Dublin, May 18, 2013: This year's 11th eHealth Week 2013 - Europe's largest annual health IT event - has been declared a resounding success. The three-day event was held this year in Dublin’s Convention Centre with delegates from around the world participating.Participants included politicians, hospital managers, health specialists, IT managers and many others interested in the optimal use of advanced information technology and management systems in healthcare.
One of the flagship events of Ireland's presidency of the EU, it focused on creating an optimal patient 'journey' through healthcare systems.
The event featured successful examples of patient empowerment projects, showcasing how patients can become involved in managing their own treatment.
eHealth Week 2013, which concluded on Wednesday, comprised two large events: the high level eHealth conference organised jointly by the EU Commission and the Irish EU presidency, and WoHIT (World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition) organised by HIMSS Europe.
It also highlighted the requirement for a new policy framework, ‘A 50 Year Roadmap for the Future of Health’ (50YRM), that will drive the new paradigm of European healthcare and focuses on large-scale, collaborative research.
It is generally agreed that global health challenges, their related socio-economic implications and the future of medicine can only be efficiently addressed by international, inter-disciplinary collaboration.
Among the participants was University College Dublin (UCD) which supports the 50YRM and was commended as being a "well-equipped university to further personalized connected and ubiquitous healthcare."
Prof. Desmond Fizgerald, Vice-President for Research, University College Dublin, said while speaking at the conference, “Without the enabling capacity for future health research, it’s difficult to see how future health challenges can be addressed. The EU’s Horizon 2020 is very much designed to address societal challenges and to bring forward the capacities necessary to combat these challenges of which health is a priority. The 50 year road map will help us establish that capacity.”
At the session on Healthcare ICT Innovation in Ireland, Triona McCormack, Director of Research Institutes and Programmes, University College Dublin, also spoke on the need for long term support for health research capacity and presented this as a clearer opportunity where Ireland can lead a global initiative which would enable precompetitive collaboration to take place, “We look to Horizon 2020 as the vehicle for this.”
The European commission was also praised by delegates for its commitment to high quality research and its forthcoming "visionary" Horizons 2020 programme.
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University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities. At UCD undergraduate education, master's and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity.
Today UCD is Ireland's largest and most diverse university with over 30,000 students, drawn from approximately 124 countries. It actively promotes university life as a journey of intellectual and personal discovery through its highly innovative and flexible UCD Horizons undergraduate curriculum and is the most popular destination for Irish school-leavers.
UCD is Ireland’s leader in graduate education with approximately 7,000 graduate students, and almost 2,000 PhD students. Over 50% of UCD undergraduates progress to graduate studies.
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50 Year Roadmap
To achieve long-term sustainability of health care systems substantial new concepts are required which have to be based on sound science. In order to ensure that these concepts will be available in time an interdisciplinary and international collaborative scientific effort is required.
The Concept of the 50 Year Roadmap for the Future of Medicine outlines the challenges and tries to sketch potential solutions for the future of medicine.
Research and innovation form core pillars of the policy framework which the European Union has adopted for the medium-term future. The Europe 2020 Strategy sets out a vision of a European economy that is based on research, knowledge and innovation, to become an “Innovation Union” with improved framework conditions for research and access to finance to ensure that innovative ideas can be turned into products and services that create growth and jobs. Horizon 2020, the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union. The EU is currently witnessing ongoing negotiations within both the Parliament and Council concerning the 2014-2020 EU Budget (including the budget for Horizon 2020). These negotiations could result in a reduction of Horizon 2020 funds from the desired €80 billion. Although the date of the formal adoption of the MFF remains unknown, a political agreement is expected to be reached well before the first round of Horizon 2020 calls, the deadline of which—according to the ERC—is in late 2013.
Further information: http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_en.cfm