The 2020 edition of the symposium will be digital and combine remote participation and Brussels-based moderation with panellists.
Six sessions form the basis of the Symposium. They will further develop the Imagining 2029 work programme, providing opportunities for interactive participation and “meet and greet” networking.
Making the digital shift towards health and resilience
The 2020 edition of the Thought Leader EHTEL Symposium will explore the speed-up of digital health services and their contributions to healthy and resilient communities. Resilience is key.
In line with the coronavirus pandemic, a focus on citizens’ values associated with public goods and services has gained ground. Health is seen by many people now as a commons. Digital technologies are the ideal ally for people to maintain a physical distance, keep up with economic activity, and implement Europe’s Green Deal.
Innovative digital health solutions have been tried out for two decades or more. Altogether, however, progress has remained slow because of key resistance factors. Many barriers to progress have now been somewhat alleviated as a result of responses to the COVID−19 outbreak.
New voices call for massive changes, digital advances, and more flexible social and health solutions which should increase societal resilience. The public is now much more aware of the importance of data, whether for epidemiological and health protection reasons. So, resilience means also that data and knowledge must be shared and exploited much quicker than before.
There is now a new window of opportunity to take advantage of the existing tailwinds and scale-up digital health services which support this new societal call. This is not anymore about promoting telemedicine or digital support for healthy ageing. The challenge today is about creating the conditions for at-scale solutions which contribute to increasing resilience in the health/social domains as well as in the economy. Key to these solutions is addressing people’s needs, and emphasizing distribution, socially equity, and flexibility.
2 December 2020 | 14:00 - 17:30
14:00 Societal resilience and the importance of data
Keynote speech by Hans Kluge (TBC) - World Health Organization
14:30 Developing Health Data Ecosystems
With the financial support of SITRA (Finland)
📃 Health data ecosystems are vital. This session explores what are these new health data ecosystems, and explains how they can be developed and sustained to untap their potential benefits for health innovation. It delves into how technical, legal, ethical, and cultural challenges have been addressed in data ecosystems in other sectors in order to identify transferable lessons.
15:40 Session transition - Break
16:00 Bringing together digital therapeutics and mHealth: Sharing an innovation journey
Prepared with IBM
📃 The innovation journey of digital health is an influence on several technologies. The session starts from the widespread use of a diabetes app. It then investigates opportunities for mobile apps that are supported by digital therapeutics, backed by business and new economic models, and have the potential for introduction throughout Europe and beyond.
16:50 Organising virtual healthcare encounters: Moving towards new care models
Prepared with Assuta Medicals Centers (Israel)
📃 Contactless healthcare encounters are essential for resilient healthcare in the current pandemic. This session examines sustainable transformations of care by virtual hospitals and “blended” healthcare.
17:30 Closing Day 1
3 December 2020 | 14:00 - 16:45
14:00 Introducing the key themes of Day 1
14:15 Getting the ground ready for (European) Health Data Spaces
Prepared with MedCom and Sundhed.dk (Denmark)
📃 (European) Data Spaces are about sharing data in such a way that they can be used for many outcomes, by multiple actors, in a transparent and open way. This session meets head-on this ambitious European strategy with the views and realities of health and care professionals and public authorities. It also reflects on whether citizens can become key players in this space.
15:15 Session transition - Break
15:30 Recognising eMental health as a contributor to the improved health and resilience of communities
Prepared with the Centre for Telepsychiatry (Denmark)
📃 Mental health is a key part of people’s health. Today, it is critical to improve and enhance this important aspect of citizens’ health. The session introduces and discusses the crucial role played by innovation and digital technologies in addressing mental illnesses and building resilience.
16:20 Closing session
Prepared with AReSS (Italy)
16:45 Thanks and farewell