TMED: Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare
In this year, 2019, we will celebrate our 10-year anniversary at our annual TMED conference. TMED is recognised as a leading international conference in translational and personalised medicine. It continues to bring together leading academic, and clinic researchers whilst showcasing some leading industry in the life and health science arena.
TMED10 will focus on “Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare”. To align with the theme and to mark our landmark 10th year, we are delighted to have Professor Rafael Bengoa open proceedings. Professor Bengoa has been a visionary in his work on “Chronicity” which detailed the need for upheaval of the healthcare system in the Basque, Spain, while he was the Health Minister there. As a result of his change programme in Spain, he was invited to develop a strategy for Northern Ireland known as “Systems not Structures” more fondly popularised as “The Bengoa Report”. We are honoured to welcome Professor Bengoa to TMED10 to deliver his Keynote address on how NI has delivered on his report.
The pressure on healthcare globally is at an unprecedented level. The factors negatively influencing healthcare are many but have been exacerbated by rises in life expectancy, and a growing complex aging population with multiple morbidities. Money is unlikely to be the solution to the ever-growing strain on healthcare exemplified by the NHS where the annual spend has increased every year since its inception 70 years ago.
Instead suggestions have been made that we must find better ways to manage the current budget and indeed save while improving quality of care. To do this will not only require a radical change in the way in which healthcare is delivered but also in the way that healthcare professionals think in terms of embracing change and in the way, healthcare is administered. This can only be realised through co-production between academic researchers in the biomedical and data science space, healthcare professionals, policy makers and notably patients. This interdisciplinary interaction is likely to improve understanding of disease, improve uptake of early diagnostics, improve clinical decision making, improve integration with health informatics, and increase the proportion of patients treated at home or in the community. To change we need to embrace eHealth innovations, digital solutions and understand how to use healthcare data appropriately.
Adoption of these solutions is likely to not only reduce the complications of disease thus avoiding dependence on the traditional health system but may postpone the onset of disease increasing healthy aging. The time is here to develop a value-added ecosystem that integrates the academic and clinical healthcare scientist, with the clinician, with the data scientist, with virtual solutions, with wearable technology, and with social prescribing. Only the policy makers and the patients can drive this revolution to radically change healthcare provision in Northern Ireland and beyond.
We hope that you can be here to join us to listen to some Disruptive Innovators.
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