Event 2018 - Review


It was a futuristic and creative Thursday afternoon in the rooms of Wave 7 in Bern. The Island Data Science Center had invited medical professionals, software engineering, data processing, and hospital administrators to a data festival. About 90 people asked themselves about the potential that would open up with an intensive, innovative use of combined data from sources as diverse as research, clinical studies, patient data or hospital administration.

All these data are held by the IDSC in the so-called Data Lake and serve a broad group of users as a source of information. This data lake is based on a cloud. Access to the data can only be obtained with a data protection key - in e-government - which grants the relevant users only the access they really Need.

"Digitization is becoming increasingly important in healthcare. Linked to this is the hope that we will be better able to cope with the current and future challenges of health systems », emphasizes Dr. med. Fried-Michael Dahlweid, who is one of the IDSC's enthusiastic founders as director of technology and innovation. In addition, it is expected that diagnostic, therapeutic and technological developments of the patient will benefit more quickly and the path between the development and the patient will be shortened, which in turn will promote translation. That the new possibilities also raise big questions, especially with regard to security and data protection, is well known to the initiating team. With the motto "no copy / no move", the IDSC ensures that data protection and security are guaranteed at all times. "Only in consensus with legislation and regulations can the maximum be made for our patients," emphasizes Dahlweid.

The invitation to the Data Festival already surprised with the title - it was invited to a so-called Unconference. This will hardly be a typographical error, thought the invited conference attendees.

At the reception there were name tags, but only first names. Coffee, mineral water with a festival etiquette, fruit juices and snacks were always available. From the floor greeted a deliberately laid down colorful flipchart. Several corners of the used rooms were signposted and equipped so that discussions could take place there later. "The concept of Unconference has brought Fried-Michael from Silicon Valley," said Matthias Kämpf, ICT Group Leader Architecture and Strategy. Everything should be a bit more colorful and lively than usual at trade conferences. It was too. Instead of wizards carrying microphones through the rows of chairs, the bright orange catch box flew through the air for audience contributions. If this foam cube was in the desired location, you could touch a black surface and the microphone was turned on. For the group discussions topics had to be proposed and selected. That happened online. The participants were given a web address with a code and could "vote" with their smartphones for their favorite topics. The results appeared online all the time on the big projection screen. The planned rotation in the discussion groups did not always work out completely. The discussions were often so intense that the limited time was forgotten. The IDSC asked for feedback on this form of event after the meeting. The overall response was extremely positive: "Great initiative! Especially to share ideas and to exchange ideas with others »; «Interesting opportunity to talk with many different people»; «Great start! Waiting for results in the near future »; "When's this going to happen again?" And over 90 percent would also recommend to friends to attend an IDSC unconference. There, then again, all would be by you. The moderator of the festival pointed out at the beginning that it was up to the participants whether they wanted to continue working in the office the next day. (dma)