The future of eHealth is already here

We welcome the insight gained from discussions with the main actors – YOU – on questions like:

  • How to scale up these services and applications?
  • How to encourage their use by a wider range of ages of the population?
  • How to integrate them in various local, regional and national health systems?
  • How to link up their use between citizens and their doctors?
  • How to establish health strategies and sustainable financing principles for the digital age?
  • How can we put all this into an complete framework that is attractive to and understandable to all the stakeholders?
  • How can we help each other, in our different roles and positions in the health system, to see the complete picture?
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4th Annual EHTEL Symposium 2012 "Fact not Fiction: The future of eHealth is already here"

[Presentations can be downloaded from detailed programme below]: EHTEL kindly thanks all participants for making the event so lively and insightful: More than 150 eHealth and telehealthcare enthusiasts from Europe and beyond met on 6-7 December for the EHTEL 2012 Symposium "Fact not Fiction: The future of eHealth is already here", held in the premises of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Rue van Maerlant 2, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. The positive feedback was overwhelming and rewarding, particularly for all EHTEL members on site. The event co-incided with the launch of the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 - Innovative healthcare for the 21st century on which participants received a first hand presentation by DG CONNECT.

post Symposium Update: Symposium Speakers Biographies.

Symposium Programme [final version].


The waiting is over. We find much of what is considered future health already being implemented in many healthcare systems around Europe. Telehealth is often integrated in home care as is telemedicine integrated in clinical routines e.g. for stroke. Everyone in healthcare uses some digital communication. Yet while the tools are there, many conceptual, legal, organisational and educational challenges remain. To be prepared for those challenges participants jointly learned and debated about citizen-centric concepts like the Coproduction of Health and the Digital Health Continuum. At the same time, the Symposium outlined the strategies and tactics that stakeholders can use to face today's situation, and to do this in a way that is radically different from 2-3 years ago. The current fact is the old fiction.


Thursday 6 December 2012, 09:00 - 18:45 hrs

Welcome addresses

  • European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
    Anna Maria Darmanin, Vice-President, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL)
    Professor George Crooks OBE, EHTEL President

Setting the Scene for the Digital Health Continuum

Innovating Continuity of Care, Health and Wellbeing - achieving citizen/patient involvement
Chair: Mário Romão, EHTEL Vice-President

eHealth facts (1):
Ubiquitous eHealth services - linking citizens, patients and professionals everywhere

eHealth facts (2):
Flash-Light (short presentations) on already sustainable services [MOMENTUM Network]

Making the Digital Health Continuum real - Citizens and Patients User Perspective [BreakOut Session 1]

Making the Digital Health Continuum real - Health Professionals and Providers Perspective [BreakOut Session 2]

Friday, 7 December 2012, 09:30 - 15:30 hrs

Digital Health Continuum - Use Case Denmark:
eHealth platform and chronic care record [BreakOut Session 3]

Digital Health Continuum - Use Case Scotland:
Fully integrated care and telehealthcare [BreakOut Session 4]

Session: Risk Management for the Information Age

Panel: Redesigning Health in Europe for 2020 and beyond


Host and venue

The Anniversary Symposium was hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The EESC is a consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues. Its opinions are forwarded to the larger institutions - the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament. It thus has a key role to play in the Union's decision-making process. To learn more go to


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Redesigning the future is imperative

For the technology to deliver value in health care, redesigning the future is now imperative. It means creating new processes, liberating the data, and delivering more health value. As part of this momentum, citizens and patients want to manage their wellness data and access their own health records. They want to understand what is healthy to them, any  of their conditions and become an active partner in medical decisions. As a featured theme the event has highlighted how Health Apps offer a convenient platform in support of health literacy and prevention and are likewise an easy accessible source for serious clinical information that can be used at the point of care by all health professionals.