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Symposium e-CARDIOLOGY 2012 meeting report

ESC Working Group on e-Cardiology - Symposium e-CARDIOLOGY 2012 (March 2012, Osijek, Croatia)

On March 15-17, the ESC Working Group on e-Cardiology organised their first independent symposium in Osijek, Croatia. The Symposium was co-organised with Croatian Cardiac Society. During the past few years the ESC Working Group on e-Cardiology intensified their work and also their collaboration with other communities within the ESC. Besides the usual participation and organisation of symposia at the annual ESC congress, the Working Group organised joint symposia at other congresses as by example during the EUROECHO & other Imaging Modalities congress with the EAE, during the EuroPCR with the EAPCI and during EUROPACE with the EHRA. As those joint symposia were very successful, the Working Group felt it was time to organise an independent symposium.

Prof. Goran Krstacic, recently elected as vice-chairman of the Working Group and president of Working Group on e-Cardiology of Croatian Cardiac Society and dr Enno van der Velde, the President ESC Working Group on e-Cardiology, took the challenging task to organise this symposium in Osijek, Croatia.

After more than a year of hard work, this symposium with 144 registered participants and a good representation of industry was a great success for one of the smaller Working Groups within the ESC (approximately 200 members). The meeting was covered by both national Croatian Television and Radio showing a large regional interest, thanks to the efforts and advertisement by the symposium organising committee.  It shows that going to locations outside Western Europe could be a very good choice, and will give the opportunity to organise and participate in such an event to those interested who might not have the possibilities to do it or to go to locations further away.

For extensive information about the specific objectives of the Working Group and a review of the abstracts please visit the symposium website

As a brief overview, the Working Group has a wide scope of interest promoting and supporting the use of information technology within cardiology. It covers roughly the areas of biomedical signal processing, image processing and medical informatics. It integrates information technology with Clinical Cardiology, with of course as main objective to improve patient care in all its aspects. This mix was very well reflected in the presentations given at the symposium. These presentations were given by the all nucleus members of the Working Group, one member of the Working Group and the 5 cardiologists  from Croatia.

Besides the invited speakers, there was also a poster session which could be visited during the coffee and the lunch breaks.
All the presentations showed the widespread use of informatics within Cardiology.

The symposium started off with a nice opening evening with music, opening words from local administrators and a presentation by the Symposium Director. The second day started with presentations covering the applications of Telecardiology and health information standards and exchange of medical digital data and how complicated that can be. This area is becoming more and more important as we are changing to a complete digital storage and reporting environment in medicine and Cardiology. This was followed up by presentations showing new software approaches/algorithms for both signal processing (e.g. ECG’s) as well for imaging, both invasive as well non-invasive, for improved diagnosis and for evaluation of new treatment methods.

It would take too much space to present a summary of each and every presentation here, so please take a look at the above-mentioned website where you can find the abstracts of all invited presentations and presented posters, and other information related to the symposium. All the presentations are available on the mentioned website as a webcasts.

When we look back at this very successful first symposium on e-Cardiology, the Working Group is now reaching out to its present members and to possible new members to come up with ideas and suggestions for the second symposium to be held in the near future.