News

21
Oct

Digital Health Compass

Indispensable for patients, health professionals, and informal givers
Wednesday Oct 26, 2016, 13:00-14:30 – Hall: MC2
Moderator: Vicki Kolovou
Speakers: Alejandro Sánchez-Rico, Anne Moen, Catherine Chronaki, Ed Hammond

In an ocean of health data of uneven quality, patients with their formal and informal caregivers are called to collaborate and make decisions in new ways on new matters. However, the tools and resources currently available do not match the emerging practices. The speakers will explore the space where technological innovation meets health and social sciences, exploring the emerging role of standards in active environments that can empower, build new partnerships, and enable shared decision-making, delivering a digital health compass to navigate the health system.

The session

The dawn of the information age comes with data – and the ocean of health data of uneven quality and health information of multiple meanings challenge even the most proficient and diligent users. Patients with their formal and informal caregivers are called to collaborate and make decisions in new ways on new matters. However, the tools and resources currently available do not match the emerging practices. A digital health compass is urgently needed.

The speakers will explore the space where technological innovation meets health and social sciences in active environments that can empower, build new partnerships, and enable shared decision-making, delivering a digital health compass that works for patients and care givers.

Alejandro Sánchez-Rico will set the stage with experiences and visions brought forward by ICT4Life, a project researching an ICT platform for integrated care. ICT4Life aspires to cutting edge innovations on the Internet of Things (IoT) for Dementia and Parkinson patients, caregivers and professionals who face daunting care challenges in diverse settings at home, in “day care” centres, and during rehabilitation. Anne Moen will discuss strategies for information management at home, drawing from experiences in projects that activate home dwelling older adults in self-management and prevention, and digital support services for informal caregivers to people with dementia. Catherine Chronaki taking experiences from eStandards, will look at the co-operative use of interoperability standards to unlock the value of patient-generated data linked to medical, health and social care data. Ed Hammond in his closing comments will reflect on the interplay of the HL7 FHIR – Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources- with new competences needed to use the digital health compass.

A debate will follow, moderated by Vicki Kolovou, on the digital health compass, our proposed tool to navigate in the health and social systems of today, to point out directions for taking advantage of new services and emerging innovations, and to make effective and timely decisions for better living, vitality, and independence.

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