Program

Digital Health: NOW! is part of the associated program of the Federal Ministry of Health as part of the German EU Council Presidency 2020. The lectures will be simultaneously translated into English or German.

Moderator: Jürgen Zurheide, Der Tagesspiegel

 

Jürgen Zurheide

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10.00 to 10.10

Welcoming by the organiser

Prof. Dr. med. Gernot Marx, Chairman of DGTelemed, Berlin

About the speaker

Prof. Dr. med. Gernot Marx is Director of the Clinic for Operative Intensive Care and Intermediate Care at the University Hospital Aachen.

In recent years he has been strongly committed to the topic of telemedicine in intensive care medicine. Since 2016 the medical doctor has been chairman of the German Society for Telemedicine (DGTelemed).

 

Prof. Dr. med. Gernot Marx

SESSION 1: Acting together for a digital and value-based
healthcare in Europe

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10.10 to 10.30

Innovative nursing care in Germany – a future path for Europe

Andreas Westerfellhaus, Representative of the Federal Government for Care, Berlin

About the speaker

Andreas Westerfellhaus (61) has been closely connected with nursing for many years and has learned the nursing profession from scratch. In the 1970s he completed his training as a nurse.

Andreas Westerfellhaus was Vice President from 2001 to 2008 and President of the German Nursing Council from 2009 to 2017. Since April 16, 2018, he has been the Federal Government’s authorized representative for nursing care.

Andreas Westerfellhaus

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10.30 to 10.45

Digitalization: Perspectives for healthcare systems

Dr. Edmund Heller, State Secretary in the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia

About the speaker

Dr. Edmund Heller has been State Secretary in the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia (MAGS) since 2017.

Dr. Edmund Heller

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10.45 to 11.00

Digital Health: A Common Strategy for Europe

Dr. Christoph Klein, European Commission, International Cooperation, G20,
Luxembourg

Dr. Christoph Klein

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11.00 to 11.15

Telemedicine – the answer to current challenges

Prof. Dr. med. Gernot Marx, Chairman of DGTelemed, Berlin

About the speaker

Prof. Dr. med. Gernot Marx is Director of the Clinic for Operative Intensive Care and Intermediate Care at the University Hospital Aachen.

In recent years he has been strongly committed to the topic of telemedicine in intensive care medicine. Since 2016 the medical doctor has been chairman of the German Society for Telemedicine (DGTelemed).

Prof. Dr. med. Gernot Marx

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11.15 to 11.50

Round table discussion

Prof. Dr. med. Gernot Marx, Chairman of DGTelemed, Berlin
Dr. Christoph Klein, European Commission, International Cooperation, G20,
Luxembourg
Dr. Edmund Heller, State Secretary in the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia
Andreas Westerfellhaus, Representative of the Federal Government for Care, Berlin

Moderator:  Jürgen Zurheide

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11.50 to 12.00

Video message about the Digital Health Startup Award

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economics, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart

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12.00 to 12.50

Lunch break

SESSION 2: Quality instead of quantity: On the way to a data-supported
value-based health care

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12.50 to 13.20

iHealthFacts.ie: Distinguishing facts from fiction

Elaine Finucane, Member of the Research Committee, NUI Galway, Ireland

About the speaker

Elaine is a Midwife, Cochrane Fellow and Research Associate with the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network and Evidence Synthesis Ireland, located in the National University of Ireland Galway.

Her current projects include The People’s Trial, an innovative, virtual trial aimed at enhancing the public’s understanding of randomised trials and iHealthFacts, an online resource where the public can quickly and easily check the reliability of a health claim circulated by social media. iHealthFacts, aims to provide robust, unbiased information to help members of the public think critically about health claims.

Elaine Finucane

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13.20 to 13.45

Value-based medical care

Prof. Dr. Isis Amer Wåhlin, Digital Health Lab, Research Institute of Sweden

About the speaker

Prof. Dr. Isis Amer Wåhlin works in the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.

Amer-Wåhlin has published 70 papers in internationally indexed, peer-reviewed journals and authored several book chapters. She is a member of the scientific council in several peer-reviewed journals.
Currently she is also a member of several European expert groups.

Prof. Dr. Isis Amer Wåhlin

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13.45 to 14.10

Potential of a COVID-19 evidence ecosystem – using data and evidence in real-time

Prof. Dr. Carina Benstöm, University Hospital RWTH Aachen

Prof. Declan Devane, Professor of Midwifery and Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, NUI Galway, Director Cochrane Ireland

 

About the speaker

Prof. Dr. Carina Benstoem, M.Sc. (Medical Faculty RWTH Aachen) has long-lasting experience in research methods for evidence-based medicine and clinical research. She has extensive experience as project manager, including EU funding. She is Head of Academics at the Innovation Center Digital Medicine (IZDM) at the University Hospital. Her key competencies include new forms of care through digitization, patient-centred research, guideline adherence in intensive care medicine, Cochrane systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

 

About the speaker

Professor Declan Devane is the Director of Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Director of Cochrane Ireland. He holds the Chair in Midwifery and is Deputy Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at NUI Galway. He is also Scientific Director of the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network, and Principal Investigator with the INFANT – Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research.

