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Major Health IT Event Opens with Recognition of Most Digitally Mature Hospitals

21 - 22 November 2016, Barcelona, Spain.
The World of Health IT (WoHIT) has opened its doors to over 1,000 healthcare IT professionals from across 25 different countries worldwide. Covering a range of the hottest topics in the industry, from mHealth and cybersecurity to genomics and integrated care, WoHIT has gathered the whole of the European and global eHealth community together.

Steve Lieber, President and CEO of HIMSS and John Rayner, Regional Director of HIMSS Analytics opened the event, held in Barcelona, with recognition of European hospitals who have achieved an exceptionally high level of digital maturity. Tire Devlet Hastanesi in Izmir Hospital, in Turkey was awarded EMRAM Stage, which demonstrates the highest level of digital maturity in a hospital. It is the fourth hospital to ever be awarded in Europe following outstanding EMR integration in all clinical areas, with all medical paper records replaced by digital documentation.

Four other European hospitals were also awarded with an EMRAM Stage 6. Fundacío Hospital Comarcal d’Inca in Mallorca, Spain, Hospital de Cascais Doutour José de Almeida in Alcabideche, Portugal, Hospital Site du Sart Tilman in Liège, Belgium, and Fondazione Poliambulanza Istituto Ospedaliero in Brescia, Italy, all collected their certificates and officially joined the exclusive EMRAM Stage 6&7 Community.

In addition to the EMRAM Awards, Lieber also launched the Kate Granger Awards for Compassionate Care in Europe, named after an English doctor who worked tirelessly to raise awareness around compassion in healthcare whilst undergoing treatment for cancer. The Awards will recognise individuals for seeing health and care "through the eyes of a patient". Keynote speakers such as Richard Daniels, Executive Vice President and CIO at Kaiser Permanente, who addressed consumer-centred care or Dr Zubin Damania, who dove into the ethical challenges of delivering compassionate healthcare, were amongst the highlights. A vibrant show floor featuring different workshops, speeches, and even a robot enabled delegates from across the globe to connect and engage in valuable conversations.

Lieber said: "This event is about giving attendees something truly unique and different - an innovative show floor and conference sessions with some surprises along the way– it should be an event unlike HIMSS has delivered before."

For further information, please visit:
http://www.worldofhealthit.org

About HIMSS Europe
HIMSS Europe is a voice, advisor and thought leader of transformation through health IT. As an independent organisation with innovation at its heart, HIMSS Europe unites and engages key stakeholders across the health and care ecosystem through events, media, analytics and communities that are focused on helping healthcare systems to define their IT strategies meanwhile supporting the healthcare industry to improve its services.

By offering a high quality, Pan-European platform to collaborate and exchange best practice, news, information and data, HIMSS Europe has a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health and care and deliver more effective patient outcomes.

Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 64,000 members, 640 companies and over one million HIT network of key influencers that drive innovation across the world.

About WoHIT
The World of Health IT (WoHIT) Conference & Exhibition will be taking place on 21 - 22 November 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. The event will gather top European healthcare stakeholders and will be the meeting point for the entire eHealth ecosystem.

Through a number of educational sessions with the most experienced speakers to learn from, together with a series of workshops, hospital tours and an interactive exhibition floor, this unique event addresses best practices, practical solutions and cutting edge developments in eHealth.

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