Health data use from an international expert perspective

The German Federal Ministry of Health organized the Data for Health Conference in Berlin on June 20 and 21.

Recognized experts from a wide range of disciplines from Europe and the USA accepted the German government’s invitation to the Data for Health high-level conference in the German capital. The presentations and discussions centered on the design of a digital environment and the exploitation of all potential uses of health data.

Berlin, June 30, 2023 – The recent past has shown that the use of data has become enormously significant. Especially in the healthcare sector, the widespread use of datasets has driven the development of medical knowledge. Data-driven achievements, such as the development of AI, are a good example here. This is why events like the Data for Health Conference are of particular interest to TEAM-X. When top-class experts take a close look at such topics, they are interesting sources of information and inspiration.

Introduced by a press conference with German Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach and Jochen Lennerz from Harvard Medical School, the two-day Data for Health was a sequence of presentations and discussions on various topics of health data use. The speakers and discussants included internationally recognized experts such as Prof. Dr. Roland Eils from the Berlin Center for Digital Health, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu from the WHO’s Pandemic and Endemic Research Department, and Prof. Dr. Dr. Eva Winkler from the National Center for Tumor Diseases in Heidelberg, to name just a few names. The expertise of the participating experts covered a wide range of aspects of health data use: legal, political, ethical, medical, technical and economic. The holistic results were summarized at the end of the second day of the conference during a presentation and final discussion.

Interesting insights for TEAM-X
Present for TEAM-X at Data for Health were Prof. Dr. Björn Eskofier and Dr. rer. nat. Hanna Hübner from consortium partner FAU, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Through the numerous high-level talks and discussions at the conference, Eskofier and Hübner gained many new and interesting insights for TEAM-X. In addition, they took the opportunity to personally present their SMARTStart project to Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach.