Thank you for a great Symposium!
Personalized medicine has developed to one of the main topics in healthcare in recent years. The idea of Personalized Medicine is tailoring all medical decisions and practices to the individual patient. Integrating the huge amounts of data that are produced due to the tremendous biotechnological development challenges current information technology but is a pre-requirement to progress in treating the particular patient and his/her specific disease more individually and thus more successfully. Knowledge management has gained increasing importance in leveraging — if not even enabling — the integrated view on various healthcare aspects when trying to conceive an overall picture of the individual patient and his individual disease.
The symposium, which took place May, 3rd 2012, was dedicated to the concepts and challenges of knowledge management as well as to the obvious need for data structuring and integration in personalized medicine. It drew an arch from state of the art knowledge management over the application of knowledge management methods in exemplary projects up to practical know-how sessions. The talks were mainly addressed to medical researchers and bioinformatics scientists related to systems medicine.