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The ICU of the future: digital transformation in critical care


Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA






Since the foundation of the first intensive care unit 70 years ago, clinical research and innovation in medical technology have made enormous progress and contributed significantly to improving patients' chances of survival and quality of life. Looking forward, it is expected that digital technologies like big data analytics, artificial intelligence or augmented reality will play a significant role in improving clinical outcomes and workflow efficiency.

At the same time, however, it must be noted that the necessary networking and digitization in hospitals is far behind the state of the art in other industries. This is mainly due to the lack of standardized and secure data infrastructures and interfaces.

To address this gap, an international standard for network-based communication and interoperability between medical devices has been developed with the participation of various manufacturers, research institutes and hospitals. This new standard offers a wide range of possible new clinical applications. Participants will learn about the changes in data infrastructures and clinical IT Ecosystems, they will learn about the clinical use cases that this new standard will enable and how standardized interfaces will open new capabilities in data distribution, administration and analytics.

Learning objectives


  • Understand the vision and potential utilization of new, digital technologies in critical care
  • Learn about benefits and limitations of digital applications in critical care
  • Understand the basic principle of the new standard for open, bi-directional and secure medical device interoperability
  • Learn about examples of clinical use cases that this new standard will enable
  • Understanding the pre-requisites for the implementation of this secure and standardized data infrastructure



Julie Courty
Marketing Manager Critical Care MENA
Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

Julie is a highly experienced engineer coming from a biomedical background and specialized in monitoring and IT systems for healthcare infrastructures. She has successfully supervised many IT projects deployments and conducted advanced trainings for medical devices integration and clinical applications across the Middle East and Africa regions. Her experience spans various technology solutions focusing on digital transformation within the healthcare industry. She is now leading the Connected Technologies and Data Analytics segment at Dräger Medical MENA.


Prof. Dr. Maurizio Cecconi
Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Milan
MEDTEC School Humanitas University

Prof. Dr. Maurizio Cecconi is an anesthesiologist, intensive care specialist, and Chair of the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Units at Humanitas Research Hospital in Milan, Italy. He is the Vice President of the joint Medicine-Bioengineering degree “MEDTEC School” at Humanitas University in Milan, Italy. He completed his studies in Italy (University of Udine), Spain (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), UK (doctoral degree at St George’s University of London) and USA (research program GCSRT at Harvard Medical School).

He worked for 14 years as an NHS Consultant at St George's Hospital, London, UK where he chaired one of the largest Critical Care Departments in Europe. He is the immediate Past President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine which he led through the most difficult times of its history during the COVID19 Pandemic. He designed and directed the EU funded C19_SPACE to 20000 healthcare workers. He is part of the Surviving Sepsis and worked with WHO for the COVID-19 Clinical Guidelines.Under his Leadership, ESICM established its reputation within European Institutions and was awarded the Gastein Health Forum European Health Leadership Award in 2021.

In 2018 he was awarded the Silver Griffin by his Alma Mater, the University of Udine. In 2020 he was mentioned by JAMA as one of the most influential doctors of the pandemic,and was nominated Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. Prof. Dr. Maurizio’s research focuses on Improving outcomes in Perioperative Care and Data Science and Physiology of Shock, Acute Respiratory Failure and Sepsis. He is a very active researcher with more than 350 peer-reviewed articles and an H-Index of 74.

Michael Wilkening
Vice President Strategy & Business Development Medical Division
Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

1990: Graduated in Communications Engineering
1990 – 1991: Biomed in a mid-size general hospital
1993: Graduated in Biomedical Engineering
1994: Started at Dräger as Product Manager Anaesthesia
2003: Global Head of Product Management Anaesthesia
2012: Vice President Care Area Operating Room
2015: Vice President Strategic Marketing
2020: Vice President Strategy & Business Development Medical Division