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Call for Papers conhIT Congress 2018

conhIT 2018 – Transforming Healthcare

We hereby invite all health IT players to contribute to the congress programme. The main theme of this year’s event is ’conhIT 2018 – Transforming Healthcare’. You can apply to hold a paper at one of the six sessions of the conhIT Congress 2018 by submitting your entry from 16 October to 17 November 2017. It is not planned to extend the deadline beyond 17 November 2017.

  • The call for papers targets everyone involved in health IT
  • Submissions must be entered from 16 October to 17 November 2017
  • Participation is free
  • Only submissions which are complete and comply with our conditions will be accepted.

The members of the advisory committee responsible for each individual session will decide on the most interesting papers appropriate for the topic.

Questions around call for papers with regard to contents will be answered by Juliane Müller.

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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.
  • Please put together an abstract with the following points requirements for the abstract of the paper (PDF, 335.6 kB)
  • The abstract should be 2,500 - 4,000 characters in length, including spaces
  • 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
  • Companies must be exhibitors at conhIT 2018
  • Papers submitted by users are especially welcome
  • Product, advertising and marketing papers will not be accepted
  • 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
  • The abstract should describe the improvements made as well as the lessons learned while realising the project

Session description

Benefits of the Digital Transformation of Healthcare for the Medical Profession

Medical doctors contribute decisively to creating value in the healthcare sector. As intrinsically medical tasks, diagnostics and therapy serve the true ends of healthcare: maintaining and restoring health in the case of illness. To accomplish this, they are increasingly and as a matter of course also making use of digital technologies and instruments.

Conflicting with this is the fact that the introduction of common hospital information systems and administrative systems for physician practices has resulted in intuitive resistance to rather than acceptance of the indisputably necessary continued expansion of digitisation processes. Far too often, the work associated with these systems is seen as a relegation of administrative tasks rather than as support for core medical activities. For example, while entering identical patient data multiple times for different purposes due to the increasing bureaucratisation of the remuneration system may also be used indirectly to finance a doctor’s own workplace – it nevertheless consumes a large portion of a doctor’s working hours, which are then lost to the actual profession, patient care.

Yet digitisation can, should and must make medical work not more, but rather less difficult, improving the associated processes and outcomes and, in some cases, making them possible for the first time. In achieving this, the focus must be on the benefits of digital transformation as perceived by doctors in their patient care.

This issue is also of particular importance due to the fact that hospitals in particular compete for doctors – a limited human resource – and, in the process, are finding themselves increasingly confronted with “Generation Y” specialists and consultants, who have very different expectations of the available digital tools and aids than their predecessors.

With this in mind, the session will present useful and promising approaches to digital transformation geared toward directly benefitting medical activities and will discuss them with those affected and the relevant expert audience.

Nursing – Are you only providing Documentation or are you already conducting Analyses?

Although nursing today is not yet connected to the health system’s major data highways and memory banks, to a large extent it is already using software systems for planning and documentation purposes. This is generating vast amounts of data which is, however, not being utilised as valuable information in many parts of the healthcare facilities.

For this reason the session “Nursing – Are you only providing Documentation or are you already conducting Analyses?” will, for the first time, address the potential of the standardised recording of comparable and jointly usable care data and, using this as a basis, examine structured data analysis. This is because nursing must actively participate in developments involving all aspects of data analysis, so that the recorded or documented care data can be used to generate new knowledge that is of particular relevance to nursing.

What are the opportunities and the challenges that such data analyses present for nursing practice, IT or training, and how should hospitals, out-patient services and short or long-term nursing facilities respond in order to face these opportunities and challenges?

By providing answers to the following questions the contributions that are submitted should help to create a clearer picture of a market that, although relatively new, is one with a very promising future:

  • What potential is offered by the nursing data obtained in the facilities themselves?
  • What type of data is available for analysis, and in what (standardised) form and quality?
  • What sort of information can be obtained from it?
  • What restrictions exist to an analysis of the data and the further use of the information thereby obtained?
  • What evaluations are currently being made of the nursing data obtained in facilities?
  • What are the future possibilities?

Digital Discharge Management – Ideally Controlled Processes

Providing the best possible post-hospital care is no longer an option but has become obligatory.

The stipulations of the GKV (statutory health insurance) legislation for better care require all clinics to improve their processes. Every hospital in Germany must now utilise the “opportunity imposed on them” in order to show what they can provide at this critical juncture in healthcare.

