Modern healthcare 1

Thursday, 01.10.2015 | 16:30 - 19:30

Organised by DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), European Commission

Session 1 | My health, my responsibility

The importance of the solidarity principle in our healthcare systems is unique to Europe and we should not change it. However, we can modernise it, i.e. digitise processes in our healthcare systems which can make them more efficient and bring them closer to citizens.

The objectives of this forum are twofold:

  • first of all to raise awareness among citizens of what they can and should do in managing their own health and disease and
  • secondly to show how eHealth can contribute to fortifying a patientcentric approach, which also needs understanding and support from the healthcare workforce.

Furthermore, we will demonstrate the role of modern technologies in making the balance right – how mobile health can support patients, informal carers and healthcare professionals in their responsibilities and how concerns about trust, security and safety need to be addressed.

The forum will share experience gained in different Member States where the use of digital tools has helped bring healthcare closer also to those people who may often be difficult to reach – young people or people living in remote areas and people with certain medical conditions that may give rise to stigmatisation.


My health, my responsibility

During this session the importance of access to health information for patient empowerment will be discussed. Practical examples from different Member States will illustrate the discussion – for example how the internet can be effectively used for creating a social network for people with rare diseases, how to overcome difficulties in making health information accessible to citizens and how people with chronic diseases can benefit from eHealth tools.


Benny Eklund, County Council of Uppsala, Sweden

Ana M Carriazo, Senior Advisor, Regional Ministry of Equality, Health and Social Policies of Andalusia (Junta de Andalucía), Spain

Johan G Beun, Manager, AdrenaNET, The Netherlands

Angela Brand, Professor, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Edwin Maarseveen, Project manager eHealth Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, The Netherlands | Young Forum Gastein Scholar


Terje Peetso, Policy Officer, Health and Well-being Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission

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