Every industry disruption needs a buzz word. Health care was in need of one too, and it’s Digital Health. But this article is not to argue the name, definition or what it means to various people, though my personal definition is: Digital Health is the human recognition of awareness that technology can actually prolong their valuable lives with their families and loved ones while moving from healthcare to just health [in a digital world].
Considered one of the strongest patient voices around the world, Michael Seres is involved in developing and implementing patient engagement strategies using digital technologies.
We are living in an age where thousands upon thousands of individuals and companies are trying to find faster, better and cheaper ways to get things done leveraging the latest digital technologies. We are so completely surrounded by efforts to innovate, disrupt and accelerate, that it may come as a surprise to find out that “innovation” has been around ever since our earliest ancestors shed their body hair and started walking upright.
Influential ministerial delegates and eHealth experts from across Europe and the globe have come together to discuss how they can join forces to improve healthcare in Europe through information technology.
Informal carers play a crucial role in supporting people at home to maintain their independence and quality of life. At the same time, informal carers are limited in the support they can offer due to a number of external reasons, such as time constraints, travelling distance or others.
eHealth solutions can be indispensable for informal carers as well as playing a vital role in supporting patients and formal carers. The speaker line-up features Irek Karkowski (CEO, Sensara & Dutch Domotics), Martijn Vastenburg (Managing Director, ConnectedCare - ?HalloZorg) and Henk Herman Nap (Senior Advisor, Vilans).
Christina Roosen, VP for Public Affairs in HIMSS Europe, said: “We are excited to be able to announce such a diverse range of themes and topics which will be addressed during eHealth Week. Having invited the highest level of speakers to come and share their knowledge and experiences with us on topics which they specialise in will make our conversations more fruitful and valuable.”
Young and vulnerable groups to benefit from sexual (e)health education
Sexual health is a discipline where the digitisation of communities has a major impact. Therefore, our digital age requires new ways to target and educate young people and vulnerable groups. In this session, speakers and participants will discuss the best online tools to improve sexual health trough means of eHealth and answer any questions or concerns around the topic. Speakers for this session include Marianne Cense (Researcher, Rutgers), Philippo Zimbile (Head of Department, Soa Aids Netherlands), Triin Raudsepp (Sexual Health Association, Estland) and Kaat van Bosstraeten (Project Manager, Sensoa).
To what extent should we embrace robotics in healthcare?
Robotics and domotics can add value to quality of life of older people and can assist them in healthy and assisted living at home. This is not only a matter of smart technology, but also depends on technology acceptance and ethical aspects. Possibilities of new technologies seem endless. But do we pay enough attention to the human aspect? What are the effects of technology replacing human contact? How should we deal with these issues?
In this session, speakers will identify areas where robotics and domotics are adding value to people's lives and practical guidelines will be shared. The experienced line-up of speakers who will be on stage for this session include Andy Bleaden (Project Manager, Silver Project), Wang Long Li (Co-founder, Tinyrobots), Robert A. Paauwe (Co-founder, Tinybots), Maja Rudinac (CEO, Robot Care Systems) and Tomas Ward (CEO, Bioserve).
Patients are key during the eHealth Week, from 8 – 10 June, under the theme "You, at the heart of transition". eHealth policies are changing. Until now, policies have mainly focused on institutions and IT systems: today, that focus is shifting and is now being placed on eHealth users. The people who are using eHealth are becoming increasingly involved in the discussion and being placed at the heart of eHealth policy-making.
As the prevalence of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety continues to increase, doctors have turned to mobile applications to assist with treating their patients.
The Andalusian Agency for Healthcare Quality is a pioneer in setting a regulation regarding the quality and the security of Healthcare apps
The mobile health or mHealth is changing the way health services are offered, promising a better life quality and a better security system for patients, offering new and more efficient means of work and improving the participation and the implication of citizenship.
Dr. Marom Bikson is a Cattell Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY) and co-Director of the Neural Engineering Group at the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering. The translational R&D activity of his group spans pre-clinical studies, computational models, device design and fabrication, regulatory activities, and clinical trials.
Few people know the environment of mHealth and eHealth like Indu Subaiya, co-founder and CEO of Health 2.0. This organization has been arranging events and summits focused on this healthcare sector since 2007. In this issue, Indu shares her expertise with us, talking about the present and future of modern healthcare and its companies.
The European Union is definitely bent on pushing new healthcare disciplines forward. Their advantages are obvious to us, and we want to make sure that the citizens can see it this way as well. I think it´s appropriate to underline the importance of the digital single market strategy as a framework.
The scenario is similar across European countries: the higher standards in the quality of life, combined with the advances in healthcare, makes the population live much longer- but the third age brings a whole array of health complications with it.
Never before have so many factors come together to accelerate change in health systems as today
The Marketing and Business Development Manager at Telefonica España remarks a transformation of the health care model thanks to technology and telemedicine as the most efficient driver to ensure the sustainability of the health care system
Homero Rivas is Director of Innovating Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center (California, US). After being involved for one decade in the advance of digital and mobile health, he has launched several companies and has assessed multiple start-ups in the industry.