(Sponsored by: NATO)
PanEuropa – Bulgaria, Research Center for Security, Defense and Peace, and International Development & Technical Assistance LLC of the United States, with the support of NATO Science for Peace and Security Program, organized a three-day international conference entitled “Benchmarking Telemedicine: Improving Health Security in the Balkans”.
This event was a three-day workshop with international innovators and healthcare leaders from government, military, and the private sector within NATO members and partner countries presenting practical information that could be used in participant countries. Attendees included those responsible for implementing telemedicine within the context of their positions in the military or civilian governmental structure, or as healthcare, educational, medical equipment or ICT/telecommunications providers and innovator. The emphasis was on information sharing between participant countries. Results of the meeting were widely disseminated among government, military, healthcare, and academic institutions, as well as NGOs.
The workshop panels addressed significant issues such as cyber security for the implementation of telemedicine; healthcare capabilities of deployed and local medical equipment; learning methods; information sharing among local professionals; prevention and control of infectious diseases; best practices of telemedicine among NATO member and partner countries; integration of telemedicine across regions and borders. In addition, the conference included demonstrations of new technology for telemedicine that addresses NATO concerns.
The event took place on 15-17 November 2016 in Skopje, Macedonia.