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eHealth Forum Athens: a personal eHealth navigator for all Europeans?

Event reports: 21/05/2014 - 17:59
"Give health an e-Chance": Under this slogan the eHealth Forum 2014 took place in Athens from May 12-14. Amongst the nearly 1300 visitors were Greek Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis and European Commissioners Mrs Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) and Mr Tonio Borg (Health & Consumers).

Neelie Kroes announced: "I want to put the health in the hands of the European citizens' and she proposed the participants to consider developing a Personal Health Navigator, to help people find their nearest doctor, pharmacy or hospital and to give them access to their personal health data and trustworthy health information. "Our shared ambition should be that we can ensure every European citizen to be digital, connected and healthy. And that Europe will take this opportunity and gain the lead in this growing and highly innovative market", she concluded (full speech).

Tonio Borg highlighted both the eHealth Action Plan and the high level eHealth Network that held its meeting in Athens. He also referred to a good practice Greece established with the nationwide introduction of ePrescription, and the use they are making of the EU Patient Summary to ensure their patient data are compatible throughout the EU (the full speech).

The e-Health Forum programme offered three tracks: on the Greek Presidency, on eHealth and on the EIP on Active and Healthy Ageing.

Plenary sessions were held on mobile health presenting  the mHealth Green Paper, mHealth market perspectives and barriers. Other sessions featured Integrated Care, presenting successful initiatives and debate on the organisational and financial models to make it a success, and the silver economy: its enormous potential and the hurdles to take before we can tap into it.

The Action Groups of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing met around 'synergies': issues they all have to deal with, like evidence, patient empowerment, multi-morbidity and healthy life style interventions.

The European Commission presented the draft EIP Scaling-up strategy, and members of Action Groups, Reference Sites and other regions presented how they already or are planning to scale-up their good practices around active and healthy ageing.

Finally, representatives of the EIP Reference Sites met for a dynamic Twinning and Speed Dating session, which will no doubt be followed up on online in the coming months and at the upcoming EIP Conference of Partners.