Declan trained as a nurse and a midwife, meandered (with the help of opportunity, interest and luck) his way into trial methodology and evidence synthesis and his work now focusses on a blend across midwifery (and broader maternity care), randomised trials and how they are done and synthesising evidence.

 

Prof. Dr. Carina Benstöm

Prof. Declan Devane

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14.10 to 14.30

SMART4Health – Citizen-centric eHealth for personalized health in the EU

Prof. Dr. Erwin Böttinger, Head of Department Digital Health, Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam

About the speaker

Erwin Böttinger is director of the Digital Health Center at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam, Germany, and co-director of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Health at Mount Sinai (HPI-MS) in New York City, USA, which was founded in 2019. He is Professor for Digital Health – Personalized Medicine at the joint Digital Engineering Faculty of HPI and the University of Potsdam and Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, USA.

Prof. Dr. Erwin Böttinger

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14.30 to 15.00

Coffee break

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15.00 to 15.15

Presentation of the Digital Health Award – announcement of the winners

SESSION 3: Joint action supported by telemedicine and artificial intelligence – a way into the future for Europe

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15.15 to 15.35

Virtual hospitals: making highly specialized expertise available to all citizens

Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Ittel, Chairman of the University Hospital RWTH Aachen

About the speaker

After obtaining his licence to practise medicine and his doctorate in Bonn in 1983 and subsequent research activities in the USA and Canada, Prof. Ittel began his specialist training in 1984 at the University Hospital Aachen in the Department of Internal Medicine. In 1992 he was honoured with the “Venia Legendi for Internal Medicine” and in 1997 he became associate professor. In 1997, he started working at the University Hospital Stralsund, where he was head physician in the Medical Clinic, and from 2003 also as Medical Director of the hospital. In 2000, he returned to the University Hospital Aachen as Medical Director and Chairman of the Board.

Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Ittel

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15.35 to 15.50

Live tele-consultation at the Virtual Hospital North Rhine-Westphalia

Dr. med. Sandra Dohmen, Innovation Center for Digital Medicine, University Hospital RWTH Aachen

About the speaker

After studying medicine at RWTH Aachen University, she completed specialist training at the University Hospital Aachen (UKA). Following specialist certification in anaesthesiology (2015), completion of additional training in special intensive care medicine. Since 2017 senior doctor in the Clinic for Operative Intensive Medicine and Intermediate Care at the UKA. Research associate at the Telemedicine Center Aachen since 2014, Medical Director of the Innovation Center for Digital Medicine (IZDM) at the UKA since 2019. 

Dr. Sandra Dohmen

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15.50 to 15.55

Personal experience report of a COVID-19 patient from his treatment in the Virtual Hospital

 

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15.55 to 16.15

OPTIMAL@NRW – Optimized intensive care on the spot for geriatric patients through an intersectoral telemedical cooperation network

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Jörg Brokmann,  Head of the emergency department of the University Hospital RWTH Aachen

About the speaker

Private lecturer Jörg Brokmann is a specialist in anesthesiology, intensive care and emergency medicine. Since 2012 he has been head of the emergency department of the University Hospital RWTH Aachen. His research focus is on telemedical applications in emergency medicine.

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Jörg Brokmann

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16.15 to 16.35

AI-based early diagnosis and therapy for critically sick patients

Prof. Dr. Andreas Schuppert, Professorship for Computational Biomedicine II , Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES)

About the speaker

Andreas Schuppert is Professor for Computational Biomedicine and founding director of the Joint Research Center for Computational Biomedicine at RWTH Aachen University. He studied physics and received his PhD in mathematics. In 1988 he joined the corporate research department of the former Hoechst AG and moved to Bayer AG in 1998. In 2007 he became a professor at RWTH Aachen University. His focus is on Big Data and machine learning technologies for acute medicine and chronic diseases.

 

 

Prof. Dr. Andreas Schuppert

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16.35

Closing of the congress

Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. mult. Ulrich Rüdiger, Rektor der RWTH Aachen, Rektor RWTH Aachen

About the speaker

Ulrich Rüdiger has been Rector of RWTH Aachen University since 2018. Born in Schöningen, he studied, did his PhD and habilitated at RWTH Aachen University, before he went to the University of Konstanz as Professor of Experimental Physics in 2002. He led the university as Rector from 2009 to 2018. He spent time abroad at New York University and the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility at Cornell University in the USA, among other places. He is a member of numerous committees, including the German Rectors’ Conference, of which he was Vice-President for Research and Young Academics from 2014 to 2018. Ulrich Rüdiger is married and has four children.

 

 

Prof. Dr. Dr. Ulrich Rüdiger

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16.45

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