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.
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
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