Showcasing PATHway at eHealth Week 2017
The PATHway project exhibition at eHealth week 2017 generated a lot of interest as it demonstrated how world leading medical device monitoring solutions can be used for the self management of cardiovascular disease.
Data and Connected Health are today at the heart of service delivery and the development of effective health policy. The overarching theme of eHealth Week 2017 was Data for Health: the key to personalised sustainable care. eHealth week 2017 was organised by the Maltese Ministry of Health as part of their Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, HIMSS Europe and the World Health Organisation. The event gathered together 1200 delegates from across the globe to address international hot topics related to healthcare IT, including ‘cross-border exchange of personal health data: from policy to practice’ and ‘European reference networks: how digital health helps’.
The event was opened by the Minister for Health, Hon. Christopher Fearne of Malta who as a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon has first hand experience of delivering connected health. The European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis stated in the opening keynote ‘Digital technology is now an established feature of modern society. The EU must be at the forefront in creating the right conditions for allowing digital developments to flourish.’ He went on to say that ‘Today, the Commission’s Vice President Ansip will present in Brussels the Communication on the mid-term review of the Digital Single Market Strategy adopted in 2015.’ This Communication reviews the 16 major initiatives set out in the DSM Strategy – all of which have been delivered. The Communication also suggests some areas where increased focus is needed, digital health and care is one such area. Key themes include: Citizens access and securely sharing health data and Patient and Healthcare provider’s interaction. This presents opportunities for the PATHway project as it provides individualised rehabilitation programs optimising interaction of patients and healthcare providers a clear aim of the European Commission DSM Strategy.
eHealth Week 2017 Keynote Crowd
Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Director of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe stated that the theme of this year’s eHealth week is Data for Health: the key to personalized, sustainable care – and this shines a very welcome spotlight on a core function of WHO – health information. ‘At WHO Europe we believe that reliable and high-quality health information is the backbone of solid public health policy. Implementing policy without evidence is simply reckless.’ Link to Health 2020 WHO policy document.
Dr. Richard Corbridge, CIO, HSE CEO, eHealth Ireland presented on tools to drive tech projects in Irish hospitals and outlined how the Proactive patient portal and personalised clinical analytics will impact on personalised course of treatment and improve patient care.
Dr. Paul Timmers former Director in DG Connect, European Commission spoke on ‘Scaling up Innovation for Sustained Transformation of Healthcare’ and is keen to explore business models and digital development opportunities for innovations developed through successful Horizon 2020 projects such as PATHway.
Peter Wintlev-Jensen, Senior Programme Manager at European Commission spoke on ‘A European Blueprint on Digital Transformation of Health and Care’ and on deploying large-scale, sustainable, digitally-enabled innovative solutions for Active and Healthy Ageing. There is an opportunity to participate in short online consultation to identify plans for investment for the sustainable deployment at large-scale of digitally-enabled innovative solutions for Active & Healthy Ageing (AHA) (to date the majority of responses are from industry seeking to showcase their products – so responses from research and public organisations is sought).
The EU Project Pavilion provided an ideal space to exhibit communication materials from PATHway and engage in meaningful conversations with key stakeholders from different countries and regions. There was a lot on interest in the emerging technologies and sensors that are being developed to meet functional requirements and end users’ needs in PATHway from both academic and commercial organisations in Europe.
More event images in Flickr.