Co-organised by the forthcoming Spanish Presidency of the European Union and by the European Commission, with the cooperation of the Government of Catalonia and the Foundation TicSalut, the High Level eHealth Conference 2010, the 8th edition in the series of ministerial events representing an important annual milestone in the field of ICT for healthcare, aims to support dissemination of eHealth best practices.

Building on the results of the Swedish Presidency, the Barcelona eHealth ministerial conference will be the starting point of a new set of actions on eHealth deployment

High-level eHealth conferences organized by the presiding countries since 2003 represent a milestone in the process undertaken by the EU Member States to work together to facilitate wider deployment of effective eHealth applications.

These regular high-level conferences are accompanied by exhibitions of the latest eHealth technologies, tools, applications and best practices. They provide a platform to enhance the development of eHealth services in Europe.

Policy-makers, healthcare managers, researchers and suppliers, together with healthcare professionals, meet to share experiences and discover the latest developments in this fast-moving field.

The 2010' conference theme – “eHealth for Sustainable Healthcare Delivery: global challenges through local actions” – acknowledges the pressing perspective of a rapidly ageing European society, the lack of prevention and prediction of diseases, the increasing demand for quality of care and the lack of interoperability eHealth of systems (at national and international level). The progressively extended life expectancy and the consequent increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases are globally posing serious challenges to the sustainability of national health systems.

The conference will present how and why eHealth can make the difference in facing such a global challenge.

March 15th will feature an invitation only ministerial day, hosted by the Spanish EU Presidency, the European Commission, and the Regional Government of Catalonia.

The 16-18th of March will be open to all delegates.

Keep an eye on the eHealth week and WoHIT websites as regular updates are provided

EC, Himss Europe, Spanish Ministry of Health, Generalitat de Catalunya, TicSalut
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