International student conference on „E-health – integration of IT and medicine“
The patron of the conference, the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who led the European Union e-health work group in 2011-2012 has said in his speech in 12. May 2012: "Healthcare is lagging behind by approximately ten years when compared to other spheres in the implementation of different IT-solutions. We know, based on the example of many other services, that information technology applications may completely change and complement our current approach. By implementing different IT solutions for both preventive healthcare and treatment services, we also improve both the welfare of patients and the healthcare system in general." President starts the conference with opening lecture.
"We believe that effective IT systems are a great way to improve the quality of healthcare in a situation where the societies are aging and the pressure on healthcare systems is therefore rising but extra money cannot be endlessly added. We need more medical workers who would not consider information technology as annoying extra work and more people working in IT sector who would understand the needs of healthcare," says Oliver Stimmer, the head of the conference.
The aim of this conference is to raise awareness of the growing need of integration between IT and medicine and to discuss the development of e-health in different countries together with top specialists. Also to help both IT and medical students see the current problems with e-health and to give them a chance to start discovering the solutions.
Conference is organized by MUG Estonia and Estonian Medical Students Association.
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