Prof Dr Paul Dendale
Head of the Department of Cardiology, Jessa Hospital, Hasselt, Belgium
Professor of Cardiovascular Pathophysiology, Hasselt University
President-elect European Association of Preventive Cardiology
How participating in the Congress would benefit the EAPC members?
EAPC members can get the latest results on the use of e-health and telemonitoring in prevention and rehabilitation during this congress. The conference brings together cardiologists, rehab specialists, engineers, and companies involved in this new and growing field, and the interaction between them will promote the development of new ideas for the future.
As a Congress’ Core Faculty member, what are you most looking forward to for this year’s Congress?
As core faculty member, I look forward to the presentation of some long awaited trials of e-cardiology in the field of cardiac rehabilitation and primary prevention. I also want to get a feeling on where technology is heading by speaking to the companies that will present their newest developments. And also I see this conference as a meeting place of people from all over the world with the same interests, so that I can build a strong international network for the multinational randomised trials that are now badly needed.
According to you, what would most help eCardiology and eHealth grow in the very near future? (Has your view changed compared to last year?)
As compared to a few years ago, the most important factors hampering the further development of e-cardiology are being addressed : the ESC has published a position paper stressing the need to develop this field, the European Commission has worked on privacy legislation, more and more knowledge on legal and financial constraints are available. Now we should focus on multinational large randomised trials with the available technology to give final proof of the place of telerehabilitation in the field of cardiology as an adjunct (or replacement?) or classical secondary prevention and rehabilitation programs.