eHealth Forum 2017 was held at Technopolis City of Athens last October featuring the Dhealth Conference, the Exhibition and the Startup Garden as integral parts of our greater initiative to help promote digital health integration for equal access and a sustainable future for all.
The Digital Health Conference opened with representatives of our partner organisations welcoming delegates to eHealth Forum 2017: Dimitrios Katehakis, Head of Center for eHealth Applications and Services, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, Institute of Computer Science and general secretary of HL7 Hellas, Theodoros Vontetsianos, Director of Pulmonology, Scientific Manager of the Special Unit of Telemedicine at the “Sotiria” National Hospital, Head of the Greek EIP on AHA Network Coordination Group, George Kakoulidis, President of the Hellenic Health Informatics Association (HHIA), CEO of Apollo SA and founding member of HL7 Hellas, and Kostis Kaggelides, Founder & COO, Gnomon Informatics S.A.; President of the Board, Association of IT Companies of Northern Greece.
Vivi Tsavalia, Council at Attica Region and advisor for issues of special needs individuals, officially opened the Forum on behalf of the Governor of Attica Region, Rena Dourou, conveying the continued support of the regional government towards innovation and research in digital health.
The eHealth Forum is under the auspices of the City of Athens for the second year in a row, and Maria Stratigaki, Vice Mayor for Social Solidarity Welfare & Equality, Municipality of Athens represented the City of Athens and presented a message on behalf of Mayor Kaminis. Ms. Stratigaki highlighted the city’s new digital health applications for Athens citizens that help alleviate growing needs of vulnerable groups of the population due to the economic and migration crisis.
Christina Papanikolaou, Member of the Board of Directors, Institute of Scientific Research of the Panhellenic Medical Association represented the sector of digital health and cross boarder care for the institute.
Major organisations committed to innovation and growth support eHealth Forum and were represented at the opening: Athens Chamber of Commerce (EBEA), by Professor Haris Lambropoulos, Member of the Board of Directors – THEA, Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industries Incubator who in his opening remarks reestablished the Chambers’ commitment to the ongoing constructive collaboration of eHealth Forum and EBEA. The Hellenic Federation of Enterprises was represented by Chairman Theodoros Fessas, who stated that health transformation is part of the digital transformation of society as a whole, and ehealth is a large part of it.
The opening session concluded with the keynote speech «Towards a data-driven, digital transformation of health and care: Opportunities and Challenges», on the European Commission perspective and plans, delivered by Babis Tsitlakidis, Policy Officer, European Commission, Unit for eHealth, Wellbeing & Ageing, DG CONNECT.
Exhibition and Startup Garden
On October 20th, the commercial Exhibition and Startup Garden of innovation opened to the general public free of admission. 28 exhibitors, 14 startups and hundreds of visitors of all ages came together for the first and only exhibition of its kind open to the public until October 22nd complementing the deliberations of the Forum.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis visits eHealth Forum
Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who places emphasis on entrepreneurial actions, was given a tour of the exhibition and was briefed on startups operating in the health sector. Mitsotakis also attended a closed working group with key opinion leaders and EU representatives where he participated in discussions focused on the major concerns of industry leaders and medical professionals and the opportunities in transforming the national health system.