eHealth Week 2017 to take place in Malta in May
Article posted on: February 24, 2017
- Between 10-12 May 2017, the Maltese Ministry for Health, the European Commission and HIMSS Europe, in collaboration with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe will jointly host a High-Level eHealth Conference in Malta.
- The overarching theme of eHealth Week 2017 is Data for Health: The Key to Personalised Sustainable Care
- An Info Day will take place on 3 March 2017.
VALETTA, MALTA - (HealthTech Wire / News) — Between Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th May 2017, the Maltese Ministry for Health - as part of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union - the European Commission and HIMSS Europe, in collaboration with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe will jointly host a High-Level eHealth Conference in Malta.
Traditionally hosted during the first semester of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the conference is known as eHealth Week. This year, the event will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel in St. Julian’s and it is estimated that at least 1,300 leading health policy makers and high-level influencers within the field of healthcare and IT from EU Member States will attend and share valuable knowledge as well as exchange solutions.
In addition, the event will include an innovative exhibition floor, organised by HIMSS Europe, the leading global organisation focused on achieving better health through IT. The exhibition space will feature local and international IT vendors who will be showcasing the most up to date solutions for European hospitals.
The overarching theme of eHealth Week 2017 is Data for Health: the key to personalised sustainable care. Speakers and delegates will explore the changing ways in which personal health data is created, stored, shared and used. Personalised medicine is a key priority for the European Commission, who is seeking to take advantage of advances in bioinformatics to support a paradigm shift towards tailor-made prevention and treatment strategies both for individuals and population groups.
Hon Minister Chris Fearne, Minister for Health in Malta said: “Data lies at the heart of health service delivery. During eHealth Week, we will explore the changing ways in which personal health data is created, stored, shared and used. We will discuss how to make best use of information and communication technologies for the benefit of individual citizens and patients, as well as society in general."
Some of the topics on the agenda include patient access to data and the importance of sharing it, as well as the data, security and privacy discussion within healthcare. This includes sharing personal health data across country borders, improving the effectiveness, safety and privacy of mobile health and scaling up digital innovation for health and care, smart environments and integrated care.
eHealth Week will also address data management analytics for personalised medicine and public health policy and reforming healthcare systems: financial barriers and incentives, new roles and shifting balances in healthcare and eHealth in Malta.
Christina Roosen, VP of Public Affairs at HIMSS Europe said: “This year we are particularly excited to be introducing new and innovative topics for the first time in our eHealth Week educational programme which have been predicated to heavily influence health and care in the near future. These include the blockchain phenomenon, social media in healthcare and virtual reality, to name a few. We will be inviting guests to participate in these discussions in order to maximise the sharing of knowledge at eHealth Week."
The official eHealth Week Info Day will be held on the 3rd of March and it intends to give an overview of the event. The Maltese Minister for Health, and representatives from the European Commission, HIMSS Europe and WHO/Europe, will be presenting the overarching themes and will be available for a Q&A session with press and eHealth professionals. Any interested parties willing to attend this info day may obtain further information by sending an email to Cynthia.
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