DOG Forum digital

The significance digitization holds for the health care system and thus also for ophthalmology is constantly rising. This development offers many opportunities, but it also poses completely new challenges and questions for research, teaching and patient care in clinics and practices.

The DOG will focus on this important topic and with its Forum Digital will be setting a special program focus within the congress. This program offers a platform aimed at ophthalmologists and scientists, manufacturers of diagnostic equipment, software providers, companies in the pharmaceutical industry and start-ups and intends to promote exchange and discourse as well as networking.

The presentations deal with the opportunities offered by digitisation without neglecting the challenges of change. Symposia will highlight the scientific issue of digitisation, while workshops and presentations will focus on the practical, legal and technical aspects that arise in this context and will arise in the future. In addition to scientific discourse and the commu­nication of information, there will also be room for exchange.

Thursday, 26. 9., to Saturday, 28. 9. 2019

Scientific coordination of the DOG Forum digital:
Nicole Eter (Münster)
Karsten Kortüm (München)

Thursday, 26. 9. 2019

Friday, 27. 9. 2019

Forum Digital 10:15 - 11:30 27.09.2019
Symposien Fr11
Smartphones and mHealth to Revolutionize Eye Care
Mobile Technology has introduced significant changes to eye care, last but not least in low-resource settings. Smartphones gain increasing popularity and due to their ubiquity and multifunctionality they might pave the way for the next revolution in medicine. This is especially the case in Ophthalmology, where they allow for smartphone-based funduscopy, an easy and extremely mobile eye examination. This symposium will highlight current promising developments and applications of smartphones and mHealth in Ophthalmology and will also show how mHealth is successfully being utilized in other fields than Ophthalmology.
Robert Patrick Finger (Bonn)
Maximilian Wintergerst (Bonn)
Heiko Philippin (Freiburg)
Priya Morjaria (London)

There is an increasing use of technology in healthcare including in eye care services. Peek Vision is an example, where smartphone technology is used in community and school eye health programmes across health systems to collect real time data. Data is then used to implement changes within programmes.

Heiko Philippin (Freiburg)

mHealth provides new opportunities to overcome challenges in glaucoma care such as low population densities and limited resources in low- and middle-income countries. Different examples will be presented and discussed.

Maximilian Wintergerst (Bonn)

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a frequent cause of avoidable childhood blindness, particularly in middle-income countries. The current dependency of telemedicine-based ROP screening on cost-intensive equipment does not meet the needs in economically disadvantaged regions. Smartphone-based fundus imaging allows for affordable and mobile fundus examination and, therefore, could facilitate cost-effective telemedicine-based ROP screening in low-resources settings.

Jennifer Bencivenga (Berlin)

The presentation will show eHA's experience using digital tools to collect and leverage data to inform public health interventions. The focus will be on the case of using GIS technology and geodata in the fight against polio in Northern Nigeria.

Babar Qureshi (London)

In the new era of smartphones and mobile technology, it would be a missed opportunity if this is not utilised to improve the health care delivery of communities. I intend to discuss an acceptable, scientifically validated screening tool with test results from the field during this presentation.

Saturday, 28. 9. 2019