The 1st ATHIKA Symposium on eHealth Challenge Identification and Analysis took place on the 27th of June in Barcelona.
This event was open to all targeted audiences and led to the identification of e-health innovation challenges, drivers, and barriers as well as to the growth of health innovation synergies with other knowledge fields such as Smart Cities.
What went on at the Symposium
We asked the panellists about their experiences on health improvement and specifically on the challenges that still need to be addressed.
Check out the Symposium:
Transcription of Kadri Simm’s Testimonial:
One of the challenges that we´d like to tackle, or address at least, in this project pertains to the fact that a lot of medical innovation and a lot of eHealth, a lot of health technologies, are very much focused on the individual level. It’s about monitoring individuals, it’s about looking at your own behavioral data. So what is missing often is the public health perspective, because health depends on so many factors and the healthcare system is only one of those, and actually quite a small one. So how can the entire ecosystem of health determinants benefit from these technologies? The environment, the ways cities work, the ways that communities work, whether innovations in health and medical innovations can also be put to work in those areas. Well, my background is in ethics, so whether the challenges on the social level are different from the individual level because we are used to solving all problems in healthcare with informed consent, individual informed consent. In public health ethics, the focus is on population or community and the perspective of the individual does not matter so much. So it is a question of balancing these interests and these rights of these different actors in ways that would benefit the public health also, not only some particular individuals.
Transcription of Jordi Ruppmann’s Testimonial:
Well I’m Jordi Ruppmann. I have attended the ATHIKA event, and all the issues that have been presented here are very important in order to answer the most important weaknesses of our digital age and digital society. As a digital transformation advisor and as a lecturer at several universities, it is interesting for me to know the current tendencies of e-Health and advanced technologies and how the framework can be defined related to all these users and later, how we can implement it in several initiatives and projects under private or public support. All the challenges identified are well exposed in this initial phase where they have defined the basis for all these challenges in several levels of discussion with their corresponding components. The suite of panelists were well-selected.
Internet of Things (IoT)
La Fundació TIC Salut Social (FTSS)
CELLNEX – Social housing monitoring and patient telemonitoring
i2cat – 5G IoT Alliance
Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics
University of the West of Scotland (UWS)
Pharmatics– Accelerating intelligent data analysis using AI and machine learning
Ethics & Governance
Agencia Salut Pública Barcelona – ASPB
Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya (AQuAS)