The WHO Regional Office for Europe, together with the Norwegian Centre for eHealth Research, is proud to host a landmark symposium on the future of digital health systems in the European Region. This symposium will engage Member States, partners and key thought leaders in a dialogue to shape the priorities for public health action in accelerating the adoption of digital health in the Member States of the WHO European Region, and will gather further input towards the development of a European vision and roadmap for the digitalization of national health systems.
Presentations and videos are now available
All the presentation decks and videos are now available in the Agenda. Please note that only the sessions that took place in the Auditorium were recorded. You can find these materials by clicking each individual session title.
Short interviews from the symposium:
- Aron Anderson, Adventurer
- Mark Pearson, Deputy Director, OECD
- Stein Olav Skrøvseth, Director, Norwegian Centre for E-health Research
- Morten Elbæk Petersen, CEO, Sundhed.dk
- Per Hasvold, Be He@lthy Be Mobile, WHO
- Hal Wolf III, President and CEO, HIMSS
- Tanya Herfurth, Young Leaders for Health
- Ran Balicer, Clalit Research Institute
Welcome by Dr Hans Kluge, Director for the Division of Health Systems and Public Health at the WHO Regional Office for Europe to the at the UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark to the WHO/Europe Symposium on the future of digital health in the European Region taking place at the UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark between the 6th to 8th of February 2019. This event is proudly hosted by the WHO Regional Office for Europe together with the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research.
Stein Olav Skrøvseth, Director for the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research is proud to collaborate with WHO/Europe. He believes the symposium in Copenhagen on 6-8 February 2019 will advance the understanding and use of digital technologies in health and highlight their role in strengthening national health systems and improving the health and well-being of European populations.
Director, Health Policy Planning , Clalit Health Services and Founding Director, Clalit Research Institute
Associate Professor of Integrated Care and Technology, Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University
Clemens Martin Auer
Austrian Special Envoy for Health for the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection
Director, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Senior Lecturer, Department of Primary Care and Public Health; Director, Global Digital Health Unit, Imperial College London
Deputy Secretary General of E-services and Innovation, Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia
Deputy-Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
The PatientVille exhibit, providedby Healthcare DENMARK, offers a unique opportunity for participants to see first-hand how integrated care supported by digital health can be implemented. PatientVille is a living simulation that shows how digital health supports coherence in treatment for individuals with chronic conditions as they move through the health system. The exhibit includes a demonstration of the different environments in which digital health services are delivered, and illustrates their use in the prehospital sector (ambulance), the hospital, the municipality, the general practice and the patient's own home. The PatientVille exhibit will be delivered throughout the first and second days of the Symposium in sessions lasting approximately 30 minutes. It will be presented in English and Russian at specific times as indicated in the programme. Be sure to visit the PatientVille exhibit to experience this unique simulation of a digital health journey!
Virtual Reality exhibit
The Virtual Reality exhibit showcases how the public sector is leveraging the possibilities of this cutting-edge technology through exciting collaborations.
The exhibit gives participants the opportunity to try virtual reality services and to learn from public-sector representatives who played a role in initiating and incorporating this technology into innovative practice. The goal of the exhibit is to stimulate deeper, more meaningful understanding of the possibilities that virtual reality can offer in the public sector.
Participants can experience how 6 hospitals in the Nordic region use a program designed specifically for hospital situations to distract children from procedural pain so they can lie calmly while a physician or nurse takes a blood sample or administers an intravenous injection. A nurse from the Paediatric Pain Management Unit at Rigshospitalet (the general hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark) will be available from 08:30 to 10:00 to answer questions on this effective solution for pain distraction.
The exhibit also includes an innovative demonstration of how virtual reality is used in psychology as a therapeutic tool for social anxiety. Two psychologists from the Psychiatric Research Unit Mental Health Centre Copenhagen will be available from 08:30 to 15:45 to answer questions on this accessible way of delivering treatment.
The providers of the exhibit will be speaking and answering questions in English.
The exhibit will be available on 6 February and will be located just past the information booth. Stop by and try out the demonstrations for what is sure to be a fun and informative experience!
About the conference:
The aim of the Symposium is to engage Member States, partners and key thought leaders in a dialogue to shape the priorities for public health action to accelerate digital health in the WHO European Region, and to gather further input towards the development of a European vision and roadmap for the digitalization of national health systems.
The Symposium will take place over two and a half days and serve as an opportunity for participants to explore, identify and understand:
- digital health and emerging innovations being used to strengthen national health systems, and WHO’s role in supporting countries to achieve success in digital health;
- key activities in digital health that countries in the Region are actively working on; and
- digital technologies empowering individuals, supporting health-care workers and contributing to key national health policy objectives.
The Symposium will be composed of plenary sessions exploring topics relevant to digital health. Focused parallel sessions will further identify enablers, challenges and gaps in the digitalization of health systems and health-care delivery, as well as propose tangible actions for accelerating progress in adopting digital health for achieving public health priorities.
Participation is by invitation. The working language of the Symposium will be English and Russian, with a number of parallel sessions in one or both languages.
The Symposium will, to the greatest extent possible, be paper-free. As such, the Symposium agenda, speaker details and relevant documents will be made available to participants digitally via a dedicated conference app and websites supporting the event.
Patient centered health service
How do we get a patient centered health service? Sigurd Stenersen (80) talks about the important human factor in this video. «Just the thought that people care, that is like a mental blood transfusion,» he says.
Technology in healthcare
Healthcare services try to give patient care close to the person, close to their home. But what is the responsibility of primary care, and what is the responsibility of secondary care? New technology might help patients, their dependents and healthcare professionals.
E-health – an exciting field
E-health is an exciting and multidisciplinary field. We must all work together, to find out how technology can help us develop better health services and digitize healthcare. Many countries have high ambitions in e-health.
Elderly and technology
Elderly need technology courses where they can ask the "stupid" questions, says researcher Inger Marie Holm at the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research. In the video, you also meet Bitten Barman-Jenssen, a retired woman who lives in Tromsø, Norway. She explains what she needs, to master apps and technology on her mobile and computer.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, UN City, Marmorvej 51, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark