Great success for the Digital Health Summit @ Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015

I was going to provide an update pertaining Digital Health Summit @ Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015 when I saw the official update from ECHAlliance, which I’ll re-post;

For the 1st time ever, the Digital Health Summit took place in Shanghai, 15th – 16th of July, during the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015.

The China Connected Health Alliance (CCHAlliance) and the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) are delighted to announce that, thanks to a partnership with the GSM Association (GSMA), this fully booked 2-day conference has been a great success: welcoming more than 250+ global mHealth leaders.

High-level speakers in government, industry, academia and private equity from China and the rest of the world have presented recent developments and exciting initiatives in the Digital Health sector, exploring trends for the future.

Dr Yan Jie GAU from the Ministry of Health of China explained that the Republic of China is currently facing a great challenge regarding the on-going reforms of its healthcare system, due to chronic diseases expansion (260+ millions people), and demographics changes (the current population of 260million over 60s is set to reach 450 million by 2050).

Opportunities are massive, not least in infrastructure (hospitals/housing) construction, chronic disease management programmes and ambient assisted living technologies.

Professor Da Hong HU, Chair of the AiWan Home, which is leading the national elderly care programme, described the on-going initiatives in China to build real cities with smart homes dedicated to elderly people with AAL technologies and community services. The current project aims to construct 10,000 smart homes for elderly people.

These initiatives were supported by other speakers coming from Europe and USA, such as Greg SHAW, Director of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) and Joan CORNET, Mobile World Capital, Barcelona, Spain.

Millard CHIANG and Peter CHAU, Chairman and CEO of CCHAlliance, declared that:

“China could bring high-level skills on technologies and is keen to cooperate with the rest of the world in progressing the Healthcare revolution. China presents huge opportunities for companies, researchers, health professionals and others as we search for solutions that can tackle the challenges that our country is currently facing. The CCHAlliance has been designed to play this role: the platform for innovation and cooperation, and the trusted connector in healthcare!”.

Brian O’CONNOR, Chair of the ECHAlliance said:“For the ECHAlliance members, China is a big opportunity to share know-how, innovative ideas and projects and develop business activities. The partnership built with our sister organisation CCHAlliance, reinforces our role of “Global Connector” for the Health, social care and wellness innovation in the world”.

Several large companies (including Intel, Oracle, Peugeot and Healthways), start-ups/SMEs, researchers and public organisations joined the stage to offer their views on the future of healthcare, the ageing population and on well-being improvement from Europe, USA, China, Singapore, Korea, Australia and Canada, including:


  • Horace HOU, Director, Healthcare Solution, Greater China, Oracle

  • Celine LE COTONNEC, Head for Connected Services, Digital and Mobility, PSA Peugeot Citroen Asian Direction

  • Frank WEI, Chief Architect HSS APAC, Intel China

  • Richard SHUSTER, International Business Development Manager for ITW Security and Brand Identity Group, USA

  • Michael NOVA, Chief Innovation Officer at Pathways Genomics, USA

  • Jun LIU, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer China Sports Industry Group

  • Pamela CAMPBELL, Global Business Development, Teslin® Substrate – PPG Industries, Inc., USA

  • Prof Carol CURRAN, Dean of Life and Health Sciences at Ulster University, Northern Ireland

  • Keith KREISHER, Executive Director of International M2M Council

  • Amy ZHOU, Chairman, America-China Sports Association, Unit Nations Culture & Sports Foundation & American-China Sports Association Inc

  • Mark ENNIS, Director of Intelesens, Northern Ireland

  • Jong-Tae PARK, Professor of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Kyungpook National University, Korea

  • Joan CORNET, Director of “mHealth Competence Center” at Mobile World Capital Barcelona, Spain

  • Adam CHEE, Chief Advocacy Officer at BinaryHealthCare, Singapore

  • Richard ZHOU, CTO of AiWan International Group, China

  • Rav MAHARAJ, Director Business Development Australia, in charge of Asia-Pacific region at Healthways

  • Daidi ZHONG, Professor of Bioengineering, Bioengineering College, Chongqing University, China

  • Hector LUI, President of Medipromos, China

  • Xiaohong QI, Chair at THTI (TIANJIN) Technology Park Management Co., Ltd., China

  • Mariëlle SWINKELS, Strategic Policy Advisor at North-Brabant region, Netherlands

  • Brian GALLAGHER,  Minister-Counsellor and Campaign Strategy Director Life Sciences, Health and Social Care UKTI

  • Joey ZHOU, Trade & Investment manager at Scottish Development International

  • Lisa M. BUTLAND, Director of Innovation and Research at North West Coast of England Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN), England

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