eMEN event ‟E-mental health in Europe: learning from our neighbours”
On 29th November, DGPPN organized the third public event within the framework of the eMEN project in Germany, in cooperation with the German Alliance for Mental Health. The seminar was embedded in the annual DGPPN Congress and as such was certainly a highlight of the program. The event focused on the different political and legal conditions for the use and implementation of e-mental health applications in the north western European partner countries. The reason for this was also to present the first results of the eMEN working group, which focuses on transnational policy recommendations for e-mental health implementation. 180 participants attended the event. As in previous events, the audience once again consisted of a good mix of mental health professionals, politicians, people with lived experience and developers. Seven companies presented innovative applications that can be used in various fields of psychosocial care. During breaks, participants had the opportunity to gain hands-on-experience of the programs and talk to representatives and developers. Another aspect that helped to bridge the gap between theory and practice was a session in which experts shared their experiences with implementation of e-mental health applications in different care contexts.
Dr. Markus Müschenich presented an overview of the potential of digital applications for different contexts of care. Dr. Müschenich is the founder of FLYING HEALTH and an expert in the future of medicine. He showed how e-health products are changing various care sectors and what further developments are already foreseeable. It became clear that a disruptive potential emanates from these applications and that so-called killer applications can set new impulses for care. They hit a nerve and add value to treatment as usual. When asked, "How are we doing tomorrow?", he sums up that we are better off with e-health support.
Professor Wolfgang Gaebel, head of the eMEN working group "Transnational Policy Solution for E-Mental Health Implementation", presented the first results of the group. In an overview, he showed the different legal and political framework conditions for the implementation of e-mental health services in the partner countries. He pointed out specific barriers in different cases. Overall, he noted that there is an increase in e-mental health activities in all partner countries, i.e. in research or model projects. Based on successful international examples, he summarized the lessons learned and gave a viewpoint on the necessary fields of action. It became clear that among other things, it requires better information on existing services, their use and their effectiveness in order to increase acceptance of digital services, as well as a better digital infrastructure and more research on implementation. Professor Gaebel advocated a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and strategic approach that addresses the multiple challenges. The eMEN project is committed to this.