I have been involved in Telemedicine since 1999 when I first participated in the ISfT International Conference in Jerusalem. Around that time, I also brought up the idea to organize an international telemedicine event in Luxembourg, which finally started up in 2002 and since 2004 is known under the name Med-e-Tel. This year, in 2016, this event will celebrate its 14th edition and gathers participants from more than 50 countries worldwide, from all 5 continents.
The definition of the event is: “The International eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT Forum for Education, Networking and Business”. In 2003, I joined the ISfTeH and was elected on the Board as representative of the Individual Members. At the end of a fourth term, I decided not to seek for re-election, allowing other members to continue the work, though still staying active in the Executive Secretariat of the Society.
My work is focusing on the global aspects of Telemedicine/eHealth and over the last twelve years gave presentations covering that topic in almost 50 countries.
For anyone involved in Telemedicine/eHealth, in whatever capacity, it is essential to also have abroad vision on all possible application fields, as well geographically as thematically. This is also the message I want to share with the audience at the eHealth 360° Summit.
The main focus of my interests is on primary care: I see a lot of brand new possibilities to achieve better management of chronic patients. In the past years I was working on a Hungarian mobile application framework to integrate PHR and EHR data on the same platform. We had to establish a nationwide system to offer a new kind of insight into lifestyle-related and home-measured parameters for general practitioners. This is an important step towards personalized medicine and I hope that it will multiply the preventive efforts of primary care.
I will bring mostly the wealth of experience gained in C.H.I.CO. Cluster of Health Innovation and Community, since it was founded as a facilitator for the transfer of knowledge and technologies from research to industry in order to develop innovative projects in the field of health and well-being. In the framework of C.H.I.CO., Cluster of Health Innovation and Community, we are also working on Research and Innovation in the field of ICT for Health and Well-being with the aims to reduce costs of healthcare and to improve well-being.
Formerly, I was the CIO of the first digital hospital in Europe, Son Llatzer, which opened in 2001. During those exciting 7 years we implemented the available technology to build a global, integrated and accessible full digital and automated EMR all across the hospital. After that experience we created and founded a cloud based clinical collaboration platform called Medting with a new and disruptive vision: “to facilitate the collaboration and communication of physicians around patient cases” global, international and secure.
An interview with René Neubach, eHealth and mHealth marketing specialist, and a speaker in a session on Patient-centric approaches at the eHealth 360° Summit 2016 in Budapest (14-16 June). René works as consultant in the Multi-Channel Marketing area with clients in the Pharma and non-Pharma industry on Multi-Channel and positioning strategies, tactical plans and concepts with focus on Social Media and Content Marketing, Methodology and Setup of teams and processes.
I am speaking about some of the opportunities for IoT and sensor technology used at scale in the health sector to save lives and save money. eHealth is an extensive topic, encompassing many aspects of how technology can help deliver better healthcare, such as:
– how technology will enable us to meet spiraling demands on healthcare systems driven by population growth and ageing demographics;
– how we can meet those demands within a necessarily limited financial framework;
– harnessing technologies to scale limited specialist resources, whether that be by enabling remote healthcare, or by codifying specialist knowledge.
I have a portfolio of different roles. The most significant is Managing Director of the Digital Health & Care Alliance (DHACA) which is UK Government-funded. DHACA’s role is to accelerate the beneficial use of digital health within the health and social care services. Our most important piece of work so far was examining the reasons for the lack of uptake of mHealth apps by doctors. Of the two main reasons we identified, DHACA has now clarified the regulation of mHealth apps in our free-to-download 44-page document, and argued strongly for high-level agreement on the appropriate methods) for assessment of mHealth apps.
I am heavily involved in the health ICT domain but domotics (or home automation) is another interesting field, which in a way is very close to health monitoring. Ambient technology at home usually involves environmental and entertainment controls, security systems, irrigation control and supply management. Ambient Assisted Living specifically aims at increasing the independence of older adults (in their homes), while preventing isolation, with the use of Information and Communication Technologies.
The main focus of HealthWear’16 is on the use of wearables for healthcare. With more and more wearable devices and smartphone apps being released that are capable of unobtrusively recording various aspects of our life, we are currently witnessing the emergence of a new health trend. Followers of this trend rely on apps and devices to track their every-day activities and to gain insights into their personal well-being.