This is an opportunity for the producers of software to rapidly develop pragmatic and everyday solutions capable of serving a large market. This subject should have a wide appeal for all clinics: The best possible discharge process is also the best way of advertising one’s capabilities. Being able to address problems at sectoral boundaries offers a vast potential for improving quality and efficiency. But it is the patients in particular who directly derive the benefits, and in this way they are the most effective advertisement for the clinic.

We find ourselves in a competition to provide the best discharge management solutions. For many years the “IT Process Session“ has been one of the best attended events at the conhIT Congress, which is why it provides the ideal platform for presenting creative and viable projects.

Intelligent Technology in Hospitals – The Convergence of Medical Technology and IT

Major current and future development patterns in IT: artificial intelligence, robotics and ubiquitous computing are permeating the healthcare industry in many different ways. They support physical as well as cognitive activities, and in some cases replace them altogether. With the spread of digitisation there is growing intermeshing between existing IT, communication and medical technology, and building services. Another factor is that of connected devices from and within the private spheres of the patients and staff. In addition to productivity aspects, completely new possibilities are emerging for the support and curative treatment of patients.

The rapid progress being made in IT around the world is having a welcome and positive impact on hospital IT. In evaluating this impact the medical benefits for the patients are always the decisive factor. What changes will this bring for hospital IT?

This session at conhIT examines the short and long-term future for medical and OP systems in combination with medical IT. What are the current or future solutions showing the continued development of traditional IT in the form of artificial intelligence, robotics, ubiquitous computing and sensor technology?

Interconnected medical products such as insulin pens, endoprotheses or pacemakers can be included in networks, resulting in increasing computing power for patients. What stage have such developments reached? How is the collected volume of data being used and what findings can thereby be obtained? For what purposes is patient-related computing power being used? How are these devices being integrated in the Internet of Things? Will expert systems be adopted in the field of surgical operations as a result of advances in machine learning and image recognition? What can we expect as a result of current developments in medical IT?

The scope and structure of the abstract should conform to the specifications.

Patient-centred Healthcare – Using Intelligent IT to Overcome Sectoral Boundaries

Overcoming sectoral separation in medical care has long been a major challenge facing German healthcare policy. Several reforms have been carried out in past years, creating new and autonomous forms of care, and this is especially true of out-patient treatment in hospitals. Whereas at the beginning of the last decade the political agenda was focused mainly on integrating care through the use of models organised on the basis of selective contracts, nowadays a growing number of individual solutions for specific groups of patients or indications have their basis in social legislation. Examples include out-patient care by medical specialists, a number of institutes with out-patient departments, and expansion of the range of services provided by university out-patient departments.

The heterogeneous arrangements for the types of care offered continue to make the organisational and accounting aspects ever more complex, and in turn this has continued to impact on the exchange of medical and administrative data. As in the past, however, the care provided has continued to be accompanied by established hospital information systems (HIS) and practice administration systems (PAS) based on traditional sectors.

What solutions are available from the IT market for presenting and supporting the many different kinds of care that are offered? Does it make sense to interconnect HIS and PAS, or should software systems be developed that operate totally separately from the sectors? What can IT offer to support individual participants in complex care teams across a whole range of different providers and locations? How can patients be provided with an overview of the available information about themselves?

German Telematics Infrastructure

Following the completion of trials of Assured Core Data Management (German: VSDM) approval has been given for the roll-out of the Telematics Infrastructure (TI). The approved components for connection to service providers are expected in 2018.

The purpose of this session is to conduct a review prior to implementing the roll-out, the associated conditions and opening up of the TI. The basis is provided by the findings of the trials and the planning for scaling up from 500 to more than 200,000 facilities. For those responsible for IT the process of linking with out-patient and in-patient facilities has to be considered from a technical, in-house and organisational level. The service providers have to deal with the question of the extent to which processes for making use of TI services will have to be revised or completely remodelled. In the digital age, with an altered role for patients, mobile access to TI has an important part to play, even without the two-card principle (electronic health card and HBA). For the suppliers of eHealth services the emphasis is on the opening up of TI, i.e. subject to the conditions under which index services, authentification and reliable transport and data maintenance can be used.

This session will address these aspects with a series of practice-based papers and a panel discussion will provide a critical investigation of the situation at the time conhIT is taking place.

Contributions are expected on, among others, the following subject areas:

  • Reports on experience gained, findings and evaluations of the trials that have been conducted
  • Reports on the development or use of connectors linking medical practices and hospitals
  • Experience obtained from the configuration, required processes and the operation of various TI components within a facility (from card readers to internal services and the connector)
  • Mobile access to TI and the services that it offers patients and service providers
  • Opening up of TI for additional applications: authorised users, requirements, approval, services (SLA), costs and time frames

The scope and structure of the abstract should conform to the specifications.