Digital Health Malta Ecosystem Gathering, 20th November 18 – Report

27th February 2019
ECHAlliance Ecosystems

Digital Health Innovations for Better Healthcare’

20th November 2018 

@ Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC), Sky Parks, Luqa

The first Digital Health Malta Ecosystem gathering took place on November 20th, with key stakeholders from government, healthcare, industry, patients and academia in attendance. During the ecosystem digital health innovations were shared including:

Dr Hugo Agius Muscat, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Ministry for Health who provided a clinical perspective on digital health innovations;

Dr Sharon Young updating the audience on what has been implemented and what is still needed in hospital innovation;

Mary Vella on behalf of the Malta Health Network and the Association of Rheumatoid Arthritis; provided a patient perspective

Tomas Gornik, Co-Chair, openEHR Foundation, giving an overview of openEHR approach and explained the Slovenian Ecosystem success.

Simon Formosa, Malta IT Agency, highlighted the work of the Agency in supporting the Ministry for Health in project delivery;

Dr Conrad Attard, University of Malta ICT, described digital health innovations through academic ICT.

This was followed by 2 start-up SMEs, Contansin and Umana Medical, who outlined the products and services they are developing in the area of digital health.

The attendees were alerted to the work of the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health, by Anoop Singh, its Chief Operating Officer. 

During an interactive session regional priorities and perspectives were discussed and captured.  This priority exercise was analysis and shared with attendees directly.

The Ecosystem gathering was followed by a Commonwealth Small Island Development Programme workshop.

Thanks to Stefan Buttigieg, M.D(Melit.), Medical Graduate | Digital Marketing and Digital Health Consultant, for acting as moderator for the day.

Agenda ‘Digital Health Innovations for Better Healthcare’

TimeSession
09:30Registration, networking coffee, exhibitions
09:45Welcome & Introductions 
Conrad Attard, Chair, IEEE Malta Section / IEEE Computer Society Chapter – Presentation
10:00Clinical Perspective on Digital Health Innovations
Dr Hugo Agius Muscat, Consultant, Public Health Medicine, Ministry for Health – Presentation
10:15Hospital Innovation – implemented and needed
Sharon Young, Director, Health Informatics, Mater Dei Hospital – Presentation
10:30Patients’ perspectives on the need for innovations for better healthcare
Mary Vella, President, Association of Rheumatoid Arthritis (ARAM)/ Malta Health Network – Presentation
10:45International Digital Health Ecosystem Network – the Why, What and How
Damian O’Connor, Director Ecosystem Development, European Connected Health Alliance – Presentation
11:00 Networking Coffee and Exhibitions
11:30Open Electronic Health Records – International Perspective & The Slovenian Ecosystem
Tomaz Gornik, Co-Chair, openEHR Foundation – Presentation
11:45Supporting the Ministry for Health in Project Delivery
Simon Formosa, Project Manager, Health Projects, Malta IT Agency – Presentation
12:00Digital Innovation through Academic ICT
Dr Conrad Attard, Lecturer, Computer Information Systems, University of Malta ICT – Presentation 
12:15Showcasing Industry Digital Health Innovations
James Attard, Founder, Costansin – Presentation 
Dr Adrian Attard Trevisan, Co-Founder / Chief Executive Officer,Umana Medical – Presentation
12:30Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health and Small Island Health Programme/Initiative
Anoop Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health – Presentation
12:40Digital Health in Malta – capturing regional priorities and perspectives  
Damian O’Connor, Director Ecosystem Development, European Connected Health Alliance  
12:55Ecosystem Soft Close
Damian O’Connor, Director Ecosystem Development, European Connected Health Alliance 
 13:00 Networking Lunch and Exhibitions
 14:15Workshop: Commonwealth Small Island Development Programmes (CSIDP)

Anoop Singh, COO, Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health

Introduction to the Commonwealth Small Island Development Programmes (CSIDP)

Potential of a Small Island Digital Health Development Programme

The role of Malta in The Commonwealth Small States Centre of Excellence http://thecommonwealth.org/small-states-centre-excellence

Potential for future development of the CSIDP via CWCDH / ECHAlliance Partnership

Next steps and the role for Malta
 16:00 END
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