The Future of Digital Health Systems 2.0: safe and inclusive digital health for all

4–5 March 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark

The WHO Regional Office for Europe, together with the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research (WHO Collaborating Centre for Digital Health and Telemedicine) and the Clalit Research Institute (WHO Collaborating Centre on Noncommunicable Diseases Research, Prevention and Control), will host the second WHO Symposium on the Future of Digital Health Systems in the European Region at UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark on 4–5 March 2020.

The event is expected to bring together over 500 participants, including representatives of Member States and partners, and key thought leaders from the WHO European Region and beyond to discuss a number of topics of importance to the digitalization of health systems.

In the European Region, public health action for digital health is facilitated through the digitalization of health systems initiative, which works to support countries in their assessment and adoption of digital technologies as part of broader efforts to modernize health systems and health services delivery. Under this initiative, a European roadmap for the digitalization of national health systems is being developed that addresses the multitude of factors contributing to success in the adoption of digital health.

The outcomes of the first Symposium provided valuable input in shaping the development of the roadmap and highlighted the changing demands and influences on health-care delivery, the pivotal role of health data, and the role of technology in working towards universal health coverage.

The Symposium will address the digitalization of health systems through sessions structured in 3 strategic tracks:

  • Track 1. Essential foundations for digital health systems
  • Track 2. Safe and inclusive digital health services
  • Track 3. Future digital health ecosystems.

The expected outcomes from the second Symposium will be:

  • identify potential factors and steps in implementing areas crucial to the digitalization of national health systems and the development of safe and inclusive digital health services;
  • unpack the public health benefits and deficits of emerging technologies and provide an evidence-base for their broad-scale adoption;
  • identify approaches to health technologies that address and mitigate the emergence of a digital divide in European health systems;
  • refine the approach and content of the European roadmap for the digitalization of health systems.

The programme of the Symposium will be updated on a regular basis in the lead up to the event. Be sure to check the Symposium website (link below) for the latest programme and speaker details.

Due to a limit on the available places, participation in the Symposium is by invitation only. Working languages will be English and Russian.

If you are interested in attending or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Symposium organization team at EUDigitalHealth@who.int