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Congress 2017: 10 Years conhIT – Connecting Healthcare with innovative IT.

Year after year well-known Health IT experts shape a Congress programme for the conhIT, appreciated highly by its visitors achieving reviews with top marks. One reason for the success of the participants is the practical orientation of the presentations, preparing strategic-theoretical subjects for practical use. A voting tool during each Congress session provides direct feedback as well as constant quality assurance. All the Congress sessions are translated simultaneously into English.

Every day in three parallel sessions key issues of Health IT were illuminated from all sides and lined with examples from daily IT life. In 2017 the entire Congress was performed under the motto "10 Years conhIT – Connecting Healthcare with innovative IT.". Priority issues included "Cross-sectoral Care Management", "Mobility and Apps" and "Securing Revenues through IT-based Management".

The programme was worked out by the Congress Advisory Board, consisting of stakeholders of science, politics, users, industry and health insurance companies.

conhIT is organised in cooperation with the following associations: the German Association of Healthcare IT Vendors (bvitg), the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS), the German Association of Medical Computer Scientists (BVMI). The National Association of Hospital IT Managers (KH-IT) and the CIO-UK (Chief Information Officers – University Medical Centers) have provided contributions to the subject matter.

The program is then worked out by the Congress Advisory Board, consisting of stakeholders of science, politics, users, industry and health insurance companies.

Call for Papers 2017 - deadline has already expired 17.10.16 - 18.11.16
Congress themes 2017 November 2016
Congress programme 2017 February 2017

Congress Sessions 2017

Session Chairmen:

  • Dr. Michael Meyer, German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association
  • Ekkehard Mittelstaedt, German Association of Healthcare IT Vendors (bvitg)

The health industry has long become a “mega trend“. According to key health industry data provided by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy’s (BMWi) it is one of the German economy’s largest sectors. With its innovativeness and huge employment figures it represents a driving force for growth and jobs.

In a tense environment characterised by a lack of specialists and limited resources, and with a growing demand for health products and services, policymakers hope that digitalisation will result in substantial efficiency and growth gains for Germany. Hopefully, this will benefit not only health insurance customers and contributors but health industry companies as well. That is reason enough to declare the health industry a cornerstone of the digital agenda, and to concentrate one’s efforts, make more efficient use of resources and to reap the best possible gains from digitalisation for Germany and its citizens.

However, the many headings on the Digital Agenda 2014-2017 list the healthcare system only once, namely in the context of the telematics infrastructure: ’Digital infrastructures – unlocking the potential of the healthcare system’. No specific mention is made of any measures or policy adjustments that would allow the health industry to unfold its potential. At the same time necessary, and ultimately inadequate, efforts to rethink processes set in stone appear habitually incapable of even keeping up with the status quo. We are miles away from realising visions, let alone from entering a new digital age.

Why is this so? And besides implementing a broad digital agenda do we need an alliance to support digitalisation in the German health industry, capable of concentrating efforts and also of kickstarting the digital transformation with the necessary momentum and desire for change?

A panel of experts will discuss their expectations for digitalisation in the health sector, what such a strategy must achieve, and what needs to happen in order for tomorrow’s digitalised health industry to function. It will remain to be seen to what extent the Digital Agenda 2014-2017 addresses the items discussed.

Session Chairmen:

  • Dr. Adrian Schuster, Berufsverband Medizinischer Informatiker e. V., Paracelsus-Kliniken Deutschland GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • Bernd Behrend, German Association of Hospital IT Managers (KH-IT)

Artificial intelligence, robotics and ubiquitous computing, the major trends in IT both now and in the future, are making their way into the health industry in all kinds of different ways. They assist and even replace both physical and cognitive activity. Besides these aspects, which affect productivity, they open up completely new opportunities for helping and healing patients. The ongoing digital transition means that existing IT, communication, medical and institutionally operated systems are becoming more and more interconnected. Added to this are the connected personal devices of patients and workers.

Connected medical products and robotics such as insulin pens, endoprosthetics, exoskeletons and pacemakers need to be incorporated into networks. At the same time they increase patient-related computing power. How far have these developments progressed? How is the accumulated data dealt with and what can we deduce from it? How is patient-related computing power put to use? How can the relevant devices be incorporated into the Internet of Things? The submissions will aim to show how hospital IT can benefit from these advances and what changes are necessary.

