Heads were smoking today by 4 pm in the grand Marriott Bucharest meeting room, where the 30 participants of  the Silicon Trust eHealth workshop had gathered to present, discuss and analyse the requirements and challenges of European eHealth systems.

Presenters included Noel Nader from the French Sesame-Vitale, Erwin Bartels from the German Ministry of Health as well as the Silicon Trust Executive Members Infineon, Giesecke & Devrient, Gemalto and the German BSI. The day was essentially split into two parts: Best case scenarios before lunch and technology requirements in the afternoon. There were many questions from the Romanian side, with participants from the Health Ministry, CNAS, the University of Timisoara.

At the end of the day, all participants agreed that with the upcoming Romanian health and ID projects, the importance is to learn from the European projects already implemented and to look at the success stories (plenty)  as well as the mistakes (yep, also plenty) that have been made in the past.

Here are some of my favourite quotes of the day:

“On a European level, a lack of interoperability of national eHealth systems will result in a mess”

Erwin Bartels, MoH Germany, on cross-border challenges

“Imagine you have a Ferrari but you don’t have highways”

Noel Nader on the Vitale 2 card performance in respect to existing applications

The workshop material can be found here.

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