HIMSS and Health 2.0 European Conference Helsinki, Finland 7-9 September 2020
Finland had the pleasure of being the host country for the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference last June. The event is organised by the International arm of the largest health information and technology membership organization in the world, HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society).
The event was a success: It gathered 3,000 delegates from 55 countries, over 200 speakers and 140 exhibitors. Behind the success was a Finnish way of doing things: a fluent cooperation with all the partners involved, high ambition and getting things done. Our efforts for the exciting event did not go unrecognised, since we are proud to be given the honor of hosting the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European conference in 2020 for the second time!
Finland makes it logical home base for the HIMSS & Health2.0 European Health Conference since we do share the same vision and mission: To realise the full health potential of every human everywhere to reform the health ecosystem through the power of digital transformation, innovation and collaboration. Our national Health Sector Growth Strategy makes Finland an international hub for versatile and high quality scientific research and innovations, a dynamic environment for business, and a model country for sustainable, personalised healthcare. In Finland, research and innovation enables legislation that provides efficient and secure procedures for the access and use of data, 100% digitalised health records and a dynamic innovation ecosystem with hundreds of exciting health companies developing smart solutions. It’s no surprise that Finnish startups attracted the most VC investments in Europe 2018. These are just examples of why Finland has been placed on the global top rankings of competitiveness, innovations or even happiness.
Earlier this fall the European Commission published a report entitled “Strengthening Strategic Value Chains for a future-ready EU Industry”, which was prepared by the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI). The Forum identified “smart health” as one of the key strategic value chains that can contribute to Europe’s industrial competitiveness and its green and digital transformation objectives. Smart health was defined as “the development of smart, usually digitally-aided solutions to improve the way healthcare is delivered”, and highlights the importance of health data and health analytics to improve healthcare in the EU. In the line with this and under the auspice of the Nordic Council of Minstries, a joint mission of Nordic Health 2030 was published this fall. It is the initiation of a long-term program to generate synergies and develop greater reciprocal cooperation between the Nordic nations for sustainable health. It highlights the importance of shifting the society from “sick care” to health care” emphasising prevention and early detection by mean of data sharing and governance, exponential technologies, personalised care and people empowerment.
This EU and Nordic perspective will be an important backdrop for the European HIMSS & Health2.0 Conference as the focal point for global opinion leaders, top influencers in research, innovation and business to meet, learn and share.
Make sure you reserve your place in time, and we look forward to welcoming you to Helsinki for the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Health Conference 2020, May 26-28th!
Senior Director, Health & Wellbeing