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Lung problems account for about one quarter of all visits by children to a general practitioner, and airway damage in early life can impact lung development and contribute to an increased risk of developing chronic lung disease in later life.
The ERS International Congress programme spotlights this disease area with a dedicated track for paediatric respiratory diseases, offering a variety of activities for health professionals involved in the care and management of young people with lung conditions and for those who conduct paediatric research.
Q: The congress theme is digital health. Why is this area important for paediatric specialists?
A: The COVID-19 pandemic led to many digital health care innovations. Home monitoring, telemonitoring, web consultation, and home spirometry have all proven to be feasible in children. These innovations may prevent visits to the clinic, decreasing school absence of the child and missed workdays for the parents. Children very easily adapt to e-health, and we can learn from best practices from all over the world.
Q: Is there a specific session in the paediatrics track that should not be missed?
A: The symposium, ‘New technologies for the management of children with respiratory diseases’ should not be missed (09:30–11:00 CEST on 6 September). This symposium discusses new sources of data – such as the internet of things, environmental data, etc – in the management of respiratory diseases in children and how these new big data are processed by different artificial intelligence methods. Also, ethical issues and the acceptance of digital-based management by families of children will be discussed.
Q: What does congress offer to early career professionals who specialise in paediatrics?
A: This year’s virtual ERS International Congress presents a unique opportunity to update your knowledge with the latest research findings in respiratory diseases in children, including two guideline sessions on asthma diagnosis and bronchiectasis management.
Despite the virtual character of the congress, early career members will be able to engage in a discussion with experts and ask questions to speakers in the break-out sessions following each seminar. Finally, we have prepared an excellent session for all early career members, ‘Keys to success in science’ (16:30–18:00 CEST on 7 September).