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Delighted to announce new partnership between ECHAlliance and Personal Connected Health Alliance

08 August 2016  
Posted by: Matthew Rigby
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Berlin, 3rd August 2016: The European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) and Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) have signed a pivotal agreement to deliver key programme elements for the inaugural World of Health IT (WoHIT) event being held by HIMSS Europe. 

As part of the agreement, ECHAlliance and PCHA will provide support in developing the topics, speakers and sessions addressing changing needs of the eHealth community. Innovative content will focus on critical areas in healthcare including cybersecurity, genomics, mHealth as well as relevant programmes for CIOs and the HIMSS Europe Communities. 

The ECHAlliance has a long history of supporting key stakeholders in digital health to overcome the challenges facing wider adoption of innovative technology in healthcare. PCHA, a strategic business unit of HIMSS, works collaboratively with health, technology and life sciences, public policy, research and advocacy groups to support a new norm of personal health engagement, positive behaviour change and improved wellbeing and health outcomes. 

Stephen Bryant, Managing Director of HIMSS Europe: “HIMSS Europe is squarely focused on providing everyone in the evolving health and care ecosystem with the content and information they need to transform health and care using IT. This strategic agreement will be instrumental in ensuring that every single individual - from clinician to researchers to IT managers - comes away from the WoHIT with the knowledge they need to tackle their everyday task and challenges.” 

WoHIT, which is expected to be one of the annual, largest, most influential and innovative Pan-European eHealth events, is taking place in Barcelona on 21st-22nd November 2016. 

Brian O’Connor, Chair of the ECHAlliance added: “The agreement demonstrates a resounding commitment amongst the partners to facilitate international, multi-stakeholder connections around ecosystems to drive sustainable change and disruption in the delivery of health and social care. In addition to developing the programme, the ECHAlliance looks forward to bringing a significant audience to WoHIT to ensure even wider participation and knowledge sharing amongst the key issues.” 

Rich Scarfo, Vice President of PCHA said: “The PCHA is focused on driving the agenda, creating an evidence base and mobilising collective action to achieve personal connected health for all. Our members focused on medical-grade interoperability and publication of the Continua Design Guidelines have been working closely with countries throughout the EU to advance the European eHealth agenda. Early results of the HIMSS Europe Annual Survey, which will be released World of Health IT, indicate that patient empowerment is one of the biggest challenges, so there is no better time to integrate these key topics into the programme.” 

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