Digital Summit 2017 – Representatives of HiGHmed and the digitalization of the health care sector

The German Digital Summit (“Digital Gipfel”) is the central platform for jointly shaping the digital transformation of the German economy and society. This year’s digital summit 2017 took place on 12 and 13 of June in Ludwigshafen within the metropolitan area Rhein-Neckar. One central point of discussion was the digitalization of the health sector.

On the second day politicians, economists and researchers discussed the challenges but also long-term prospects of health sector digitalization in the panel ‘Digital health of tomorrow: for more precise research and targeted therapy’. Participants included Heyo Kroemer, dean and chairmen of the University Medicine Göttingen management board, Johanna Wanka, minister of education and research and Hermann Gröhe, minister of health, as well as other experts in the field, such as Martina Koederitz from IBM and Peter Dabrock from the German ethics committee. Viewpoints were exchanged concerning the opportunities of using big data technologies in research and patient-centered care for targeted therapies. The Medical Informatics Initiative presents opportunities to reach the goal for precision medicine in Germany by promoting the use of big data technologies and the exchange of knowledge between university clinics, research institutions, healthcare providers and patients.