In 2016, the Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network (TTRN) published a vision paper on digital health entitled “Personalized Telehealth in the Future: A Global Research Agenda”. The aim of the paper was to develop a strong evidence base of successful, innovative digital health solutions that could lead to scalable and sustainable digital health programs. The coronavirus outbreak was first reported towards the end of 2019 and was soon declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, treating patients remotely is no longer a matter of convenience. Remote treatment has become imperative for digital health stakeholders, organizations and providers. There is a vital need to understand and provide care in a safe and secure manner. For digital health to be effective, it needs to become a routinely used part of our health system. This requires change in management practices and a redesigning of existing models of care. Two key questions emerge: What have we learned so far about implementing new digital health technologies? And what lessons can be learned that we can use to improve digital health care? In this light, the TTRN are issuing this call for an international conference, to be held in collaboration with the International Society of Telemedicine & eHealth at Aalborg University.
The Novo Nordisk Foundation is supporting the conference, enabling us to invite distinguished scholars to hold keynote speeches and to award grants to youngers researchers to participate in the conference. Hope to see you at the conference.