eHealth Week 2017

eHealth Week kicked off in Malta 10th-12th of May 2017. The theme for this event was Data for Health: the key to personalised sustainable care. During eHealth Week, speakers and delegates explored the changing ways in which personal health data is created, stored, shared and used.

Richard Corbridge delivered a keynote on the Thursday of eHealthWeek. Titled ''From Concepts to Implementation' the session looked how at the journey from concept to implementation for health IT solutions can be a long one fraught with pitfalls – with many fruitful ideas never actually seeing the light of day! With Stefan Biesdorf, Partner at McKinsey & Co, Germany, they discussed the journey, address the challenges and share best practice case studies, asking the question, ‘How can we ensure that more pilots make the full journey and make it into practice as a healthcare solution?’

The eHealth Adoption Awards also took place at eHealth Week. We were delighted when the Epilepsy Light House projects were selected as finalists. The eHealth Ireland team has worked closely with our main delivery partner Ergo as well as our academic partner RCSI and Microsoft to deliver the solution that was put forward for an award and are very proud of it. The three finalists gave presentations to eHealthWeek, with Richard presenting the PISCES project (Providing Individualised Services and Care in Epilepsy)

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As well as this “Living Well with Dementia” initiative leader Eilis Hession won the European Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care. Eilis’ passion for improving dementia patients’ lives has resulted in a successful and innovative programme which enables patients to live at home and integrate into the community. The award aims to credit individuals for their outstanding patient care who are currently engaged in the healthcare system. Eilis is an irish nurse who leads the Living With Dementia programme in Stillorgan (Blackrock, Dublin), a three year community-based pilot project to support people with dementia to continue to live at home and be an active part of the community. The pilot will influence national policy on the care of people with dementia, improving the lives of tens of thousands of people throughout Ireland.

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The professionals who nominated Eilis had the following to say about her.

“Through her passion, tenacity and leadership skills, Eilis secured three year funding for this project and her approach to patient care has been inspirational to the staff working with her.”

Through her innovative vision, and hard work she has improved the lives of many people who live with dementia. She is described as “motivational leader with all the human, physical and clinical skills required to lead a whole community in creating a changed environment that is actively supporting and including people with dementia, enabling them to live their lives to the full in the community.” The jury of the Kate Granger Awards consisted of several Health IT personalities from European hospitals, HIMSS President Stephen Lieber and Kate Granger’s widower Chris Pointon. Eilis received the award at the eHealth Week Awards Plenary in Malta, Thursday 11 May.

More pictures from eHealth Week below. 

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