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Call for Papers – Ten Topics

DMEA Congress

Please read the notes below on submissions

  • Please read the description of the relevant session which contains topic-related information and the requirements for your submission.
  • Submissions must be entered from 15 October to 16 November 2018
  • Participation is for free
  • Requirements for the abstract of the paper (PDF, 224.4 kB)
  • The abstract should describe the improvements made as well as the lessons learned while realising the project
  • We also require a CV in text form, no more than 2,000 characters in length, including spaces, and a photo (300 dpi) for your speaker profile
  • The title of the paper (a maximum of 120 characters including spaces) should provide an detailled description of the content
  • The abstract should present a current project which focuses on improving economic efficiency or quality
Juliane Müller
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What innovative technologies are changing the healthcare system? How does one define an innovation and when does it benefit the patient?

The session entitled ’Innovative Healthcare IT’ focuses on the latest innovations in different areas of the healthcare system. ranging from innovative products to processes and services as well as improving the quality of care.

Innovations take place through planned and controlled changes using new ideas and systems which are not yet part of standard healthcare and which produce measurable improvements.

Looking towards the future, the idea is to highlight the areas where innovative solutions can be applied and what distinguishes them from today’s IT systems.


Unstructured and non-standardized language contains errors and semantic misinterpretation. Can systems exchange data between APPS and health records and process them clearly and without errors? Terminologies and ontologies developed worldwide, such as SNOMED CT, LOINC, OMICS, or drug terminologies such as IDMP and UCUM, not only make data traffic more secure, they also form the basis for algorithms that are already being used today to enable precision medicine and merge data from Genetics and Electronic Patient Data.


Systems and projects that map terminology management will be . In addition, the different application scenarios of medical, therapeutic and nursing terminology will be discussed.

Customer benefits:

The benefits of ontologies and terminologies will be discussed against the background of modern technologies for artificial intelligence and machine learning. What can and does e-health terminologies offer in the digital age that go beyond mere billing documentation? Why do we need standardized languages in order to perform AI and ML effectively and to operate the algorithms? What will the future bring us?

Project reports:

Projects and products that have already used international e-health terminology in Germany and Europe will present their results and represent the hurdles and opportunities.

§ 291a of the Fifth Volume of the Code of Social Law stipulates that a uniform electronic patient file is to be implemented nationwide by 2021. A lively debate is currently taking place about its purpose, benefits and risks. There appears to be no unanimous opinion on whether, and in what form, the patient file can improve care. As files covering various sectors have already been in use for more than ten years, both regionally in Germany and abroad, it is worth taking a look at what is happening in practice in order to highlight future options. What currently works? What new opportunities have arisen? Do difficulties exist when communicating with the patient? Was there resistance and has it been overcome? Practitioners are being invited to address these issues and outline in which scenarios patient files offer benefits and how the risks can be handled. The closing debate will aim to jointly formulate expectations regarding the future of the patient file in Germany.

Computers are a normal feature of many wards in German hospitals, and there are frequently also monitors and bedside terminals in patients’ rooms. As well serving documentation purposes, nursing information systems are used as management and communication tools and as a source of information. Close coordination between all the professional groups involved in the care process is necessary in order to ensure that nurses and interdisciplinary professionals can conduct effective and efficient work. In the age of digitalisation, can these demands still be fulfilled using pen and paper?

That is why the session entitled ’Digital transformation in nursing – What is the added value?’ will examine this subject and highlight ’positive and negative experiences’. If possible, the submissions should seek to answer one of the following questions and contribute to accounts of past experiences:

  • What nursing processes at your institution have already undergone a digital transformation?
  • How does digitalisation support patient discharge processes in an intersectoral nursing environment?
  • Can you offer a practical example of a successful (or failed) digitalisation project (positive and negative experiences) in the nursing environment?
  • What benefits has the digital transformation of nursing processes achieved in your institution?

Nursing is more than a combination of taking care of the elderly and sick. Instead the challenge in future will be to ensure the best possible organisation and coordination of care and support for the sick and/or very elderly, those with multiple diseases and in need of extra care. In the resultant complex healthcare scenarios a continuous flow of communication between the relevant sectors and professionals, the players involved as well as those concerned, and/or patients, is required in order to ensure the safest, most effective and most efficient medical healthcare possible.

