The opportunities and limitations of IT applications in health care - this is the theme of the eHealth Congress on March 19th and 20th in Bad Homburg which will include high caliber speakers. Fresenius Medical Care, the world's largest provider of products and services for individuals undergoing dialysis because of chronic kidney failure, has invited a number of high-profile experts to address current questions and issues involving health care IT. The invited experts include Prof. Dr. Erich R. Reinhardt (former CEO of Siemens Healthcare), well-known data mining specialist Prof. Dr. Tobias Scheffer (Humboldt University Berlin) and information management authority Prof. Peter Sachsenmeier (University of Oxford). "IT in health care and especially E-Health offer opportunities that could be very useful to health care but they are still often underutilized," said Prof. Dr. Christian Johner from the Institute for Information Technology in Health Care in Freiburg. "At the congress we want to identify this potential and give answers to questions about how data can be transformed into knowledge, what limitations IT has - whether technical, legal or organizational - and how systems can be created to actually support the work of users." With this one-off event, Fresenius Medical Care hopes to involve everyone who wants to develop or use innovative products and services in a dialogue to position IT more efficiently and effectively in health care. The congress includes a festive evening event with an operatic theme on March 19 in Hessenpark near Neu Anspach. For further information and registration, please visit: www.fmc-events.de About Fresenius Medical Care
Fresenius Medical Care is the world's largest integrated provider of products and services for individuals undergoing dialysis because of chronic kidney failure, a condition that affects more than 1,600,000 individuals worldwide. Through its network of 2,349 dialysis clinics in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Africa, Fresenius Medical Care provides dialysis treatment to 181,937 patients around the globe. Fresenius Medical Care is also the world's leading provider of dialysis products such as hemodialysis machines, dialyzers and related disposable products. Fresenius Medical Care is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FME, FME3) and the New York Stock Exchange (FMS, FMS/P). For more information about Fresenius Medical Care visit the Company's website at www.fmc-ag.com.