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Join XpanDH at the Madeira Digital Transformation Summit 2024

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Funchal, Madeira Island, 24-28 June 2024 — The 2nd Madeira Digital Transformation Summit is set to spotlight XpanDH’s pivotal role in advancing Europe’s digital health landscape. Running from June 24 to 28, 2024, in Funchal, Madeira Island, this Summit aligns with the European Commission’s vision for Europe’s Digital Decade by 2030, centred around the Digital Compass initiative focusing on Government, Infrastructures, Skills, and Businesses.

The Summit will convene leading figures from the European Commission, government, academia, and industry to discuss and shape the EU’s digital strategy. Emphasizing a human-centric digital society, the event will address needs, expectations, and innovative solutions to empower citizens and businesses to innovate and compete on fair terms while achieving climate neutrality.

The Summit will explore various digital transformation areas, including:

  • Health
  • Manufacturing
  • Maritime
  • Smart Cities
  • Energy

Discussions will also cover the development of European Data Spaces and digital services through the European Digital Innovation Hubs.

Key Challenges and Opportunities

The summit will address horizontal challenges to unlocking digital transformation potential, such as:

  • Technical Challenges: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Cybersecurity
  • Societal Challenges: Digital Literacy, Skills, and Social Inclusion

Participants will also be able to engage in high-level discussions and networking, supported by research and innovation cooperation mechanisms, paving the way for the next digital generation.

Featured Workshops by XpanDH

WS106 – Towards Individual Empowerment over Health Data: The Role of the European Electronic Health Record Exchange Format (EEHRxF)

  • Date: 27 June 2024
  • Time: 15:00 & 16:40
  • Location: Lagoon I

This workshop will explore the European Health Data Space (EHDS) and the essential role of EEHRxF, divided into two parts:

  1. Introduction to the EEHRxF as a building block for EHDS, with an analysis of the associated ecosystem and methodologies for evaluating maturity levels in EEHRxF implementation. Participants will engage in an open exercise to identify further efforts, challenges, and barriers.
  2. Discuss mechanisms for secure health data sharing via the xShare project Yellow Button, focusing on the business use cases and requirements identified by the xShare Adoption sites. An open exercise will gather additional requirements from the audience.
  3. An open exercise with the audience will also be operationalised to gather additional requirements. In the end, the results obtained will be wrapped up in order to extract concrete conclusions on what are the necessary steps for accelerating the EEHRxF adoption.
  • Part I: Xpanding EHRxF
    • The EHRxF as a Building Block for the EHDS
    • How to progress with the implementation ecosystem
    • How to assess maturity and evolve
    • Bubbling around the format: results achieved
    • Open exercise: collecting further efforts, challenges and barriers
  • Part II: Enabling safe share of health data
    • The xShare Yellow button for Health data exchange
    • From vision to reality: Adoption sites and overall challenges, aims and requirements
    • Open exercise: confirming requirements and collecting new ones

Speakers include:

  • Henrique Martins, Associate Professor at ISCTE-IUL
  • Carola Schulz, Senior Research Consultant and Project Manager at Empirica
  • Jürgen Brandstätter, Deputy Co-Chair at IHE-Europe
  • Maria Marques, Senior Researcher at UNINOVA
  • Alexander Berler, Consulting Services Director at Gnomon Informatics
  • Orsolya Becze, Senior Principal Counsellor at OKFŐ
  • Michael Johansen, Semantic Interoperability Consultant at MedCom
  • John O’Neill, Senior ICT Projects Officer at HSE Ireland
  • Andreia Pimenta, European Project Manager at Secretaria Regional de Saúde e Proteção Civil
  • Theodoros Solomou, Special Scientist at the University of Cyprus

WS111 – Shaping the Future of Healthcare

  • Date: 27 June 2024
  • Time: 11:00
  • Location: Lagoon I

XpanDH supports an expanding ecosystem of individuals and organizations that are developing, experimenting, and adopting the European Electronic Health Record Exchange Format (EEHRxF) providing a crucial contribution to the EHDS. In the context of healthcare and digital support, the user-experience of both patients and professionals is key for the operation of an ICT solution. The end-result is to reduce any digital divide between stakeholders by understanding practice needs and adopting the EEHRxF. Systematic elicitation of user-perspectives can be achieved through co-creation, which is a collaborative design process where input from end users plays a central role from start to end, creating value from the initial phases of design. In this workshop we will engage with the audience to collect ideas and input on the core areas of EHDS with contributions to the evolving EEHRxF, capturing perspectives of patients, professionals, academia, and programmers either connected to economic operators, start-ups, or SMEs, coming together “communities of doers”, to ensuring adoption of a service or deployed solution.


  • Henrique Martins, Associate Professor at ISCTE-IUL
  • Alexander Berler, Consulting Services Director at Gnomon Informatics
  • Anne Moen, Professor in Health Informatics and Nursing at the University of Oslo

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Join us at these exciting workshops to be at the forefront of digital health transformation and contribute to shaping the future of healthcare in Europe.