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Vitalis Goes International

Over the last ten years, Vitalis has made its mark as Sweden and Scandinavia's biggest meeting place for eHealth. The upcoming Vitalis 2013 will be an event with a new international character. "We want to reflect the latest, the hottest, the best. So this is the right way to go," said Mia Couture, Business Manager, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre.

Since last autumn, the Vitalis website (www.vitalis.nu) has also featured an English version with sales letters, press releases and a Call for Proposal.

"We've had a fantastic response," said Couture. "To start with, it has led to an entire conference section in English, a dozen or so exhibitors from abroad - more than ever before, and two new US-based Speaker Partners."

"Several foreign companies have realised that the Scandinavian market is well worth looking in to. Happily for us, they've also realised that Vitalis is the right way in."

"Our aim is to put on a really high-class conference. So we're bringing in the best, most relevant speakers - regardless of nationality. It's that simple.

Featuring two global IT groups

This year's Vitalis will feature two global IT groups as Speaker Partners: Cerner, eHealth technology provider, with headquarters in Kansas City; and security specialist Attachmate, headquartered in Seattle.

Lincor Solutions and Imprivata will be just two of the many first-time exhibitors from abroad at this year's Vitalis. And the US company Epic, now establishing itself in Europe, will be exhibiting with us for the third year running, and has booked one of the biggest stands at the fair.

Reflecting eHealth developments in other countries

The English language conference section will reflect eHealth developments in other countries. Highlights will include a talk by Dr Fraser Cummings (UK) who will describe the NHS's (National Health Service) experience of placing the patient at the centre through the development of the patient portal, ePatient. Other don't-miss speakers include Farhana Alarakhiya (US), Hannele Hyppönen (Finland) and Jens Rahbek Nörgaard (Denmark).

André Smits, Attachmate, and Vicent Moncho, Cerner, are two of the other Speaker Partner heavyweights who will give talks in English. In addition, Sweden's Norrbotten County Council will host the topic 'Health 2.0 - The future of healthcare, today.