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#HIMSS24 Europe: What are the key talking points likely to be?



Exec Summary:


Health tech's brightest leaders are coming to Rome from 29th to 31st May 2024. During 3 days of immersive learning, you'll dive into new technologies in healthcare (like generative AI, VR and digital twins), learn how successful systems roll out change, and get up-close with the regulators shaping Europe’s current health landscape. You'll build real connections with peers and innovators, and pick up insights that drive change back home.


At HIMSS24 Europe, we’ll cover them all. Our lineup includes a deep dive into Europe’s current regulatory landscape, including the AI Act, the European Health Data Space and the European Recovery and Resilience Fund. We’ll also help you make sense of all today’s trends in health technology—from machine learning to digital maturity and telehealth. (Among many others.)


Lectures, up-close networking, and case studies: we’ve got them all. You’ll have diverse opportunities to learn and connect, in the ways that work for you. And you’ll leave HIMSS24 Europe with rich insights to take back home and drive change in your health system.



Considering HIMSS24 Europe's focus on digital health and the current landscape, some of the key talking points of the event are likely to be:


  • The impact of the Recovery and Resilience National Plan (PNRR) on digital health in Italy This will be a major focus as the conference is being held in Rome, Italy. Expect discussions on how this €9 billion plan is being used to improve the digital maturity of the Italian healthcare system.

  • The role of digital health in transforming healthcare delivery across Europe This is a broad topic, but expect to hear about how digital health technologies are being used to improve patient care, population health management, and operational efficiency.

  • The importance of data and digital health literacy for patients and providers As healthcare becomes more digital, it's becoming increasingly important for both patients and providers to understand how data is being used and how to use digital tools effectively.

  • The latest advancements in digital health technologies This could include discussions on artificial intelligence, machine learning, telehealth, and other emerging technologies.

  • The importance of data and interoperability in digital health As healthcare becomes more digital, it's increasingly important to be able to share data seamlessly between different systems. Expect to hear about the challenges and opportunities of data sharing in healthcare.

These are just a few of the key talking points that are likely to be addressed at HIMSS24 Europe. The conference will also provide a forum for healthcare professionals from across Europe to network and share best practices.


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Background to HIMSS Europe


HIMSS Europe is the regional arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in Europe. It focuses on promoting the use of information technology and management systems to improve healthcare in the European region.


HIMSS Europe organizes conferences, summits, and events specifically tailored to the European healthcare landscape. These events bring together healthcare professionals, IT experts, policymakers, and industry leaders to discuss and exchange ideas on leveraging technology for better patient care, health outcomes, and operational efficiency.


The organisation collaborates with various stakeholders, including government bodies, healthcare organizations, vendors, and academia, to advance the adoption and implementation of health IT solutions across Europe. It provides a platform for networking, sharing best practices, and learning about the latest innovations and trends in healthcare technology.


HIMSS Europe also offers educational programs, webinars, and resources to support healthcare professionals in their efforts to drive digital transformation in their organizations. These initiatives aim to enhance knowledge, skills, and competencies in health IT and enable healthcare providers to make informed decisions about technology adoption and implementation.


Through its regional presence, HIMSS Europe works towards aligning the diverse healthcare systems and policies across European countries, fostering collaboration, and promoting interoperability in health information exchange. It strives to be a catalyst for innovation and improvement in healthcare delivery and outcomes in the European region.





8 Main Tracks at #HIMSS24 Europe


HIMSS24 Europe will focus on 8 main tracks over the 3 days in Rome, Italy as follows:


Global Health Challenges


How is Europe harnessing technology and data to tackle the big issues in global health — such as health equity, the refugee crisis, improving digital literacy and obesity? Hear perspectives from the best and brightest minds in a lively mix of diverse session formats, including main stage panel debates, fireside chats, and quick-fire Q&As. All sharing genuinely innovative ideas, insights and out-of-the-box thinking on the most world’s most complex challenges. 


For: Everyone who cares about health both locally and globally.


AI: Cutting through the Hype


AI: an apocalypse or necessary revolution? Let’s take a hard, practical look at the current and future possibilities of AI in healthcare. Across a two-day immersive experience, you’ll hear concrete examples of where AI is being used to improve workflow, reduce clinician burnout, enable earlier diagnosis, and drive behavioural change from experts at the forefront of implementations across Europe and the world, including the fast-changing AI regulatory landscape, new legislation, the future of large language models and a debate on the ethical challenges.


For: Anyone curious about what AI can do, can impact and what it all means in a healthcare setting.


Workforce Sustainability


All the digital strategies in the world will fail if we don't solve the workforce crisis. Let’s explore a potential new reality in healthcare where humans and robots work side by side to meet patients’ needs. From how to automate high-volume tasks to frontline innovations in the use of data and technology to increase capacity and reduce burnout for overstretched clinicians. Plus, we’ll get into some first-hand adoption strategies for boosting the digital skills and literacy of healthcare professionals and patients.


For: Anyone looking for solutions to workforce development, capacity, burnout and retention.


Prevention Reimagined


As nations get older, fatter, and sicker, something has got to give. Demand for services is unsustainable and health systems are cracking under the pressure. From now on, it will be essential to maximise the use of data and technology to transform prevention and public health. Discover how digital tools and biomarkers, AI and analytics, behaviour science, and even social media are playing a positive role. And learn how these innovations are shifting the focus from curative to preventative care, sustaining health systems and improving outcomes for citizens and societies.


For: Anyone who shares the mantra “Prevention Before Intervention” in population health.


Digital Transformation in Action


The EU Recovery and Resilience Fund has created a proliferation of National Digital Health Strategies across Europe and other efforts to boost the digital maturity of hospitals and healthcare systems. Straight from the School of Hard Knocks, let’s take a pulse on the latest initiatives designed to empower the transformation of local care. Learn the why, what and how from implementations at all levels of the European healthcare system – including baseline maturity assessments of hospitals, digitally driven primary care and the innovative public/private partnerships driving change.


For: Clinicians, administrators and government leaders grappling with how to make the most of a digital investment.


Digitally-Enabled Care Pathways


It’s said a lot, but Is it really true: “There’s no such thing as digital health, just health”? Can we honestly say that digital health is so integrated into everyday care that the lines between digital and traditional services are fully blurred? Discover evidence-based examples of how solutions like remote patient monitoring, digital dashboards, virtual wards, and telehealth, are being adopted and embedded in disease pathways, transforming care and outcomes. We’ll also e how digitally-enhanced care is increasing patient engagement and empowering people to step up as equal partners in their own care.


For: Clinicians and leaders who want to get the latest on the impacts of digital health in Europe.


Data & Interoperability


On this 10-year anniversary of the creation of the FAIR data principles, let's see how we are achieving "Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable" across the EU region. Hear from exemplary cross-border collaborations such as the European Health Data Space, the International Patient Summary, and the Global Digital Health Certification Network, and question how insights from data, greater interoperability, EHRs and HIEs, and regulation is enabling or preventing greater integration of care in the healthcare ecosystem.


For: Innovators who want to improve outcomes with data.


Empowering Patients


To adopt digital advancements at scale, we must see patients as equal partners and address their priorities, trust and digital literacy needs – whether it’s training a new AI-powered tool, designing a smart hospital,  services or the latest wonder drug. Supported by HIMSS EMEA’s Patient Advisory Group, let’s explore strategies on how best to achieve impactful patient engagement in the real world, empowering patients to manage their own health in digital partnership with their frontline care team.


For: Healthcare leaders, innovators and patient advocates who are focused on patient solutions.





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