The World of Health IT


Tuesday 14 May: 9.00 – 15.45

The WoHIT track will be taking place on Tuesday 14th May. WoHIT is organised primarily by HIMSS Europe. This year’s underlying theme will be Delivering Innovative Healthcare and Well-being.

Session 1: eHealth Strategies for Improving Patient Care

The theme of this session is using eHealth to improve patient care. Helping reduce hospital beds, treating patients at home and e-prescribing, infection control and strategies to prevent hospital readmissions.

Moderator: Joan Cornet, President, Ticsalut Catalonia

TIC Strategy for Chronic Patient Needs
Jose Manuel Morales Pastora, Information Systems Director, SACyL, Castilla y Leon Health Service, Spain

A description of the strategy for chronic patient care within rural areas and how within this unfriendly environment, IT policies and technological advancements add greatly to the efficiency.

ICT in Social Elderly Care
Maria Gill, Project Manager, City of Västerås, Sweden

Enhancing independence, safety, inclusion and activity for frail elderly patients living at home. With innovative user friendly ICTsolutions over bridging distances. Västerås transforms from project to regular service.

Improving Health at the Kitchen Table
Dr. Staffan Lindblad, Professor in Medical Management, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Dr. Lindblad is organizing the Swedish Rheumatology Quality registers comprising a national network for systematic evaluation. This enables quality improvement of care delivery while engaging patients and professional providers for drug surveillance, health economy evaluation, clinical trials and clinical research.

Session 2: Balancing and Driving the eHealth Ecosystem

This session will pay close attention to ePortals for patient access and will include the theme of patient empowerment and citizen well-being. These government-run portals for storing health information, including prescriptions, appointments and preventive care are at the forefront of eHealth technology.

Moderator: Henrik Moberg, Deputy, Division of Public Health and Medical, Ministry of Social Affairs

Taltoni – A Finnish Nationwide eHealth Ecosystem
Tuomas Teuri, CEO, Taltioni Cooperative, Finland

Taltioni lets people control, use, produce and share information about their own health and well-being. It also serves as a uniform platform which offers an innovative business environment for companies providing health and well-being services.

Striving for Active and Healthy Citizens and Patients
Eva Leach Elfgren, Project Manager, Personal Health Account, Sweden
Kim Nordlander, Head of Unit, Dept. of eHealth and IT Strategies, Stockholm County Council, Sweden

1177 Vårdguiden offers guidance and advice on health and healthcare 24/7 through web and telephone. The concept also covers some 25 safeguarded and personal e-services that more than one million inhabitants use. The amount of telephone calls received number almost five million per year, and the number of visitors to the is over three million per month. UMO is a “Youth Health Centre” on the internet, where young people between 13 and 25 are welcome to get information about sex, health and relations. The has about 400 000 visitors per month.

Session 3: Intelligent ePortals for Professionals and Citizens

This session will be aimed at discussing and introducing a health portal for professionals, and also tthe open data initiative in Norway, describing their national health library platform.

Moderator: Dr. Jarmo Reponen, Research Manager, FinnTelemedicum, University of Oulu, Finland

Health Knowledge Highway for Professionals and Citizens in Finland
Ilkka Kunnamo, Chief Editor, EBMG & EBMDS, EBMeDS, Finland

Comprehensive health portals for professionals and citizens are the leading sources of health knowledge in Finland. Clinical decision support, digital citizen health checks and health coaching are new delivery methods.

A Public eHealth Portal for Patient Empowerment and Business Development
Roar Olsen, Head of Department, Directorate of Health, Norway

The national Norwegian eHealth platform delivers patient empowerment by connecting a set of self-services, i.e., electronic prescriptions, digital dialogue and access to the centralized patient summary. Businesses are invited to join the Open Data Initiative to explore the innovative possibilities that freeing government data represents.

Session 4: One Patient, One Record

This session will describe the new regulations for health records and health technology, and proposing innovation, research and procurement procedures to facilitate the “one patient, one record” goal. This session will also cover the challenge of moving Hospital La Fe.

Moderator: Tor Eid, Project Manager, Section for E-health, Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services

Challenge of Moving Hospital La Fe: Innovate to Help Patients
Rosa Llopis Penadés, Asst. Manager of Information Technologies, Dept. of Hospital La Fe, Spain

Two years ago, La Fe hospital was involved in a two-fold challenge: transfer to a new building and innovate the IS to help users. RF patient and asset tracking, HIM mobility with medical carts and a patient orientation system to organize circuits are some of the ongoing I+D IT projects to transform La Fe in a role model to follow.

One Patient, One Record
Robin Martin Kåss, State Secretary, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Norway

Goals and governance of the Norwegian white paper on eHealth. The white paper sets out ambitious goals for providing secure and necessary access to updated health information nationally. It sets out new demands and will provide new regulations for health records and health technology to facilitate the “One Patient, One Record” goal.

On May 13th – 15th at the Convention Centre Dublin, the seventh World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition gets underway. Global decision makers from European public and private healthcare will join High Level European Ministers and EU Commissioners along with over 2,500 international delegates and 100 exhibitors to attend the High Level eHealth Conference co-organised by the European Commission and the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and WoHIT (World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition).

About WoHIT

This year’s event will focus on delivering innovation and well-being, focusing on mHealth, cross-border co-operation and empowering patients and staff through the use of ePortals. This event is an opportunity to see and showcase the best in International eHealth practices featuring a range of expert sessions supported by the European Innovation Partnership, HIMSS Europe, The European Commission and the Irish Department of Health.

The WoHIT track will be taking place on Tuesday 14th May. WoHIT is organised primarily by HIMSS Europe. This year’s underlying theme will be Delivering Innovative Healthcare and Well-being.

An independent Programme Advisory Committee selects the WoHIT sessions based on a public call for papers, which results in an education program that is cutting-edge, innovative and responsive to market needs. The content is primarily focused on Hospital IT and provides practical information to assist European healthcare professionals in the betterment of healthcare through the effective use of information technology.