For us, our ability to develop IT systems that are innovative and relevant for real-world use requires continuous exchange with other experts, groups and institutions in the field. We actively seek the discussion with different stakeholders in order to recognize challenges and come up with solutions very early. A solid network moreover helps us sharpen our profile as our potential to influence processes in the healthcare system increases with our visibility on regional, national and international levels. And last but not the least, networks multiply knowledge – knowledge that benefits the society at large.
Thus VISUS is an active participant in many professional groups and associations, both with technical and policy focus.
Bundesverband Gesundheits-IT – bvitg e.V., the German Association of Health IT Vendors, represents the interests of the German healthcare IT industry. In order to achieve this goal, the bvitg actively contributes to creating framework conditions that serve as a foundation for IT-based, modern and future-oriented healthcare. The association’s main tasks are the dialogue with all relevant actors in politics and healthcare self-government, the formulation of solutions for urgent healthcare IT issues, networking, the support of junior professionals and career development.
The association represents the leading German healthcare IT providers whose products are being used in up to 90 percent of the different inpatient and outpatient healthcare areas, including rehabilitation, care and social support facilities. More than 70 percent of the member companies operate internationally.
bvitg Service GmbH, a subsidiary of bvitg e. V., organizes “conhIT – connecting Health IT”, the association’s annual industry congress, and operates the Health IT-Portal.
Numerous and diverse medical specialties create biomedical images. The DICOM Standards Committee exists to create and maintain international standards for the communication of biomedical, diagnostic and therapeutic information in those medical disciplines that use digital images and associated data. The goal of the DICOM Standard is to achieve compatibility and improve workflow efficiency between imaging systems and other information systems in healthcare environments worldwide.
DICOM is a cooperative standard. Connectivity works because producers cooperate in testing via scheduled public demonstrations, over the Internet, and during private test sessions. Every major diagnostic medical-imaging vendor in the world has incorporated the standard into its product design, and most are actively participating in the enhancement of the standard. Most biomedical professional societies throughout the world support and participate in the enhancement of this standard.
Proposed standards are developed by working groups reporting to the Committee and are approved by the members of the Committee. Standards are published by the secretariat and are international in scope. The Committee is proactive to assure compatibility with related standards developed by other standards-developing and coordinating bodies such as ANSI, CEN, HL7, IEC, ISO and JIRA.
The German Healthcare Export Group - GHE represents the most important companies of the German healthcare sector which operate especially in the export business. Now the GHE has about 50 members which come from all fields of the healthcare area, apart from pharmaceutical and dental products. A large part deals in electro and medical technology, followed by consumables and commodities, physiotherapy, orthopaedics, laboratories, services, and publishing products. Moreover, GHE-companies also offer products from fields such as rescue equipment, emergency medical aid, diagnostics, information, and communication technology.
In total, the German Healthcare Export Group represents approximately 80 per cent of the German export volume in the sector of medical technology.
The Arabic word “ghorfa” means chamber. The Ghorfa - Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry e. V. is the official representative body for all Arab chambers of commerce and industry in the Federal Republic of Germany. The Ghorfa is directly involved in pursuing the following goals. It promotes cooperation between Arab countries and the Federal Republic of Germany in the areas of commerce, industry, finance, investments, and international understanding. With prestigious events, delegations, intercultural seminars, informational publications, and the latest reporting from the Arab world and from Germany, the Ghorfa creates the best possible framework of conditions for German-Arab economic activities.
Tailored to the specific wants and needs of small, medium, and large businesses, the Ghorfa provides support for the development and expansion of business ties across borders. It accomplishes this by providing useful information and consulting expertise, creating new impulses, and facilitating networking between member companies. The core tasks of the Ghorfa thus lie in the areas or networking, consulting, information support, and communicating knowhow. The Ghorfa is a cross-industry organization.
Health Level Seven International (HL7) is the global authority on standards for interoperability of health information technology with members in over 55 countries.
The development of cooperation using communications, both within and between enterprises involved in health and social care, is the best approach for improving the security and quality for patients; promoting the health of citizens; and improving the efficiency and quality of care processes.
The globally acting Health Level Seven International Inc. (HL7) is dedicated to this task, together with approximately 50 international affiliates.
The goal of the IHE initiative is to stimulate integration of healthcare information resources to improve clinical care. IHE develops and publishes detailed frameworks for implementing established data standards to meet specific healthcare needs, and supports testing, demonstration and educational activities to promote the deployment of these frameworks by vendors and users.
VISUS is member of IHE International and an early member and sponsor of the IHE-Europe member organization as well as co-founder of the German IHE group. VISUS takes part at the European Connectathons continuously. The results can be found on the IHE-Europe Website: www.ihe-europe.net.