Digital technologies have become an indispensable part of medicine. The question is not whether the digitisation of the medical field makes things better or worse, the benefits of digital technologies are undisputed, but the question is how we deal with digital technologies. Doctors and patients are the least able to answer these questions. They have to rely blindly and powerlessly on the fact that the values of the Hippocratic Oath also applies and is being applied to the digital world. Where is the dignity and honour when patient and doctor have been instrumentalised to collect data?
Does the patient's autonomy and dignity cease when the data have left the practice and have taken their place in the data cloud? Does everyone who is part of the medical ecosystem feel obliged to the Hippocratic Oath or do other rules apply to them?
Digital users are increasingly losing confidence in digital technologies as they have to recognise that their personal data have become a product that is used (uncontrollably) by others.
On the way to digital integrity, we cannot escape economic realities. Digital integrity is only feasible and sustainable if it can be financed. The existing handling of medical data has reached its limits. Patients, doctors and companies are increasingly demanding that their digital integrity be respected. Digital integrity and non-digital exploitation are therefore increasingly becoming a prerequisite for entrepreneurial added value. Companies that practice digital integrity are not only leading figures for a better digital future, but also pioneers for sustainable business practices. The consistent transfer of the Hippocratic oath to entrepreneurial action is not only the basis for digital medicine, but also for entrepreneurial success.
We cannot be all experts in everything. Patients and doctors need easy-to-understand and reliable indicators which digital products and services meet the highest standards for digital security and integrity. The call for mechanisms to promote digital integrity is growing louder at European and global levels. As a first step, the DICSERN project was created in collaboration with the German Foundation for the Chronically Ill. DISCERN links all relevant stakeholders, provides education and educational work, and works to establish a certification mark for digital integrity in medicine.
Prof. Klaus Stoll
ICANN Constituency leader, UN High Level Facilitator, co-founder of "The Brocas Group, LLC", advisory member of the High Level Group on Internet Governance (HLIG) - main group of the EU, Washington DC
PD Dr. Georg Matheis
Entrepreneur, cardiac surgeon, scientist, (co) founder / co-founder, board member, investor and supervisory board member of various organizations from Lifebridge to Novalung, Xenios, Tribio, Rupicapra, Stimit and VisionHealth
Dr. Thomas M. Helms
Specialist in internal medicine and cardiology, chairman of the board of the German Foundation for the Chronically Ill and among others Spokesman for the "Society and Politics" committee of the German Society for Cardiology, Cardiovascular Research (DGK), Hamburg