Europe eager to co-operate in advancing eHealth across the continent

eHealth Week 2017 announcement

The other day, the Ministry for Health in Valletta, Malta hosted an “Info Day” to formally announce eHealth Week that will take place between 10-12 May. The informative meeting addressed the importance of the conference, in addition to the programme themes and topics and networking opportunities which will be offered. Representatives from each of the organizing partners were present.

“It is an honor that our country will be holding such a prestigious event, in which technology in health will be discussed,” the Minister for Health of Malta, Chris Fearne, said in a statement. “In the near future Malta will be launching its first Digital National Health Strategy for the next five years. It is also noteworthy that the revamped myhealth system has increased drastically its users from a mere 1,500 to more than 21,000 users in the last year. Over 1,500 delegates will be discussing the pivotal role of information technology and data in Malta in May”.

Other parties were also enthusiastic about the upcoming event:

Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho-Bodero, Head of Unit eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing, DGCONNECT, European Commission, said: “eHealth Week is the most important eHealth event in Europe and the Commission will be represented at the highest level, with the attendance of Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis”.

Clayton Hamilton, Unit Leader, eHealth and Innovation, at WHO/Europe: “In addressing what is special about eHealth Week in Malta, we feel it will be an excellent opportunity to highlight the critical role of public health and strengthening the common agenda for eHealth in Europe. At WHO/Europe, we are honored to be collaborating with the largest European partners for the delivery of eHealth Week 2017”.

Christina Roosen, Vice President of Public Affairs at HIMSS Europe, added: “The use of data in health will be the focus of this year’s conference as a main enabler of the improvement of patient care. We look forward to welcoming health and IT professionals from Europe and beyond in Malta this May”.

eHealth Week will take place in Malta between May 10-12. You can register from here.