Smart buildings & logistics
In recent years huge investments have been made in new hospitals in Belgium. Hospitals also need to becomeintelligent buildings that are managed intelligently andefficiently on the basis of data. How can the technology be used in such a way thatthe hospital of the future will continue to evolve andcontribute to better connected and personalised care for the patient?
Innovation & technology
Technology will have an even greater impact in the near future on the preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities of medicine and healthcare. Modern medicine is increasingly becoming 'evidence based'. The longer and more genetic and clinical parameters become identifiable and measurable, so that we are confronted with an abundance of medical data. The only way to make progress is to innovate in health care. How you do that? What are tricks and pitfalls for a succesfull innovation strategy?
Big data & digital health
Measuring is knowing. A lot of data is available on this. But it is often to fragmented. What used to be kept on paper, is now systematically digitized so that every doctor, nurse but also those involved in primary care have access to the useful and necessary data from the patient file. How far are we going to share data? What is needed to better coordinate data? And how do we eventually get the right insights from that mountain of collected data?
No matter how healthy a person lives, everyone sometimes gets sick or has to be admitted to the hospital. With every intervention or treatment, the intention is to get the patient back to his comfortable home situation as quickly as possible. But even better is to work on preventive and predictive health care, from birth to the end of life. How do hospitals bring about this health continuum? And what does that ultimately yield to the patient?
The job of care providers is different in the hospital of the future. The medical staff will have to develop new skills to get started with the innovations. At the same time, there are many vacancies in health care, how will we implement them and will we also use our human capital in the future?
Finance & health economics
New technologies cost money and require investment. On the other hand, these innovations make the healthcare provider's work easier and more efficient and investments in technology and prevention work in a cost-saving way in the long term. Is our health care still affordable? Is our reimbursement system still in order and to what financing model should we evolve?
Health management, governance & ethics
The digital revolution will change the relationship between the care provider and the patient in a positive way. What are the advantages of the digital revolution for hospitals and society? What is the role of the doctor and other medical staff in a hospital? Is precision medicine the ultimate model? Does every treatment have to be available and possible for every patient? How far must the involvement of the patient go? How can we accelerate that process in the interests of the patient? The importance of ethics will only increase.