Biomax Symposium 2016

Bringing Big and Complex Data into Clinical Practice

The challenge was clear: how can clinics move beyond the frustration of “the more data we have, the less we know” (as one participant put it) to real success in using data to achieve better patient care and clinic efficiency?

The 2016 Biomax Symposium presented several examples of what happens when leaders in clinics, hospitals, research and government are bold enough to initiate digitalization, go paperless, and integrate big and complex data into clinical practice. The examples ranged from small-scale to clinic-wide adoption — but the measurable benefits were clear:

  • Better patient outcomes
  • Less error-prone delivery of medicine
  • More time for clinical staff to interact with patients and reflect on their cases
  • Real economic savings
  • Improved clinic-wide efficiency
  • And more

The 2016 Biomax Symposium offered solutions to overcome the challenges and requirements that need to be addressed in a clinical environment: from the collection of Big Data and guaranteeing data security in daily practice, to fostering feedback between clinical data and research, and finally to learning from big and complex data to make evidence-based treatment decisions.

In a nutshell: treating the individual with the knowledge of all.

Participants met in Martinsried, near Munich, Germany on June 24, 2016 to hear from renowned experts in computational biology, integrative biology, neurology, clinic management, pharma, public health, Big Data mining, knowledge management and more. The symposium’s panel discussion was a thought-provoking conversation between these experts and representatives from clinics, hospitals, public health and government.

Since 2012, Biomax has hosted biennial symposia with their collaborators to bring these important groups together in a forum to learn from each other, exchange experience and discuss the best way forward in ever-changing healthcare and research environments.

Speakers and presentations:

KLAUS HEUMANN (Biomax Informatics AG)
“Welcome and Introduction”


PROF. DR. EMIEL WOUTERS (Department of Respiratory Medicine, University Medical Centre, Maastricht)
“Personalised Management in COPD: Beyond Gold Reductionism”

HENNING SCHNEIDER (CIO, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf)
This presentation is not publicly available.
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PROF. DR. HANS-WERNER MEWES (School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, Technische Universität München)
“Visions of the Future: How Clinical Data Will Change Medicine”


PROF. DR. MARCUS KAISER (ICOS, School of Computing Science, Newcastle University)
“Determining Epilepsy Surgery Targets Through Connectome-based Computer Simulations”

DR. KAI STOEBER (Vice President, Shionogi Limited, London)
“Big Data in the Pharmaceutical Value Chain”
This presentation is not publicly available.
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PROF. DR. FABIAN THEIS (Institute of Computational Biology, Helmholtz Zentrum München)
“Network Biology for Big Data Integration”


PROF. DR. FRANCESCO FALCIANI (Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool)
“Computationally Driven Learning of Disease Mechanisms to Predict Patient Outcome”

What Are the Next Steps to Using Big Data in Clinical Practice?

The symposium’s panel discussion was a discerning conversation for those ready to go digital. The panel covered why the German healthcare system falls behind other countries in investing in health IT and explored ideas from successful clinics in other countries. While the invited experts and representatives from hospitals, public health and government agreed on the need for and many benefits of digitalization and personalized medicine, they offered diverse ways it can be achieved: small steps, gradual change, new standards or “disruptive” external forces.

Thank you to all our panel members:

  • Prof. Dr. Emiel Wouters, Department of Respiratory Medicine, University Medical Centre, Maastricht
  • Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Seidl, Director of Medizinischen Klinik IV (Medical Clinic IV), Klinikum Ingolstadt
  • Peter Steiert, Department Head, Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Gesundheit und Pflege / Bavarian Ministry of Health and Care
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Burdach, Chief Physician, Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin (Clinic for Children and Youth), Klinikum Schwabing