TMA-Bridge highly visible at Medetel 2005

TMA-Bridge highly visible at Medetel 2005

31 March 2005
Medetel, the International Trade Event and Conference for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health, will be held once again in Luxembourg starting 6th April 2005. This year the Telemedicine Alliance (TMA) will be playing a major role: an entire 2.5-hour plenary session on the opening morning will be dedicated entirely to the findings of TMA-Bridge during the first phase of this project.

At 11:00, after the opening speeches, TM Alliance will chair a session titled: “Trans-National Interoperability in eHealth: Facing the Challenges and Overcoming the Barriers”. The TMA team and invited participants from the recently held eHealth Interoperability Workshop at ESTEC on 18-19 March 2005, will be presenting their findings. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion made up of the presenters and invited key persons.

TMA-Bridge Session at Medetel
The session will present a coherent picture of interoperability in eHealth, with examples across the various types of services, and analyses of the challenges and roadblocks to eHealth implementation, identifying the gaps, and concretely recommending the way ahead. The approach will be holistic, viewing the problems of technical interoperability along the different frameworks, such as organisational, cultural and policy. Moreover, the TMA approach will be trans-national because our aim is that the various systems now being developed in the different countries and regions can communicate with each other; so that the solutions offered will also have a broad trans-national market for applications; that the European citizen, patient, health practitioner may receive and provide services across national borders.

The presentations will link the broad topics such as technical standards and semantics with certification, accreditation, organisation, reimbursement and even cultural differences. The underlying philosophy is that unless the problems are viewed holistically and the approaches coordinated openly and trans-nationally, there will be little progress in this exciting and challenging arena.

11h00 - 13h00 - Presentations:

  1. TMA-Bridge: “Laying the Foundations for Citizen-Centred eHealth” - James Kass
  2. eCare: “Providing eHealth for the Mobile Citizen” – Niels Rossing
  3. eHealth Standards: "Communicating Across Borders" - Gunnar Klein
  4. eAdmin: “Administration is not Boring” - Stephan Schug
  5. eSurveillance: “Preparing a European Response to Health Risks”– James Kass
  6. eEducation: “Citizens Informing Themselves about eHealth”– Clive Tristram
  7. "A common umbrella for I2-Health, TMA-Bridge and related projects" - Stephan Schug
  8. "European eHealth in a WHO perspective" - JC Healy

13h00 - 13h30 - Panel Discussion:

“Putting It All Together”– Moderator: Niels Rossing

The Way Forward

The presentations will look at the requirements for establishing the groundwork for removing the barriers to interoperability between systems and will make recommendations on to proceed along the road to successful eHealth implementation in Europe.


Related links

 •  Med-@-Tel Luxemburg (
 •  TMA-Bridge presentations & Conference programme (

Related news

 •  TMA-Bridge Interoperability workshop (

More information

 •  TMA-Bridge Team Members (