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Stepping Into a Digitalised Future: Integrating eHealth Into Public Healthcare Systems

Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:00 - 16:30

Venue: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre  |  City: Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium

According to a survey carried out by the WHO in 2016, 70% of EU Member States have a national eHealth policy or strategy and 84% of Member States have a national universal health coverage policy or strategy. The research identified funding as the most important barrier to fully implementing eHealth programmes. In the recent years, it has become a key asset for improving how health information is gathered, managed and used.

The European Commission has made several steps towards a more digitalised healthcare system. In February 2017 the Commission set up an internal task force comprised of health and technology policy makers tasked to examine EU policy actions to ensure a successful digital healthcare transformation. As part of the Commission's Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, three priorities for EU actions were identified in the DSM mid-term review: enabling citizen's secure access to and use of health data across-borders, supporting a cross-border data infrastructure to advance research and personalised medicine and facilitating feedback and interaction between patients and health care providers, supporting citizen empowerment. Moreover, under the Estonian Presidency of the European Union the Digital Health Society (DHS) Declaration was launched as a call for actions about ”Health in the Digital society and the Digital society for health”, with the plan to integrate inputs from all the stakeholders interested in the development of Digital health.

However, the proposed digital transformation of the European healthcare system still faces a number of obstacles. Practitioners remain skeptical of the role of digital technology, many have expressed concerns over the poor usability of digital tools and have faced difficulties in measuring results. Information streams are growing exponentially, but there are still issues with gathering, storing and disseminating intelligence, as well as obvious ethical issues regarding the privacy of individuals arising with the dissemination of eHealth technology.

This International Symposium provides a timely opportunity for practitioners and stakeholders across Europe to consider the current progress of eHealth, understand the barriers and challenges and discuss the next steps in establishing achievable objectives and the successful implementation of digital healthcare transformation programmes. Public Policy Exchange welcomes the participation of all key partners, responsible authorities and stakeholders in the healthcare system. The symposium will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debates. 

Delegates Will 

  • Review the regulatory environment of the eHealth sector
  • Analyse the progress made in the EU legal framework for eHealth
  • Explore how to embed eHealth into public healthcare systems
  • Consider how to strengthen partnerships between app developers and traditional healthcare companies
  • Explore the advantages of effective system interoperability
  • Learn from contemporary digitisation initiatives and make suggestions for future development strategies
  • Strategise how to effectively tackle data-driven exploitation and ensure future digital development is compliant with privacy standards
  • Promote collaboration on digital development between the national health systems, local authority teams, the third sector, existing and new suppliers, managers and other relevant stakeholders

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Key speaker: Luca Scarpiello, Policy Assistant, Officer Social Care, Tax Justice and digitalization, EPSU


09:15 Registration and Morning Refreshments
10:00 Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks

Understanding the EU Framework on eHealth

  • Evaluating the Role of the Estonian Presidency in Advancing Digital Innovation: the Digital Health Society (DHS) Declaration
  • Evaluating The Impact of The New Medical Devices Regulation
  • Assessing the Current Improvements Made in Accessing Quality Care and Increasing the Efficiency of the Health Sector
  • Analysing the Outcomes of the Public Consultation on the Transformation of Health and Care in the Digital Single Market   
10:40 First Round of Discussions
11.10 Morning Coffee Break

Advancing and Harmonising Digital Public Services through Interoperability Mechanisms 

  • Understanding the National Frameworks: the Example of Mobile Health in Belgium
  • Integrating eHealth into Public Health Systems
  • Discovering Means to Boost Interoperability: the Role of Health Interoperability Testing and Certification Mechanism
  • Exchanging and Promoting Best Practice at National Levels
12:00 Second Round of Discussions
12.30 Networking Lunch

Safeguarding Digital Health Patients by Protecting Data and Quality 

  • Enabling an Effective Quality Labeling and Certification of Electronic Health Systems
  • Accessing and Storing Medical Data in the use of e-Prescriptions
  • Improving the Partnership between App Developers and Traditional Health Companies 
14.00 Third Round of Discussions
14:30 Afternoon Coffee Break

The Role of Personalised Assistance in Integrated Person-Centered Care and Ageing and Chronic Diseases

  • Exploring Successful eHealth Initiatives such as e-Diabetes
  • Evaluating the Use of Technology in Treatment of Mental Disorders
  • Enabling Remote Personalised Assistance
  • Encouraging Digital Skills Training for Healthcare Professionals 
15.20 Fourth Round of Discussions
15:50 Chair's Summary and Closing Remarks
16.00 Networking Reception and Refreshments
16.30 Symposium Close

Who Should Attend?

  • Health Professionals
  • Digital Transformation Leads
  • Digital Officers and Managers
  • ICT Project Managers
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Public Health Authorities
  • European Organisations
  • European Institutions
  • National Governmental Organisations
  • Local Governmental Organisations
  • Health Insurers
  • Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Hospital Staff
  • Social Services
  • Health Promotion Advisers
  • Medical Associations
  • Employers’ Organisations
  • Public Health Unions
  • Health Research Institutes
  • International Centres for Health Protection
  • Health Networks
  • Patient Associations
  • Charitable Foundations
  • Associations of Schools of Public Health
  • Health Forums
  • Natural Medicine Associations
  • Associations of Hospital Managers
  • Hospital Pharmacists Associations
  • Legal Health Professionals
  • Academics and Researchers
  • Local Authority Officers and Councilors 
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Health and Wellbeing Board Members



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  • Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:00 - 16:30

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