Discover more about the IC-Health Final Conference

On 18th October 2018, the IC-Health consortium organised its final conference in Brussels, hosted at the Canary Islands’ Government Representation office. The event allowed the project partners to share the main results of IC-Health with a diverse and engaged audience including representatives from NGOs, private companies and consultancies, academica, institutions and policy makers.

The main aim of the IC-Health was to specifically improve digital health literacy of the population cohorts involved through co-created MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses. Hence the one-day conference presented the actions taken during the process, the results, the methodology, the barriers to achieving the aims and what could be the next steps for the project and for Digital Health Literacy in a broader sense.  The final conference, attended by around 60 participants, was also streamed live on the IC-Health Twitter account (more than 300 visualisation!) and a live-tweet coverage of the event took place with the hashtag #ICHealthEU.

The programme of the conference covered all the different Work Packages activities of IC-Health through presentations by project partners and it was complemented by two panels discussions and ‘live’ presentations of the MOOCs – in addition to a MOOCs demo station available throughout the day.

In the morning of the conference presentations were held on the two-year process of the IC-Health project, current challenges of health literacy, and the co-creation methodology of IC-Health. Following an introduction by the IC-Health Project officer Ramón Sanmartín Sola (Policy & Project Officer European Commission DG Connect – eHealth, Well-being and Ageing; Project Officer IC-Health), Michele Perello (Consulta Europa, Spain) and Lilisbeth Perestelo Pérez (Servicio Canario de la Salud, Spain), from the project coordination team, presented an overview of  the consortium work during the last two years.

In their presentation, they also covered the strategy of creating MOOCs and the five project population cohorts: children, adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, seniors and type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients. Pietro Del Giudice (Universitá degli Studi di Udine, Italy) and Stephan van den Broucke (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium) addressed definition and challenges of health literacy and Digital Health Literacy, providing the audience with a clear background about this crucial topic. The first panel, consisting of Stephan van den Broucke, Ana Toledo Chávarri (Servicio Conario de la Salud, Spain), Raquel Martín González (Universidad de la Laguna, Spain) and Thomas Karopka (ScanBalt, Germany), closed the morning, reflecting and discussing with the audience about the experience of co-created education for digital health literacy.

The key challenges that occurred in the different cohorts were highlighted by each panel member, as well as the reasons behind them, providing the audience with key insights and take home messages on co-creation in practice. During the lunch break participants were able to experience first-hand the MOOCs, with guidance from IC-Health project partners.

After the break, Beatrice Avagnina (Consulta Europa, Spain) and Linda Helene Sillat (University of Tallinn, Estonia) explained in detail how the MOOCs work in practice, with live-demonstration of two of the IC-Health finalised courses. Dewar Finlay (Ulster University, UK) and Michele Calabró (European Health Management Association, Belgium) then shared with the audience trajectories and opportunities for making the most of the project experience, highlighting potential business models and how different external partners could beneficiate from the IC-Health work in the future.

The final panel discussion, moderated by Usman Khan, included panel members: Jan Vertriest (MSD Belgium), David Ritchie (Association of European Cancer Leagues, Belgium) and Kostas Aligiannis (European Patient’s Forum, Belgium). It focused on the role of digital health literacy and health literacy in an empowered society and the future of healthcare in Europe. The discussion received a lot of input and questions from both the panellists and audience, bringing them together on the same topic. Important areas form the audience included how we can continue to refer to IC-Health even after the project is over, the future use of the MOOCs and the interconnection between digitally health literacy and health literacy. The panel members also discussed the importance of the co-creation strategy as the basis for health literacy and joining Europe together and the need to involve all relevant stakeholders when co-creating and investing in digital health.

To know more about the conference and to download media material and much more, head to our dedicated page on ichealth.eu! You will find tweets and photo albums, slides and more!

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