Imagining Holistic Digitally-Powered Healthcare in 2025

Wednesday 22nd Jan 2020 10:00-16:00
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Why Participate?

The healthcare sector is radically changing and will look significantly different within the next five years.  This is mainly due to three concurrent factors:

  1. The massive use of digital technologies, such as Internet, Telehealth, AI, IOT, Virtual Reality, Robotics and Blockchain;
  2. People-centred health services and patient/citizen empowerment initiatives at the core of the new strategies launched by the World Health Organization (WHO)[1] and the other main health organizations;
  3. A holistic pro-active approach to patient care and quality of life that is taking place[2] as life expectancy increases together with chronic conditions and multimorbidity.

At the same time health technology sector is expected to reach USD $280 billion by 2021, at a growth rate of around 16% between 2016–2021[3] that considers the increase in population and life expectancy that is taking place.

The changes will also result in challenges that, while disrupting established processes, can create new value propositions and revenue streams. Some of the challenges are [3] :

  • Creating financial sustainability in an uncertain health economy;
  • Using new care delivery models to improve access and affordability;
  • Adapting to changing consumer needs, demands, and expectations;
  • Investing in digital innovation and transformation;
  • Maintaining regulatory compliance and cybersecurity.

It is then fundamental that all the healthcare stakeholders—providers, governments, companies, payers, consumers—come together and actively participate in shaping the future of healthcare mainly by shifting focus away from a system of sick care in which patients are treated after they fall ill, to a digitally-powered health care which puts the person at the centre and supports well-being, prevention, and early intervention.

This workshop will analyse and discuss possible scenarios, options and challenges in order to shape a vision of the healthcare in 2025. With a small group of experts and leaders, we will seek to define the new holistic digitally-powered healthcare ecosystem together with its business models and enabling technologies. We will identify a possible strategy and action plan to position key stakeholders ahead of the competition.







Forming a focused research initiative

The intent is to build a working consortium of stakeholders, business and researchers, who ‘stay together’ over the coming two years, to share and engage in this discovery and definition effort. We ‘learn and apply’ together. Ideally, we establish a core group that drive specific aspects, and a broader group that appreciate the shared knowledge and contribute as they can. Our current thinking is to run bi- annual detailed workshops.

Who should attend?

This is an invitation-only event for selected healthcare stakeholders such as senior leaders, business unit leaders, programme managers, innovation leaders, healthcare professionals, patient’s associations representatives.



  • Possible scenarios and value network(s)
  • Prioritisation of challenges
  • Action plan to address key challenges

The Facilitators

Marco Alfano

Dr. Marco Alfano is a Marie Curie research fellow at Lero, School of Computing, Dublin City University (DCU). He is also affiliated with the Centre of eIntegrated Care (CeIC) in DCU and the Innovation Value Institute in Maynooth University. He is currently working on patient empowerment by facilitating acquisition, comprehension and learning of on-line health/medical information. His research interests include e-health, smart cities, data analytics, machine learning, information retrieval and Open Data/Big Data.

Dr. Alfano holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science and Telecommunications from the University of Palermo and has over thirty years of professional experience in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in different working environments such as academia, industry and government and several countries such as Italy, Ireland, United States and Canada.

He has authored more than fifty peer reviewed articles for international journals, books and conferences and has been lecturing Computer Networks and Web Languages courses at the University of Palermo where he has supervised several students at the Ph.D, master and bachelor levels. He has received grants from international and national bodies participating to several European projects.

Michael Hanley

Head of Education & Knowledge Services, IVI

With 20 years training industry experience, Michael is an expert in managing workplace education and professional development. He focuses on developing and delivering effective work-based learning – specifically planning, designing, and managing innovative learning & development programmes for organisations. He has been employed by start-up companies, PLCs, and large enterprises. He has also lectured at third-level institutions including Maynooth University and the National College of Ireland, and has undertaken consultancy work for organizations including the ECDL/ICDL Foundation, University College, Cork, and the Centre for Research & Innovation in Learning Technology in Dublin. He is a member of the Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD) and the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA). He is an Elearning Guild Online Forum Presenter. He has written on education-related topics for a number of workplace training publications, and is a featured Learning Leader in the ‘Xyleme Voices’ series.

Michael’s research is predominantly focused on training and development in the workplace, with a special focus on using technology in education to enhance practitioner and organisation performance.

Your Hosts

The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) is a multidisciplinary research and education institute co-founded in 2006 by Maynooth University and Intel Corporation with the support of the Irish Government.

IVI’s mission is to research, develop and disseminate empirically proven and industry validated IT best practice through a unique open innovation and collaboration between leading academic and industry practitioners.

View Agenda
10:00 – 10:30 Agenda and Introductions
10:30 – 11:20

Focused Learning: (pres. Marco Alfano, IVI)

Setting the Scene: Why we must change: the need to reshape the healthcare technology ecosystem (based on Ireland’s 10-year healthcare strategy / EU report)

11:20 – 12:10

Discovery Activity

Mapping the Contextual Landscape:
Explore factors influencing the healthcare ecosystem; identify patterns and priorities among domain areas. Analysing business scenarios, options, and challenges for the next five years.

12:10 – 13:00

Discovery Activity

Using Root Cause Analysis, identify
1. your organisation’s 2025 objectives
2. challenges to be overcome in achieving them
3. opportunities for exploitation

13:00 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 14:30

Discovery Activity

Imagining the Digital Healthcare Ecosystem in 2025; characterise how stakeholders define success; identify and prioritise required features, and metrics to validate progress.

14:30 – 15:15

Design Activity:

Design a prototype digital healthcare product or service

15:15 – 15:30

Focussed Learning

IVI Research Engagement & Support opportunities

15:30 – 16:00


Beginning your 2025 Improvement Journey: outlining the IVI Research Engagement Roadmap + Action Plan

Reflect on today’s learnings / Key takeaways

16:00 – 16:00 Wrap & Close

The location:

Wednesday Jan 22nd 2019
Maynooth University
Innovation Value Institute, 2nd Floor,
Eolas Building,
North Campus,
Maynooth University

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