The European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) has announced it will hold a two day conference on the association’s tenth anniversary that will address the accomplishments and challenges of e-health over the past ten years.

The conference, titled: “Joining for visions of person-centric health” will be held in Brussels on the 21-22 October 2009.

Martin Denz, president of EHTEL, said: “In the last ten years, EHTEL has witnessed e-health becoming a powerful force in modernising healthcare, improving quality and efficiency of care, empowering patients, and increasing patient safety.

“With this symposium, we invite all friends of EHTEL, old and new, to join us in looking at accomplishments and challenges for future-proof health and care. Let’s commit with EHTEL in joining all stakeholders at the forefront of innovative change for the benefit of European health systems."

EHTEL is a membership driven European association made up of key players in the field of e-health, including healthcare authorities and government services, healthcare professionals, patients, consumers associations, industry groups and researchers.

It aims to provide a platform for European e-health stakeholders to exchange information, identify challenges and find solutions towards reaching its goals of promoting e-health

The event, which will be hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee, will present a number of keynote speakers who will review the progress of e-health over the last ten years and the healthcare visions for the future.

Presentations will highlight ongoing issues in e-health including reality checks on telemedicine, the state of reimbursement for telehealth services, regulatory matters and continuity of care supported but telemedicine in hospital and ambulatory care.

There will also be debates between various e-health stakeholder groups surrounding the latest trends and visions.

EHTEL expect between 100-150 policy makers, users, researchers and vendors to attend the event and is encouraging people to register early as there are limited spaces.