eHealth Forum 2016 Themes

The rapidly growing eHealth sector estimated to dominate all areas of industry by 2020 presents a unique opportunity for collaboration, financial and scientific growth and social reform. Within this expanding market further developing information technologies and applications in digital health is essential to promote the reform of the healthcare system and therefore act as a catalyst for these imperative changes.

The process of reforming healthcare is, in and of itself, an enabler for economic growth in various sectors: research, industry, information and telecommunications technologies. The eHealth Forum presents “hot” topics high on the “digital agenda” in Europe and the surrounding region, while providing the channel to present and disseminate information on scientific and technological advancements in healthcare.

eHealth Framework

The legal framework of eHealth is evolving and interacts with the national strategies of the EU countries as well as other countries in the Balkans, S.E. Europe and beyond. The eHealth Forum aims at providing an opportunity to showcase best practices from countries in the region, for further discussing the unresolved issues and for idea sharing between all stakeholders.

eHealth in practice today

The eHealth Forum will delve into dominating issues of interoperability, tools and services using information and communications technology for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and management. We will host sessions on information and data sharing, health information networks, health mobile applications and medical software guidelines, telehealth/telecare services, portable patient monitoring devices, operating room software, wearable technology and IoT devices, cloud infrastructures and every facet of health IT that affects patient care as we know it.

Clinical management of chronic illness

Healthcare professionals and clinicians will get up-to-date information on management tools for chronic illness, like patient records, treatment protocols, and join in on the conversation on Integrated Care in Greece and the practices of the countries in the surrounding region. The Forum will host discussions on digital health strategies, patient health records, data availability including privacy and security, how to benefit healthcare providers and patients by improving access to care and quality of care and present solutions to make the health sector more efficient.

Patient at the centre: Health Applications

As the end users of health applications and services, patients/consumers are the centre of the mobile and medical health applications boom. The eHealth Forum will showcase the latest innovation in technology, while emphasizing on active aging applications and technology advancements; fitness and well-being applications; and specific research projects involving precision medicine. This year, we have invited representatives from all scientific and research organisations, academics in health and patients advocacy groups.

Data-aware medical devices

Medical devices, wearable technology and IoT applications in health will be the foundation of the eHealth Forum 2016 interactive Exhibit.

Big Data

Big Data, real-time data analytics and bioinformatics have driven the development of personalized health; the discovery of new drugs and treatments to combat common or rare diseases. We aim to make it a central segment at the eHealth Forum.

Cyber-security

Ransomware, data-loss, patient privacy, data sharing, digital literacy, going ‘cloud’ or sticking to local servers, software vulnerabilities and so many other things revolving around security are hot topics within the eHealth conversation. The eHealth Forum brings together all the key players to discuss and present best practices, proposals and solutions.

Behavioural Change

Digital innovation is rapidly changing the way we understand and manage health and health care systems worldwide; through the eHealth Forum we want to connect the dots between healthcare providers, patients/consumers and healthcare systems. Implementing and using eHealth for prevention/health promotion, patient empowerment, patient adherence and the ways in which the doctor-patient relationship is changing and the importance of social networks will be discussed.