digital Programme

10 - 12 NOVEMBER, 2020 

Three tracks! During the Health~Holland Visitors Programme special attention will be given to 3 tracks in which the Netherlands plays a pivotal international role.

Healthy ageing & Senior care

A growing burden and need for smart solutions

The proportion of the population living in old age continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Soon, the global population of people over the age of 65 will exceed the proportion of the population under the age of 18. Health and social systems around the world are being stressed. Living more years in good health benefits people, health systems and economies. And once there is a need for care, due to chronic and/or ageing-associated diseases, there should be the ambition to provide the highest quality of care in the most resource-efficient way.


Adding 5 more healthy years

The Netherlands has been long known for its research and innovation in Healthy Ageing, long-term and senior care models and related smart solutions. A central mission of The Netherlands is to create 5 additional healthy life years by 2040 and decrease disparity between people from lower compared to higher social economic classes. How can we better understand and promote healthy ageing, and lessen the impact of chronic, lifestyle and ageing-associated diseases? How can we help the senior population live worthy lives, preferably in independence and at home, for as long as possible, while also unburdening the healthcare workforce? And which approaches and solutions have proven their worth during corona?


What to expect?

In this theme, you will be exposed to the Dutch policy, approach and innovations in fields of healthy ageing and senior care, and related lessons learned from Covid-19 on the future of healthy ageing and senior care.

Digital transformations: Smart systems & hospitals

Data & technology for improved efficiency & quality

In The Netherlands, 1 in 7 people work in the healthcare field. If the growth of healthcare demand continues to increase at its current rate, 1 in 4 people in The Netherlands will need to work in this field to meet this demand, which is an undesirable and unrealistic scenario. The smart and efficient implementation of digital solutions often result in unburdening the healthcare professional while improving the quality of care and the quality of life of patients and citizens. The enabling function of data and digital technology in the field of health is promising and widely acknowledge around the world. From prevention and monitoring to diagnosis and treatment. However, digital transformations require investments and new ways of working.


Acceleration of the digital revolution 

The Netherlands has been on the forefront of the digital healthcare revolution, with a strong focus on connecting data, systems, information and persons in a convenient, safe and secure way. And Artificial Intelligence to support detection, diagnosis and decision-making. Corona stressed the importance of data, proved the value of digital solutions and helped to accelerated the adoption of smart solutions.


What to expect?

In this theme, you will be exposed to the Dutch policy, approach and innovations in fields of digital health and the related impact of Covid-19 on the digital transformation of health systems.

Network care: The right care at the right place & time

Importance of cooperation between health providers

Network care aims to improve the accessibility, quality and efficiency of care and to increase patient satisfaction by increasing the cooperation between the various care providers. In The Netherlands, hospitals and care institutions are encouraged to specialize and work together throughout the patient care pathway. And people with long-term care needs are encouraged to live longer at home.


Stimulating cooperation while driven efficiency through competition

The Dutch healthcare system is normally one of regulated competition. However, during the Covid-19 crisis, this competition made way for cooperation. Hospitals in areas with a high burden of COVID-19 cases were supported by hospitals in areas with a lower burden. This adaptability and sense of collaboration was also witnessed between health insurers. Currently, we are seeing a transition back towards regulated competition. How will this regulated competition affect the provision of network and collaborative care in The Netherlands? And what effect will network care have on the financing of care provision?  What are the takeaway lessons that can be shared with others that want to transition towards network care and stimulate cooperation between care providers?


What to expect?

In this theme, you will be exposed to the Dutch policy, approach and innovations in fields of network care and the related impact of Covid-19 on cooperating for health.


About the organizer

Task Force Health Care (TFHC) has been representing the Dutch Life Sciences & Health sector since 1996. The public-private, not-for-profit platform consist of partners from industry, knowledge institutes, NGOs, healthcare providers and the government, all active in the Dutch Life Sciences & Health sector. These partners provide innovative and sustainable solutions to global (and local) healthcare challenges and are active all over the world. In the last decade we                                                                                                                                                                                                               visited and maintained relationships with more than 30 countries! Read more...