24 and 25 May Mai 2018

Welcome Address

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

For the 14th time, more than 600 national and international experts shall be convening this year at the National Conference on Health Economy to discuss recent trends and developments, to exchange experiences and to establish new connections in a field in which we have already witnessed great success. This year's conference shall be running under the heading “#Health2018 – Brave New World?”.

The focus of this year´s conference is the issue of digitalisation in the health care and economy. We shall be taking stock of what we have achieved, and where we need to improve. What forms of support do creative start-ups need in this field? How far have we advanced in telemedicine, for instance with the digital patient file? How do we secure confidentiality and data protection, and how can we prevent that personal exchange between patients and practitioners does not get lost along the way? All of these questions need to be resolved. 

Important impulses will also be provided and solutions elaborated for other essential issues, like securing skilled and specialised staff, further education and professional development, the conception of new occupational profiles and new models of provision in rural regions, or new trends in hospital construction. It is my pleasure to serve as patron of the 14th National Conference on Health Economy.

You are warmly invited: be there, take part, and join the discussion! And maybe you will have the opportunity to explore the Hanseatic and University City of Rostock and take some interesting and memorable impressions back home with you.

Manuela Schwesig
Minister President of the Federal State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern