This session, organised by DG INFSO of the European Commission, is baring the title â€˜Towards Digital Agenda targets: Patients' access to their health dataâ€™ and aims to provide an overview of the Digital Agenda for Europe with a specific focus on eHealth. It is taking place during the 14th European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) from 5-8 October in Gastein, Austria.
The challenging target of enabling Europeans to have access to their health data (key action 13 in the Commission Communication a Digital Agenda for Europe) will be addressed in detail with experts in this area. The discussion will focus on how such action could contribute towards enhancing the empowerment and better care of patients.
As stated in the Digital Agenda for Europe, the deployment of eHealth technologies in Europe can improve the quality of care, reduce medical costs and foster independent living in remote places. New telemedicine services, including online medical consultations and improved emergency care, with the help of portable devices have allowed freedom of movement that patients have not previously enjoyed until now.
As with any online service, user empowerment is a prerequisite for its success. That said, 'real' empowerment of users as citizens and patients, in the sense of being able to 'own' or to consult their own electronic medical record, and even make efforts to self-manage their own health conditions, is still pending. Within the following years, it is the European Commissionâ€™s priority to cooperate with the Member States in order to equip Europeans with secure online access to their medical health data by 2015.
Deadlines to remember:
- Submission of summaries â€“ presentations one page and seven presentation slides - 18 September 2011
- Speaker participation confirmation - 25 September 2011
- Submission of final presentations from selected presenters - 30 September
- Event date - 6 October
- Publication of event proceedings - Late November 2011
Interested parties can directly register through the main Gastein website for this event.
Please click on the following link to be directed to the 14th European Health Forum - Gastein registration webpage.
Submission of summaries/presentation slides:
To be considered for a speaker placement kindly submit a summary of one page and seven presentation slides of your intended presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with firstname.lastname@example.org on cc.
Regarding your summary, please download and complete the â€˜Workshop form for speakersâ€™ that may be found in the â€˜Presentation and documentsâ€™ section below.
Final presentations should not exceed seven presentation slides and should be concise and factual. The main point of your presentation is to briefly inform about the project/initiative and encourage participation, questions and overall discussion.
Please, direct all queries to the above email@example.com. The event coordinator will assist you promptly.