"Leibniz in the Bundestag": Intensive exchange on crisis management textbook for the public health service

Member of the Bundestag Rudolf Henke informs himself about textbooks for the health service and the digitalisation of the medical education system

Under the title "Leibniz in the Bundestag", members of the Bundestag have the opportunity to discuss various topics from science and research directly with experts from the Leibniz Association.

In this context, Rudolf Henke (CDU), member of the Bundestag, met with Lambert Heller, head of the Open Science Lab of the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, and Dr. Peter Tinnemann, head of the textbook project at the Academy of Public Health Services, on 18 June 2020. Henke, who is a member of the Health Committee and an internist, visited his Berlin office to find out more about the Crisis Management Textbook for the Public Health Service (in German), which was published as an online Open Access version in early April 2020.

The book contains practical advice for health authorities and other institutions in the health care sector on crisis management, including recommendations for action for operational planning, checklists for communication, infrastructure and equipment in the crisis team. The textbook is part of a joint project of the Academy for Public Health and the TIB, funded by the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG), in which the series "Lehrbücher für den Öffentlichen Gesundheitsdienst" (Textbooks for the Public Health Service) is written by over 100 experts on the basis of several book sprints. These freely licensed "Open Educational Resources" (OER) are continuously supplemented and updated and are sustainably available via Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

In addition, Henke, Heller and Tinnemann discussed how a sustainable and results-oriented digitisation of the medical education system can be achieved and what role Open Educational Resources and Open Source play in this process, both in principle and in the current corona crisis, which once again highlights the urgency of this essential digital transformation.