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