Fairs & Events
Steadforce at DMEA 2019 in Berlin
We visited the DMEA Connecting Digital Health (formerly conhIT) in Berlin again this year . The fair took place from 09.04. to 11.04. at the Berlin exhibition grounds. The DMEA is the largest event in the health IT industry. Its aim is to promote digital networking and thus advance the digital transformation within the health industry.
The DMEA is an important contact point for our Digital Healthcare division to find out about new developments and trends in the healthcare industry. In addition, this year once again there was an exciting exchange with our customers and partners.
In this article we would like to address two of the many topics discussed at the DMEA. Firstly, interoperability – the new FHIR standard and secondly, Estonia as a pioneer in digital healthcare.
FHIR – Interoperability for healthcare applications
A significant subject at this year’s DMEA was the interoperability of healthcare applications. In particular, the FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standard, newly published by Health Level 7 International (HL 7) in December last year, was mentioned. Several presentations, among others by Simone Heckman, head of the technical committee for FHIR, a workshop and two tours gave a first insight into the technology and possible applications of FHIR.
FHIR is based on the established REST technology and supports JSON and XML as exchange format. As authentication mechanism the OAuth2 protocol is used. Several FHIR implementations exist. One of the best known Open Source implementations "FHIR HAPI" was presented.
DMEA – Estonia as a pioneer in Digital Healthcare
The Nordic countries as pioneers in digital healthcare, an impression that was confirmed again at the DMEA. The example of Estonia shows which digital solutions can be implemented in the health care system and what advantages they bring. Approximately 98% of all inhabitants already own an electronic health card and use the e-prescription. The electronic patient file, which has been discussed extensively in Germany, is also already in place in Estonia, enabling faster and more appropriate treatment with fewer drug interactions.
In the case of a doctor’s emergency call, for example, a patient’s allergens can be viewed directly by the emergency doctor in charge and taken into account in the choice of medication. The electronic patient file thus contains all the information about the patient and can be quickly exchanged between the ambulance and the hospital. The KSI Blockchain developed in Estonia is used to store this data. This technology ensures that nobody can manipulate the data.
Another exciting topic was the customer travel in health insurance. We will describe this in more detail in a separate article. Summa Summarum it was again a very successful and informative event, which Steadforce will attend again in 2020.