Annual, International Telemedicine and eHealth Forum ("Med-e-Tel") taking place on 6-8 April 2016 in Luxembourg

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The 14th edition of Med-e-Tel, the International Telemedicine and eHealth Forum, is taking place this week on 6-8 April 2016 at the Luxexpo Exhibition and Congress Center in Luxembourg. Preconference workshops on Telecardiology and on Social Media take place on April 5th.

Med-e-Tel, organized by the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH), is one of the premier events worldwide in the field of Telemedicine and eHealth and brings together 400 participants from over 40 countries around the world. The ISfTeH is the international federation of national Telemedicine/eHealth associations and is recognized as an NGO in Official Relations with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Med-e-Tel forum is endorsed by the Luxembourg Ministry of Health and National eHealth Agency (Agence eSanté Luxembourg), the European Commission, the International Council of Nurses (ICN), and works together with an even wider range of local and international partners who are all involved in Telemedicine and eHealth research, development, funding or implementation.

Governments, healthcare providers and health insurers worldwide, are turning towards Telemedicine and eHealth solutions as one of the tools to cope with the effects of today's ageing society and tomorrow's reduced healthcare workforce and to address the constant pressure on healthcare budgets and the need for more qualitative and cost effective healthcare. There is a lot of experience and good practice that has been built up around the world, and there is a need for sharing these practical experiences across borders and across professions, hence the role of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth and its Med-e-Tel event.

The Med-e-Tel inaugural ceremony on Wednesday morning April 6th will include a welcome address on behalf of the Luxembourg Government, represented by Dr. Jean-Claude Schmit, Director of Health at the Ministry of Health. Also representatives from the European Association of Senior Hospital Physicians and the International Telecommunication Union will address the audience during the opening. Dr. Andy Fischer, President of the ISfTeH, will present an award to the winner of last year's 'Student' competition, an annual feature at Med-e-Tel, which gives students an opportunity to present their work to an international audience.

The Med-e-Tel conference program provides a wide range of sessions presented in collaboration with doctors, nurses, pharmacists, researchers and industry representatives, and is geared towards creating new partnerships and collaboration among these different stakeholders.

The Agence eSanté Luxembourg is organizing two special round table sessions on "Cross-Border Healthcare" and on "Connected Objects/Connected Health" which will feature recent reports and insights from the Benelux Secretariat-General, Microsoft and several European Commission supported initiatives and they are also setting up a Luxembourg pavilion in the Med-e-Tel exhibition area together with partner organizations who are involved in the development and implementation of the nation's electronic health record (DMP - Dossier de Soins Partagé).

The Med-e-Tel exhibition also features a pavilion from the Brussels region (supported by Brussels Invest & Export and, as well as various other young and well established companies who provide telemedicine and eHealth products and services.

"The combination of in-depth conference sessions, exhibition and international participation makes Med-e-Tel the ideal event for education, networking and business, and a permanent fixture on the ISfTeH event calendar," said Yunkap Kwankam, Executive Director of the ISfTeH.

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