Digital Medicine

EDITORIAL
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 46--47

Founding Conference of the International Society of Digital Medicine: A small step makes a big stride


Jianguo Sun 
 Cancer Institute of People's Liberation Army, Xinqiao Hospital, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400037, China

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Jianguo Sun
Cancer Institute of People«SQ»s Liberation Army, Xinqiao Hospital, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400037
China




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The Sixth Annual Academic Congress of Chinese Society of Digital Medicine held on June 18 th in Nanjing also became the Founding Conference of International Society of Digital Medicine. More than 1000 participants from 28 countries and regions gathered together for academic exchange and collaboration in digital medicine (DM). Sponsored by the Chinese Society of Digital Medicine and hosted by the Nanjing Hospital affiliated to Nanjing Medical University, this 2-in-1 conference set the theme as "Promoting global development of digital medicine by international collaboration." The Chinese Society of Digital Medicine, among the 88 societies of the Chinese Medical Association, became the first one to establish an international society in its field.

The highlight of the conference began even before the opening ceremony. The symposium on establishing an International Society of Digital Medicine was held on June 17 th as a round-table meeting of 78 DM scientists from 28 countries and regions, including China, the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. As representatives of worldwide DM scientists, the 78 participants discussed and voted and elected Prof. Shao-Xiang Zhang, the current president of the Chinese Society of Digital Medicine, as the president of the International Society of Digital Medicine. Eight professors were elected as vice presidents of the ISDM, including Prof. Joseph S. Alpert from the US, Prof. Jiming Kong from Canada, Prof. Uwe Spetzger from Germany, Prof. Paolo Milia from Italy, and Prof. Marc Thiriet from France. Moreover, the draft statute was passed by the council and began to take effect.

This conference provides worldwide DM scientists a forum for discussing a wide array of topics on the basic research and clinical applications of DM, ranging from three-dimensional (3D) printed body parts to virtual reality-based surgical simulation, to robot-assisted operation, to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guide-focused ultrasound surgery, and to 3D global health innovation platform. The "buffet" of DM had lasted for 2 days. I was enormously impressed with the keynote speech delivered by Prof. Joseph S. Alpert on the electronic medical record and the one by Prof. Uwe Spetzger on the implantation of an individualized 3D-printed titanium cage for cervical fusion. DM scientists took this great opportunity to learn from their international colleagues.

DM is the science that uses the modern digital technology to explain medical phenomena, solve medical problems, and explore medical mechanisms, with the purpose of improving life quality. With medicine as its core, DM is an inter-discipline that combines modern medicine with new and high-digital technology and involves computer science, mathematics, informatics, electronics, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering. The essence of DM is to improve diagnosis and treatment by using high digital technology. [1]

This Sixth Annual Academic Congress is a unique one with special significance for the Chinese Society of Digital Medicine. Before then, the Chinese Society of Digital Medicine had successfully convened five annual academic meetings, since its establishment in May 2011, promoting the development of DM in China effectively. This meeting, with the theme of "promoting international collaboration," marks a new phase of the development of DM in China and worldwide as well. From then on, DM scientists from China and all over the world can take the International Society of Digital Medicine as a platform for regular academic exchange and collaboration, which will definitely enhance the progress of DM and accelerate digitalization of modern medicine.

For the Chinese Society of Digital Medicine, this Founding Conference of the International Society of Digital Medicine is a small step toward internationalization. However, it will be an important step that makes a big stride in the history of DM of the world.

References

1Zhang SX, Tan LW, Li LJ. An Introduction to Digital Medicine. 1 st ed. China: Science Press; 2015.