eHealth High-level Conference and eHealth Week: joint press conference by Trinidad Jiménez, Spanish Minister for Health Care and Social Policies and President in office of the Council, and Neelie Kroes
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 15/03/2010 First transmission: 15/03/2010
The introduction of new information technology in the health service is the objective of the 8th "e-Health" Conference which was held on 15 March 2010, in Barcelona. The conference has been opened by Trinidad Jiménez, Spanish Minister for Health Care and Social Policies and President in office of the Council, and Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda. The conference aimed to be a milestone in the development of common strategies, as well as celebrating the 10th anniversary of the start of the European e-Health Strategy.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by Trinidad Jiménez, Spanish Minister for Health Care and Social Policies (in SPANISH) saying that the first thing she would like to do is to talk about the contents of the declaration that has just been approved by the EU Ministers for Health; it is a document which reflects incredible political and strategic commitment that their States are putting in the development of eHelath; it also shows the experience that they have been accumulating in these past years in terms of development which allows them to consider take into account, IT and communication as a tool for improving the quality and safety of healthcare provision to patients, at the same time the modernisation of their domestic healthcare systems and increase as well efficiency. From the Spanish presidency, they have a perspective of eHelath which is completely integrated within the European agenda and which can contribute towards reaching the objectives of economic recovery; they have to keep in mind that the development of eHealth offers an incredible opportunity for companies which develop it for a technological point of view, from a point of view of information, of innovation, but at the same time it is an incredible opportunity to develop different safety, and security for patients, better quality of information and above all better confidentiality; at the end of the day the health cards will disappear, the paper and hospitals will disappear and this is always going to have a positive impact (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda (in ENGLISH): the declaration, and its signed now, thanks to the Spanish Minister, is a signed document and is in a way the beginning of a new area; we need to be aware that that vote was just started already 20 years ago, that the commitment for eHealth is not new in itself but that it makes sense; the Spanish Presidency is doing an extremely important job, that time is not our friend, we have to start now and in the implementation and taking into account that the last 20 years indeed there was a commitment from quite a number of stake holders, from Governments but also from research, the Commission and of course from those involved from the industry, but our commitment already proven in 450 e-house projects and taking into account that that was more than 1 billion Euros, is just a push to go on and today we are indeed co organising the eHealth week together (2 shots)