On March 15th to 18th the Ministerial High Level Conference on eHealth and the World Health IT Conference and Exhibition were being held in the same week in a joint initiative called “e-Health Week 2010”. First of all, I would like to congratulate the organizers, specially TICSALUT Foundation and ehealthweek2010, for the very well organized conference and their social media coverage.
The conference was divided into five themes:
- eHealth for Sustainable Healthcare Delivery
- eHealth Addressing Global Challenges through Local Actions
- eHealth works: Here is the Evidence
- eHealth Market: Past and Prospects
- eHealth User Platform
- eHealth Governance
- How can IT Help Fight Pandemics
- Is Sustainability of Healthcare Possible without eHealth?
- When Telemedicine does Deliver!
- Embedding eHealth into New Professional Curricula
- Ageing - A Global Challenge
- Empowering the Patient through Information Delivery
- Beyond Technical Interoperability
- eHealth for the Economy
- ICT for a Global Infraestructure for Health Research
- eHealth and Healthcare Org The Chiken and the Egg
- Standards for a Global Scene
- eHealth Procurement
- eHealth for Mental Health
- The ehealth Agenda in the UE
- The right information, at correct place and at the right time
- 2.0 Health care in practice
- EU-US cooperation in eHealth: facing common challenges
- EHealth for urgent public health challenges
- How contributes eHealth in health and well being
- The impact of eHealth in organizations and health personnel
- The dangerous decade. Challenges for system builders national health information
- European market of e-health: dream or reality?
I also had the opportunity to tweet some of the sessions. On one hand, it was a wonderful opportunity for networking and for watching in action how policy-makers, practicioners (specially Hospital managers and IT managers) and the ICT Health industry work together. On the other hand, there was a lack of analytical/empirical presentations so it was remarked by most of the participants that more research is needed. Furthermore, there are many eHealth, mHealth, Health 2.0,…. Health has been always related to technology so probably it is time to delete all the letters and just talk about HEALTH. Nowadays, HEALTH could not be understood without Information and Communication Technologies and these technologies could not be understood without economic, organization, social and cultural changes.