EHTEL Symposium 2013
Sustainable partnerships for well-being and eHealth
The yearly EHTEL Symposium 2013 brought together the European eHealth community – European health policy leaders, strategic European projects and initiatives, NGOs, industry representatives and other stakeholders – in the heart of Brussels, Belgium.
Speakers, panellists and delegates shared lessons on:
- Citizens and patients in the driving seat: online interaction with healthcare services, access to health records and putting meaningful eHealth services in patients' hands
- Partnerships in health care and social care as a sustainable support for ageing well
- Synergies of value-added services and shared infrastructures for sustainable health care
- "Open data" vs. "big data": implications for personal health and public health policies
- Personalised medicine in the era of big data, e.g. what is in for tailored prevention and what do we need to achieve to maintain privacy and security?
The EHTEL 2013 Symposium was hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), a consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues. Its opinions are forwarded to the larger institutions – the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament. It thus has a key role to play in the Union's decision-making process.
EHTEL Symposium 2012
Facts not fiction: the future of eHealth is already here
More than 150 eHealth and tele-healthcare enthusiasts from Europe and beyond met on 6-7 December 2012 for the Annual EHTEL Symposium. The event coincided with the launch of the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 - Innovative healthcare for the 21st century,on which participants received a first-hand presentation by DG CONNECT.
“The waiting is over.” Much of what is considered to be ‘future health’ is already being implemented in many healthcare systems around Europe. Telehealth is often integrated in home care, just as telemedicine is integrated in clinical routines e.g. for stroke.
Everyone in healthcare uses some form of digital communication. Yet while the tools already exist, many conceptual, legal, organisational and educational challenges remain. To be prepared for these challenges, Symposium participants learned and debated together about citizen-centric concepts like the coproduction of Health and the Digital Health Continuum.
The Symposium also outlined the strategies and tactics that stakeholders can use to face the health and care situation in 2012, and to do this in a way that is radically different from 2-3 years ago. The current fact is old fiction.
This Anniversary Symposium was hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), a consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues. Its opinions are forwarded to the larger institutions – the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament. It thus has a key role to play in the Union's decision-making process.
EHTEL Symposium 2011 and
RENEWING HeALTH midterm workshop
More than 150 eHealth stakeholders met on November 30th and December 1th to discuss how to change the traditional delivery models of European healthcare and welfare for making them better fit to the long-term needs of persons with chronic conditions. The dialogue on new strategies and their implementation was particularly inspired by a keynote from Kaiser Permanente, US.
The EHTEL Symposium 2011 - colocated with the RENEWING HeALTH Midterm Workshop - convened European-wide leaders, drivers and frontrunners, including health policy, competence centres and many stakeholder representatives.
The event was kindly hosted by the EESC, the voice of organised civil society in the Union's decision-making process.
New models go much beyond the scope of venerable traditions like organising health and welfare in independent silos and seamlessly integrate the healthcare and social service domains. Both eHealth and Telemedicine provide personal health services and can contribute significantly to the successful implementation of up-to-date health strategies.
Demonstrations and service presentations provided some evidence how it should be possible to move from high level EU policy initiatives into operational sustainable services.
The EHTEL Symposium 2011 focused on the following themes:
- New care models for persons with chronic disease
- Telemedicine enabling seamless services in the personal sphere - A flashlight on the RENEWING HeALTH project's pilots
- Augmenting the evidence on the impact of telemedicine services
- A scientific review of RENEWING HeALTH: maximising the scientific value of the project
- Lessons learned so far on the large pilot evaluation
- The model for assessment of telemedicine (MAST) in practice
- Political agenda for eHealth and seamless integration of health services
- Sustainable and interoperable eHealth infostructure in support of the seamless integration of services
- From infostructure to services: enabling seamless and integrated care by eHealth
- Managing diseases - seamless service integration by provider organisations
- Seamless service integration in the community - telecare and telemedicines
- Next steps on the seamless integration of services
EHTEL Symposium 2010
eHealth for citizens in European regions
The EHTEL Symposium 2010 was jointly organised by EHTEL, the Assembly of European Regions (AER) and the European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA) and hosted by the Committee of the Regions (CoR) in Brussels on 22-23 November 2010.
170 Representatives of 42 Regions from 22 countries attended this inspiring event that marked the launch of the mutual cooperation for eHealth in Europe’s Regions.
The EHTEL Symposium 2010 focused on the following themes:
- Acting for Europe’s health: the active and healthy ageing's innovation partnership.
- Regional health challenges and the answer of eHealth.
- eHealth deployment in Europe's regions: call for actions.
- The eHealth experience in Wallony.
- Establishing a smart care platform for health and welfare in north Brabant.
- An electronic speech infrastructure in European regions.
- Integrating eHealth and eWelfare in South Karelia.
- Providing health records to citizens and patients in Uppsala.
- Regional roll-out of a national electronic health record (ELGA) in lower Austria.
- Transforming Health Data into better-informed care for patients and communities.
- The future of (e)health in European regions: a view by the acting EU-Presidency.
- Steering the future of eHealth in Europe and the regions.
- Electronic health records and cross-border eHealth services.
- Establishing an infrastructure for patient-centred eHealth services in Estonia.
- Receta XXI, ePrescribing in the region of Andalucía
- Connecting Europe by interoperable eHealth services: vision and reality
- Telemedicine, personal health and clinical eHealth applications
- Lessons learned from the roll-out of personal health records in Catalunya
- Tele-diabetes, educating and supporting diabetic patients in the Auverne region
- Telemonitoring in support of patients with chronic diseases in the Veneto region
- Stakeholder involvement and represenation of pan-European user requirements in RENEWING HeALTH
- Public and private investments into eHealth: how to achieve sustainability
- Public and private investments into eHealth: how to achieve sustainability?
- Building eHealth infrastructure with structural funds: what works
- eHealth in the regions, the way forward
EHTEL Symposium 2009
Joining for visions of person-centred health
The EHTEL Symposium 2009 was held on 21-22 October, together with the the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) at Rue Belliard 99, Brussels.
The EHTEL Symposium 2009 focused on the following themes:
- Pulse of the industry - global visions for the healthcare of the future
- Reality checks for eHealth and telemedicine in routine healthcare
- Visions of tomorrow: moving eHealth beyond the "e"
- A decade of eHealth has passed: what should we expect next?