Alberta-Germany E-Health Symposium
• University of Alberta
• German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research
In a world with an aging population, rising health care expenditures, and the threat of infectious diseases, information and communication technologies are starting to play a vital role in the provision and delivery of health care. In terms of patient care, e-health technologies enable remote patient monitoring, better information dissemination, improved access to health advice, remote consultations, and telemedicine as well as faster access to emergency services. E-health technologies also help to deliver better training for health care professionals and improve disease surveillance, data collection, and the management of patient records, thereby increasing transparency and accountability.
Yet, as mobile systems become more prevalent, practices will need comprehensive policies that govern security measures and patient privacy regulations. How can we ensure safety and efficacy in e-health? What kind of models will make care more accessible? How can we improve international collaboration? And how can we better evaluate the impact of e-health interventions? These are just a few of the questions that were discussed during the Alberta-Germany E-Health Symposium.