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eHealth Week 2011: Information Technology provides a cure for Europe’s mounting healthcare costs

News: 10/05/2011 - 02:00 to 12/05/2011 - 02:00
In the context of an ageing population, cutting-edge but expensive medical treatments and of a well-informed, demanding population, Information Technology is a cornerstone for a sustainable world-class healthcare for Europe. At the eHealth Week 2011, the annual gathering of the European eHealth communities, stakeholders will draw the attention on how IT solutions can make Europe’s health systems fit for future challenges. "Current methods of delivering healthcare are simply not sustainable in the face of demographic changes and the expected chronic disease wave". More than 30% Europeans will be 65 or over in 2025. Chronic diseases such as diabetes are likely to double or even triple over the next 20 years, leading to a shortage of specialists and care givers. Even today, staff costs are estimated to account for 50-70% of healthcare costs. (Text available in EN, FR, ES, IT, PL, HU)