ALETTA, MALTA – (HealthTech Wire / News) — Between Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th May 2017, the Maltese Ministry for Health – as part of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union – the European Commission and HIMSS Europe, in collaboration with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe jointly hosted a High-Level eHealth Conference in Malta.
Traditionally hosted during the first semester of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the conference is known as eHealth Week. This year, the event took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in St. Julian’s and at least 1,300 leading health policy makers and high-level influencers within the field of healthcare and IT from EU Member States attended and shared valuable knowledge as well as exchange solutions.
In addition, the event included an innovative exhibition floor, organised by HIMSS Europe, the leading global organisation focused on achieving better health through IT. The exhibition space featured local and international IT vendors, like the DoCHANGE consortium, who showcased the most up to date solutions for European hospitals.
The overarching theme of eHealth Week 2017 was Data for Health: the key to personalised sustainable care. Speakers and delegates explored the changing ways in which personal health data is created, stored, shared and used. Personalised medicine is a key priority for the European Commission, who is seeking to take advantage of advances in bioinformatics to support a paradigm shift towards tailor-made prevention and treatment strategies both for individuals and population groups.
Hon Minister Chris Fearne, Minister for Health in Malta said: “Data lies at the heart of health service delivery. During eHealth Week, explored the changing ways in which personal health data is created, stored, shared and used. We discussed how to make best use of information and communication technologies for the benefit of individual citizens and patients, as well as society in general