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6th Annual EHTEL Symposium 2014 Innovating for Better Outcomes in Health and Social Care

The 6th Annual EHTEL Symposium 2014 (25-26 November) convened the European eHealth community at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to share lessons on innovation in health and social care and their link to health outcomes. The EHTEL Symposium has been organised in partnership with EU projects ENGAGED and MOMENTUM and was kindly supported by Intel, MSD, Engineering and Gertner.


At the 6th Annual EHTEL Symposium 2014 European Stakeholders - health policy leaders, strategic EU projects and initiatives, NGOs, industrialists and more stakeholders shared lessons on: Linking Innovation in Health and Social Care to Better Outcomes; Big Data = Big Health(?); the Quantum Leap by Mobile Technologies towards Tangible Health Outcomes for All and many other subjects [follow "Read More" to see programme].

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D1-4 Linking Innovation in Health and Social Care to Better Daily Living

The session "Linking Innovation in Health and Social Care to Better Daily Living" - chaired by Stephan Schug, EHTEL - pursued high ambitions towards the overall theme of the Symposium: Can (digital) innovations help societies to make a difference in terms of health outcomes or even in preventing/delaying the onset of disease? Petra Wilson, CEO of the International Diabetes Foundation, introduced a demanding use case via the breath-taking figures on the Diabetes pandemia. Diabetes is currently the most demanding chronic condition in terms of both quality of life and life expectancy of the global population: Numbers are expected to rise from nearly 400 millions in 2014 to as many as 600 million diabetics worldwide in the year 2035. Likewise, a deficit of 13 million health professionals in their support is expected. Yet digital innovations may help: Big Data supports prediction and plans on the population level, mHealth APPs will support wellness and fitness to prevent diabetes as well as helping diabetics to manage their condition to improve their bets against diabetes complications. Yoram Feldman of Gertner Institute presented a promising approach for the remote support of people needing long-term rehabilitation from stroke. Serious health games combined with sophisticated remote support by physiotherapists helps to improve the functional outcome beyond the expectations and the patience of the traditional approach. Reability and Yoram Feldman are also often mentioned in television broadcasts - just look up his name in Youtube [follow "Read More" to see presentations].

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D1-5 Methods and Steps of Innovation in Health and Social Care

The session "Methods and Steps of Innovation in Health and Social Care" - chaired by Prof George Crooks, OBE - EHTEL President and Medical Director of NHS24, Scotland - provided participant with insight into the State of the Art of Innovation Research and grading systems for the maturity of innovations - particularly for service re-design (Prof Stuart Anderson, Edinbourgh). Marc Lange (EHTEL) highlighted tools and methods for "Scaling up" innovations in the telemedicine domain - starting from the MOMENTUM work on the Critical Success Factors for telemedicine in routine care - however extending the view to a broader set of tools to foster innovation in the domains of eHealth and Digital Health [follow "Read More" to see presentations].

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D1-6 Dynamic Innovation and Integrated Care Communities

The session "Dynamic Innovation and Integrated Care Communities" - chaired by Andrea Pavlickova, NHS24 Scotland, United Kingdom - highlighted the State of the Art of European Innovation partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA). Following the introduction by DG SANCO, European Commission, a Maturity Model on Integrated Care based on journey through six regional sites of excellence (Catalunya, the Basque country and Galicia in Spain; Saxony in Germany; Attica in Greece, and Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom) was presented. Additional insight came from the Campania and Enschede Regions that jointly pursue Integrated Care with support of the Perssilaa and Beyond Silos projects [follow "Read More" to see presentations].

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D2-1 Transforming the Quantum Leap in Mobile Technologies into Tangible Health Outcomes for All

Guided by Joan Cornet, Mobile Health Evangelist from MobileWorldCapital in Barcelona, the mHealth session provided the latest update on the Green Paper consultation process of the European Commission (Peteris Zilgalvis). In the same framework, insight and recommendations have been distilled into two policy papers, i.e. the Civil Society position by the European Social and Economic Committee (Pavel Trantina) and the EHTEL recommendations (Line Linstad / Rachelle Kaye) on mobile health in the clinical and wellness domains. A real life use case - using a medical device certified smartphone App for therapy management of haemophilia (Martin Schulz) - inspired the debate and outlook on "transforming the quantum leap in mobile technologies into tangible health outcomes" [follow "Read More" to see presentations].

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D2-2A "Three paths to telemedicine deployment" - Fourth and Final Momentum Workshop

MOMENTUM is a Thematic Network that has built a community of telemedicine doers from different backgrounds and from across different European countries. It aims to advance telemedicine in routine care of European health systems. This community has identified 18 critical success factors for starting and scaling-up well-defined telemedicine services. At the parallel session "Three paths to telemedicine deployment - Fourth and Final Momentum Workshop - facilitated by Michael Strübin, Continua Health Alliance - the network presented the lessons learned by early adopters and proceedings around the MOMENTUM Blueprint for scaling-up telemedicine [follow "Read More" to see presentations].

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D2-2B EHTEL Innovation Workshop: Innovation Governance, Methods and Tools

The EHTEL Innovation Workshop (parallel session) has been facilitated by Marc Lange, EHTEL. The EHTEL Innovation Initiative identies good practices in incubating service innovation in healthcare with the objective to foster decision making towards scaling and mainstreaming its results. Besides welcoming speakers from innovation agendies Galicia, Kent County and Catalonia participants listenend also to industry representative Matteo Melideo from Engineering, Rome and Jerome De Barros of AAL-Europe [follow "Read More" to see presentations].

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D2-3 Big Data / Big Health: Visions for Innovation through New Insights into Health and Wellbeing

The 2014 Big Data session - chaired by Mário Romão, Intel, Brussels, Belgium - continued from a debate started at the 5th Annual EHTEL Symposium where participants gained many insights into the 'foundation' of the Big Data perspective like understanding the quantum leap in terms processing speed and storage technology when processing huge data in short time. The 2014 edition of the Big Data vs. Big Health debate took a closer look at the promises of Big Data for Health and Personalised Medicine (incl. linking them to privacy issues). Speakers represented a broad range of competiencies and insights into the state of the art of computing in the life sciences. Use cases from clinical and public health medicine demonstrated how the results of Big Data analyses can be concretely linked to improvements in health care and gains in health and wellness.

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ENGAGED Open Multi-Community Workshop

Communities and Networks for Innovation: This multi-community workshop convened experts from the EIP on AHA, the eHealth and the AAL ecosystems to validate – in a mutual learning environment – the Roadmap for future innovations in health and social care. The workshop ran as a multi-centre setting with the Brussels venue linked through video conferencing with Ashford in Kent County, UK and Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. [follow "Read More" to download workshop presentations]

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