Welcome Note by the eHealth2011 General and Scientific Chairs

Welcome to the 4th International ICST Conference on eHealth. Following a great success of eHealth2008 in London, 2009 in Istanbul and 2010 in Casablanca with high profile presence from WHO and ECDC, the eHealth2011 congress is promising to be an equally unique event fostering discussion between the key stakeholders: academia, industry and the healthcare sector. This year we are expanding the business presence and inviting a wider medical audience. A number of distinguished speakers confirmed their presence including Corrine Marsolier of Cisco, Alberto Tozzi of Bambino Jesu, Rome, Jeremy Nettle of Oracle, Ciro Cattuto of ISI. The public health sector is represented by Anouk Berger of WHO and Josette Najjar of Fondation Merieux. Most importantly, the first keynote speaker is Dr Denis Coulombier from ECDC, the head of the surveillance and epidemic preparedness unit, discussing epidemic intelligence from European agency perspective: and the second keynote is Prof. S. Yunkap Kwankam. We have a great academic programme including papers, demos and posters and a lineup of industry and healthcare speakers confirmed.

The eHealth conference is now on social media. You can follow our Twitter account (@eHealthconf) for the latest updates. We welcome online discussion and feedback – the official hashtag for the conference is #eHealth2011. We also have a Facebook page. And please take a look at our Flickr page for the poster presentations.

This year we are repeating a very popular evening – the "Academic-Industry-Healthcare Speed Networking" event to bring together the three audiences in an effective and enjoyable way.

In the current economic situation it is essential to understand better the financial landscape supporting eHealth research, translational research and healthcare delivery. It has become ever more challenging to secure funding for eHealth and ICT services to improve national and global health. Shrinking national grants, agencies’ budgets and an increased pressure on researchers to create inter-disciplinary teams and deliver results with an impact on society and business interest created a completely new landscape for developing project consortia and partners. For this reason we created a special funding session at eHealth2011. We’re delighted that Jenny Tooth (Director of Angel Capitals) confirmed to deliver a talk at this special funding session.

Patty Kostkova
Scientific Chair
City eHealth Research Centre,
City University,
London, UK
Martin Szomszor
General Chair
City eHealth Research Centre,
City University,
London, UK