 December 2022 will be considered.

We do not recommend this, as each application should be specific to a congress theme if possible.

Participation in the Call for Papers is completely free of charge. There are no fees for you for either the submission of a paper or the subsequent placement.

The content and therefore also the selection of the presentations for each session are the responsibility of the respective session leaders. They are guided by the following weighting:

  • Practical benefit for users (25%)
  • Technical quality (including content, methodology, framework conditions) (10%)
  • Structuring, comprehensibility and comprehensibility of the abstract (10%)
  • Originality and degree of innovation of the contribution (20%)
  • Sufficient consideration of legal, technical and organizational aspects (10%)
  • Relevance of the contribution to the session (15%)
  • Internationality and diversity of speakers (10%)

Four submission tips:

  • When writing your abstract, follow the structure guidelines.
  • Match your abstract as closely as possible to the descriptive text of the selected congress topic.
  • Refrain from promotional content. Presentations with a scientific focus and those that concentrate on imparting knowledge are in demand.
  • Make your presentation as practice-oriented as possible; user presentations are welcome.

If a problem arises during the submission process, please contact dmea@bvitg.de.

Information on further Call for Papers as well as bookable services can be found here.