Riding the Wave of eHealth Technologies

The 2001 eHealth Developers' Summit

The emerging eHealth sector strives to harness information and communication technologies, especially the Internet, to improve health and health care. The 2001 eHealth Developers' Summit took place on November 14–16, 2001, in Aptos, Calif. The summit aimed to enhance communication and collaboration among eHealth developers and other stakeholders.

Key Results

  • The summit drew 120 participants representing technology companies, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, eHealth companies, health care organizations, academic institutions, government agencies, major investors and major foundations.

    Participants reported that they made a median of five new contacts that they thought would result in a future eHealth collaboration.
  • Topics covered at the summit included:
    • Promoting eHealth Adoption, Dissemination and Integration
    • What Works in eHealth? Lessons Learned
    • Open Source, Standards and Collaborative eHealth Development
    • Commercializing eHealth: What Are Purchasers/Sponsors Looking For?
    • Funding and Sustaining eHealth Development Efforts

A summary report, ehealth after the "Bubble" Period: Focusing on the Value Proposition, can be found at the eHealth Institute's Web site. See the Bibliography for more details. The 2002 eHealth Summit is scheduled for November 6–8 in Tempe, Ariz.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a grant of $60,000.

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