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Health Symposium

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Medicine is standing at a crossroads: Shifting medical requirements and society's needs demand for fundamental decisions. Technological innovation and scientific progress offer unprecedented opportunities. Health systems have to decide which developments are useful, ethical and affordable for our societies today and tomorrow.

Under this year's general topic "At the Crossroads" the Alpbach Health Symposium will use interactive processes to identify scenarios and concepts for a future-proof health system. Experts will provide insights into the ever-increasing abstraction and synthesising of human nature brought about by big data, genetics and brain research. In a unique interdisciplinary setting, participants from all sectors of the health system will identify realistic solutions at national and European levels.

 
Time: August 18, 09.00 h to August 19, 19.00 h
Venue: Congress Centre Alpbach (Plenary, Breakout und Partner Sessions),
Hotels (Partner Sessions)
Language: English and German (simultaneous translation of Plenary Sessions)

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Health Symposium

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17.08.2014

18:00 - 21:00 Reception Social

18.08.2014

07:00 - 07:15 Opening Plenary
07:15 - 10:00 Abstracting and Synthesising Human Nature Plenary
10:00 - 10:15 Introduction to the Breakout Sessions Plenary
11:00 - 12:00 Debate: Abstracting and Synthesising Human Nature Plenary
11:45 - 12:00 Eleven Questions for the Future of the Austrian Health Care System Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 01: Using Big Data to Create a Citizen-Oriented Healthcare System by 2025? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 02: Big Data – Self-Determined Individual Health Behaviour or Skilful Manipulation? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 03: Is Data Protection an Obstacle to the Further Development of Our Healthcare System? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 04: Predictive Genetics – The Right to Know or Not to Know? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 05: Genes Are Unfair – Who Has to Suffer the Consequences? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 06: The Individual Genome – Fate, Opportunity or Obligation? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 07: Doping for the Brain – Individual Freedom or Social Responsibility? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 08: The Findings of Brain Research – A Blessing or a Curse? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 09: Neurosciences and Brain Research – What Do We Make of New Findings? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 10: Health Promotion – Easier Said than Done. What Can Health Promotion Contribute to Public Health by 2025? Breakout
12:00 - 14:00 Breakout Session 11: Reorienting Health Services – From Cure to Prevention Breakout
14:30 - 15:15 Consolidation and Evaluation of the Future Scenarios Breakout
16:00 - 19:00 Reception on the Hill Social
19:30 - 20:30 Theatre Performance: Free Association Culture

19.08.2014

02:30 - 06:00 Sunrise Hike with Peter Habeler to Gratlspitz Social
07:00 - 08:45 Future Scenarios for the Austrian Healthcare System 2025 Plenary
09:15 - 11:00 Modernising Communication in Primary Healthcare Plenary
11:15 - 12:45 Health Talk – Nutrition 2.0 Social
13:30 - 15:00 Partner Session 03: How much Evidence-Based Medicine is Appropriate? – The Example of Austria Partner
13:30 - 15:00 Partner Session 02: Tyroleans are Healthier. But Why? Partner
13:30 - 17:00 Partner Session 04: Can Chemical Leasing Improve Hygiene Management in Healthcare? Partner
13:30 - 15:00 Partner Session 01: Healthy Choices – Promoting Healthy Behaviour Partner
15:30 - 17:00 Partner Session 05: Cross-Border Healthcare in Practice – Patients’ Rights in the EU Partner
17:00 - 18:30 Vienna Lectures: “Brainier, Better, More Beautiful… – Can Humans Be Optimised?” Culture