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EHRA Summit 2010

E-health and personalised health care in arrhythmias


The annual Summit of the European Heart Rhythm Association ( EHRA ) on e-health and personalised health care in arrhythmias took place at the European Heart House in Sophia Antipolis on 22-23 March 2010. It further reinforced an existing discussion platform with the Working Groups in Electrophysiology and Cardiac Pacing and / or National Societies. The summit aimed not only at productive discussion and valuable feedback to guide the EHRA activities, but also to weave stronger links to efficiently work together. This step is critical for EHRA to reflect the needs of its members in its activities.


Unpreceded affluence at EHRA Summit 2010

97 Participants!

With its 97 participants, the EHRA Summit provided valuable lectures thanks to the presence of 23 speakers and created interactive discussions among the audience, including 36 representatives from National Societies and Working groups in Electrophysiology from 34 ESC member countries and 23 representatives from Industry.

Prof. P. Vardas, EHRA President


View a presentation of the EHRA Summit 2010 in Budapest, Hungary.

EHRA Summit 2010: Future prospects 

This two-day Summit on "e-health and personalised health care in arrhythmias" had the ambitious aim to raise discussions around new technologies and bring into focus Cardiology as indissociable from  "E-Health" in the future.
More precisely the Summit focused on topics such as:

  • Critical issues in e-health Adoption
  • Telemonitoring in arrhythmias and Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM ) devices which gave the working group representatives from France, Germany, Finland and Italy to share their experience
  • The development of e-health in the field of cardiovascular medicine
  • Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM ) Devices and Telemonitoring

The breakout sessions on the second day split the attendees into 3 Task Forces to go further into discussions and stress the importance of Telenursing, Telemonitoring and Telecare for the future.

EHRA Summit 2010: Another successful meeting 

This year’s topic on "e-health and personalised health care in arrhythmias" had a tremendous impact on the attendees (read take home messages below) and certainly sowed the seed for a new era.

C.Blomström Lundqvist, A. Auricchio

EHRA has then fulfilled its goal and contributed once again to "improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death". 

Take home messages : "I love my EHRA !"

Most of the comments that were collected from the survey that the EHRA Team sent after the Summit, reflects the awareness that E-Health medecine opens new perspectives for patients and that actions has to be taken to make reality comes true.

Below you will find a few comments collected from the survey sent to all attendees after the Summit:  

  • Multidisciplinary research is the future for research on rhythm and disrhythm.
  • That it is perfectly possible to fill two days with one rather specific topic and that this nevertheless provides exiting and very relevant insights.
  • E-health will become more and more important in future.
  • IT and Health Care Professionals need to work even closer together.
  • The future of medicine is through telemedicine. But there are still many difficulties to overcome to make telemedicine a reality of everyday life.
  • That interaction between engineers, legal people and clinicians is a necessary means of communication to improve patient care.
  • I love my EHRA!
  • This year very interesting topic was e-health that needs to be applied in my country and region in the future.
  • It is e-health era in front of us.
  • Both the usefulness and the complexity of e-health and telemonitoring: the technology advances, but our health care systems lag behind in how best to organise care to take advantage of this. The evidence base still needs to be developed, and we need to thoughtfully address issues of reimbursement, roles of various providers, and education/support for patients.
  • E-health is an opportunity to be exploited more widely.EHRA has an opportunity to be the real European coordinator of technical, legislative and funding initiatives for heart rhythm related disorders.
  • E-health has an impressive future.  We can and should work together for improved patient outcome.


E-health and personalised health care in arrhythmias in Sophia Antipolis:  The EHRA Summit was the fourth meeting between the European Heart Rhythm Association and the Presidents and Chairpersons of the all Working Groups on Electrophysiology, Arrhythmias, Cardiac Pacing and Heart Rhythm of the ESC National Societies.

Day 1

Time slotTopicSpeakerTiming
12:00-13:00 Arrivals / Buffet lunch    
13:00 - 13:30 Introductory part
Welcome address and meeting objectives
 P. Vardas  15' 
   Introduction  C. Wolpert  15'
13:30-14:30 Keynote Lectures    
   Chairs : P. Vardas / J. Brugada    
   - From e-Health to m- and p-health  L. Gatzoulis  30'
   - Personal Health Systems: a roadmap to 2020  C. Cadagnone  30'
14:30-15:30 Roundtable 1    
  Chairs: A. Aurricchio / C. Blomstrom-Lundqvist    
  Developing large-scale eHealth programmes    
  - Telemedicine toolkit: defining the terms N. Denjoy 20'
  - Ambient Assisted Living T. Norgall 20'
  - Cross Border provision of Health Care F. Linden 20'
15:30-15:50 Coffee break    
15:50-17:10 Roundtable 2    
  Chairs: M. Schalij / Z. Fras    
  Critical issues in eHealth Adoption    
  - Interoperability standards for remote health monitoring C. Chronaki 20'
  - Security & Trust M. Dacier 20'
  - Renewing health - evaluation, outcome & cost R. Mantovan 20'
  - Cost evaluation of telemonitoring M Siebert 20'
17:10-17:40 Discussion forum    
17:40-18:10 Keynote Lecture    
  Chairs: S. Priori / E. Rowland    
  - Legal issues in telemedicine P. Wilson 30'
18:10-19:10 Country focus    
  Chairs: N. Bruining / R. Hatala    
  Telemonitoring in arrhythmias and CRM devices - National experiences    
  - Finland P. Raatikainen 15'
  - France P. Mabo 15'
  - Germany M. Oeff 15'
  - Italy R. Ricci 15'
19:10-19:45 Summing up    
19:45 Transfer to the hotel    


Day 2

Time Slot TopicsSpeakers Timing

09:00-09:30  Keynote Lecture    
   Chairs: D. Wood / R. Cappato    
  Bridging the chasm between ICT specialists and clinicians  W. Ed Hammond  30'
09:30-10:30  Roundtable 3    
   Chairs: L. Kappenberger / J. Morgan    
   The development of E-Health in the field of cardiovascular medicine    
  - Sensor Future in Arrhythmias E. McAdams 20'
  - Microsystems and pHealth A. Lymberis 20'
  - Smart fabrics - interactive textiles H. Reiter 20'
10:30-10:45 Coffee break    
10:45-12:00 Roundtable 4    
  Chairs: R. Sutton / P. Della Bella    
  CRM Devices and Telemonitoring    
  - Where the industry stands today    
  Biotronik A. Heissel 15'
  Boston Scientific M. Antonucci 15'
  Medtronic B. Schreiner 15'
  Sorin P. Genelot 15'
  St Jude Medical C. Vincent & B. Kershaw 15'
12:00-12:45 Lunch    
12:45-14:15 Break out sessions    
  Proposal for the 3 break out task forces    
  Break out task force 1
Chairs: C. Deaton / K. Siebens
"Telenursing: Developments and possibilities in reducing the use of expensive healthcare services, reducing hospital admissions, spreading limited resources over a large population"
  Break ou task force 2
Chairs: P. Giannuzi / P. Kirchhoff
"Telemonitoring and CRM devices: the roadmap of the next decade"
  Break ou task force 3
Chairs: G. Boriani / H.Heidbuchel
"Telecare in arrhythmias. Will it prove practical and affordable for the health providers ?"
14:15-14:45  Report back from the break out sessions    
14:45-15:15 Open Discussion Forum    
15:15-15:30 Closing comments P. Vardas