Vlerick Healthcare Conference 2020

Category: Alumni Events

DO WE DARE TO GO DIGITAL IN HEALTHCARE?

The 7th edition in a new, digital format

New technologies and digital opportunities in healthcare are emerging at the speed of light, but it is still difficult to implement these advancements. How are we reconciling the potential of AI with the ethical concerns it poses? How does the need for an agile mindset fit with current e-health offerings and organisational structures, especially in extreme circumstances like a pandemic? How come the call for data ecosystems faces barriers before being actionable?

Join the 7th Vlerick Healthcare Conference in a renewed, digital format on Thursday, 12th Nov. Pick 1 of our 3 tracks and discover insights from state-of-the-art speakers. Dare to join our Pilot Project Design Competition! You’ll get teamed up with other participants for a unique, interactive, networking experience.

Starting this year, our new Vlerick Alumni Healthcare Club is organizing this event. However, the Healthcare Conference stays open to all professionals with an interest in healthcare management.


WHEN?
Thursday, 12 Nov 2020


TIME?
9 AM - 6 PM


WHERE?
Virtual


FOR WHOM?
Healthcare and Life Science professionals

PROGRAMME

PILOT PROJECT
DESIGN COMPETITION

9 AM - 1 PM

What should you expect?

  • A 4-hour pilot project challenge, solving a problem in healthcare, based on your track 
  • Support from Vlerick faculty and subject matter experts to exchange insights 
  • An in-depth networking experience to share expertise and ideas

How will it work?

  • Participants will be matched with other participants in their track of choice 
  • Together you and the team will define and sketch a high-level pilot project (a future test case to assess potential value for the healthcare system) 
  • Questions to tackle: What problem to solve? How to solve? Which stakeholders to be involved? What operational and financial implications to consider? How to measure success? Within what timeframe? 
  • The pilot project can be process, product, device, or business-model oriented, including a digital element

The most promising pilot projects will be selected and presented to the track’s broader audience in the afternoon and a winning team will be chosen by a vote. The Vlerick Alumni Healthcare Club has the ambition to push the winning projects towards policy makers.

CONFERENCE
PRESENTATIONS
2 PM - 6 PM

 What should you expect?

  • A plenary talk by Philippe De Backer, Federal Minister of Digital Agenda, who will share his view on the digitization of healthcare, its opportunities but also challenges 
  • Participants split according to their track indicated during registration 
    • The latest insights from two expert speakers (or opinion leaders) per track 
    • Participants are invited to reflect and interact 
    • A selection of pilot studies originated from the morning session, centred around the track theme 
    • A Q&A session, followed by a participants’ vote to choose the winner of the pilot project per track 
  • An interactive, digital networking moment at the end of the conference

TRACKS

TRACK 1: THE ETHICAL ALGORITHM

As artificial intelligence and digitization advance and take over aspects of the human function, questions arise on how to incorporate ethical behaviour. Being aware of privacy and fairness issues and handling them, when decisions are digitized, is crucial. How to embed human principles into AI systems without halting data-driven scientific exploration? Are you ready to envision and embrace a future with digitized ethical behaviour?

In this track we will touch upon:

  • the societal consequences of AI-supported Track & Trace algorithmic behaviour for Covid-19-like infectious diseases
  • the strategic interaction between users, data, and algorithms in data-driven scientific discovery
  • issues such as transparency, accountability, and even algorithmic morality

You can find out more about some of the ethical concerns in AI in this video.

TRACK HOST: Olivia Herd (EMBA Class 2020, Vlerick Alumni Healthcare Club Steerco member)

SPEAKERS:

COACHES FOR THE PILOT COMPETITION:

  • Prof Lode Lauwaert, Technology philosopher (KU Leuven Institute of Philosophy)
  • Prof Walter Van Dyck, Professor Technology & Innovation Management (Vlerick Business School)
  • More to be announced soon...
TRACK 2: E-GILITY: AT THE CROSSROAD BETWEEN AGILITY AND EHEALTH

The Covid-19 pandemic revealed that healthcare can be vulnerable and that the current systems and governance are rigid. New processes and directives materialize slowly and at the expense of society. The uncertainty in disease patterns, technological advancements, demographics, budgets, etc. calls for a more agile mindset of the entire eco-system. Digital solutions act as a catalyst in improving agility and enabling progress.

In this track you will:

  • get inspired by the Bernhoven Hospital (The Netherlands) case
  • find out how they managed to integrate the hospital with other healthcare providers in their region to deliver patient-centred care
  • participate in an open discussion on eHealth-policy in Belgium

TRACK HOST: Pieter Verdickt (EMBA Class 2018, Vlerick Alumni Healthcare Club Steerco member)

SPEAKERS:

COACHES FOR THE PILOT COMPETITION:

TRACK 3: LEGISLATION, MONEY OR IT - BARRIERS OR EXCUSES TO DATA SHARING

Real-world data has become the new currency in healthcare, with a wide range of applications and benefits for patients, industry, healthcare providers and payers. It can optimize clinical decision making, R&D strategies and health policy. Despite this, stakeholders have tried to share data for years now, but with limited results.

In this track we will:

  • question why we tread water while the Finns apparently move forward
  • ask how hospital providers evaluate and act
  • explore which stand different stakeholders take
  • learn from this discussion and face the true barriers of data sharing

TRACK HOST: Sofie Theunissen (EMBA Class 2017 and President of the Vlerick Alumni Healthcare Club)

SPEAKERS:

  • Antti Piirainen, Head of Communications (Findata – Health and Social Data Permit Authority; Finland)
  • Prof Frank Rademakers, Professor (KU Leuven Faculty of Medicine) and Director of Medical technology and Innovation (UZ Leuven)

COACHES FOR THE PILOT COMPETITION:

  • Prof Frank Rademakers, Professor (KU Leuven Faculty of Medicine) and Director of Medical technology and Innovation (UZ Leuven)
  • Prof Brecht Cardoen, Professor in Technology and Operations Management (Vlerick Business School)
  • Dr Karen Crabbé, Expert Economics & health data policy (Pharma.be)
  • More to be announced soon...

PRACTICAL INFO & REGISTRATION

You can register for the Vlerick Healthcare Conference 2020 via the button below. If you would only like to join the conference presentations, you can indicate so in the registration form.

Special offer* for Vlerick alumni: When registering for the Healthcare Conference, you’ll get a free 1-year alumni membership on top!
* We want to give alumni non-members a taste of the alumni membership, this offer is therefore only valid for alumni who are not yet members at the time of registration for this event.

We thank our alumni partners for their continuous support.