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Marc Oertle, et. al.
Published on 15.10.2014
Marc Oertle
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Quality and Safety: the framework for our annual congress has been defined in order to focus on important issues and outcomes related to medical informatics. As information technologies are nearly irreplaceable in healthcare these days, more and more emphasis must be placed on how to implement and how to use these entities in our everyday practice. Thus, quality and safety are not only an aim for the usage of ICT but also for their very design and functioning. An evidence base has to be set and many contributions are related to this issue. One of the main topics of the proceedings is e-medication. The importance of structured, well-designed and -maintained databases is shown, and content and limitations of clinical decision support are also discussed. E-medication still is a topic and the Swiss environment is still under construction concerning this area of e-health as shown by the title of the roundtable: “Switzerland isn’t ready for e-medication”. And the missing interrogative sign is not by mistake. Education deserves a place on stage as well. What skills do our information officers need, how do we transfer the existing evidence base and the existing knowledge body into our daily work and where can we teach our students (and who should do this)? Important questions in the area of medical informatics in Switzerland, where everyone asks for work to be done and only few places offer structured educational programmes. Last but not least: what could be better to profit from than our mistakes and failures? Success stories are all around us and it’s far easier to report on small pieces of progress than on big problems. Nevertheless, we need those brave presentations on things that should or could have been made better or have even been avoided. Hopefully, a growing community will engage in this very important part of medical informatics, and we would be glad to receive far more reports on missed goals – in fact because we truly care about good quality and safety and do not just pay lip service to it.   The Swiss Society for Medical Informatics wishes you a fruitful and interesting annual congress!

Marc Oertle, et. al.
Published on 27.09.2013
Marc Oertle
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Our society has chosen Integrated Care as main topic for the conference. Not only health managers and politicians are talking about integrated care as one of the most important scenarios in healthcare for the very near future. In the last decade, information officers invested most of their time in completing homework within their institutions. Clinical information systems were implemented, processes have been redesigned, clinical decision support has been implemented, and steps toward automatisation and personalisaton have been made. However, many of these efforts never crossed the borders of a hospital or a private practice. In the next decade, building transition of information will be much more in the forefront of our daily work than it is today. So that we can profit most from current experiences, this congress will show some existing pilot systems dealing with information transfer across institutions, cantons or even the country. We should learn as much as we can from pioneering groups and from practice examples, as Switzerland is lagging behind many other countries in terms of eHealth. Hopefully, the boards of directors in Swiss hospitals will recognise the signs of the times, the potential lying in information technologies, and will support the efforts made by information managers. A second important theme of this congress covers the evidence base behind our daily work. Not only do we know many things about how to design and implement information technologies, but we also have to learn from our failures. Contributions by international and national speakers will focus on how to perform – and how not to perform – in our area of interest. Not surprisingly, errors occur most where we don’t tailor our information systems to information needs and work processes, and also where we make too-rigid rules. One area of concern in this context – as shown during the congress – is data protection. The interpretation of our data protection laws, which resemble a pendulum swinging from the paper period when there was no real data protection to a period where data protection finally decides the possibilities in work with information technologies, determines many ICT implementations in these days. And they provoke e-iatrogenesis! In coexistence with the main topic of integrated care, all stakeholders should engage in working together and finding common, consensual solutions for the best of our healthcare systems! I finally wish you two intensive, vivid, interesting and communication-full medical informatics days!

Marc Oertle, et. al.
Published on 20.08.2012
Marc Oertle
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