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April 28, 2023

More than 16,000 participants and over 700 exhibitors: DMEA - Connecting Digital Health draws a positive balance

DMEA 2023 concluded yesterday with a significant increase in attendees. In his keynote speech opening the event, Federal Minister of Health and patron of DMEA Prof. Dr. Karl Lauterbach described the next steps for digitalising the healthcare system.

More than 16,000 visitors, over 700 exhibitors and 300 speakers from Germany and around the world – after three days DMEA, Europe’s leading event for digital health, came to a successful conclusion. Attendance at DMEA rose significantly again, marking an increase of almost 50 per cent over last year’s event.

From 25 to 27 April everyone with an interest in driving the digital transformation in the healthcare system gathered on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Federal Minister of Health and patron of DMEA Prof. Dr. Karl Lauterbach opened the event: “We live in fast-changing times, which is why an opportunity for discussion such as this is so important. I am delighted to be acting as patron of DMEA again and in particular to be able to present you with something I had announced a year ago in this very place, namely our digitalisation strategy. Digital solutions are indispensable for driving Germany’s economic growth.“

In his keynote speech Lauterbach talked about further concrete steps on the way to digitalising the healthcare system. Following the March presentation of the digitalisation strategy for the healthcare system and nursing care, it is intended that the electronic patient file (ePA) will become standard and that by providing detailed information it will gain the trust of users. The aim is that by 2025 80 per cent of patients will be using the ePA and that ePrescriptions will become the norm. There are plans to introduce a Medical Messenger as early as this year, which medical professionals can use for secure communications.

Melanie Wendling, Managing Director, German Association of Health IT Vendors – bvitg e. V., the holders of DMEA: “Why look further afield when all that is good is nearby! DMEA has no reason to feel upstaged by HIMMS and nobody needs to travel to Israel or northern Europe to find out about the sensible, user-friendly and cross-sectoral digital transformation also taking place in the German healthcare system.“

Dirk Hoffmann, CEO, Messe Berlin: “An approximately 30 per cent increase in exhibitors and almost 50 per cent more visitors than before the pandemic – that sends a clear message and confirms DMEA’s role as one of Europe’s leading events for digital health. DMEA is the ideal platform for exchanging views, obtaining information and networking here in Berlin, which is one of the world’s leading locations for healthcare business.“

In terms of topics DMEA reflects all aspects of digital health – ranging from the electronic patient file, ePrescriptions, AI, the telematics infrastructure, digital health applications, data protection, health data usage and green IT to interoperability and IT security.

DMEA sparks, the format for young professionals, placed an even greater focus on careers, newcomers and sustainability, three important topics. Students, graduates and young professionals were able to make contact with established companies, universities and hospital IT departments, and employers were able to get to know prospective employees.

DMEA is augmented by the online platform of DMEA, where users can network and get information. Starting on 2 May, numerous lectures from the DMEA programme will be available as videos on demand.

The next DMEA will take place from 09 to 11 April 2024.

Messe Berlin South Entrance with visitors of the DMEA
Three successful days all about digital health at the Berlin exhibition center. Photo: Messe Berlin

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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You can watch videos of DMEA on the YouTube channel of DMEA.


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