On Thursday October 1st, the Digital Society Health & Well-being program line organised the conference: “AI in  Healthcare: Preparing for the future”. On this inspiring afternoon more than 100 viewers joined us online. In a mixed setup of digital presentations and broadcasted live presentations from the Muntgebouw in Utrecht, the Health & Well-being roadmap was presented and six speakers presented different angles on the theme AI in Healthcare: Preparing for the future.

The Health & Well-being roadmap

The conference started with a warm welcome and introduction by Professor Andrea Evers (Medical Delta professor for the Leiden, Delft and Erasmus Universities). This was followed by the introduction of the Health & Well-being roadmap, presented by Julia Henrich (coordinator from Leiden University). She showed a video explaining the roadmap.

Watch the roadmap video here:

Creation and voice-over: Indre Kalinauskaite (coordinator from TU Eindhoven)

Multidisciplinary viewpoints on the future of AI in healthcare

The main programme consisted of six presentations that highlighted the multidisciplinary character of AI in Healthcare. The first speaker, Wiro Niessen (click here for a recording of the presentation), highlighted the important steps to take to introduce AI in clinical practice from a medical imaging perspective. We then continued with a presentation by the second speaker, Gabrielle Speijer (click here for a recording of the presentation), who presented her vision of the ‘data driven doctor’ from a clinical point of view.

Wiro Niessen en André Dekker discuss questions from the audience

Gabrielle Speijer on the Data Driven Doctor

After a short break, Michel Dumontier (click here for a recording of the presentation) discussed the role of the FAIR guiding principles in a learning health system, emphasizing the need to share key parts of the learning health system in a FAIR manner. Lin-Lin Chen presented recent developments in the field of design relating to Health and Well-being, highlighting the importance of a design view. Sabine Wildevuur introduced us to the world of the citizen science approach and what this meant in the era of AI.

Digital Society Coordinators [Tessa Beinema, Brigit Klever, Julia Henrich, Anouk Vermeij and Mieke Schulte (photographer)] during the preparation of the event at the Muntgebouw

Andrea Evers introducing Lin-Lin Chen

In his concluding keynote, Pieter Jeekel gave an overview of AI research and development in the Netherlands and presented his views on what steps could and perhaps should be taken.

Q&A and panel discussion

At the end of the conference, a panel consisting of our speakers and professors involved in the Health & Well-being program line discussed questions from the audience. Here is a short summary of the discussion: Currently a lot of measurements are still done in the hospital which is also the place where a lot of treatments are performed. In the future one could imagine that, for example, quantifiable behavioural markers (through smart sensing) are gathered for healthy people and these data could be an additional input for prevention, earlier detection of illnesses, resilience and recovery. This would also tie into the vision for the data driven doctor who will serve as a link between all of the collected data and smart analyses and the patient. In the future, the data driven doctor could coach patients and provide data-informed advice to prevent illness instead of just treating the existing illness/symptoms.

Panel discussion (live: Heleen Riper (chair), Gabrielle Speijer, Pieter Jeekel, Wiro Niessen, André Dekker, Edith Feskens and on screen: Hermie Hermens, Sabine Wildevuur, Michel Dumontier and Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen)

We would like to thank the speakers and all participants for their active contributions to the event. We really hope everyone has enjoyed the conference as much as we (Digital Society Health & Well-being members) did.

For video recordings of the presentations, click here.

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