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eHealth Week 2013, Dublin: From Hindsight to Foresight - creating integrated communities of care

The Evening Session "From Hindsight to Foresight - creating integrated communities of care" - co-organised by EHTEL and IBM at the recent eHealth Week featured a compelling Thought Leader Panel discussion at the recent eHealth Week in Dublin. Panellists Sara Burke, Journalist, broadcaster and health policy analyst (Ireland), George Crooks OBE, EHTEL President and Medical Director NHS24 (Scotland), Toni Dedeu, Senior International Officer, Ministry of Health of Catalonia (Spain) and Jean Hermesse, Secretary General, Christian Mutuality (Belgium) were lively moderated by Sean Hogan, Vice President, Healthcare Delivery, IBM. Participants found excellent opportunities to discuss on opportunities to improve outcomes by integrating communities of care.

Also the full World of Health IT conference in Dublin this year saw a very large interest in EHTEL and its activities.

Our annual special event, the Thought Leader Panel Discussion proved to be a "sell-out". Panellists Sara Burke, Journalist, broadcaster and health policy analyst (Ireland), George Crooks OBE, EHTEL President and Medical Director NHS24 (Scotland), Toni Dedeu, Senior International Officer, Ministry of Health of Catalonia (Spain) and Jean Hermesse, Secretary General, Christian Mutuality (Belgium) were moderated in lively fashion by Sean Hogan, Vice President, Healthcare Delivery, IBM.

Our 120 participants found excellent opportunities to discuss opportunities to improve outcomes by integrating communities of care. One of the key features of the comments we received during the week was the number and range of the stakeholders that make up our membership.

  • Indeed, it is this wide diversity of membership organisations and individuals that makes EHTEL a major player in the world of eHealth. We do not lobby on behalf of any particular group but rather act as a facilitator to bring organisations together in a unique environment created from our detailed understanding of the world of eHealth.
  • EHTEL is now recognised as the one organisation that has its finger on the pulse of the current and evolving situation within health and social care delivery. As an organisation with important European-wide links to the key policy makers it is in a pivotal position to understand the issues at the operational level, the emerging changes in policy thinking and their impact on eHealth.
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