This conhIT session takes a look at projects where the Internet of Things has already established itself in the hospital environment and substantially benefits patient care. Furthermore, the aim is to place the spotlight on the future of hospital IT due to the implementation of increasingly connected systems.

The point is to show which interfaces and standards are necessary as well as the organisational and normative requirements needed to achieve maximum benefits for the patient (including quality and patient safety).

Session Chairmen:

  • Rainer Höfer, National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds
  • Jan Neuhaus, German Hospital Federation

The innovation fund represents a big opportunity for research in healthcare. It opens up the way for many projects which, with secure financial backing, can prove that innovations benefit healthcare. Even if the projects have not been launched the question is whether and how much eHealth the innovation fund can support. In order to gain an initial overview individual projects will be addressed. These will be outlined in brief papers illustrating how IT can be put to use as well as the anticipated effects. A joint closing discussion will take an in-depth look at individual topics.

Session Chairmen:

  • Prof. Arno Elmer, Innnovation Health Partners GmbH
  • Dr. Markus Müschenich, German Association for Internet Medicine

Currently there are almost daily reports in the media about digital and mobile health services which, with the latest smart opportunities they offer for the patient, frequently proclaim a revolution in medicine. They usually quote the rapid rise of apps in stores, examples of success in practice and the benefits for the patient. Among the most popular are wearables and mHealth apps, which consumers can use to record and analyse their exercise, heart rate and blood sugar levels and daily calorie intake. In that context the fact that mHealth services can be used to make people lead healthier lives and reduce healthcare service costs is a big motivation for health insurances and other state-run organisations. Against the backdrop of demographic change this is becoming more and more important.
The session aims to highlight innovative approaches and strategies capable of ensuring preventive and long-term patient care. The object is also to present views in response to the following questions:

  • What digital health apps are available and which ones make sense?
  • How are mHealth services changing health care in Germany?
  • What is the potential impact of these apps in terms of health and economics?
  • What financing opportunities are there in Germany?
  • What has to be done to gain the necessary public acceptance?
  • Are potential risks and problem areas known in this context and how can they be actively reduced or eliminated?

Session Chairmen:

  • Dr. Christof Geßner, gematik - Society for Telematic Applications of the Health Insurance Card
  • Dr. Günter Steyer, eHealth Consulting

Session Chairmen:

  • Bernhard Calmer, Cerner Health Services Deutschland GmbH
  • Oliver Bruzek, CompuGroup Medical Deutschland AG

What policies do the political parties have to offer in their programmes? What is the state of the digital transformation in administrations?

How can BMG put these demands into practice? .. a highly informative debate.

It is election time and the parties are campaigning - Oliver Bruzek and Bernhard Calmer are inviting politicians from (almost) every party, administrations and the health ministry to set out their ideas as to how Germany can manage the digital transformation in healthcare. With the help of the audience the participants will outline their positions, exchange views and put forward their concepts.

Session Chairmen:

  • Stefan Smers, CIO‐UK (Chief Information Officers – Universitätsklinika); Leipzig University Hospital
  • Johannes Dehm, VDE – Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies; DIN Standards Committee Radiology (NAR)

The age of digitalisation has arrived in health care, and in hospitals too. There is hardly any institution which ignores the issues arising from this challenge. The task is to provide and adapt infrastructures to be able to cope with amounts of data. The availability of applications and infrastructure components is valued differently if data is available only in electronic form. Business processes must be looked at, evaluated redesigned, if necessary, to be able to benefit from the advantages of digitalisation.

We will approach the topic of digitalisation at hospitals from different perspectives. Which strategies does an IT department develop to meet the requirements from the infrastructural perspective? Which are the opportunities provided by the digitalisation of data to support business processes at another level? Will this give rise to new fields of action for users, service providers and manufacturers?

The session called “Digitalisation from a hospital’s point of view“ is a long-term session. This topic will be dealt with over several conhIT conferences over time and from different perspectives of a hospital.


