The strategy for utilising eHealth may significantly enhance the sustainability of healthcare systems in Greece, Europe and worldwide. The European Commission “eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020: Innovative healthcare for the 21st century” sets the foundation and the goals for achieving a wider interoperability in health services; reinforcing the establishment of pan-European certification standards and trials; the lifting of legal obstacles in Big Data management; and the protection of personal data.
This is the framework for this year’s eHealth Forum debate concerning health policies on the management of Big Data and patient personal information. All stakeholders will be invited to participate: clinicians, representatives of the industry, social security etc.
Where does Greece stand in relation to EU planning on eHealth? What should the next steps be? These are but some of the questions that shall be attempted to be answered within this specific thematic session.
A requirement for a wide deployment and effectiveness of eHealth applications is compliance with international standards and interoperability. Digital applications’ quality assurance and certification are a necessary step in the process of their integration in medical practice and the everyday life of patients and other users.
The establishment of a European patient summary health record, cross-border ePrescriptions, European patient registries and the adoption of common interoperability models and standards have, over the past two years, been at the centre of attention and actions of the EU and our country alike, with the latter having made significant progress in the development and implementation of treatment protocols.
eHealth applications have much to offer to the clinical management of diseases and to integrated patient care, with beneficial results in the reduction of healthcare system costs. Making the best of eHealth apps in chronic and rare diseases –among others– shall be a central topic of the Conference. In particular, European policy in chronic patients care in the community, as well as integrated care will be discussed.
Healthy ageing and well-being are at the epicentre of the services offered by eHealth and mHealth applications and tools. The discussion shall revolve around solutions based on a patient-centric approach, which encourages the person’s active involvement in the management of their own health and which is constantly gaining momentum in healthcare system management strategies.
On the occasion of the 2015 eHealth Forum, the first official announcement of the Greek eHealth ecosystem will be made. This effort aspires to highlight the role of eHealth as a tool of healthcare sector reform and to compose a hub of creativity which will facilitate the dissemination of innovative applications; stimulate the capacity for reproducing best practices in the field of services; and promote the digital literacy of citizens and healthcare professionals.
eHealth is part of the Silver Economy, that is to say, the economic activity which pertains to new market opportunities arising to meet the needs and demand for services of the constantly growing population of people over the age of 50. Silver Economy entails an osmosis between the public and private sectors.
Within this framework, the debate shall be on the initiatives elaborated at a European level with a view to achieve wider synergies and results in the fields of eHealth, active and healthy ageing, tourism for seniors and elderly-friendly housing.
The need for pharmaceutical expenditure management has greatly boosted electronic applications, such as ePrescription, one of the most important reforms in healthcare systems this past decade. Mobile Health (mHealth) applications are being successfully developed for the field of drug management related to patient compliance and adherence to treatment.
On the other hand, from the regulatory authorities’ perspective, there are unmet needs regarding the management of polypharmacy and traceability of medications which will be presented.
Moreover, health economists, decision-makers and the industry have been discussing multiple methods of pharmaceutical expenditure management (quantification, evaluation, assessment, control and intervention – metrics) which are also based on digital media.
eHealth has been, already for the past decade, a priority in the plans and projects of the European Commission and the EU as a whole, given that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for health is beneficial for the European Union in three ways: it offers better quality of life for citizens; innovation and growth for the industry; and more sustainable healthcare systems. So, primarily through the Horizon 2020 programme, Innovation funds, and the 2014-2020 NSRF, more financial resources are provided for the funding of innovation and eHealth as well as the development of eHealth applications.
Access to these resources and other, parallel sources of funding in Greece (the National Investment Programme, private financing), shall be presented by specialists at the 2015 eHealth Forum.
ICT for health and care can contribute to effectively address the refugee issue all over Europe.
The most pressing issue nowadays is the massive inflow of refugees in Europe. Greece faces a dramatic challenge in dealing properly with the immigration issue. How can ICT for health and care contribute to effectively address this issue? Part of this delicate subject is enforcing public health regulations on people in need to stay within EU borders. This requires correct mapping of the healthcare profile and status of those people. As such, EU has already established policy documents concerning cross border healthcare for European citizens that may apply to refugees. There are projects that have established a cross border information exchange network that could be the basis for handling immigrants’ health information, i.e. patient summary data that can securely be routed between member states for public health purposes. Panel discussions with public health officials, policy makers, ICT experts and healthcare professionals will elaborate how eHealth could contribute to the current challenges that Europe is facing.
DATE & VENUE
The event will take place on December 3-4, 2015 in Divani Caravel Hotel, Athens.
The conference official language is Greek. Simultaneous translation into English will be provided.
The commercial Exhibition will be hosted at the Foyer Olympia, in the conference venue, Divani Caravel Hotel. Please contact the Conference Secretariat if you want to participate as an exhibitor.
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