HIMSS and Health 2.0 European Conference

Helsinki, Finland
June 11-13, 2019

Keynote speakers and radical session themes revealed for the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference 2019

HIMSS, Health 2.0, and nine Finnish partner organisations have announced keynote speakers, new themes, and innovative conference initiatives. 

HELSINKI, FINLAND, 15 January 2019: During yesterday’s stakeholder meeting at the Messukeskus Convention Center, the organising committee revealed exciting keynote speakers and session themes from the highly anticipated HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference 2019, coming up on 11-13 June in Helsinki. 

High-level keynote speakers announced 

Päivi Sillanaukee, Permanent Secretary, Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Prof. Dr. Koen Kas, Healthcare Futurist and Author will be joining Hal Wolf, CEO and President of HIMSS and Indu Subaiya, Founder of Health 2.0 and EVP, HIMSS, on stage for the keynote plenaries. 

Sillanaukee said: "It is a great pleasure for Finland to host the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference 2019 in Helsinki. We look forward to having inspiring conversations with our guests and finding new innovative models for co-operation."

Innovative workshops and radical session themes  

The organisers also announced new initiatives launching at the 2019 conference including a “Radical Health Outlook Track”, exploring the frontiers of health and innovation as well as dedicated sessions for insurers and pharma representatives. A new Patients 2.0 workshop will largely focus on diabetes and there will be an invitation-only, highly interactive “CXO Dialogue”.

The HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference 2019 has also selected a number of out-of-the-box session themes for the “Radical Health Outlook Track”. Some on the session topics will examine global societal trends which will affect healthcare such as climate change, refugees and migrant health.  These sessions will also explore how the health and care sector will respond to these issues. Santino Severoni, Coordinator for Public Health and Migration at the World Health Organization (WHO) has been confirmed as a guest expert speaker on this topic. The full programme can be found on the conference website.

Bruce Steinberg, Managing Director and EVP at HIMSS International, said “We are so excited to host this European conference in Helsinki in June. The Nordic region is an exemplar for outstanding healthcare and we hope that It will enable our global members and delegates to better understand the role that technology, culture and innovation is playing in advancing healthcare in the region. In fact, our host country, Finland, was recently ranked as having one of top three strongest health technology economies worldwide. The support we have already received in the run up to this conference is overwhelming, and I truly hope the entire digital health ecosystem will view this as an exciting opportunity to see how that innovation is applied to health first hand”. 

 

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Editor’s notes

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About HIMSS 

HIMSS Europe is a voice, advisor and thought leader of transformation through health information and technology.  As an independent organisation with innovation at its heart, HIMSS Europe unites and engages key stakeholders across the health and care ecosystem through events, media, analytics and communities focused on helping healthcare systems to define their digital strategies meanwhile supporting the healthcare industry to improve its services.

By offering a high quality, Pan-European platform to collaborate and exchange best practice, news, information and data, HIMSS Europe has a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health and care and deliver more effective patient outcomes.

Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 65,000 members, 650 companies and over one million HIT network of key influencers that drive innovation across the world.

About the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference 2019

The HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference will be held on 11-13 June 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. The conference is expected to gather over 2,000 other digital health innovators to network, learn, educate and disrupt! The three-day conference will focus on five overarching themes: 

  • Integrating health & social care, 
  • Enabling the shift from acute to community-based care, 
  • Promoting a secure, ethical and actionable flow of data, 
  • What can AI deliver today & what are we really ready for? 
  • Opportunities and challenges of opening innovation. 

The three-day event is supported in conjunction with a number of Finnish organisations, including: The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, SITRA (The Finnish Innovation Fund), Business Finland, The City of Helsinki, The University of Helsinki, HUS Helsinki University Hospital, Oulu Health, Turku Science Park and Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. 

More information about the conference can be found on the website: www.himsseuropeconference.eu. 

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