Innovation for Health 2019

At its core, being an intelligent, data-driven organization requires innovation. Arguably, this innovation is most important in the sectors contributing to societal wellness and healthcare. As technological and scientific advancement continues at a rapid, exponential rate, the right decisions made by the right individuals need to connect the right dots to find healthcare solutions needed by modern society. This is innovation, and this is why the annual conference, Innovation for Health, exists.

On February 14, in Rotterdam, the sixth annual Innovation for Health conference brought together organizations from a wide range of sectors to discuss what innovation means in the context of healthcare. This included not only academic institutions and researchers, but also budding start-ups – such as one that constructed an accurate in silico model of the heart – perfect for Valentine’s Day – as well as government organizations, and companies covering a wide spectrum from technology to patient care.

The conference began with parallel sessions covering a variety of topics such as innovation pitches and value-based healthcare, before opening into a plenary program highlighted by a keynote talk about the future of cardiac care. In his talk, Hank Van Houten of Phillips demonstrated an impressive potential future in healthcare using integrated technologies. This concluded with the work toward the “digital twin” – using medical data and IT knowledge to create anatomically and mathematically accurate models. These models would then be used for healthcare providers to derive visual and scientific insights to find the optimal route forward for each patient, effectively taking an approach used in business intelligence and applying it to medicine. In order to make this exciting future possible, however, open dialogues and new partnerships between scientific, IT and healthcare experts are needed.

Being passionate about the union of digital advancements in health care, Ordina was present to join this important discussion. Ordina is heavily involved in the Life Science industry. IT professionals work together with data scientists, pharmacists, bio-engineers and industry experts to develop solutions and ensure quality through testing and validation. This includes making use of high-throughput RPA approaches and ensuring the handling of appropriate data security & privacy compliance. We believe that ERP systems can help pharmaceutical and biotech companies to work more efficiently and save costs. Additionally, new developments such as the Internet of Things, virtual or augmented reality offer added value in the form of new channels for patient and healthcare provider engagement. The future of healthcare indeed looks bright, and Ordina hopes to leverage our expertise to elevate the societal impact of healthcare innovation by helping healthcare companies be ahead of change.