Digital healthcare summit to be held in Rīga in November

On 26 November, anyone who's interested will have an opportunity to participate in the online Health Data Summit Riga 2021: Digital Leap for Improved Patient Care.

The event is organised by the Ministry of Health, the National Health Service and the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia in cooperation with other partners. This is the second annual healthcare data digitisation summit, and its main purpose is to highlight the need for efficient, patient-focused healthcare, as well as to discuss what benefits healthcare innovation can offer to patients, doctors and other healthcare professionals. 

"The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to digitise healthcare and introduce new digital solutions, and to make them interact in order to eventually improve the entire sector and provide comprehensive healthcare to patients when needed. This is possible with advanced technologies and access to quality data. These are the cornerstones that will allow us to come closer to customised and result-driven services that focus on improving patient health instead of demonstrating the productivity of healthcare services providers, and on compliance with the recommended care standards," say the organizers.

Participants will discuss how to ensure access to patient healthcare data, how they can facilitate the work of healthcare professionals and improve the quality of services, as well as how these data can be used in health innovation projects. They will also discuss how public-private cooperation can facilitate introduction of innovation in the healthcare sector. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about examples of innovative healthcare made possible by the most advanced technologies.


Daniels Pavļuts, Minister for Health said:

“The main purpose of healthcare is to care for human health. We are happy that for the second year and together with experts from the entire world, we will have an opportunity to discuss how technologies and innovations can help us in improving the daily experiences of patients, healthcare professionals and researchers. Sound and secure use of data is one of the cornerstones of the long-term development of an advanced healthcare sector.”



Various local and international healthcare professionals and leaders will participate in the summit, including Magnus Heunicke, Minister for Health of Denmark; Valts Ābols, Head of the Association of Large Hospitals of Latvia; Prashant Shah, Global head of Artificial Intelligence for Health and Life Sciences (HLS) at Intel Corporation; Karina Sotnika, Head of WorldUpstart Corp; Andrew Warrington, EMEA Healthcare Industry Senior Manager, Microsoft, and others.

Harijs Gals, the founder of the Society of Pulmonary Cancer Patients and their Relatives, and Baiba Ziemele, Board Member of the Global Haemophilia Federation and President of the Latvian Alliance for Rare Diseases will share patient stories.

Several organisations will also take part in the summit and share their experiences on the real-world impact of digital projects on patients’ lives:
– Kristaps Krafte, founder of Vigo Health: a Latvian-made digital rehabilitation programme for stroke patients
– Marina Petrakova from VREACH, which helps healthcare professionals use virtual reality to treat children with developmental disorders
– Siim Saare from the Estonian company Health Founders, which helps new companies develop innovative healthcare ideas.

Participation is free of charge, though prior registration is required. For more information about the summit and the program see: http://www.healthdatasummitriga.eu.

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