The conference theme, Evidence-based medicine in digital therapeutics, was a fantastic event to exchange and collaborate with European and international experts highlighting the invaluable contribution of digital health tools for improved personalized patient care and new policy landscapes. The conference brought together leaders in academia, industry, medicine, patient organizations, and influential policymakers.
It was an exciting conference for ITTM as well! Great discussions and very interesting talks. The Digital Medicine Conference headed by Prof. Dr. med Jochen Klucken of the University of Luxembourg, LIH, CHL was a success. Information Technology for Translational Medicine supported, exhibited, and Dr. Ania Cwojdzińska from our team presented one of our projects in the context of IMI EHDEN and OMOP-CDM.
There is also growing attention to using observational data to assess the safety, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of medical technologies. Common data models and federated data networks offer a potential solution to many of the operational, technical, and methodological challenges. E.g., the open-source Observational and Medical Outcomes Partnerships (OMOP) common data model (CDM) standardizes the structure, format, and terminologies of otherwise disparate datasets, enabling the execution of common analytical code across a federated data network in which only code and aggregate results are shared. Importantly, the OHDSI/OMOP CDM is the standard used by European Health Data Evidence Network (EHDEN; www.ehden.eu), which is a key initiative that sets the pace for federated analytics in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
Thanks for all the great discussions – it was great to see you all ‘live’ and outside of a computer screen. Let’s hope this was the start of a nice conference series!