  • Prof. Andreas Goldschmidt, University Trier
  • Dr. Nikolai von Schroeders, German Association of Medical Controlling

Increasingly complex processes, higher demands on efficiency and not least patients expecting that everything goes to plan pose considerable challenges for hospitals. More and more are accepting the need for process-oriented working methods. In order for it to gain cultural acceptance substantial IT support is necessary at every stage from planning, implementation through to monitoring processes and ensuring they work on an everyday basis. As yet there is no uniformity to the tools and projects available, making choices difficult for users. This workshop offers a platform for presenting successful projects involved in shaping processes, their implementation and everyday use.

Which approaches are promising? How can IT help drive necessary change? How can processes be best shaped before implementing them with IT?

En route to implementing best practices users can gain inspiration for their own projects and discuss their experience with current and ongoing activities.

Session Chairmen:

  • Dr. Pierre-Michael Meier, European Association of Hospital Managers
  • Dr. Marcus Schmidt, Germany Trade & Invest

The focal point of this session is Health Information Exchange (HIE).

In the past health-IT was based on the traditional thinking and wording “Information and Communication Technology” with a strong emphasis on the latter part: technology. Today’s biggest challenge is to efficiently and effectively manage information - from big data to clinical decision support systems and to clinical data repositories. In respect to hospital management, strategic information management is a critical tool that goes far beyond the traditional need for “more IT”.

The session will focus on

  • inpatient and outpatient partnerships
  • hospital management information systems
  • operational excellence such as clinical information and decision support
  • vendor neutral vs. universal medical archive & communication infrastructure

both from the CEO as well as a Health Information Manager’s (HIM) perspective.

The objectives of the session are to

  • define and promote the values of good health information management.
  • obtain a better understanding of the expectations and challenges hospitals face in different countries.
  • highlight lessons learned as well as best practices in different countries (incl. standards, innovation, as well as implementation and use of new technology). share experiences with respect to the positioning of the CIO and his/her rights and duties

Session Chairmen:

  • Helmut Schlegel, German Association of Hospital IT Managers (KH-IT)
  • Prof. Björn Maier, German Association of Hospital Controlling (DVKC)

The introduction and implementation of the Law on Hospital Structures (KHSG) has further changed the demands placed on decision-making instruments for senior management in hospitals. In addition to performance and results data increasing importance will also be attached to information on quality.

Conventional information and reporting systems will need to be augmented by data on quality as well as indicators with information on satisfaction levels of patients and admission staff. Risk reporting is another important aspect which needs to form part of an integrated and pro-active risk management system.

In addition to management dashboards multi-dimensional balanced scorecard approaches will become increasingly important management tools. Besides focusing on the status quo simulating possible future results will also become an important aspect of decision-making. This applies to revenues, results, as well as to projecting market changes and demographic trends.

Session Chairmen:

  • Angelika Händel, University Hospital Erlangen
  • Dr. Christian Peters, Federal Association of the AOK

Session Chairmen:

  • Thomas Knieling, Verband Deutscher Alten- und Behindertenhilfe e. V. (VDAB)
  • Dr. Björn Sellemann, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen

Session Chairmen:

  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Breil, Hochschule Niederrhein
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Wache, Hochschule Konstanz

The session entitled ’Innovative Healthcare IT’ focuses on the latest innovations in different areas of the healthcare system.

Regarding the inpatient sector a presentation will be given of the close interaction between the medical care and research platforms at Universitätsklinikum Greifswald, thus highlighting new ways of data networking that benefit the patient.

At the hospitals of the HELIOS Group patients are to be able to access their HIS records via a dedicated internet website.

In the outpatient sector patient data and apps also play an important role where integrating them in software for medical practices is concerned. Are doctors actually interested in this information? What would a relevant business model look like?

The IHE platform xds.b has now become the standard for exchanging documents between hospitals. However, there are many more possible applications. The RZV uses precisely this platform for accessing the documents of the health insurance’s medical service.

Session Chairmen:

  • Prof. Dr. Peter Haas, Fachhochschule Dortmund
  • Andreas Weiß, Klinikum Leverkusen gGmbH

Session Chairmen:

  • Dr. Christoph Seidel, Berufsverband Medizinischer Informatiker e. V. (BVMI); Klinikum Braunschweig
  • Gunther Nolte, Arbeitskreis Informationstechnologie der Arbeitsgemeinschaft kommunaler Großkrankenhäuser (AKG); Vivantes - Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH

Computer-based services and applications have become virtually ubiquitous in our private lives. Mobile phones, tablets, WhatsApp, social media, gaming, audio and video streaming: all these things are available in high quality, anywhere and in any place. Intuitive operation makes them easy to use and accept.

