High Level eHealth Conference

The High Level eHealth Conference 2013 is organised by the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. Ministers of Health and government officials are invited from the 27 Member States, Accession, Candidate and EFTA countries to encourage greater national and cross-border implementation of eHealth solutions as part of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

By invitation only.

Tuesday 14 May: 9:00 – 16:30
Wednesday 15 May: 9:00 – 15:30

Department of Health tracks, open to all eHealth Week 2013 attendees, will feature discussion on the high economic and societal value of eHealth, reforming health systems, business modeling in the “ecosystem,” empowering patients, legal issues and education and skills to support eHealth deployment and implementation.

Tuesday 14 May

9:00 – 10:15

eHealth in Support of Reforming Health Systems

It is now acknowledged that eHealth has the potential to revolutionise how Healthcare is delivered in terms of access, safety, efficiency and cost effectiveness. This is demonstrated by the world wide national and international initiatives which are placing eHealth at the centre of reforming health delivery systems.

This session will identify how the potentiality of eHealth is to be utilised to underpin reform strategies and change management processes to initiative and implement comprehensive, innovative patient focussed health service management and delivery structures and systems. Context will provided in reflecting on the Irish experiences to dated together with the planned initiatives to underpin the reform process.

Dr. Ambrose McLoughlin, Secretary General, Irish Department of Health, Ireland

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Ireland

Dr. Ambrose McLoughlin, Secretary General, Irish Department of Health, Ireland

Dr. Matic Meglic, Head of Health Care, Informatics Centre, National Institute of Public Health

Dr. Andrew McCormick, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health

Nieves Domínguez González, General Manager, SERGAS, Galician Health Service

10:45 – 13:00

Legal and Regulatory Issues

This session is focussed on the issues in developing the optimum legal and regulatory framework to facilitate eHealth. The first part of the session comprises of presentations on the legal and regulatory issues impeding eHealth, including, the wide diversity of medical liability regimes in the EU, the recognition of healthcare professional qualifications and the need for a unification of data protection rules.

The second part of the session will be an “international café” session in which the audience is divided in 3 groups on the legal issues identified in the 1st session (medical liability, healthcare professional qualifications and privacy and data protection). Each group will discuss the existing barriers, how to improve the legal situation, what are the possible options for the EC, what could be discussed with MS etc. Moderators will prepare a mapping of the results and conclusions, following which the groups would be reunited and outcomes presented.

Dr. Tracey Cooper, CEO, Health Information and Quality Authority

Peteris Zilgalvis, J.D. Head of Unit, Health & Well Being

Dr. Matthias von Schwanenflügel, Head of Directorate, Federal Ministry of Health

Petra Wilson, Senior Director Healthcare, Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group

Dr. Jos Dumortier, KUL, Belgium

13:30 – 14:45

Realising the High Economic and Societal Value of eHealth and as a Stimulus for Economic Growth and Development

This session focuses on the necessary actions required and those that have been initiated within government, industry and the academic, research and development communities to realise the potential of eHealth as a driver for economic growth and development. In particular the session will address issues in regard to developing the market for eHealth products and services, and the need to stimulate investment in R&D and the potential for new and innovative business engagement, the availability and sourcing of financial and other resources to support eHealth introduction and deployment.

Gerry O’Dwyer, Regional Director of Operations, Health Service Executive, Ireland

Prof. Antti Kivelä, Director, Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra, Finland

Prof. Desmond Fizgerald, Vice-President for Research, University College Dublin

Dr. Martin Curley, Professor of Technology & Business Innovation, NUI Maynooth

15:15 – 16:30

Business Modelling in the ‘Ecosystem’

The development of new and innovative business models will be a significant output in the introduction and success of EcoSystems and a critical enabler in support of collaborative working arrangements. This session will discuss existing and potential models assess their potential and viability, the opportunities for their utilisation and report on their development and operation. It will also focus on the nature of the relationships of the stakeholders involved, the organisational and governance frameworks and the procedures and processes required for their successful management.

Brian O’Connor, Chairman, European Connected Health Alliance, Northern Ireland

Brian O’Connor, Chairman, European Connected Health Alliance, Northern Ireland

George Crooks, Medical Director, NHS 24 & Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare

Joan Cornet, President, Ticsalut Catalonia

Noora Jansson, Director, OuluHealth & BusinessOulu

Wednesday 15 May

9:00 – 10:15

Political/Societal Enablers to Drive eHealth

This session is focussed on the identification of the specific political and societal enablers and the associated necessary actions to establish such enablers as critical element in mainstreaming eHealth in support of improved health and well being, optimum healthcare service delivery, innovation and prosperity. In particular, the development and potentiality of collaborative environments such as EcoSystems and Innovation Hubs as the optimum environment to facilitate collaborative approaches between patients, professionals, payers, industry and research will be explored.

Bairbre Nic Aongusa, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Health Speaker

Dr. James Reilly, Minister, Dept of Health

Edwin Poots, Minister, Dept of Health

Therese Murray, Senate President, State Massachusetts

Tony O’Brien, Director General, Health Service Executive

Prof. Imrich Chlamtac, President, Create-Net

Patrick Mallea, CEO, French National Centre for Homecare and Autonomy

10:45 – 13:00

Education & Skills to Support eHealth Deployment and Implementation

The successful utilisation of eHealth is critically dependent on the ICT skills and competencies of all staff involved in the healthcare industry and the citizens’ digital health literacy. This session will address the actions necessary to identify the skills and knowledge deficiencies within healthcare management, industry and services and the development and implementation of health informatics skills programs for health care professionals, service providers and citizens.

It will examine the requirement to define and agree common standards of competence and professionalism that identify ‘fitness to practice’ Health Informatics and the potential of a career-focussed healthcare ICT skills development/training framework (and/or standards infrastructure) from pre-service training through a variety of roles to senior professionals. Current activities to build capacity to develop the required competence in ICT disciplines, skills and knowledge will also be discussed.

Gerard Hurl, National Director ICT, Health Services Executive, Ireland

Ciaran Cannon, Minister, Training and Skills, Irish Deptartment of Education

Prof. Gerry Lyons, Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI)

Dr. Jean Roberts, UKCHIP, United Kingdom Ms. Mary Cleary, Deputy CEO, Irish Computer Society

Ms. Jutta Breyer, e-CF Development Leader, Breyer Publico and CEN

13:30 – 15:30

Empowered Patients are Safer Patients

One of the major benefits from eHealth is the potential to significantly support patient empowerment through the provision of an information environment that enables patient participation in the drive for improved outcomes, enhanced health and well being. This session explores the implications of increased patient empowerment as an informed participant in their interactions with the health systems consumer and the implications and challenges in changing the patient/caregiver relationship
It reviews the impact on strategies for delivery of healthcare and the changes required in healthcare organisation and service and the issues in regard to implementing new information and systems environment particularly in the context of information governance, data protection and security.

Anne Connolly, Ageing Well Network

John Grumitt, VP, International Diabetes Federation

Alex Wyke, Patient View

Menno Hinkema, Co-Lead TNO research programme on age-friendly environments, The Netherlands