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Highly anticipated speakers will gather at the eHealth Tallinn conference

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A number of speakers have been announced for the ‘Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health’ conference taking place on 16-18 October in Tallinn (photo: Annika Haas/EU2017EE)

The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, HIMSS Europe, and the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) announced the speakers presenting at the high-level conference ‘Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health’ (#eHealthTallinn) taking place on 16-18 October in Tallinn, Estonia.

The high-level conference will address how society and the relationship between citizens and healthcare systems are changing with digital technologies and the wider use of health data. The high-level eHealth conference will host 700 participants and over 70 speakers from Europe, the USA, Australia, and India. During the conference, the Digital Health Society will publish the Tallinn e-health declaration and invite all interested organisations to read and co-endorse the declaration.

The conference will be opened by Estonian Minister for Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski, together with the Chair of the ECHAlliance, Brian O’Connor, and the newly appointed President and CEO of HIMSS, Harold 'Hal' Wolf. Confirmed high-level speakers include former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, Vice-President of Estonian Parliament Taavi Rõivas and the State Secretary to the Swedish Ministry for Health Care, Public Health and Sport, Agneta Karlsson. Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid will deliver the closing speech.

Ain Aaviksoo, the Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation said: "The conference will present concrete actions that will make the European digital single market a reality in the health field, including common technical standards and the principles for personal data protection, as well as a common data protection framework for the use of millions of people's health data in research with their consent. During the Estonian Presidency, the aim is to reach an agreement between those countries that are ready to jointly implement these activities in order to maintain Europe's leading role in the development of digital health."

Among the most anticipated speakers, the Vice President of Connected Health and Partners HealthCare, Joseph C. Kvedar will propose rethinking connected health for older adults and will outline the need to establish a different set of measures for older adults: a sense of purpose, social connections and physical activity, as well as the need to design devices and apps specifically for this demographic. 
Richard Corbridge, the CIO and health service executive from Ireland will share practical tools and methods about digital transformation and change management in health and social care organisations with the audience. The session will focus on the implementation of change and new processes, which is one of the main challenges for hospitals, national or regional health services, care centres, nursing homes, etc. in Europe and beyond, today. 

Angela Brand, the director of the European Centre for Public Health Genomics (ECPHG) will talk about putting the patient in the driver’s seat for the control of personal data in the ‘Citizen-Controlled Data Governance’ session.

The digital health expert and lawyer Bleddyn Rees will lead a session around the legal framework for the free flow and 2nd use of health data.

Hal Wolf, HIMSS president and CEO, said: “Estonia has, for many years, been exemplary in its use of information technology to advance its society; eHealth Tallinn will focus on the information derived from technology, how you bring that to bear at the clinical level, the consumer level, the patient level and the administrative level. It will be an unmatchable opportunity for all to learn from highly renowned speakers, connect with innovative healthcare professionals and discover groundbreaking industry advancements.”

The must-see sessions will explore how to reap the benefits of digital innovation in healthcare, mHealth, the convergence roadmap on interoperability standards, and blockchain technology. The sessions will also address topics like cybersecurity, cloud computing, the role of personalised medicine and genomics, moving toward outcomes-based healthcare, and many others.

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