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Digitizing Care – Potential, Challenges and Future Paths in Europe

Room L6, 06/12/2018 (11:30-12:15)

An ageing society, increasing numbers of persons with multiple chronic conditions and illnesses and dramatic shortages of workforce the health care sector in Europe put immense pressures on health and social care professionals and systems in Europe in the upcoming years. At the same time, technological advances and digital solutions ranging from service robots to mobile health applications have the potential to enable new integrated and person-centred care service models, to strengthen autonomy and independence of care recipients and to enhance productivity and cost-effectiveness in the care sector.

However, in order to make use of these developments, new technologies, social innovations (e.g. organisational changes), skills development in the care sector, ethical questions of care as well as heterogeneous social and policy environments and communities of care in the EU member states must be considered in order to make use of the full potential of the digital transformation of care in the Europe and in the digital single market. The session will focus on these factors, discuss their implications and linkages and evaluates the benefits and potential of future European research and networking activities in the care sector. It is the overall intention to strengthen the voice of care technology research and innovation on the European level and in the on-going discussion on the digital transformation of health and care.

Organised by: Christian WEHRMANN (VDI/VDE-IT, Demographic Change and Future Studies, Germany)

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