Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves was a keynote speaker at the event "Health and Wellbeing Technologies: What Needs, Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Autonomous Region of Madeira in the Digital Economy Era?". In his speech he highlighted the relevance of the implementation of the Madeira ICU Hub integrated into the Madeira Digital Health and Wellbeing initiative as a reference for Europe in best practices of telehealth in the advent of Covid-19 pandemic.
The event was attended by important government and health authorities, including The Secretary of Health of Madeira Dr. Pedro Ramos and the Rector of the University of Madeira Professor Silvio Fernandes. Jardim-Goncalves' presence as a key speaker was an important addition to Madeira's digital health and well-being initiative.
Madeira's digital health and well-being initiative aims to promote the application of digital technologies to health and well-being. The scope of the initiative goes far beyond the dissemination of research results, but also encompasses the demonstration and implementation of technology as a real means of facilitating engagement and adherence in RAM. The initiative is intended to act as a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences, establishing links with regional stakeholders and contributing to building a strong and involved community of citizens, healthcare professionals and technology providers.
ICU4COVID is in full implementation in the Hospital of Madeira and its health centers, including Porto Santo island. The Secretary of Health highlighted the extreme importance of ICU4COVID for the population of Madeira island, as an European ultra-peripheric region.