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Health Symposium


Today, digitally connected medicine encounters the transparent individual. The ability to understand both genetic as well as digital language opens radical new perspectives on healthcare. The consequences, opportunities and risks to be found in this development are at the centre of the Alpbach Health Symposium 2016. In the health sector, Enlightenment implies the dissolution of outmoded "myths" and a reorientation towards often unusual, complex facts. New medical methodologies and goals change established responsibilities and require fundamental structural reforms of the healthcare system.

Big Data makes new knowledge available; the handling of personal data is, however, a highly sensitive issue. What new tools are emerging as bits and bytes merge with DNA and proteins? What response is needed by the health care system in order to integrate new digital forces into its training and practice? Which success stories offer perspectives on the connected world of the healthcare of tomorrow?

Conclusions of the “Digital Pioneers” sessions from August 22, 2016 as PDF

Health Symposium

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15:30 - 16:15OpeningPlenary
16:15 - 17:30The Best for the Individual – the Essentials for AllPlenary
17:30 - 18:00Meet the Speaker: Heather Dewey-HagborgPlenary
17:30 - 18:00Meet the Speaker: Leroy Hood and Calum MacKellarPlenary
18:00 - 20:00ReceptionSocial


07:00 - 08:30Old and New Myths in MedicinePlenary
08:45 - 10:00Redefining Competences in an “Enlightened” Healthcare SystemPlenary
10:00 - 10:30Introduction to the Themes of the Breakout SessionsPlenary
12:00 - 12:15Digital Pioneers in the Health SectorBreakout
12:15 - 15:00Breakout Session 01: Dexhelpp – Decision Support for Health Policy and PlanningBreakout
12:15 - 15:00Breakout Session 02: Active@Home – Playful Training for People With DementiaBreakout
12:15 - 15:00Breakout Session 03: Ipso-Ecare – a Human-Powered Empathy Engine at ScaleBreakout
12:15 - 15:00Breakout Session 04: healthbank – A Citizen-Owned Health Data Transaction PlatformBreakout
12:15 - 15:00Breakout Session 05: GivMed – Help Others Using Your Smartphone: Medicine Donations RedefinedBreakout
12:15 - 15:00Breakout Session 06: MyMind – Leveraging Technology to Innovate the Landscape of Mental Health CareBreakout
12:15 - 15:00Breakout Session 07: AnneEli – Multilingual Digital Assistance for a Healthy PregnancyBreakout
12:15 - 15:00Breakout Session 08: xMEDx – Online Consultancy from PhysiciansBreakout
12:15 - 15:00Breakout Session 09: Be My Eyes – Connecting the Visually Impaired with Seeing PeopleBreakout
12:15 - 15:00Breakout Session 10: Video Interpreting in the Health SectorBreakout
12:15 - 15:00Breakout Session 11: dacadoo – Health and Lifestyle CoordinatorBreakout
15:00 - 18:00Reception on the HillSocial


02:30 - 06:00Sunrise Hike with Peter Habeler to GratlspitzSocial
07:00 - 08:45Digitised Medicine: Can More Data Improve Healing?Plenary
09:15 - 11:00Electronic Patient Data in Clinical RoutinePlenary
11:15 - 13:00Health Talk: Nutrition, Health & Co – a Mouseclick Away?Social
13:30 - 16:00Partner Session 01: Vaccination in Austria – Status Quo and Quo VadisPartner
13:30 - 17:00Partner Session 02: Connected Health Care – the Future of Patient ManagementPartner
13:30 - 17:00Partner Session 03: Diabesity – Individualised Medicine Versus Macro EnvironmentPartner
13:30 - 15:00Partner Session 04: The Best Health Care System in the World. Myth or Fact?Partner
13:30 - 15:00Partner Session 05: Generation GPartner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 06: World Café on Possible Benefits of the Implementation of ELGA in AustriaPartner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 07: Health and MigrationPartner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 08: The Helping Hands – Changing Roles of Professionals in a Modern Health SystemPartner


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