First European telemedicine conference 2013 fast approaching

Alex Salmond to open first ETC
By Dillan Yogendra
04:38 AM

Telemedicine, the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical healthcare at a distance, is one of the fastest growing areas of innovation in the health sector – improving patient care, increasing access and lowering costs, and is a proven solution to many of the systemic problems in existing healthcare systems.

To stay on top of the possibilities and abreast of the latest innovations in telemedicine, the first annual European Telemedicine Conference (ETC) has been planned. The conference will combine the efforts of several leading European healthcare organizations into one powerful event. In 2013, the ETC incorporates the annual Scottish Centre for Telemedicine and Telecare Conference with the UPMC International Telemedicine Conference. This collaboration also draws on the strengths of other partners and a vibrant local event with rich international appeal is anticipated.

With speakers from USA and across Europe joining local experts in telemedicine from Scotland, the conference offers three tracks themed: Living well with telehealthcare; Telemedicine – from research and documentation to best practice; Telemedicine – experiences from the clinical reality.

This unique interactive area of the conference will provide delegates with hands-on experiences of pipeline products and the latest concepts in telemedicine. Universities, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and service providers will showcase new and emerging products in this field and attendees will be able to try out healthcare IT simulations.

Based on the successful ‘Dragon's Den’ BBC television program, the Innovation Hothouse will feature pitches by developers showcasing their latest innovations to a panel of industry experts. Winning pitches will be audience chosen, and the winners will receive a special sponsorship package assisting product development. There will be three sessions in this format: Health and care public sector; Universities and R&D centers; SMEs, and the panel will be led by Roy Lilley – well respected entrepreneur, writer, broadcaster and commentator on healthcare and social issues – twice voted top UK speaker on NHS topics.

The 2013 European Telemedicine Conference, to be held 29–30 October, will be opened by Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland. The event will be held at The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland. For more information see:

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