By contrast, IT workplaces often look like something from a bygone era. User interfaces are out of date, flexibility is limited, dependence on external providers is high, mobility is still in its infancy and there is little in the way of connectivity and online communication with partners from the same community.

Our computer experience at the workplace is at least ten years behind our private lives and the gap appears to be widening.

Are companies not making the most of their potential? Are they clinging on to complex, inflexible and costly IT solutions? Are the demands necessarily placed on IT security, data protection and data availability widening the gap between hospital IT and consumer IT or is it the structure of our health system with so many vested interests and ultimately the financial strictures that are at fault?

As part of the digital society patients will soon also be demanding increasingly consumer-friendly digital health services and using them, at least in part, as criteria on which to make decisions.

But what does it all mean for companies providing health services, for those providing IT solutions, as well as for the workers? Is a whole industry negating the digital progress of society and as a result should the digital agenda take a new direction, or is it in fact overdue? Is it possible to close the gap or are the two sides poles apart? Are there successful developments and solutions to prove the opposite?

The session entitled ’Health IT vs. Consumer IT’ takes a look at these issues and provides an opportunity to present and discuss the topic in numerous ways from different points of view. The aim is to present experiences describing the status quo from the point of view of the IT industry, health service providers or that of workers, to put forward possible solutions and show the limits of convergence strategies, and to provide a basic formulation of the topic with the resultant concrete conclusions.

Session Chairmen:

  • Prof. Dr. Martin Staemmler, University of Applied Sciences Stralsund
  • Dr. Johannes Schenkel, Bundesärztekammer

The eHealth law contains detailed provisions for conceiving and implementing telematics applications within the framework of a telematics infrastructure. Applications implemented without said infrastructure will subsequently assume the use of this framework.

The aim of the session is to determine the current level of implementation more than a year after the law has been passed and to provide an assessment of regional, national and international eHealth activities.

In accordance with the time frame laid down in the eHealth Law 2016 is primarily focused on determining specifications and applications such as the nationwide medication plan. Besides discussing the time frame the session will examine the stipulations and their effects on existing and future eHealth solutions such as the electronic medication plan. It is also expected that reports of initial experiences on the introduction and use of the medication plan, particularly from a cross-sectoral point of view, will be given. Despite a nationwide implementation of the telematics infrastructure having yet to be concluded, it is intended that model regions will report on their status quo and present studies on future eHealth applications within the infrastructure.

In addition to the lack of a telematics infrastructure it is the demands of citizens, patients and services providers in particular that are leading to new eHealth initiatives and offers of services which in practice are emerging and running parallel with the infrastructure. The session aims to provide an overview and examine where telematics infrastructure services and applications stand in relation to these developments.

Session Chairmen:

  • Thorsten Schütz, Bundesverband der Krankenhaus IT-Leiterinnen/-Leiter e. V. (KH-IT); Klinikum Itzehoe
  • Rüdiger Gruetz, Klinikum Braunschweig

Session Chairmen:

  • Prof. Dr. Dietmar Wolff, FINSOZ
  • Dr. Iris Straszewski, VDE

In the past years, opportunities for the use of intelligent assistive technologies increased rapidly. So far, discussions often focused on what is technically possible. However, one question becomes increasingly important: Do technically possible solutions reflect the beneficiary and user experience? In addition, one can ask, how technology can be profitably tied in to service scenarios. These topics are currently major trends in regional care provision. However, what is the benefit for beneficiaries, user, and payers? And what are the consequences for care provision across sectors (inpatient and outpatient care, rehabilitation, at home)? Which service can be combined in which scenario with which technique?

Which case studies are put in practice and how are they implemented? Who drives implementation? Which position do IT and device manufacturers take with regard to intelligent assistive technologies? There are three prerequisites for safe and long-lasting care in the future: security, mobility, and independence. How can new intelligent assistive technologies contribute to fulfill these prerequisites?

In this session, we would like to report on practice examples and successful approaches to assistive technologies in regional care provision with regard to cross-sector collaboration. In addition, we would like to present methods which closely link the development of intelligent assistive technologies to the user’s situation-specific requirements and thereby lead to systems fit for purpose.