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International symposium on maritime health underway in Hamburg

Symposium focusing on cruise tourism, digitisation and telemedicine

The 15th International Symposium on Maritime Health (ISMH15) opened Wednesday (June 12-16, 2019) in Hamburg under the theme of “Sea, Port, Health & Environment”. Around 400 delegates from all over the world are attending the congress in HafenCity University. During the opening, Cornelia Prüfer-Storcks, Senator for Health, stressed: “Hamburg is an important location for international shipping medicine and has a tradition of almost 130 years.” The Central Institute for Occupational Medicine and Maritime Medicine, which is part of the Ministry of Health and Consumer Protection, is hosting the congress in co-operation with the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) and the German Society for Maritime Medicine (DGMM).

Future of maritime medicine

Topics on the agenda include cruise tourism, digitisation in maritime medicine and health management for employees in the offshore sector. Maritime medicine must improve the health, work and living conditions of workers at sea, said Prüfer-Storcks. The growth of the offshore industry, the boom in cruises and the ongoing digitalisation with its vast opportunities for telemedicine reflect this need.

Development of maritime medicine

Around 150 keynotes and presentations will focus on the latest findings and developments in marine medical research. These include Hamburg’s e-healthy ship project to treat illnesses on seaborne vessels without doctors aboard. An electronic medical book with a direct interface to the on-board pharmacy, transcripts of emergencies that can be filled out electronically and medical e-books are being tested as part of the interdisciplinary, EU-funded project.

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