Plenary Sessions

First Plenary Session - Monday, 4 November 8:30 - 10:30

Healthcare Digitalization: Instant, On Demand, and Always Connected


Rapid change is characterizing health care systems now. New technologies, discoveries focusing on ensuring integrated and personalized care, and patient empowerment are influencing the way we prevent, diagnose and treat diseases. Experts say that in the years to come major changes will relate not only to technology (robotics, continuous on- and in-body health sensoring, man-made organs, and AI in healthcare decision support), but also to the way care is organized and delivered (telemedicine, hospital redesign, patient empowerment). In addition, the paradigm of healthcare services is shifting from treating illness to sustaining well-being of individuals for whom values, preferences, and expectations vary, making individualized care even more relevant. Within this wide range of developments, digitalization is considered to be the main driver for the way healthcare systems evolve, even at this very moment. Not only will digital technologies influence communication and collaboration within health care systems, but we will learn and discover from data that will be continuously and instantly available. The panel will explore what the objectives, incentives and aspirations of the new players in digital transformation of healthcare are, how the roles of traditional stakeholders in healthcare are changing, and what needs to be done to strengthen the effectiveness of the change efforts in delivering desired results.

Second Plenary Session - Tuesday, 5 November, 8:45 - 10:30

Shaping the Digital Healthcare System



It has been anticipated that within 20 years, 90% of all healthcare professionals will require some element of digital and genomics skills in order to work within a transformed, data-driven healthcare environment. The rapidly changing environment requires that transformation of healthcare structures, processes, policies, practices is thought through and implemented already now in order to ensure the quality, sustainability, and fairness of the healthcare system. In this session we will explore how the key ‘actors’ in healthcare systems are adapting to the technological developments in healthcare (e.g. genomics, artificial intelligence, digital and real-time medicine, robotics) to deliver more productive, more effective and more personal care for patients. Each speaker will outline the new policies, processes and skill sets they are developing to deliver this digital healthcare system change. The panel will then debate what it takes to deliver the changes required at pace and at scale for the benefit of patients.


Third Plenary Session - Wednesday, 6 November, 11:00 - 12:30

Big Healthcare Data: Endless Opportunities for Research and Learning

Healthcare data vary from discrete coded data elements to images of diagnostic tests to unstructured clinical notes. Such big data present a tremendous opportunity for the measurement and reporting of quality in healthcare. However, such high volume and high-variety information demand innovative forms of information processing to ensure enhanced insight and decision making. Data analytics applications on predictive modeling, population health, and quality measurement are all moving forward quickly. Predictive modeling can identify the high cost, high risk drivers and allows early intervention and patient management. Continuing quality measurement at the individual patient level can enhance personalized medicine and improve the overall effectiveness of treatment. Big data may also prove a useful tool for supplementing RCT data with real-world data in order to improve our evidence base. Finally, the richness of social media data may provide alternative evidence on life style patterns and mental health issues. The opportunities are vast and the challenges are great. The aim of this plenary session is to inspire.