Med-e-Tel 2005 International Trade Event and Conference for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT calls for participation

Luxembourg 24 February 2005Med-e-Tel 2005 will take place April 6-8, 2005 in Luxembourg. The event focuses on a wide range of medical ICT applications and on the convergence of information and communication technology with medical applications, which lead to higher quality of care, cost reductions, work flow efficiency, and widespread availability of health care services. These services and applications include diagnostic/monitoring systems and devices, telemedicine equipment, home monitoring services and equipment, electronic medical records, electronic health cards, imaging/PACS, hospital information systems, computer hard/software and peripherals, videoconferencing, telecommunication services, wireless data communication, satellite communication, secure data transmission, surgical systems, internet/intranet services, systems integration, and consulting services.

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In a professional and business-minded environment, Med-e-Tel brings manufacturers and suppliers together with health care service providers and other key contacts such as representatives from local government and international organisations, insurers and consultants, for the purpose of establishing new trade contacts or developing existing relationships.

In addition, the event also features many educational opportunities through its extensive programme of seminars, presentations, and satellite workshops and symposia on topics such as business models, cost-benefit studies, current ehealth realizations and projects, distance education, home monitoring and homecare applications, telemedicine applications, legal and ethical aspects, broadband and wireless networks, satellites and ehealth, developing countries and ehealth, ehealth integration into routine medical practice, standardization and interconnectivity, and bio-informatics.

Plenary sessions at the Med-e-Tel 2004 event covered a.o. a special session and panel discussion about the market trends and potential for ICT products and services in health care. This session was organized in co-operation with the Health Information Network Europe (HINE) group, a consortium of medical, telecom and IT technology companies, headed by Deloitte. Another plenary sessions dealt with aspects of blood pressure monitoring and hypertension, a very actual topic. A third plenary session was dedicated to PACS and the EPR.

Parallel sessions included presentations on practical ehealth and telemedicine issues and projects by some of the event's exhibitors, partners and other institutions from around the world. Satellite workshops and symposia included events by:

  • CRP-Sante - Public Research Center for Health - Luxembourg: From Electronic Patient Record to Health Portal - What are the Conditions for Success?
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU), World Health Organization (WHO) and European Space Agency (ESA): Standardization in eHealth
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU), World Health Organization (WHO): Telemedicine for Developing Countries
  • MEMO: Medical Mobile Devices
  • WEALTHY: Wearable Health Care System

The International Society for Telemedicine (ISfT) and several national member associations provided information about several national and international initiatives and projects. The eHealth Standardization Coordination Group (eHSCG) held its inaugural meeting during Med-e-Tel and also participated in the ITU/WHO session on Standardization in eHealth.

The 2005 edition is scheduled for 6-8 April. The programme includes a.o.:

  • TM-Alliance (ESA, WHO, ITU, EC) contribution on "Trans-National Interoperability in eHealth: Facing the Challenges and Overcoming the Barriers";
  • a session on "European ICT for Health Research: From Managing Health Status to the Increasing Personalization of Health Diagnosis and Treatment" with presentations by several EU co-funded ehealth projects and the ICT for Health Unit of the Directorate-General Information Society of the European Commission;
  • a session on "Space-Based Technology Applications to eHealth" chaired by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Medical Informatics and Technology Applications Consortium (MITAC), a NASA Research Partnership;
  • eHealth Standardization Coordination Group (ITU, WHO, ISO, CEN, IEEE, HL7, DICOM) session on "eHealth Standardization";
  • a workshop on the "Use of Handheld Devices in Hospitals" hosted by the WardInHand project consortium;
  • a workshop on "Onthology and Interoperability in Medical RTD Projects" chaired by the DICOEMS project consortium;
  • sessions on "eHealth and Developing Countries" chaired by ITU and WHO;
  • sessions on eHealth Home Care Applications, Effects and Benefits of eHealth, Distance Education, Decision Support Systems, eConsultation, Internet-Based Systems, Image Transfer and eHealth Ethics;
  • a session on "National Experiences in Telemedicine and eHealth" hosted by the International Society for Telemedicine;
  • a regional seminar co-organised by the Luxembourg CRP-Santé and the European Association of Hospital Managers about the informatization of hospital logistics and administration aimed at hospital, industry, government representatives in Luxembourg, Belgium and France.

Confirmed speakers at the Opening Ceremony of the event include Prof. Dr. Jean-Claude Healy, Director of eHealth Strategy at WHO, Prof. Dr. Michael Nerlich, President of ISfT, and Mars Di Bartolomeo, Luxembourg Minister of Health and Social Security.

Med-e-Tel is supported a.o. by the European Commission (DG Information Society), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), World Health Organization (WHO) representatives responsible for ehealth, International Society for Telemedicine (ISfT), European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) and several other national and international organisations. For details on how to participate as a visitor, exhibitor or speaker at this event, you can check out the Med-e-Tel Web site.


Leslie Versweyveld

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