EHTEL Symposium 2018
Empowered Partners in Health through user-driven digitisation
Many members of the European Digital Health community met together at the 9th annual EHTEL Symposium. Conversations were anchored on the well-being of European societies. The symposium provided attendees with insights into how user-driven digitisation delivers benefits and empowers all health-related stakeholders.
Monday - Tuesday, 3-4 December 2018: Symposium Plenaries and Debates
- Consumers and Patients: through smart tools enabling health promotion and prevention linked to information – including health records – and resources in health and social care;
- Health care managers and providers: for next-generation care planning, integrating individual patient data, and big data using a population health approach;
- The health workforce: so that jobs gain from the use of carefully designed and adjusted digital tools, and employees are trained to use their digital skills to create meaningful documentation and workflows.
- Setting the Scene: Citizens/Patients and Health Policy Views: this session explored digitisation from the perspective of users such as patients/citizens and healthcare planners/authorities. Which users’ needs must be considered by “user-driven” digitisation?
- From Lightweight Wellness Apps to Managing Serious Conditions: attendees learned about state-of-the-art apps and games designed around patients, health, and wellness and that support the management of chronic conditions and secondary prevention.
- Creating Value from Well-Being Data: Enabling Care Innovations: this session focused on the potential offered by healthcare data’s secondary use for research, development, innovation and management to create better health perspectives for patients and citizens. Mining data provides new opportunities and requires compliance with European regulations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
- EU Vision for Better Medicine and Health Gains with Digitisation: participants explored the main policy issues and perspectives around service-oriented digital health infrastructures, according to the European Policy Agenda for Digital Health and Care, and the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.
- Data and Well-Being in Practice: Co-Creating for Patients’ Benefit: participants discussed implementation scenarios for data-driven health and social care that can be supported by visual and interactive tools.
- Making Digital Healthcare Meaningful: Role of Health Work Force: this session looked at the best ways to train health professionals in digital health, and to educate digital natives starting to work in healthcare.
- Innovation Initiative: Living Labs for Digitisation in Healthcare: attendees learned how living labs support the digitisation of health and care, and how demand and supply sides can be brought together in co-creative ways.
- Leveraging Synergies of Machine Learning and Digitisation: this session was dedicated to Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and how pervasive digitisation is emerging to provide meaningful new services in the health and care fields. In a forward-looking mode, the symposium debated how AI and machine learning systems could contribute to health and care policies related to digital transformation.