“Every indi­vi­du­al has a dou­ble – Per­so­na­li­zed Medi­ci­ne and Digi­tal Twins”

Dr. André Nemat and Pro­fes­sor Boris Otto, mem­bers of the Board of Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on (IDSA), will deli­ver an Expert Talk at the DMEA 2019 about the poten­ti­al of the digi­ta­liz­a­ti­on in health­ca­re: How can the medi­ci­ne take into account the­ra­py-rele­vant dif­fe­ren­ces bet­ween peop­le? How can the effects of medi­ci­nes be impro­ved while redu­cing the side effects at the same time? To reach this is indis­pensable becau­se the num­ber of appro­ved medi­cal acti­ve ingre­dients in Ger­ma­ny have dou­bled in the past five years.

Digi­ta­liz­a­ti­on and Medi­ci­ne

In Indus­trie 4.0, the digi­tal twin is a stan­dard. It hel­ps to simu­la­te com­plex plants in advan­ce over their ent­i­re life-cycle from deve­lo­p­ment and design to ope­ra­ti­on and recy­cling. This pro­cess also offers poten­ti­al for medi­cal app­li­ca­ti­ons. In can­cer the­ra­py, digi­ti­zed drugs can be tes­ted without any risk for the pati­ent. Doc­tors and rese­ar­chers use the gene­tic dif­fe­ren­ces, which are lar­ge­ly due to gene­tic fac­tors, to opti­mi­se tre­at­ment results.

Fur­ther trends are pro­mo­ting digi­ta­liz­a­ti­on in dia­gnostics and the­ra­py: As a result of incre­a­sing net­wor­king, peop­le are beco­m­ing more open to their digi­tal twin, and con­stant­ly incre­a­sing com­pu­ting power makes immense amounts of data mana­ge­ab­le.

Visit the Expert Talk "Every indi­vi­du­al has a dou­ble – Per­so­na­li­zed Medi­ci­ne and Digi­tal Twins": 9 April 2019, 14:30 to 15:30, _Hub 2, Hall 2.2 at DMEA.

Data Sov­er­eig­n­ty and Data Secu­ri­ty in Health­ca­re

The digi­ta­liz­a­ti­on of medi­ci­ne moves in a very sen­si­ti­ve envi­ron­ment: it is about making data from pati­ents and stu­dy par­ti­ci­pants usable. The IDSA sup­ports the digi­tiz­a­ti­on pro­cess by app­ly­ing its stan­dard for data secu­ri­ty and data sov­er­eig­n­ty in health­ca­re to enab­le a com­mon, secu­re data room. To reach this goal, the mem­bers of the IDSA have assem­bled the ‘Medi­cal Data Space Com­mu­ni­ty’ (MedDS Com­mu­ni­ty).

Find out more about the MedDS Com­mu­ni­ty and how to get invol­ved: Fraun­ho­fer ISST booth D‑103, Hall 2.2 at DMEA.


Dr. André Nemat is Mana­ging Part­ner of the Insti­tu­te for Digi­tal Trans­for­ma­ti­on in Health­ca­re (idi­giT) at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Witten/Herdecke. He is also a mem­ber of the Board of ISDA.

Prof. Dr. Boris Otto, Mana­ging Direc­tor of the Fraun­ho­fer Insti­tu­te for Soft­ware and Sys­tems Engi­nee­ring in Dort­mund, is Depu­ty Chair­man of the Board of IDSA.

Dr. Sven Meis­ter is Head of Digi­tiz­a­ti­on in Health­Ca­re at the Fraun­ho­fer Insti­tu­te for Soft­ware and Sys­tems Engi­nee­ring in Dort­mund and heads the MedDS Com­mu­ni­ty in the IDSA.