Annual, international Telemedicine and eHealth Forum taking place on 6-8 April 2011 at Luxexpo, Luxembourg

Zurich, (PresseBox) - The 9th edition of Med-e-Tel, the International eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT Forum, will take place on 6-8 April 2011 at the Luxembourg Exhibition and Congress Center on the Kirchberg Plateau.

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 every year participants from 50 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, the European Commission, the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) and works together with a wide range of local and international partners who are all involved in Telemedicine and eHealth research, development, funding or implementation.

"Telemedicine and eHealth" refers to the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in the delivery of health and social care services, education and related administrative tasks. Governments, healthcare providers and health insurers are turning more and more 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.

Through its extensive conference program with over 200 presentations and through an industrial exhibition and networking area, Med-e-Tel presents and showcases practical experiences, ongoing projects, recent research results, and new technologies with a high added value for its international audience of healthcare providers, industry representatives, consultants, researchers and policy makers.

Next to the international focus and participation of several high level (Ministry of Health) delegations from countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, Med-e-Tel also features a regional seminar and training session aimed primarily at the Luxembourg, Belgian and French marketplace. The 2011 edition of this training session focuses on "gerontechnologies", i.e. new technologies that enhance independent living and social participation of older persons. The training is provided by Michaël Carré of Médialis, a French center of expertise in health and social care, and also includes contributions from Stëftung Hëllef Doheem and the HELP network. The session is targeted at homecare service providers, hospitals, mutualities, government representatives and industry leaders from Luxembourg, Belgium and France.

The inaugural ceremony of Med-e-Tel 2011 will begin at 09:30 on April 6th in the presence of Mr Mars Di Bartolomeo, Luxembourg Minister of Health, Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, Director of Knowledge Management and Sharing at the World Health Organization, Prof. Michael Nerlich, President of the ISfTeH and Mr Frank Lievens, Director of Med-e-Tel. The ceremony will be followed by a tour of the exhibition and an opening session in which experts and thought leaders from the European Commission, International Council of Nurses, French Ministry of Health, Association Internationale de la Mutualité, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs will provide a global update on Telemedicine and eHealth.

"The International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth is all about facilitating the dissemination of knowledge and experience in Telemedicine and eHealth. Med-e-Tel is one of the instruments that help us to realize this mission," says Yunkap Kwankam, Executive Director of the ISfTeH. "The Mede- Tel credo of providing information and education, enhancing networking opportunities and facilitating business relationships, is fully in line with the ISfTeH strategy of establishing and fostering relationships on a global scale between all actors and organizations involved in Telemedicine and eHealth and advancing the knowledge and use of ICT tools in the delivery of health and social care. We are very pleased to hold this event every year in Luxembourg and to successfully attract an international audience," concludes Kwankam.

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