The 20th National Conference on Telemedicine and eHealth took place in Leppävaara on 9-10 April
Laurea's Leppävaara campus hosted the 20th anniversary conference of the Finnish Society of Telemedicine and eHealth on 9 – 10 April. The conference focused on current eHealth trends in Finland and abroad. Its themes included Nordic collaboration in eHealth innovations, ICT and health, health cybersecurity, and self-management and prevention.
The conference was opened by Professor Stanton Newmania, the keynote speaker from City University London in the United Kingdom. In his paper, he discussed research results concerning the impacts of remote care and monitoring in the British health care system.
The international part of the conference concentrated on promoting the Nordic health technology sector. In his presentation, State Secretary Olli-Pekka Heinonen examined the Finnish eHealth sector's international competitiveness.
- As the population ages and digitalisation becomes wide-spread, health care will be a key area of global growth, said Heinonen.
- In 2014, the value of Finnish health technology exports reached the record level of EUR 1.8 billion.
Following Mr Heinonen's contribution, the conference discussed how the Nordic countries could work together to develop a cross-border eHealth sector in their area. Leading experts from model countries of eHealth, or Denmark, Norway and Sweden, presented their progress in the field of IT systems achieved in various countries by means of cooperation.
The topics of other papers delivered at the Conference on Telemedicine and eHealth included the social welfare and health care system reform, impacts of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health's new information management strategy, and on-going health care information system projects. Prominent companies in the sector introduced themselves, and the latest research results on education related to eHealth services and the most recent development projects were presented in connection with the conference.
The Finnish Society of Telemedicine and eHealth is a scientific association whose mission is to promote the health of the population through telecommunication and to disperse expert knowledge within health care.