Global E-Health Forum to Present Strategies, Solutions & Services for Sustainable Healthcare


Hamburg, August 16, 2010: Healthcare systems all over the world are facing very similar challenges: demographic shifts, the impact of globalization and an increased burden of chronic diseases and expensive treatments, to mention some of the most important ones. The Global E-Health Forum, which will take place on October 25 and 26, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany, will address these challenges.

The first conference day at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce will feature strategy and best practice presentations from the U.S.A., Europe, Asia and New Zealand, workshops, discussion forums and an accompanying exhibition. The second day will be hosted by Asklepios Clinics. There, conference attendees may expect workshops, hands-on presentations and guided tours as well as a panel discussion titled “Connecting Competence for E-Health Services – What Customers Expect, What Healthcare Has to Deliver”. The official reception for the international audience will take place at the U.S. Consulate General.

In the first program session, keynote speakers from the U.S.A., Europe and New Zealand will explain their e-health strategies. Harry Reynolds, chairman of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) and chairman of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) CORE Initiative will start the session with his presentation entitled “U.S. Health Reform: Significant Change, Varied Reaction, Opportunities Abound, and Outcome Uncertain”.

The second program session will deal with best practices. For example, the hospital information system implemented in the Severance Cardiovascular Hospital in Seoul will be presented by the hospital director Prof. Byung-Chul Chang. The program will be complemented by various breakout sessions with workshops, discussion forums with topics “Knowledge Management in Health and Disease – A Challenge in E-Health”, “Sustainable Telemedicine Services in Europe” and “Synchronizing Healthcare: Intersectoral Collaboration – Methods, Opportunities and Best Practice” and an exhibition.

On the second conference day at Asklepios Clinics Hamburg-Barmbek and Hamburg-St. Georg, attendees may expect more best practice solutions and hands-on experience. An important part of the program will be the “services session” at Asklepios Barmbek meaning the patients’ and consumers’ perspective resp. patient-centric e-health services. At Asklepios St. Georg, IT-based Teaching and Studying as well as IT-based Research are the focus topics.

The primary aim of the organizers of the Global E-Health Forum, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, IBM and the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), is to provide a cross-sector forum for representatives from hospitals and clinics (CEOs, CFOs, CIOs), governments, health insurance organizations, service providers and the media. Policymakers, users, suppliers and implementation managers will have the opportunity to learn from each other and to develop collaborative working relationships. The impact of globalization on healthcare systems and services will be discussed as well as the resulting requirements regarding interconnectivity, interoperability and standardization as well as the need for cross border co-operation.

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