pHealth 2015 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. Starting in 2003 with personal health management systems, pHealth has evolved to a truly interdisciplinary event by covering technological and biomedical facilities, legal, ethical, social, and organizational requirements and impacts as well as necessary basic research for enabling the future proof care paradigms.
Thereby, it increasingly combines medical services with public health, prevention, social and elderly care, wellness and personal fitness to establish participatory, predictive, personalized, preventive, and effective care settings. Therefore, it has attracted scientists, developers, and practi-tioners from various technologies, medical and health disciplines, legal affairs, politics, and admin-istration from all over the world. It brought together health services vendor and provider institutions, payer organizations, governmental departments, academic institutions, professional bodies, but also patient and citizens representatives.
Smart mobile systems, eHealth and telemedicine have become important enablers for ubiquitous pervasive health as the next generation health services. Social media and gamification has added even further knowledge to pHealth both as a business domain and as a community.
OECD has defined four basic areas to be managed in the new care model: address the big data challenges; foster meaningful innovation; understand and address the potential new risks; and sup-port concerted effort to un-silo communities for a virtual care future. The 12th pHealth conference will emphasize the interrelated aspects framing ubiquitous pervasive health: personalized health and virtual care, mobile technologies, big data and analytics, but also new potential risks for securi-ty and privacy as well as safety chances and challenges. The intended outcome is intelligent and autonomous health devices and services
The multilateral benefits of pHealth technologies for all stakeholder communities gives enormous potential, not only for medical quality improvement and industrial competitiveness, but also for man-aging health care cost. We welcome you to the city of Västerås for the pHealth 2015 conference to share experiences and results, and to open up for the future!
Following a long-term tradition, also pHealth 2015 is supported by the Working Groups “Electronic Health Records”, “Personal Portable Devices” and “Security, Safety and Ethics” of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI).
For more information please visit: www.phealth2015.eu