VICINITY project at “pHealth2018” organised by NTNU

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 (All day) to Thursday, June 14, 2018 (All day)
Gjøvik, Norway

The pHealth 2018 Conference was the 15th in a series of scientific events bringing together expertise from medical, technological, political, administrative, and social domains, and even from philosophy or linguistics. It opens a new chapter in the success story of the series of international conferences on wearable or implantable micro and nano technologies for personalized medicine by presenting three keynotes, three invited talks, sixteen oral presentations, and eight short poster presentations from more than 120 authors, coming from 20 countries from all around the world.

The pHealth 2018 Conference thankfully benefits from the experience and the lessons learned from the organizing committees of previous pHealth events, particularly 2009 in Oslo (NO), 2010 in Berlin (DE), 2011 in Lyon (FR), 2012 in Porto (PT), 2013 in Tallinn (EE), 2014 in Vienna (AT), 2015 in Västerås (SE), 2016 in Heraklion (GR), and 2018 in Eindhoven (NL). The 2009 conference brought up the interesting idea of having special sessions, focusing on a particular topic, and being organised by a mentor/moderator. The Berlin event in 2010 initiated workshops on particular topics prior to the official kick-off of the conference. Lyon in 2011 initiated the launch of so-called dynamic demonstrations allowing the participants to dynamically show software and hardware solutions on the fly without needing a booth. Implementing pre-conference events, the pHealth 2012 in Porto gave attendees a platform for presenting and discussing recent developments and provocative ideas that helped to animate the sessions. Highlight of pHealth 2013 in Tallinn was the special session on European projects’ success stories, but also presentations on the newest paradigm changes and challenges coming up with Big Data, Analytics, Translational and Nano Medicine, etc. Vienna in 2014 focused on lessons learned from international and national R&D activities and practical solutions, and especially from the new EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. Beside reports about technology transfer support and building ecosystems and value chains to ensure better time to market and higher impact of knowledge-based technologies, the acceptability of solutions, especially considering security and privacy aspects have been presented and deeply discussed. pHealth 2015 in Västerås addressed mobile technologies, knowledge-driven applications and computer-assisted decision support, but also apps designed to support elderly as well as chronic patients in their daily and possibly independent living.

Furthermore, fundamental scientific and methodological challenges of adaptive, autonomous, and intelligent pHealth approaches, the new role of patients as consumers and active party with growing autonomy and related responsibilities, but also requirements and solutions for mHealth in low- and medium income countries have been considered.

pHealth 2018, borrowing from good experiences of former events, establishes national and European satellite workshops, so completing the more theoretical consideration of the majority of the papers by organisational and practical experiences.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Gjøvik, Norway, Escio AS, HL7 Norway, and HL7 International, but – following a long-term tradition – also the working groups “Electronic Health Records (EHR)”, “Personal Portable Devices (PPD)” and “Security, Safety and Ethics (SSE)” of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) have been actively involved in the preparation and realization of the pHealth 2018 Conference.The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is part of the United Nations organisation. It has a membership of approximately 700 organisations including the ministries of communication from most countries. 

The scope of FG-DPM (see Terms of Reference) which promoted and followed on from this meeting in Brussels fits well with VICINITY activities.

David Faulkner from Climate Associates participated (also in the following days at the FG-DPM) and María Poveda, Ontology Engineering Group (OEG), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid made a presentation entitled “Towards a common semantic data model for smart cities”.

Useful Material and Link: 

Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalized Health, 12–14 June 2018, Gjøvik, Norway

Vol.249 Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Publisher: IOS Press, Editor: Bernd Blobel, and Bian Yang, ISSN 0926-9630 (print)