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HIMSS and Health 2.0 take the most influential digital health conference to Finland

  • Finland will host the top event in June 2019
  • HealthTurku is one on the supporting partners
  • The event will connect the players in the field of health and care

Following a successful collocated event in Sitges in May 2018, HIMSS and Health 2.0 continue to strengthen their ties and have chosen Finland, one of the most innovative countries worldwide, to host the 2019 conference.

The HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference will be held on 11-13 June 2019 in Helsinki. The conference will bring the best of both worlds: HIMSS’ knowledge, expertise and thought leadership in healthcare digitisation and Health 2.0’s network of entrepreneurs and investors, showcasing the latest cutting edge and innovative health tech solutions.

Over the course of the three days, the conference will focus on five overarching topics:

  • Integrating health and social care
  • Enabling homecare for healing and ageing in place
  • Promoting a secure, ethical and actionable flow of data for prevention, population health management, personalized health and research
  • Beyond the AI buzz: what can AI deliver today and are we really ready
  • Opportunities and challenges of opening innovation

The three-day event is supported in conjunction with a number of Finnish organisations, including: The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, SITRA (The Finnish Innovation Fund), Business Finland, The City of Helsinki, The University of Helsinki, HUS Helsinki University Hospital, OuluHealth, HealthTurku and Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre.

Antti Kivelä, Director, Capacity Renewal, SITRA, said: “Finland is one of the leading countries in innovation, data and healthcare, and we look forward to sharing our journey at the conference next year. HIMSS and Health 2.0 always put the patient and the citizen in the driver’s seat when discussing health and care. This is a vision we fully support in Finland, and is one of the reasons we are delighted to be hosting next year’s flagship digital health event”.

The HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference will provide a unique opportunity to connect the players in the field of health and care. Networking and bringing like-minded professionals together is one of the main objectives of the conference.

Bruce Steinberg, EVP for HIMSS International, said: “The Nordic region is one of the most socially advanced and digitally mature regions worldwide. Taking our conference to Finland is an absolute privilege, and will give many of us the opportunity to learn from groundbreaking digital health transformation first hand.

“Bringing HIMSS & Health 2.0 under the same roof in Europe has proven to be the key ingredient for success. Health 2.0 attracts entrepreneurs, investors and healthcare business executives showcasing new product demos. HIMSS Europe brings high-level decision makers and thought leaders to the conversation. Together, in addition to engaging with each other, hearing about real best practices and learning new skills, delegates will get a unique chance to see some of the technologies that are making a positive difference to patients right now”.

Pekka Sivonen, Executive Director of Digital Transformation, Business Finland, added:

“We currently have over 500 high-tech companies in the health sector as well as hundreds more in the ICT sector that  develop solutions for healthcare; and this number is growing more than 10% annually. The Finnish healthcare reform is the most significant in history across the globe. In addition, we are redistributing all finances and pushing through 140 new laws, including a first-in-world law of the secondary use of social and health data and genome law.”

Dr. Minna Hendolin, Director Health and Wellbeing, Business Finland, said:

“Currently 98 % of our health data is in digital format and in coming years 10 % of Finland’s population will be genotyped. We have a tremendous story to tell the visitors of the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference in June 2019.”

The conference is expected to gather thousands of professionals in the healthcare sector and the digital health start-up ecosystem. The event will feature world-class speakers who will address the hottest topics in digital health today. The event will also be a platform which will offer guidance and a roadmap based on future trends, with the common goal of improving healthcare through information and technology together.

More information about the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference can be found on the website: