The World of Health IT Conference and Exhibition 2014 (WoHIT 2014), taking place in Nice, France, presents a comprehensive international programme with 18 parallel and five plenary sessions, an mHealth symposium and a special Nordic Track as well as a dedicated French programme. WoHIT 2014, with the overriding theme of "eHealth with Benefits: Documenting Clinical and Financial Returns", will gather IT and healthcare professionals from more than 30 countries to discuss how IT can effectively improve the safety and quality of care for patients, as well as contribute to a better management of human and resources within the organizations.
One of the novelties this year is the Matchmaking experience, which allows the delegates to focus on the meeting rather than the showcasing. It will be the place to build strong business relationships during pre-arranged meetings with attendees from all over the world.
The conference will kick off on Wednesday April 2nd with the mHealth Symposium focusing on 'Why mHealth should be a priority', during which different speakers will address key issues such as:
- human data
- solutions when designing a mobile strategy
The conference will inaugurally host major delegations from Emerging Markets including:
- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Brazil, who will share how they are facing the eHealth challenges in a roundtable discussion.
- The Maghreb region, where delegates will learn how IT is being deployed.
A number of fascinating topics for the community will be discussed, such as the large number of investments in Health IT based on projects from Norway, the UK, France and Turkey.
The 'French Savoir-Faire' session will showcase local success stories such as:
- Examples of ROI realized through HIT deployment
- The pharmacy record being currently connected to hospitals
- This year's host country, one of the largest European healthcare IT markets.
Hot topic: Continuity of Care
A theme that arouses great interest within the industry is The Continuum of Care Maturity Model (CCMM), which will have dedicated plenary and parallel sessions during the conference.
HIMSS Europe is presenting the CCMM that evaluates various aspects of delivering continual care covering both capabilities at organization and pan-organization levels. It measures the readiness of an organization to deliver continuity of care as well as the maturity of a healthcare system in the continuity of care delivery.
Personalized Medicine and Big Data are also two significant highlights of the event. As such, a complete session will be dedicated to Patient Enabling and Open Data.
The special Nordic track will consist of four sessions, one per country:
- The Swedish session will be dedicated to a national initiative to enable patients to read their health record.
- The Danish session will focus on how to identify the best telemedicine solutions.
- The Finnish session will present new innovations for health and local opportunities within personalized medicine.
- The Norwegian session will demonstrate innovative eHealth solutions in mental health.
Christina Roosen, Vice-President of HIMSS Europe, points out: "With this year's programme we wanted to focus on as many countries as possible to show what is happening in each region in terms of the deployment of IT in healthcare, reflecting the name of the event, which is the largest pan-European conference and exhibition in eHealth. Presenters from Europe and beyond will share successful and innovative eHealth solutions that make it possible for patients and providers to access healthcare everywhere."
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About World of Health IT
The World Congress of Health IT Conference & Exhibition is the premier forum for the advancement of IT in healthcare in Europe. To address the needs of key stakeholders in the community of eHealth in Europe, The World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition offers professional development sessions, suppliers exhibitions, exchange of best practices, networking sessions and debates and discussions concerning the issues that will shape the future of eHealth.
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents nearly 50,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems' contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care.