The IEEE Summit on Technology for Health, to be held on 5 December in Brussels, will look at the potential applications and the ethical issues raised by technologies such as bio-sensing wearables and implantables.
One panel discussion will focus on technological advances and the transformative role they play. Another will review the challenges of data management, and the third will focus on the human impact of the technological transformation of health care.
Keynote speakers will reflect on issues related to the innovations in technology-enabled health care from societal, policy, and industry perspectives.
Ilias Iakovidis, advisor on societal challenges to the director general of DG Connect within the European Commission, plans to deliver a keynote address reflecting on how connected health care technologies can be leveraged to address societal health challenges.
Keynote speaker Joost Felix, global head of integrated care solutions at Agfa HealthCare, will cover the latest advances in connected technologies for health, drawing examples from his company. He will discuss what is needed to ensure that potential gains from the transformation of health care are fully realized.
The first panel, Introducing the Technological Revolution in Health and Well-being, will discuss opportunities created by technological advances, their transformative nature, and how they can be fully exploited, while taking into consideration the ethical concerns they raise.
Panelist Andreas Lymberis, head of the wearables and bioelectronics sector for the European Commission, will reflect on the commission’s report on smart wearables. He also will discuss the commission’s wider agenda in wearable devices and health care, and his role.
The second panel, Managing the Data Deluge Linked to Connected Technology in Health, will address challenges related to the proliferation of data resulting from the digital transformation of health care. Privacy, security, and data protection will be addressed, as well as issues related to the ownership, proper management and storage of data, and the growing threat of cyberattacks. Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho, the head of eHealth, wellbeing, and aging for the European Commission, will set the scene for the panel by delivering a keynote address on the EU priorities in the area, and then participate in the discussions.
The last panel, The Human Touch—How Technology-Enabled Health Care Can Change Lives, will focus on the human impact of the technological transformation of health care, at both the individual and societal level. Panelist Ain Aaviksoo, deputy secretary general for e-services and innovation for Estonia’s Ministry of Social Affairs, will discuss the Digital Health Society Declaration.
This is IEEE’s fourth summit in Brussels as part of the IEEE European Public Policy Initiative. Previous ones focused on Internet governance, the integration of affordable green energy into the electricity system, and the ethics of artificial intelligence.
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Patrick Russoniello is a manager for IEEE Corporate Activities, in Piscataway, N.J. He is helping to coordinate the summit.
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