Med-e-Tel, the International Trade Exhibition and Conference for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT, announces highlights of 2004

Luxembourg 18 February 2004The Med-e-Tel exhibition and conference, taking place on 21-23 April 2004 in Luxembourg, focuses on a wide range of medical ICT applications and on the convergence of information and communication technologies (ICTs) with medical applications, which lead to higher quality of care, cost reductions, work flow efficiency, improved disease management and patient compliance, and widespread availability of health care services.

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Products, services and applications that will be presented and demonstrated at the 2004 edition of Med-e-Tel include: vital signs monitoring systems and devices, electronic patient records (EPR), picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), videoconferencing, secure data exchange, surgical systems and software, mobile devices, speech recognition and processing, telemedicine applications in pathology, cardiology, dermatology, wound care, radiology, and more.

In a professional and business-minded environment, Med-e-Tel brings manufacturers and suppliers together with health care service providers, distributors and other key contacts at government level, academia, insurers and consultants, for the purpose of establishing valuable trade contacts or consolidating existing relationships. The presence of representatives from national and international associations and organisations, who are involved in the research, development, funding, implementation and promotion of ehealth and telemedicine, will offer unprecedented networking opportunities.

Med-e-Tel also features an extensive programme of seminars and presentations on topics such as cost-benefit studies, business models, current ehealth realizations and telemedicine projects, distance education, home monitoring and homecare applications, ehealth integration into routine medical practice, and telemedicine applications in various medical disciplines. Special plenary sessions will be devoted to "Tracking eHealth Evolution in Europe" in cooperation with the Health Information Network Europe (HINE), "Telemedicine in Hypertension" sponsored by TensioMed, and "PACS & EPR" in co-operation with Frost & Sullivan.

Satellite meetings and symposia held in conjunction with Med-e-Tel, include events by:

  • CRP-Santé (Public Research Center for Health - Luxembourg): From Electronic Patient Record to Health Portal - What are the Conditions for Success?
  • eHealth Standardization Coordination Group: Standardization in e-Health
  • International Telecommunication Union and World Health Organization: Telemedicine in Developing Countries
  • MEMO: Medical Mobile Devices
  • WEALTHY: Wearable Health Care System
  • Africa Telehealth Group: Telemedicine Needs and Opportunities in Africa

The International Society for Telemedicine (ISfT) and several of its member associations will use Med-e-Tel as a forum to provide information about national and international telemedicine and ehealth activities and initiatives. Also the Telemedicine Alliance (TM-Alliance) partnership between the International Telecommunication Union, World Health Organization, European Commission and European Space Agency are planning a presentation of their own projects and goals during the Med-e-Tel exhibition.

Med-e-Tel also presents a Media Corner where information will be provided about publications, magazines, journals, reports and on-line news and information services in the fields of ehealth and telemedicine.

Produced by the Luxembourg International Trade Fair Corporation (FIL), Med-e-Tel is actively supported by the European Commission (DG Information Society), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), World Health Organization (WHO) representatives responsible for telemedicine and ehealth, the Luxembourg Ministry of Health, International Society for Telemedicine (ISfT), European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), UK eHealth Association (UKeHA), Africa Telehealth Group, Russian Telemedicine Foundation, Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine (NST), Nordic Telemedicine Association (NTA), Association of Telehealth Service Providers (ATSP), Telemedicine Research Center (TRC) and several other national and international organisations.

Med-e-Tel will be attended by industry and health care decision makers from over 40 countries worldwide. Being staged in beautiful Luxembourg, the event obviously also attracts a crowd from the local SarLorLux region, which covers Luxembourg and parts of Germany, France and Belgium.

Details and information about the programmes, conferences, companies and organisations that will be featured at this year's Med-e-Tel are available at the Med-e-Tel Web site.


Leslie Versweyveld

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