Highlights from Day 1 of the Digital Health and Wellness Summit 2018

28 February 2018

Barcelona, Tuesday 27 February 2018

Data: The future of hospitals? Highlights from Day 1 of the Digital Health and Wellness Summit 2018

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With digital health being touted as the solution to the challenges facing healthcare systems around the world the #DHWS18 commenced today with 200 delegates hearing from experts in the fields of digital mental health, Artificial Intelligence (AI), behaviour change, Smart Healthy Cities, investors and digital health experts.

The use of AI in cancer research is increasing productivity by 10x per year, says Artificial Intelligence expert  Ken Bradberry, Senior Vice President of Managed Service and Innovation for the HCI Group. Graphic Processing Units (GPU ) are also now automatically identifying cancer risk- this leap in technology the data it collects equates to a 95% saving on the current cost of genomic tests, as well as quicker and more accurate diagnosis.

From Birmingham, as part of their Smart Health City session, Raj Mack tells us that 90% of data in world today was only created in the last two years. Raj wants this data to improve the economic prosperity and health and wellbeing of our citizens. He’s seeking answers to ensure the right data is being used in the right way by the right person. Birmingham and Barcelona who presented are part of the PULSE project, funded by the European Commission.

Marta Sanchez Prat of Cluster Mental Salut de Catalunya explained that good health is much more than just prescribing different drugs. She explained that there are huge opportunities available in using data and digital to improve #mentalhealth. Not only is this good for citizens wellbeing it’s also a chance  to reduce the burden of #healthcare costs and join up disparate services.

And when we are thinking about transforming hospitals, what are the things we really must include? Cesar Valaso of Vall d’Hebron Hospital asked us to focus on four key areas: 1. #Care integration 2. #Motivation of professionals/ staff 3. Keeping a clear focus on the #patient and finally 4. Ensuring #efficiency and #sustainability.

So far, so good. But one major challenge remains. It’s very easy to talk about change and improvement, but how do we actually get humans to change their behaviour? This was the question posed to Diarmaid Crean, Public Health England; Olivier Krys, Sharecare; and Neil Gomes, Jefferson Health System; and they took the audience on a journey into different approaches to behaviour change. Olivier demonstrated how booking.com and smoking cessation campaigns in France have used behavioural analytics of web and app activity to drive decision making.We can use digital and data to understand more about our populations and support them to make changes.

Shark Tanks

Throughout the day plucky start-ups pitted their wits against a panel of investors and experts, the ‘Sharks’, who considered offers and listened to pitches from entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking funding for their business, products and/ or services in digital health. On Wednesday we see six more start-ups pitching their ideas to the Sharks; come along and see who survives the shark-tank!

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