Wiesbaden. "Who wants to live forever?" With this question, raised in the mega hit about eternal life, the 28th day of the Hezite State entrepreneurs began on November 5 in Wiesbaden.
The ballad about the immortal warrior Highlander of legendary rock band Queen tuned in to about 1,000 invited guests at the Wiesbadener Kurhaus on "Digital Hello?".
Intergenerational health policy
According to experts, digitization is currently perhaps the biggest revolution since the invention of penicillin. In Silicon Valley, companies are already spending billions so scientists and engineers can stop aging and even eliminate death.
However, Wolf Matthias Mang, president of the Hesia Entrepreneurs Association (VhU), at the beginning of his welcome speech, clearly answered the question about eternal life: "No thanks! I am convinced of the validity of our earthly existence so far."
As a father of two, he would love to be a lawyer for the next generations. "But we need a personalized remedy that uses artificial intelligence and is a digitally healthier, health policy tailored to the needs of the generation that enables greater personal and medical prevention and an affordable healthcare system," the entrepreneur emphasized.
According to Mang, experts see the greatest potential in personalized medicine that is tailored to each patient and focused on prevention. Research and development refers to the use of databases and the intelligent linking and sharing of knowledge.
Using artificial intelligence, new drugs could be released faster and cheaper. Digital health means better personal as well as medical precautions as well as more shared knowledge about diseases. However, numerous medical and technical innovations are already affecting society with more and more older people. "That's why we can't unreasonably burden the younger generations," Mang says.
He requested that social security contributions should not be limited to a maximum of 40 percent of salary. It's clear to him: "Digital health policy must be generational, transparent and democratically legitimized."
The most innovative pharmaceutical site in Europe
"Smart minds in business and science must develop innovative solutions to the economic, social and environmental challenges of our time, as well as the healthcare we anticipate around the world," said Prime Minister Volker Bouffier.
The foundation was laid by healthcare companies and their more than 90,000 employees who developed highly effective drugs and state-of-the-art medical devices. Bouffier: "Hessen is the most innovative pharmaceutical site in Europe, thanks to excellent research and production conditions."
Almost a quarter of the German pharmaceutical industry's turnover is in Hesse. "Compared to other countries, this is the absolute best, and we must continue to work to stay that way."
How medical technology and pharmaceutical companies, as providers of digital health systems, are paving the way for the future has been the topic of Heinz-Walter Große, a member of the board of B. Braun Familienholding in Melsungen. He explained, among other things, the digital patient file and the networking of patients and healthcare professionals and demonstrated the use of artificial intelligence in the operating room, making surgery safer.
Protecting and improving human health
Politics and business must create the conditions for a digitized healthcare system. Digitization offers many possibilities: "Scope is not predictable at this time. It is therefore increasingly important that we deal with all possibilities openly and without borders, in order to protect and improve human health."
And he shouted to the enchanted hall, "Are you planning your 100th birthday?"
On Entrepreneurs Day, four Hesson companies were rewarded for their outstanding success. Read more about the winners of the Hessen-Champions 2019 Innovation and Growth Award at aktiv-online.de.