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2020 Thought Leader EHTEL Symposium

The 2020 edition of the symposium was fully digital and it combined remote participation and Brussels-based moderation with panellists. 
The Symposium was formed by Eight sessions which further developed the Imagining 2029 work programme, providing opportunities for interactive participation and “meet and greet” networking, and also:
  • Two sponsors; six contributing members.
  • 29 speakers.
  • 289 attendees from 37 countries.
  • All presentations and videos already online (see below)


Making the digital shift towards health and resilience  

The 2020 edition of the Thought Leader EHTEL Symposium explored the speed-up of digital health services and their contributions to healthy and resilient communities. Resilience is key.
In line with the coronavirus pandemic, a focus on citizens’ values associated with public goods and services has gained ground. Health is seen by many people now as a commons. Digital technologies are the ideal ally for people to maintain a physical distance, keep up with economic activity, and implement Europe’s Green Deal.
Innovative digital health solutions have been tried out for two decades or more. Altogether, however, progress has remained slow because of key resistance factorsMany barriers to progress have now been somewhat alleviated as a result of responses to the COVID−19 outbreak.
New voices call for massive changes, digital advances, and more flexible social and health solutions which should increase societal resilience. The public is now much more aware of the importance of data, whether for epidemiological and health protection reasons. So, resilience means also that data and knowledge must be shared and exploited much quicker than before.
There is now a new window of opportunity to take advantage of the existing tailwinds and scale-up digital health services which support this new societal call. This is not anymore about promoting telemedicine or digital support for healthy ageing. The challenge today is about creating the conditions for at-scale solutions which contribute to increasing resilience in the health/social domains as well as in the economy. Key to these solutions is addressing people’s needs, and emphasizing distribution, socially equity, and flexibility.
📝To know more about the programme, the participants, and speakers, visit the Symposium event page

Sessions' summary


📅 Agenda and presentations 

2 December 2020 | 14:00 - 17:30 

[1] Societal resilience and the importance of data 
Simona Abbro, Sympium opening







Keynote speech by Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, Director of the Division of Country Health Policies and Systems, WHO Europe.






 [2]Developing Health Data Ecosystems 
With the financial support of SITRA (Finland).

Jaana Sinipuro, SITRA (Download PDF)
Michael Rebhan, Novartis 
 Saara Malkamäki, SITRA
Oscar Lazaro, Innovalia
Oliver Gröne, OptiMedis
and Tino Marti, EHTEL

[3] Bringing together digital therapeutics and mHealth: An innovation journey
Prepared with IBM.

Andrew Fried, IBM
Scott Cunningham, My Way Digital Health 
Jessica Shull, Digital Therapeutics Alliance
Julia Hagen, Health Innovation Hub
Javier Ferrero Álvarez-Rementería, mHealth Hub 
and Diane Whitehouse, EHTEL

[4] Mainstreaming virtual healthcare encounters: Towards new care models 
Prepared with Assuta Medical Centers (Israel).

Donna Henderson, Scottish Government







Rachelle Kaye, Assuta



Micaela Seemann Monteiro, José de Mello Saude








Stephan Schug, EHTEL 


 3 December 2020 | 14:00 - 16:45

[5] Day 2 Opening: Wrap-up of Day 1 by the central moderator  

Simona Abbro, Symposium Day 2 Opening







[6] Preparing the ground ready for (European) Health Data Spaces
Prepared with MedCom and Sundhed.dk (Denmark).

Janne Rasmussen, Medcom



Thierry Klein, CHR Haute Senne



Claus Duedal Pedersen, Sundhed



 G Anthony (Tony) Reina, M.D, Intel 








Markus Kalliola, SITRA








  and Luc Nicolas, EHTEL


[7] Contributing to improved health and community resilience: The role of eMental health 
Prepared with the Centre for Telepsychiatry (Denmark).


Mette Atipei Craggs, Centre for Telepsychiatry



Marie Paldam Folker, Centre for Telepsychiatry



Erik Van der Eycken, Gamian Europe








and Marc Lange, EHTEL

[8]Closing session with a European funding programmes perspective
Prepared with AReSS (Italy).

Giovanni Gorgoni, AReSS










Ceri Thompson, DG CNECT



Diane Whitehouse and Tino Marti, EHTEL







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