|The largest annual European conference on eHealth, the eHealth Week, will be taking place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 May coinciding with the Danish presidency of the Council of the European Union. This year's edition will stress the continuity of assistance and how the health information flows between the hospital and the home. Furthermore, the strengthening of the power of patients and the opportunities for investing in information technologies in order to manage chronic illness are other outstanding subjects of the programmed talks, seminars and workshops. Politicians, health managers and professionals of health and ICT from all around Europe will meet at the eHealth Week.|
The eHealth Week 2012 will include the 10th High Level Conference on eHealth organised by the European Commission and the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the 6th edition of the WoHIT (World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition) by HIMSS Europe (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Europe). These two very important international events each year bring together the key players of the health sector in Europe. The main goal of the developers of the eHealth Week 2012 is to create the ideal environment for promoting and encouraging innovation in ICTs applied to the area of health.
The fair of the eHealth sector organised in Copenhagen will be attended by more than a hundred international exhibitors. The symposiums, workshops and discussion groups of the eHealth Week 2012 are also hoped to bring in more than 4,000 professionals interested in the optimal use of the advanced management systems and ICTs in the field of health. The potential of eHealth in improving the quality of assistance and in supporting patient medical attention focused on the patient will be one of the key subjects of discussion amongst congressioners. The meeting in Copenhagen will also deal with return on investment (ROI) in using ICTs in health, the increase in the exchange of health data beyond local, regional and national frontiers, and there will be discussion on what future hospitals must be like.
The eHealth Week 2012 will also include the presentation of the European Innovation Partnership on Healthy and Active Aging– EIP, a cooperation project between European institutions to promote innovation for active and healthy ageing.
OUTSTANDING EVENTS OF THE EHEALTH WEEK
• High Level Conference on eHealth
During this assembly, which is focused on a single day of the eHealth Week, the Ministers of Health of the member states of the European Union gather to discuss and exchange points of view on the central subjects of the event. In 2012, the Danish Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission has proposed an agenda of innovation with the motto "Smart Health - Better Lives" for better and more intelligent health care.
• World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition (WoHIT)
These sessions will be the platform for showing the best European practice in ICT in the area of patient safety. In fact mobile devices will play an important role in the WoHIT 2012. Furthermore, success cases will be presented regarding investments in ICT which have achieved a significant return on investment.
• CIO Track
Discussion concerning the role of the Chief Information Officer will focus this event organised by HIMSS Analytics Europe. Those responsible for different European hospitals will explain how ICTs are used and managed in their centres in order to offer a better health care service. The Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and present tendencies in North America are others of the matters planned for discussion at the CIO Track.
Official eHealthWeek 2012 website: http://worldofhealthit.org/2012
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