Getting beyond eHealth pilots, with HIMSS Europe, Health 2.0, and the Dutch Ministry of Health

Posted on: 17.04.2018

How do new digital health services get integrated into a hospital IT system? There are several  hurdles. Integration of a new digital service typically begins with a pilot which takes six months to set up and at least another year to execute. Next comes the analysis of the clinical and financial outcomes. Are they on target? And even if they are, most tools don’t get implemented. Either the CIO is not in the loop during the pilot or there was no incentive for his team to commit to the tool. So after two to three years of piloting, instead of scaling up the tool they have successfully tested, the IT teams are more likely to have started their next pilot.  In fact, depending on where you live in Europe, you may hear that there are more pilots in eHealth than there are working for Air France or some other airlines.

Why is it so difficult to go from pilot to scale-up in eHealth?

One of the answers is that hospital teams and start-up teams are not engaged in authentic dialogue at the outset.

So this year, HIMSS Europe and Health 2.0, in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Health will attack this communication problem head on by creating an “interaction track,” during this year’s can’t miss HIMSS Europe & Health 2.0 Conference in beautiful Sitges, near Barcelona, from May 27th to May 29th. Historically HIMSS Europe has concentrated on hospital IT and government health IT systems and Health 2.0 on new technologies and start-ups. In joining forces, HIMSS and Health 2.0 are well positioned to bring the necessary stakeholders together.

The interaction track programme in Sitges will include a variety of strategic topics in digital health: artificial intelligence, digital image management, genomics, data analytics, mental health and dementia, transforming the hospital. Ten European hospital CIO’s will “reverse pitch” their expectations and rules of engagement to a group of start-ups. Seasoned CIOS such as Miguel Cabrera and Jorge Gonzalez from Spain, Peter Jest from Denmark will participate.

HIMSS Europe & Health 2.0 Conference: all about connections

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in the Netherlands, represented by Secretary-General Erik Gerritsen, HIMSS Europe and Health 2.0 have integrated various innovations to the programme and activities destined to help attendees make meaningful connections during the conference.

  • The Swapcard mobile app will enable participants to find each other through relevant keywords.
  • Personalised badges will serve as icebreakers.
  • The exhibitors on the floor will each tell a story. Stakeholders will be situated near those with whom they interact. Patientville from the Dutch Ministry of Health will present self-management tools and smart homes.

And don’t miss the interaction track. I know I will be there and I am already on Swapcard. So count me in!

Denise Silber

Denise Silber eHealth and social media consultant, keynote, event curator France, USA