Europe's leading event for digital healthcare in Berlin shows how health IT is set to shape medical care of the future

BERLIN, GERMANY – (HealthTech Wire / News) –  Taking as its slogan ’Shaping the future of the healthcare system together’ conhIT 2015, Europe’s leading event for digital healthcare, will soon be opening its doors. From 14 to 16 April on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds 388 exhibitors from 14 countries (2014: 359/10) will be showing how IT is integral to medical care and displaying the innovative solutions that systems have in store to help improve safety, efficiency and quality. Inside Halls 1.2 to 4.2 and covering a display area of 15,000 square metres (2014: 13,500 sqm) across the halls and adjacent conference rooms, conhIT will provide opportunities for advanced training, exchanging information and networking. Around 6,500 trade visitors from Germany and abroad representing inpatient and outpatient medical care are expected to attend the eighth edition of this event which was first launched in 2008. Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health Annette Widmann-Mauz is acting as patron of this year's conhIT and will be speaking at the opening session on the opening day (1.30 p.m., Auditorium 1, Hall 3.2). Speeches will also be given by Matthias Meierhofer, chairman of the board of bvitg, and by the book author, journalist, blogger and communications adviser Sascha Lobo, who will deliver the keynote address. Anyone can attend the event.

The organisers of conhIT 2015 have prepared an extensive programme of 150 events that are scheduled to take place at the Congress and Academy as well as on numerous display areas. The accompanying Industrial Fair will have information for visitors on how IT can help improve medical care and nursing care. Key topics at this year’s event are mobility, safety and networking. The products and solutions exhibited represent the entire spectrum of healthcare, including treatment support processes, optimum invoicing of services and two-way communication between doctors, institutions and patients.

Healthcare IT goes mobile

This year’s event features the new ’mobile health ZONE’, where established companies and startups will be displaying new apps that target both trade visitors and the consumer. On 15 April 2015 at 2 p.m. the AppCircus will be held for the first time. This competition recognises apps that support “interaction between doctors, nurses and patients in Europe” and the winners will receive prizes. The event gives entrants a unique opportunity to demonstrate the practical aspects of their solutions not only to the jury but to present them directly to an expert audience too.

Jens Heithecker, director at Messe Berlin GmbH: “conhIT is a story of success. In 2015 there will be more exhibitors, more innovative products and services, more information and a greater exchange of knowledge than in any previous year. With renewed growth and an even more comprehensive programme targeting new audiences conhIT has established itself as a firm fixture on the industry’s calendar of events. In 2015 the dominant theme at conhIT is mobility. The programme of Congress, Academy and Networking events and the new mobile health ZONE in Hall 4.2 will be placing a special focus on mobile health applications.“

There is more to healthcare IT

The German Association of Health IT Vendors (bvitg) which, in association with it partners 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 Working Group of Directors of Medical Computing Centres at German University Clinics (ALKRZ), launched conhIT in 2008, is delighted with the record number of exhibitors and looks forward to welcoming many visitors. “conhIT gives us an opportunity to prove there is more to healthcare IT than is evident in Germany at the present time“, said Matthias Meierhofer, chairman of the board of bvitg, inviting visitors to find out more. He knows that a visit to the fair is well worth the time spent: “At conhIT we will be addressing the real value of IT solutions for healthcare and voicing our concerns to decision-makers in politics and administrations about their lack of decisiveness as regards the German healthcare system.“

With its wide-ranging programme including information exchange, professional training, advanced training and networking opportunities conhIT will be demonstrating what the healthcare IT industry is capable of. “This year we want to get hospital decision-makers on board with a new special event for management at conhIT, to show them the right solutions and to make it easier for them to engage in IT projects“, is how Meierhofer describes the fair’s aims.

Wide-ranging supporting programme for every audience

This year’s Congress will be taking a close look at the proposed eHealth law. Numerous aspects which also concern the introduction of the new telematics infrastructure will be discussed at various events. Other topics include IT strategy, networking and data protection, with users and suppliers all making contributions. Both the Congress sessions and the display areas will be highlighting the patient’s new role in the healthcare system. “With the arrival of wearables, apps and smartphones the options for collecting, administrating and evaluating one’s one health data are growing all the time. For that reason the topic of networking should no longer only concern service providers. In that context we will also be discussing issues concerning data protection, IT safety and big data“, said Professor Paul Schmücker, president of the conhIT Congress.

Visitors to the four Academy seminars which take several hours will be able to gain in-depth information. Together with suppliers they will be working out ways to solve specific issues. Attendees will receive a certificate confirming their successful participation in the training session. Numerous workshops, panel discussions, visits to hospitals and companies, as well as themed tours of the Industrial Fair will combine theoretical and practical aspects. conhIT’s traditional Networking events, with opportunities for establishing new contacts, will round off the fair.

As in recent years conhIT will feature an outstanding programme of informative events. At this year’s conhIT the decision-makers of the future will be able to attend a special workshop, a get-together with personnel managers from companies and institutions, and a job fair. In the Career Guide exhibitors and hospitals introduce themselves as prospective employers. This is currently available on the conhIT website. Numerous universities have already registered over 300 students to take part in excursions at conhIT.

Information for visitors

conhIT 2015 is open from 14 to 16 April until 6 p.m. Access is via the southern entrance to the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. The Academy opens at 9 a.m., the Congress at 9.30 a.m. and the Industrial Fair at 11 a.m. A day ticket to the Industrial Fair costs 32 euros. Visitors can also plan and organise their day online using the free conhIT app which can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play or the App Store. Users can filter events by day, time and category and add them to their smartphone calendar.

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Source: HealthTech Wire

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