Cybercrime and medical devices: a growing threat for patients

Cybercrime is an increasingly worrying matter for healthcare organisations. As healthcare is quickly embracing the digital transformation, more and more processes and communications are being digitised. A clear example of healthcare’s vulnerability to cybercrime was WannaCry’s attack to the NHS in May last year, which disrupted operations at approximately one-third of hospitals trusts and around …

How the digital world enhances the patient experience

How the digital world enhances the patient experience will be the title of my talk at the Week of Health and Innovation (WHINN) that will take place in Odense (Denmark) from the 9th to the 11th of October. I will be participating in the track ‘How is digital technology affecting our approach to prevention’ together with …

Data is Power: Will we be able to unleash it?

In a world that has generated 90% of all data over the last two years, health data is an invaluable resource whose potential we are just beginning to explore. The analysis of big amounts of data can help us improve medical outcomes and accelerate research but many questions arise on the road towards a world …

Las directivas europeas del sector Health IT no se sienten lo suficientemente reconocidas

La encuesta de HIMSS Europe realizada a un centenar profesionales femeninas con cargos ejecutivos que trabajan en el sector Health IT (salud y nuevas tecnologías) en varios países europeos ha revelado que no existe suficiente reconocimiento hacia las ejecutivas de este ámbito. Los datos más destacados reflejados en la encuesta son: La mayoría de las …

Pier Health, Barcelona’s new digital health hub

Barcelona Tech City, the startup Mediktor and Fundació Privada Sant Pau  are opening a new digital health (#digitalhealth) hub in Barcelona next September. The initiative was presented on Wednesday 30th of May in the beautiful venue that will host the hub: Sant Pau Art Nouveau site, a stunning architectural site that was Sant Pau Hospital for 500 hundred years. …

Empowering women as leaders in Healthcare IT

There are a great number of female professionals working in the field of Health IT: doctors, nurses, IT professionals, managers, policymakers and more… However, they do not always have the same recognition and opportunities than their male counterparts. It might be because they work in a traditionally masculine field or because they have to overcome …

“The connectivity we have in other aspects of our life has not arrived to healthcare”

Healthcare visionary Lucien Engelen (@LucienEngelen), Director at the Radboudumc REshape Innovation Center (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and Faculty at Exponential Medicine of Singularity University in the US, will be a Keynote Speaker and the Master of Ceremonies at the HIMSS Europe & Health 2.0 Conference next May in Sitges (Barcelona). At Radboud University Medical Center, Engelen and his team carry out …

How to follow the Hematology conference of the year on Twitter

I published a post at the Patient Empowerment Foundation (PEF) blog about the work we (the Foundation) are doing at #ASH17, taking place in Atlanta. The meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) is the biggest hematology conference of the year. I thought it was interesting to talk about the important hashtags in the …

How Barcelona’s Health Becomes Digital

I published this article in Barcinno, an online publication focused on startups in Barcelona. Barcelona and Catalonia are renowned for its powerful life sciences research and the quality of the healthcare system. The country has produced world-leading scientists in the fields of cancer, HIV and other diseases. A powerful research network encouraged and supported by …

Why Estonia is a good place for eHealth

When Estonia became an independent state in Europe in 1991 no one would have thought that in just over a quarter of a century would be known as the “European Silicon Valley”. The Baltic State has developed a sophisticated society in which citizens have digital access to all public services including Health, Education, Legal and …