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Health & Medicine in 2050: Establishing a "healthy relationship" between humans and machines

eHealth week 2013 took place in Dublin, Ireland between 13 and 15 May. The event brought together industry partners and providers from across Europe, as well as important government and regional decision makers. More information on eHealth week is available at the following link.

On the third day of the conference (15 May), the European Commission's Digital Futures project hosted a special brainstorming session on health and medicine in 2050 in the conference centre. Some of the questions addressed during this session included:

  • What will be the relationship between humans and technology in the future of health?
  • Will we still be able to distinguish between the remit of humans and that of technology?
  • Who will be the peripheral: the human or the machine?
  • What would be the implications on ethics and costs/funding of a future where there is no longer any distinction betweem humans and machines in medicine?
  • What other futures can be envisioned for health and medicine in 2050?


Session 1

11.00    Rapid introduction to Digital Futures

11.05    Brief firestarter talks from eHealth today to 2050:

Terje Peetso, eHealth team, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Noora Jansson, Director, OuluHealth & BusinessOulu
Pamela Goldberg, CEO Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

12.00    Close

Session 2

13.30     World Café on eHealth challenges and issues in 2030-2050

14.30     World Café on policy issues to be solved en route to 2050

15.30      Close


This event is only open to delegates of the eHealth conference.

Please register by mailing julie.bultynck[@]

Contribute online

Although the Dublin brainstorming is by invitation only, there are many ways for you to engage in and contribute to the discussion:

Before 15 May:

  • Add your future vision for health and medicine in 2050: register on Futurium and become a "Futurizen" (if you have not already done so) and create your future
  • Keep an eye on this page to find out when others submit futures or policy ideas on this topics. As a Futurizen, you will be able to contribute to, vote and comment on these futures, as well as add policy ideas that you think would need to be pursued to seize the opportunities and/or address the challenges of the future visions. You may also wish to add evidence to the library in relation to this topic.    

On 15 May:

  • Use the event hashtag (#eHW13) to follow and comment on the live tweets about the discussion.
  • Short link to this page is

After 15 May:

  • The results of the brainstorming session will be available on this page shortly after the event. Continue the debate on Futurium by commenting and further elaborating the findings, visions and policy ideas.
  • A webinar on eHealth will also be organized after 15 May. This discussion will take place online (through a video conferencing tool) and will be open to everyone. More details will follow - make sure you keep an eye on the Events calendar of Futurium!

This is your opportunity to be involved in shaping the ideas around future-driven issues and policies for eHealth that will be submitted to the next European Commission. The floor is yours!  

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 15 May, 2013 - 11:00 to 15:30
Dublin - Liffey MR5 room, The Convention Centre, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay
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