dHealth 2019 - Keynotes
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Department of Intensive Care Medicine
University Hospital Aachen
RWTH Aachen - University of Excellence
Dr. Gernot Marx, MD, FRCA is full Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Chair at the University RWTH Aachen, Germany. He is Head of the Department of Intensive Care Medicine and Intermediate Care at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen. He is chairman of the board of the German Society of Telemedicine. He is full board member of the German Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and full board member of the interdisciplinary German Society of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. Gernot Marx leads the largest German telemedicine project for intensive care and infectiology patients “TELnet@NRW” funded by the “Innovationsfond”. In 2018 he was elected as chair of Innovation centre for digital medicine in Aachen. He graduated and took his residency at the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover in Germany. He was Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Liverpool, UK and full Professor for Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany. He received the Fellowship by election of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. His research interest is focused on sepsis, fluid therapy and telemedicine. Prof. Marx has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers. He is Editor of various books, e.g. Checklist Intensive Care Medicine and The Intensive Care Medicine. He is Editor in Chief of intensivup2date, Editor of AINS (Anaesthesiologie Intensivmedizin Notfallmedizin Schmerztherapie) and Associate Editor of British Journal of Anaesthesia.
Title: "Telemedicine in Germany: New horizons and challenges"
The aim of the German Society of Telemedicine (DG Telemed) to foster a robust telemedical service in Germany in order to enhance the medical service for the German citizens.
The German health care system currently faces the challenge of having to provide continued highquality care nationwide despite a shrinking pool of qualified physicians. Cooperation structures based on telemedicine can deliver aroundthe clock expert knowledge even to regions having a weak infrastructure, and thereby improve the quality of care in a cost effective and sustainable manner, thus telemedicine can help to provide timely and individualised care. New funding schemes like the “Innovationsfonds” and the nationwide Medical informatics initiative funded by the government with 150 million Euro offer a high potential to overcome the two main hurdles in Germany for implementing telemedicine in the regular health care service, i.e. establishing interoperability and integrating telemedicine in the reimbursement system. Another important aspect is a strong cooperation with other medical societies like German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI). Both societies recently published a recommendation on telemedicine in the field of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine
The German Society of Telemedicine (DG Telemed) suggested recently at their national conference a catalogue of requirements for technical and telemedical applications and standards with the goal of facilitating the applications in standard medical care. We are on the way to new horizons in telemedicine!