Advancing E-Health in Europe: Empowering Patients, Supporting Health Professionals
28th November 2012, Hotel Silken Berlaymont Brussels, Belgium
Health services across Europe are becoming increasingly unsustainable. However, with a growing range of innovative technologies available to health professionals and the people who use their services, there is a powerful imperative not just to change the way we do things, but also to change the way in which we all think about and maintain our health and well-being.
At the heart of this imperative is a fear that current health and support needs will not be met in the future, and that because of inappropriate lifestyles, there will be escalating challenges for health professionals. In this context, the harnessing of the true potential of eHealth and telehealth services, in appropriate ways, becomes a necessity.
The evidence regarding the benefits of eHealth and telehealth services, although sometimes over-hyped, is beginning to build and we ignore such evidence at our peril. It increasingly points to outcomes that may or may not always save costs, but eHealth and telehealth solutions are generally welcomed by all users because of their ability to develop greater health awareness amongst the people who use them and to provide them with a tool by which they can be in greater control of their own health. It follows that the people (patients) are generally more motivated, are better able to manage their medication or therapies, and are more likely to adopt and maintain healthier lifestyles.
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