April 24, 2017

Established public health realities and future trends were the subjects of the 2nd Athens Digital Health (eHealth) Meetup, held on April 19, 2017, at Athens Chamber of Commerce & Industry with 70 participants representing business, health IT, local government and other sectors.
Lately, there are concerns over the news on controversial health data access by State authorities. What would it take for our health records to be truly private, controlled by ourselves and safe from the potential manipulation of ill-willing authoritarian rulers? Can blockchain technology be a solution? Is a distributed system feasible for personal health records? eHealth Forum turned to a team of developers from NTUA and asked them whether it can be done.
With a view towards the future, George Efthymiou from the medical_io team* presented their ambitious plan to deliver a distributed PHR system that will provide real data privacy. Medical uses blockchain technology & cryptographic processes to provide a unique infrastructure to patients’ medical records.
On the reality side, Athina Triantafillidi, IT Director at IDIKA presented “The Greek ePrescription System: An eHealth suite for the support of Primary Health Care”; explained the developments behind the eGovernment Organisation for Social Security and what led them to be considered one of the leading European examples in implementing a digital reference for all those living in Greece.
Finally, the eHealth Forum team presented the participants and the planned actions of the Greek delegation and Pavilion at the largest EU event, the eHealth Week to be held in Malta on 10-12 May 2017.

*medical-io team: George Efthymiou, Sotiria Kalivi, Fotis Papastergiou, Christos Martinis, Nikos Drakopoulos


February 22, 2017

With 2017 eHealth Forum events coming up in October (from the 19th to the 22nd), the eHealth Forum has launched since last February, a series of Meetups to boost interaction and facilitate information exchange between relevant stakeholders, health care professionals, local authorities and the public.
In the first successful Athens Digital Health (eHealth) Meetup organised at Athens Chamber of Commerce, on February 15th, 84 people participated. The discussion was held around digital health applications in our daily life as well as Greece’s position in this dynamic market. Also, eHealth Forum’s new plans and strategy for 2017 were presented by Lina Nikolopoulou, Managing Director of eHealth Forum.

At this 1st Athens Digital Health Meetup, two aspects of digital health were presented by speakers Haralampos Karanikas, PhD, Consultant, eHealth Researcher at the Athens Medical Society, attempted to answer the question “Does Greece have an eHealth strategy plan?”; and Thanos Stavropoulos, Postdoc Researcher at CERTH-ITI & CEO of Carealia talked about “The Impact of Digital Health on Our Everyday Lives” and presented an application for monitoring & data analytics from dementia patients developed by Carealia.