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ETIM 2018 focusing on AI and robotics
After this year's successful 1st congress about Emerging Technologies in Medicine (ETIM) in Essen, the organizing committee sets the stage for the second edition in February 16/17, 2018.
The congress will again take place at the Lehr- und Lernzentrum of the medical faculty of University Hospital of Essen, Germany. The first day is dedicated to Artificial Intelligence and the second to Robotics.
Key topics will include the role of artificial intelligence in diagnostics and the future of robot-assisted surgery.
Advances in healthcare and medical research are already strongly driven by information technology and engineering, the ETIM committee points out. Technologies like individual genome sequencing, high-performance multiparametric imaging or wearable medical devices generate exponentially growing datasets while contemporary data-mining techniques allow to extract large amounts of valuable data from existing archives of unstructured medical data. These offer the opportunity for highly specific clinical decision making and personalized precision medicine.
Challenges & Opportunities
Further acceleration of medical innovation by upcoming technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics can be safely predicted. However, as complex challenges often require complex solutions, these technologies demand an interdisciplinary approach between clinicians, computer scientists, engineers, researchers, healthcare providers, legislators and many other disciplines.
Insights & Networking
The 2018 ETIM will also be an opportunity for experts to get together: "We are poised to bring all stakeholders to the table to define the demands of clinicians and healthcare providers, outline technical solutions and create a common understanding of the opportunities, and also the difficulties that may arise. With the second ETIM meeting we aim to create new insights, stimulate networking and initiate a sustained flow of communication between individual experts and workgroups."
Detailed information about the ETIM 2018 conference and its program re available at https://etim.uk-essen.de/.