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Integrating mobile health data in health service value chains

Health Data Spaces and Ecosystems Virtual Workshop - 29 April 2021

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On 29th of April 2021, EHTEL launched the virtual workshop Integrating mobile health data in health service value chains. It was part of the Imagining 2029 work programme of 2021 a programme building on a series of webinars and workshops – hosted by its working groups. It focused on accelerating digital transformation while acknowledging the opportunities and challenges raised by the current COVID-19 crisis. This workshop belongs to the Imagining 2029 track on: Health Data Spaces and Ecosystems.


The virtual workshop in a nutshell

This virtual workshop explored different paths to integrate patient-generated data through mobile applications into health data ecosystems for improving clinical work and generate value. It reflected on two major issues: the organisational, technical and human challenges encountered by health organisations and mHealth apps developers; and how they could be overcome. This will help to accelerate the uptake of mobile solutions and enrich health data ecosystems.

👀Watch the video recording below or on Youtube.


No time to watch the webinar now? Explore the outcomes

The webinar was opened by Tino Marti, who delivered a short overview of the three main tracks of the Imagining 2029 work programme. The themes are: concerning health data spaces and ecosystems, hybrid care, and “Mind the gap”.

First, Guido Giunti (University of Oulu, North Ostrobothnia, Finland) delivered the initial presentation of the workshop. Guido focused on an interesting and useful example of mobile health: More Stamina, a digital health solution for helping people with Multiple Sclerosis manage their fatigue. He explained the project's journey: it has grown from a mHealth app to an integrated health service. It is fundamentally important in terms of patients’ needs and their relationship with families, friends, and carers.

Second, the floor was given to Yolanda Lupiáñez (TicSalutSocial, Catalonia, Spain). Yolanda introduced the Catalan healthcare model, its priorities and challenges, including the need to ensure the quality and reliability of mobile apps. She emphasised the importance of collecting, standardising, and sharing relevant data.

An interlude with a live poll followed on How valuable is data provided by patients via mHealth solutions? The result of the polls showed an average result of 3.2 out of 5 in terms of value for clinical care and for the organisation of health services.

The session Front row hosted five guests: Eirik Årsand (Norwegian Centre for E-health Research, Norway), Heather Cook (ORCHA, United Kingdom), Javier Ferrero and Belén Sotillos (European mHealth Hub), and Markus Kalliola (SITRA, Finland). The discussion revolved mostly around ORCHA ("the world’s leading, independent digital health evaluation and distribution organisation" and “the world’s largest (digital health apps) library”). It provides an interesting model for how to evaluate and assess mHealth apps.

➡️ Download the webinar presentation HERE.

Want to know more? 

- Check out the page dedicated to the Health Data Spaces and Ecosystems Imagining 2029 track.

- Learn all about Imagining 2029 work programme.


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  • Integrating mobile health data in health service value chains presentation 12 May 2021 EHTEL PDF*

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