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Where are we heading – wealthier and healthier in the years to come or just the opposite?

Time: 16:30-17:30 Tuesday 8 November

Venue: Arkaden

What are the chances we’ll be healthier and wealthier in the decades to come? Will eHealth help us? Health is the most important thing in our lives, but people forget about the strong relationship between health and the economy. Can economies sustain our growing expectations? Learn and discuss what the chances are you will be healthier and wealthier in the decades to come, and how eHealth can help.

The population’s health has a significant effect on the prosperity of our nations and vice versa. Although confronted with various challenges during the last few decades, by and large our societies have been doing well and we are healthier and wealthier than in the past. Will, however, this positive trend continue given the new challenges we are and will be faced with? Each of us wants to live a long, healthy and prosperous life – for example, people’s expectations of better health care continue to grow. But we tend to forget how much can change in the coming decades, and how big an impact what is happening now can have on our future lives.

Pressure on the economies in our countries is growing due to a demographic change – an ageing population raises some formidable and fundamental challenges. How can future economies possibly support people’s longer, healthier and equally comfortable lives? How will people and systems adapt to the new realities that will bring new challenges but also new opportunities? Will fewer working-age people be able to support a growing number of retirees? Higher efficiency and cost-effective, smart solutions are a must, not least in the provision of health care. Increasing the application as well as further development of eHealth services is one promising approach but it will require further increased health literacy.

The organisers aim to hold a dynamic event with interesting, down-to-earth presentations as well as lively, moderated discussions between the keynote speakers and the audience. Our renowned speakers will review the current situation with regard to the above aspects as well as outline possible developments in the coming years up to 2030 and beyond. Participants are welcome from various sectors and with various professional backgrounds – both professionals engaged in the implementation of the EUSBSR as well as ordinary citizens will be able to learn and discuss issues close to one’s heart: health, prosperity and their mutual relationship.

This is a great chance to learn and discuss where we are heading – wealthier and healthier in the years to come or just the opposite.
Björn Ekman, PhD, Lund University, Sweden
Prof. Dr. Roland Trill, eHealth for Regions Network, Flensburg University of Applied Sciences
Marek Maciejowski, Director, NDPHS Secretariat


Political seminar

Main organiser: 
Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being
Seminar contact person:
Marek Maciejowski

Seminar partner organisations: 
eHealth for Regions Network

Sub-objective of the EUSBSR:
Increase Prosperity: EUSBSR contributing to the implementation of Europe 2020