The eHealth Conference 2007 took place from 17th to 19th April at Messe Berlin, Berlin’s International Exhibition and Conference Centre as part of the eHealth week Berlin 2007. This high level conference was a joint project of the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry of Health, the Berlin regional government and the Association for Social Security Policy and Research (GVG). The conference theme was “From Strategies to Applications” and its primary aim was to provide a forum for those responsible for telematics in government, health insurance organisations, service providers and users’ organisations in Germany and abroad.
The eHealth Conference 2007 focussed on the implementation of applications and infrastructures, reflecting the current situation in Europe and Germany in parallel thematic tracks. In particular, the conference aimed to present the many varied telematics activities in the member states of the EU, concentrating especially on the benefits to be gained from their use. Potential solutions for interoperable cross-border processes, pan-European electronic services and the preparatory campaigns of the European partners were demonstrated and discussed.
Increasingly, eHealth processes are providing support for health care and routine medical practice in many fields. Central eHealth components such as standardised electronic documentation and interoperable communication are the driving power behind the necessary modernisation of the health systems in Europe, which has as its ultimate aim a patient-oriented improvement in healthcare. European co-operation based on these common goals and existing projects and applications is creating the basis for compatible and interoperable information flows and infrastructures.
As the increasing mobility of its citizens brings Europe closer together, there is a growing need for medical care that can transcend the borders between national and regional health systems. Given the wide variety of solutions on trial and stages of implementation reached there is an enormous benefit to be gained from learning about Europe’s most progressive strategies and methods of implementation. The eHealth Conference 2007 provided an ideal platform for this with papers on basic principles, workshops, discussions and presentations of practical solutions.
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