March 1, 2011

II. SEE Regional eHealth conference

It was all about Bridging the gap, building the future:) No, seriously - a nice mix of attendees and presenters from the region proved useful for exchanging best practices and ideas in the eHealth field. We were also able to discuss the emergence of EU best practices like epSOS and joint actions like eHealth Governance Initiative in which I am actively engaged as well as the successfully finished Calliope Thematic Network.
I was hosting a roundtable on 'Will eHealth strategies deliver?' The main topic of the roundtable was national eHealth strategies – do they deliver what they promise, is their execution within time and budget, are they flexible enough to reflect the changes in business environment, technological advances and health care needs. The roundtable participants - Nand Shani, Expert on Economic and Social Development, Regional Cooperation Council; Blagoy Mirov, Head of Electronic Healthcare Directorate, MoH Bulgarija; Igor Kosmina, advisor to minister, Slovene Ministry of Health; Rudiger Dorn, Director of Applied Innovation, Microsoft; and David McCormack, Director, Healthcare EMEA, Intel Corp. – agreed on the need to increase regional cooperation in eHealth field – share experience, agree on interoperability principles, etc.; the fact that national eHealth administrations often lack necessary expert eHealth knowledge; and that the eHealth strategies should be revised more often.

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