Tomorrow, November 26, 2021, all interested parties will have an opportunity to watch the Health Data Summit Riga 2021: Digital Leap for Improved Patient Care online. Health experts like Minister of Health of Latvia Daniels Pavļuts, Minister of Health of Denmark Magnus Heunike, Global Head of Artificial Intelligence, Intel Health and Life Sciences Prashant Shah, will discuss the need for an effective, patient-centered healthcare data strategy. Participation online is free for anyone interested at www.healthdatasummitriga.eu.
Patients and their interests have always been the focus of healthcare. However, in the healthcare process, patients often do not receive adequate information, attention, or compassion. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to digitize healthcare and introduce new digital solutions, and to make them interact in order to eventually improve the entire sector and provide comprehensive healthcare to patients when needed. This is possible with advanced technologies and access to quality data. These are the cornerstones that will allow us to come closer to customized and result-driven services that focus on improving patient health instead of demonstrating the productivity of healthcare services providers, and on compliance with the recommended care standards.
Daniels Pavļuts, Minister for Health of the Republic of Latvia: “The main purpose of healthcare is to care for human health. We are happy that for the second year and together with experts from the entire world, we will have an opportunity to discuss how technologies and innovations can help us in improving the daily experiences of patients, healthcare professionals and researchers. Sound and secure use of data is one of the cornerstones of the long-term development of an advanced healthcare sector.”
Participants will discuss how to ensure access to patient healthcare data, how they can facilitate the work of healthcare professionals and improve the quality of services, as well as how these data can be used in health innovation projects. They will also discuss how public-private cooperation can facilitate introduction of innovation in the healthcare sector. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about examples of innovative healthcare made possible by the most advanced technologies.
“For us, patients, it is very important to have access to quality health care efficiently, quickly, and in the right place – digital solutions would provide that access. Since last year’s summit, we are talking about the challenges in health care more openly and we still are learning how to work together to come up with the best solutions. This summit is an opportunity for everyone to hear opinions from various specialists that represent different medical fields from various countries talking about the best examples in the field and trying to solve the biggest issues that cannot be solved in other ways,” claims Baiba Ziemele, Founder of Patient Organization Network in Latvia and president of Latvian Alliance of Rare Diseases.
Various local and international healthcare professionals and leaders will participate in the summit, including Daniels Pavļuts, Minister for Health of the Republic of Latvia; Magnus Heunicke, Minister for Health of Denmark; Valts Ābols, CEO, Children's Clinical University hospital in Latvia; Prashant Shah, Global Head of Artificial Intelligence, Intel Health and Life Sciences; Karina Sotnika, Head of WorldUpstart Corp; Andrew Warrington, EMEA Healthcare Industry Senior Manager, Microsoft, Andrzej Rys, Director for Health Systems and Products at the European Commission and many others.
Harijs Gals, the founder of the Lung Cancer Patients and Relatives Association, and Baiba Ziemele, Founder of Patient Organization Network in Latvia and president of Latvian Alliance of Rare Diseases will share patient stories.
Several organizations will also take part in the summit and share their experiences on the real-world impact of digital projects on patients’ lives:
– Kristaps Krafte, CEO of Vigo Health: a Latvian-made digital rehabilitation program for stroke patients
– Marina Petrakova, founder and CEO of VREACH, which helps healthcare professionals use virtual reality to treat children with developmental disorders
– Siim Saare, founding partner of the Estonian company Health Founders, which helps new companies develop innovative healthcare ideas.
Participation is free of charge. Prior registration is required. For more information about the summit and the program: http://www.healthdatasummitriga.eu.
The online Health Data Summit Riga 2021: Digital Leap for Improved Patient Care is organized by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia, the National Health Service of Latvia, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia in cooperation with Novartis Baltics, Microsoft Latvia, and Roche Latvija. Partners: Janssen Latvia and Medtronic. Sponsors: AbbVie and Amgen.