2009 TeleHealth conference program announced

At the International TeleHealth Conference (5 and 6 March) leading experts from the healthcare sector will come together in Hannover, Germany, to evaluate the latest developments in digital medicine. Alongside established topics such as telemonitoring, telematics infrastructure and eHealth, this year's conference will also focus on telemedical applications in the area of military and disaster medicine. To boost the international appeal of TeleHealth simultaneous English translations will be provided for all papers delivered in German.

"Webciety - the all-embracing theme at CeBIT 2009 - is playing an increasingly important role in the medical sector. The digital revolution has now taken the healthcare industry by storm. This will be clearly evident at this year's TeleHealth. For 2009 we have compiled a unique conference program which deals comprehensively with all aspects of web-based medicine - and at the same time looks ahead to the future," explains Ernst Raue, the Board Member of Deutsche Messe responsible for CeBIT.

In the event of major accidents, natural disasters, military conflicts and terrorist attacks it is essential that rescue workers, doctors and hospital personnel are well-prepared and capable of responding quickly and efficiently. The keynote speech at the TeleHealth Conference will examine the role of IT in disaster relief scenarios. The spotlight will also be on the telemedicine projects which have been initiated by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Representatives of the German armed forces will contribute to the subsequent discussion.

The Telemonitoring section will centre on the remote diagnosis and examination of patients. A precondition for effective diagnostics treatment is the instant availability of the patient's key medical data. The Conference will also review - from an international perspective - the various projects that are under way in the field of prevention, risk monitoring, diagnostics, therapy management and emergency management.

What are the implications of the "electronic health card". What is an electronic patient file - and what advantages does it offer? Which European projects have already been initiated? These and other questions will be on the agenda during the "Telematics infrastructure" session of the TeleHealth Conference.

Under the heading "eHealth" the conference will examine the broad topic of networking in the healthcare sector. The spotlight here will be on innovative in-house networks and archiving solutions, the integration of existing hospital information systems, as well as the latest management software for private medical practices. Attendees will also have the opportunity to assess the enormous potential of digital imaging and diagnostics - with special reference to teleradiology, telepathology, teledermatology and telementoring.

The TeleHealth Conference is a certified further-training event. Attendees will receive six Continuing Medical Education (CME) points per day. The International Conference and Expo TeleHealth is an integral part of CeBIT. For the first time the exhibition will extend over a full six days. The Federal German Ministry of Health has agreed to act as the patron of TeleHealth 2009. Undersecretary Dr. Klaus Theo Schröder will be one of the speakers at the official opening ceremony on 3 March 2009.

Further information about TeleHealth 2009 is available at www.cebit.de/telehealth_e



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