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What happened at eHealth Forum?

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Many sessions and networking opportunities turned the eHealth Forum in Athens (12-14 May) into a worth-wile experience.
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One of the main topics of the event was mobile health (mHealth) discussing the mHealth Green Paper consultation by the Commission, mHealth market perspectives and barriers.

Dee O'Sullivan (PatientView) presented a survey on mHealth to which 500 people had responded. 60% of the respondents were between 41-65 years old. 73% of the respondents were patients and 75% of them were living in urban areas. More than 2/3 were from the UK and the rest came from 20 other member states. The survey showed that respondents:

  • Declared high compliance with drug prescription;
  • Most of  them do not exercise enough nor eat healthily;
  • 23% did not know ICT can help cope with disease;
  • 40% would like to use mHealth for medical counselling online;
  • 70% would like to have access  to their electronic records online.

Other eHealth Forum sessions featured Integrated Care, presenting successful initiatives and including a 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.

Boosting SME growth & competitiveness

Next to a personal meet-and-greet with Commissioner Kroes, eHealth SMEs and start-ups received a boost during a special SME session organised by the EU-funded GET project. A team of experts was there to give personal feedback.

According to the non-profit organisation ECHAlliance, "'GET Funded & International' at eHealth Forum was a focused and lively session, providing a unique opportunity for SMEs to present their investment and internationalisation plans to an international panel of investors, purchasers and industry leaders. This stimulated a dynamic exchange of ideas and insights into what investors and purchasers are looking for."

4th EU-US eHealth Marketplace & Cooperation Assembly

The 4th EU-US Marketplace was organised by ECHAlliance in partnership with US Trade and Commerce, Office of National Coordinator, Washington USA and the European Commission. It addressed the commercial opportunities for companies on both sides of the Atlantic and provided an update on progress on interoperability and workforce skills.

If you missed it, you can catch up on the presentations here.

The next EU-US eHealth Marketplace & Cooperation Assembly will take place 21-22 October in Boston Massachusetts, USA as part of the MA Connected Health Week. 
 
Matchmaking opportunities
 
Hundreds met at the 'matchmaking' event on Tuesday afternoon. Pre-arranged or informal networking, lots of new connections and synergies took place.
 
Speakers' Corner

A new event was the Speakers' Corner: 35 of the best eHealth initiatives from across Europe and the USA presented themselves for only 5 minutes in a corner of the exhibition (see the presentation slides).

One of them was SUSTAINS. This EU-funded project empowers patients from 11 European regions by providing access to a range of online services including booking healthcare consultations, tracking referrals and asking questions to healthcare professionals.

Also Dem@Care was there to present their monitoring solutions for improving dementia care (see the slides).

Synergies

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

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

Much more happened at the eHealth Forum. For a complete overview and pictures, have a look at the conference newsletters. Also the presentation slides are online.