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The Institute for Politics and Society, in cooperation with the European Liberal Forum, has the distinct honor of inviting you to the upcoming event organised to discuss the topic of eHealth. This event aims to expand upon the previous discussions held at the Digital Czech Republic conference as the last of this series.

Digitization of health care in the Czech Republic, once again, takes center stage. Despite the development of many diverse digitization projects, some health insurance companies, and selected providers or regions, have only started partial initiatives. System-wide solutions are missing, and for that reason, the government’s National eHealth Strategy was adopted in the autumn of 2016. In the coming years, many national eHealth projects are expected to be implemented, whether as data sharing between healthcare providers, provision of online patient information, or telemedicine development. The first major project is the introduction of mandatory electronic prescriptions starting 1 January 2018.

Although many experts suggest modern medicine is not possible without digitization, part of the medical community refuses to introduce eHealth into the Czech healthcare system. This is despite the fact that digitization of healthcare is currently trending in many developed countries, such as Denmark, the Netherlands, and Estonia. This negative attitude is primarily based on the cost increases associated with digitization, data protection, and the fear of Big Brother.

Are these fears valid? How did countries such as Slovakia or Estonia enter into digitization? What are the positives and negatives of eHealth? What are the benefits and/or risks associated with electronic prescriptions? How can digitization improve communication between the patient and their healthcare provider? How can we ensure data security of health information in our current digital age? Should the government invest in a centralized or decentralized eHealth system?

The speakers are:

Dieter Feierabend, a project leader sustainable social systems & healthcare, NEOS Lab (Austria)

Pavel Vepřek, a leader of the initiative Healthcare 2.0 (Czech Republic)

The event will take place on 9 November 2017 as a business breakfast, and will be moderated by Adam Vojtěch, Member of Parliament, hnutí ANO. The event is held in English without translation service and it is by invitation only.

This is a roundtable discussion organized by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) with the assistance of the Institute for Politics and Society, and co-funded by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of the program, or for any use that may be made of it. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/or the European Liberal Forum.