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eHealth Week København - Dag 1

eHealth Week - Bella Center, Købehavn

+++ 5:30 pm | World of Health IT opens +++
The President of HIMSS, Stephen Lieber, welcomes the Commissioners, Danish Ministers and the media to The World of Health IT (WoHIT) - the cornerstone event of eHealth Week. Leading eHealth companies are exhibiting their solutions and showing the full scale of the healthcare IT industry's innovation power. WoHIT updates are available in HealthTech Wire's GoDirect channel at www.healthtechwire.com/ehealthweek.


+++ 5:21 pm | New report on redesigning health in Europe for 2020 gives key recommendations +++
Recommendations focus on putting patients in control of their personal data, while also using anonymized data to deliver better healthcare and foster life-saving innovation; the need to get all systems connected and interoperable; guidance on transparency and accountability.

+++ 5:02 pm | Journalists gather at eHealth Week's official press conference +++
EC Commissioners and Danish politicians informed journalists about today's activities, underlining the positive and results-oriented atmosphere of the meeting. The EC's Vice President Neelie Kroes emphasized that we need to look forward to the opportunities of the future and not back to the constraints of the past.

+++ 4:12 pm | Save the jewel in the crown +++
As ICT progressively transforms other sectors, healthcare is still a decade behind, says Neelie Kroes. “For a long time the jewel in the crown of our social models, our healthcare systems risk becoming unfit for purpose in the digital age.”


+++ 3:30 pm | 10% over 5 years! That’s tiny! +++
Kroes asks the procurers of health services to begin to recognize the challenges of the future and the solutions eHealth can deliver. The pace of adoption is too slow, she says. Growth projection over the 5 years to 2015 for the European market for health ICTs in hospitals is 10%. “That's tiny when you consider the massive scale of the digital revolution elsewhere,” Kroes says.

+++ 2:22 pm | Patients as “co-pilots” +++
Patients are believed to be the most underused resource in healthcare: they can do more than just passively consuming healthcare. “Simple ICT tools can put health choices into their hands; a system which is both more cost-effective and more empowering,” says Neelie Kroes. In the UK, the NHS Choices website sees up to 11 million visitors a month, while some predict 13,000 health-related apps for the iPhone alone within the year, Kroes says.

+++ 2:20 pm | Neelie Kroes: “Suppliers see the huge opportunities of a growing market” +++
In her keynote speech, Kroes emphasizes the market opportunities in eHealth: “We are now seeing massive innovation from the industry in providing new "ICT for health" tools,” she says. SMEs in particular can deliver “bright ideas”, Kroes says: “I'm particularly pleased to see so many small businesses involved in this innovation. You can be the motor of an agile European economy, so don't be afraid to take risks!” Later today, Kroes will be rewarding some SMEs for their achievements.

+++ 1:49 pm | Danish Presidency of EU Council opens eHealth Week 2012 +++
The Danish Minister for Health, Astrid Krag, says Europe needs to put the patient first. "New technologies, such as smart phones, are user-friendly and improve our everyday lives continuously. eHealth should do the same: it should be easy to use and focus fully on the needs of patients and employees in the health care sector," says Krag.

+++ 1:10 pm | "Smart-health – better lives” on EU agenda +++
Denmark has come a long way with regard to eHealth adoption. "You can access both your hospital journal and an overview of your prescribed medicine online. And you can perform parts of your treatment at home," says Krag. Some of these solutions will be presented at eHealth Week, “because Europe needs to focus on how digital solutions can improve the lives of patients."

+++ 12:00 am | Spinal cord injury: “We are only just beginning to realize the effects of using telehealthcare technology" +++
Spinal cord injury has a major impact on all aspects of an individual's life, such as loss of motor and sensory function. Telehealth can help patients to maintain quality of life and re-integrate into society, says Firas Sarhan, Senior Lecturer, Bucks New University (UK).

+++ 10:02 am | eHealth Week sets spotlight on the continuum of care +++
Today, eHealth Week has opened focusing on the continuum of care and the patient journey through the hospital. Read more here.

+++ 09:00 am | Copenhagen sets the stage for eHealth +++
It's eHealth Week! Ministers for Health, senior government officials and healthcare professionals from all over Europe arrive in Copenhagen today. Ahead of them are three days packed with discussions, networking events, workshops and exhibitions. The official opening is today at 15:00. Already this morning there will be a number of meetings, including one on the EU–US cooperation on eHealth and the mHealth Symposium. Later today, the Danish Minister for Health and EU Commissioners Neelie Kroes and John Dalli will address delegates and the media.

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Source: HealthTech Wire 

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