Until now, barely insurmountable obstacles have existed between sectors and professions as well as the healthcare institutions involved in nursing, resulting in major deficits in management and the flow of information. In such an environment reliable healthcare is not possible.

The session aims to present concrete IT-based nursing care concepts which have been successfully implemented in practical care scenarios across a variety of sectors and professions, possibly even in other European countries. The session will also benefit from receiving innovative ideas and suggestions for new IT developments.

Submissions should in particular seek to answer the following:

  • How can the role of nursing be improved in intersectoral and interprofessional care processes?
  • From a nursing point of view, which areas urgently require interaction between care processes and which areas require less?
  • What shape could cooperation between physicians and/or pharmacies take?
  • What role does the electronic patient file occupy in nursing processes?
  • Regarding nursing, what form should communications take between nurses, nursing patients and their family?

Beginning by taking stock on the rollout of the telematics infrastructure (TI), the purpose of this session is to present and discuss ongoing development work for additional applications, as well as mobile access to TI services by insured persons.

The experience gained from connection to the TI and from the use of Assured Core Data Management in out- and in-patient facilities will be examined at both a technical and an organisational level, from the viewpoint of those responsible for providing the IT. Service providers need to know what medical applications are already available and how these can be integrated in the service providers´ existing processes. Among other aspects, independent access to TI as a prerequisite for using health files is vital for patients in the age of digitalisation. From the health policy perspective it is also important to consider the expected specifications arising from the Appointments Service and Care Law (in German: TSVG) and from an eHealth Law II, and how they apply to the way in which the content of the TI is structured.

The session will address these aspects in practice-related papers and undertake a critical examination of the background to these developments at the time of the DMEA 2019.

Until now, knowledge-based systems supporting physicians have been mainly part of medical products such as ECGs, or databases containing specific information. Increasingly, such knowledge-based systems combine implementing guidelines with artificial intelligence and medical information from various sources and provide real-time support even for complex medical tasks.

As a result of this development what are the opportunities and challenges for practical applications? How reliable is the advice that these systems offer? And what is this advice based on? How can we monitor the quality and safety of these systems? Do we need new rules for approval? And what do we need to observe in practice?

The session will present a number of examples of knowledge-based systems supporting physicians and their practical applications. At first the session will illustrate how existing knowledge is electronically accessed and kept up to date, and subsequently how the system functions in practice and the how it is reshaping medical care.

At the end of the session a panel discussion will debate which areas are already suitable for implementing knowledge-based systems and what needs to be observed when these systems are put to practical use.

Smartphones and tablets will lead to radical changes in the processing of information in the healthcare sector. In combination with a well-developed network infrastructure and the wealth of information that the internet can offer, all the data that we in the healthcare sector require will be available at any time or place, in an accurate, up to date and complete form on mobile terminals. This was our vision when enthusiasm for the mobile revolution was at its peak. Eleven years after the launch of the first iPhone we want to use the mHealth session to ask what remains of this vision, and what mobile concepts have actually been successfully introduced in the productive operations of the healthcare sector. We examine the challenges confronting us when mobile technology is integrated in the care process and in healthcare information systems. And we also discuss what are the expected implications of the next technological revolution, that of digitalisation.

Nowadays, without a widespread and complex IT infrastructure modern hospitals would no longer be able to provide efficient medical care. Systems and programmes must function without interference and as a result are an important part of comprehensive care. Thus, topics such as risk management and cybersecurity are not only of interest to IT departments, but are also a direct responsibility of the company management.

Participants in this session can find out the latest regarding legal requirements and recommendations. In addition, practical examples will be given to illustrate IT security methods and their implementation in hospitals.

Everything takes too long and is always the fault of someone else: administrations, politicians, hospitals, not enough doctors and money, and one’s own boss. A situation we are all familiar with – but is it the same everywhere? And will it never change? Who will shape tomorrow’s Health IT?

Sometimes a different perspective is a good thing. Looking beyond horizons, listening to new voices, accepting other views.

That is exactly what this session will attempt to do, and to achieve that we are inviting guests from well-known companies to present untested ideas, organisations that are already doing things differently, and optimists who still dare to think in new ways.

Looking forward to this event? So are we …

Please be aware...

  • Companies must be exhibitors at DMEA 2019
  • Papers submitted by users are especially welcome
  • Product, advertising and marketing papers will not be accepted
  • Only submissions which are complete and comply with our conditions will be accepted.

Guidelines for speakers (PDF, 292.5 kB)