is the congress motto of the German Congress of Orthopaedics and Traumatology 2018.
Regardless of whether in the hospital, doctor’s in surgery, in the operating theatre, in the research laboratory, in the rehab clinic or in the emergency medical service: Orthopaedics and Traumatology stands for professional treatment of injuries and ailments of the locomotor system. This year’s congress motto We are O&T addresses the variety and the wide range of our shared field. No other congress in Europe offers a larger platform for professional, collegial and academic exchange than the DKOU 2018.
10 years after the foundation of the German Society for Orthopaedics and Trauma (DGOU), the congress is the signature feature of the successful growing together of Orthopaedics and Traumatology in Germany. Outstanding examples for the efficiency of our work are the nation-wide Trauma Network and the endoprosthesis index that could be realised thanks to the extraordinary dedication of many individuals and the relentless work of our expert associations.
A current challenge is the digitalisation in O&T. Smart implants, wearables and big data applications have the potential to revolutionise our therapeutic options and are a major chance for the future. The downsides are the risks of a digital process optimisation and economisation, especially for the protection of the personal patient data entrusted to us. Here, all of us are required in order to shape this dynamic development.