Semi-plenary session (from 09:00 to 10:50)

Health for all

Chairperson: Paulo Gadelha

The semi-plenary session on November 21 will identify and select clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions that can have a significant impact on the achievement of the health-related SDGs on a global scale. To reflect the holistic approach of the 2030 Agenda, keynote speakers, panel and audience members will discuss the social determinants of health (for example, climate change, urban life, food safety, and environmental degradation).

Trending technology clusters for the health-related SDGs
Health systems, innovation, technology and the 2030 Agenda

Well-functioning health systems play a crucial role in achieving good health for all, while they contribute to economic growth at the same time. Among the many factors that impact the achievement of good health for all, the successful implementation of innovative technologies in health systems is of the utmost importance. Rifat Atun will discuss innovative technologies for use in health systems and the dynamic complexity that comes with their implementation.

Rifat Atun
Genomics and Health

High throughput sequencing is revolutionizing our ability to understand the role of genes in health. Genomics has become a powerful tool for cancer diagnoses, medication guides, non-invasive prenatal testing and more. Genomic big data will enable greater understanding of all aspects of health and disease. Ultimately these innovations can reduce the burden of disease and help people to live longer and healthier lives.

Duncan Yu
A global strategy to fight mosquito-borne diseases

It’s one thing to work on preventing mosquito-borne disease living in temperate Melbourne, it’s another to work on it when living in dengue-endemic Ho Chi Minh City with a young family. Shane will discuss how the World Mosquito Program is expanding around the world as it successfully uses a self-sustaining, natural technology to stop disease outbreaks. He will also share stories of empowered community participation, cost-effectiveness through health innovation, the UN SDGs being more than an acronym, and inspiring global teamwork that transcends cultures, languages and even sometimes … politics!

Shane Fairlie
Innovative solutions for health data

Using the newest compute power to help people quit smoking, or using the insights we get from usage data to ensure the right content will be provided to the right patient. This is how IT departments can help in the constant quest to improve the overall health and improve patient education. Even in a highly controlled and regulated environment, the technology departments can bring innovative ideas to reality. Bert will share how the team is using state of the art GPU powered machines to gain insights in the Big Data and how that provides the required models that can be globally used, keeping local or regional regulations into account. But is this enough? How can we apply learnings and models in other, perhaps resource-constrained, countries and areas?

Bert Torfs
Interactive discussion with the audience

Deep dive on Health & Education (from 14:00 to 15:20)

Education & health care

Throughout life, conditions at home, socioeconomic status, and other contextual factors can create stress, cause illness, and deprive individuals and families of resources for success in school, the workplace, and healthy living. Education can create opportunities for better health because it ensures a better job, higher earning and with that is ensures resources for better health. There are also social and psychological benefits as social networks and psychological skills. A poor health also affects education, it can cause educational setbacks and interfere with schooling. Expanding access to health and education services is a central element for any strategy to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality.


- Prof. dr. Guy Hans, CEO of the University Hospital Antwerp
- Prof. dr. Pierre Van Damme, Centre for the Evaluation of Vaccination



- Prof.dr. Steven Poelmans, Chair in Neuroscience- & Technology-enabled High

Performance Organizations, Antwerp Management School

- Prof. dr. Piet Stinissen, Director BioVille, Research incubator Health and Care

- Dr. Lieve Fransen, Senior policy advisor European Policy Centre

Interactive panel discussion

Deep dive on Health & ICT (from 15:30 to 16:50)

How Telehealth can be used to increase health care competencies, know-how, and services

Chairperson: Lieve Fransen

The focus is to bring expert knowledge, skills, competences and care services to situations where health care professionals are scarce, while most needed. This could be done by providing direct support at a distance and relaying information easily and directly from practitioners around the world. Currently, lots of time and energy is wasted on flying experts to disaster zones and hospitals, when the same results could be achieved by using you-see-what-I-see technology and telehealth. Even in wealthier regions, telehealth has proven to be transformational. This deep-dive session will first present a specific case study of the use of smart safety glasses, and then discuss the wider opportunities and challenges with telehealth.  

Introduction by the moderator
A new frontier in telemedicine: making high quality healthcare accessible and affordable through smart glasses

Iristick smartglasses ( is the first pair of glasses that leverage the power of the smartphone. Thanks to 2 cameras built into the glasses (one wide angle and one zoom), the wearer can stream his view online to a remote expert. Speakers and microphones allow for (online) communication simultaneously.

In a standalone mode, instructions and protocols can be projected on a display in the corner of the eye, providing guidance while the operator is executing (hands-free) his/her operations. Management of the procedure, such as scrolling through the procedure, is voice controlled so that the operator has truly his/her hands free to focus on the job. Iristick smart-glasses operate in a secure and encrypted way to respect privacy and confidentiality of patients and doctors).

Steven Serneels Laura Delatte
Monitoring and surveying diseases at a distance in Brazil

Mauricio L. Barreto, Fiocruz

Deep dive on Health & ICT (from 17:00 to 18:20)

Challenges around the use of big data for Health

The health sector is increasingly impacted by the enormous amount of data that is collected from a wide range of sources, especially as the capacity to process and analyze data improves, and the cost of these operations decrease. The use of big data for health has two major goals: to enhance precision in medical and public health interventions; and to provide evidence for public policies, as well as monitor their implementation. This deep-dive will look into the universe of big data for health, and will highlight a genomics technology that provides precise diagnostics for cancer treatment based on RNA sequencing. The use of big data technologies for health can bring life-saving outcomes.

Introduction by the moderator
Precision public health for all

The rational use of the innumerable registries generated in several levels of the health system needs integration of data coming from molecular, cellular, clinical and populational data from several sources with data obtained from social, educational, economic and environmental areas of interest to health. In parallel, the exponential increase of processing capacity allows for complex and fast analyses which critically improve precise interventions contributing to universal access. Identifying well-defined population groups according to their characteristics may strongly impact the discovery, validation and optimization of health strategies. Adequate care according to the individual's real needs overcomes the limitations of the inefficient linear approach and contributes to the desired equity in health care. Several examples of creative use of very large data banks for public health evaluation demonstrate the feasibility of improving its precision.

Manoel Barral Netto
How to leverage genomics data to make health care more effective

Using Next Generation Sequencing, Genomic Expression has enabled clinical RNA sequencing in oncology. Our OneRNA™ platform enables a paradigm shift from ONE disease, ONE marker, and ONE drug to ONE patient, MANY markers, and MULTIPLE treatment options that go beyond drugs. This could disrupt the current standard of care regime where only 1 out if 4 cancer drugs prolongs life because we treat all the patients the same way while we are spending €100B on cancer drugs and 8 million patients die every year. Our data suggests that we can prolong life for most patients with the existing drugs as the toolbox. In contrast to drugs, regulatory approvals can be obtained in less than 12 month.

Gitte Pedersen
Using AI to diagnose, manage and predict chronic respiratory diseases

AEvice Health has developed an innovative wearable technology that uses artificial intelligence to diagnose, manage and predict chronic respiratory diseases. Its first product, The AireSone System, assists patients to achieve better asthma control and quality of life. The current approach to asthma diagnosis is highly subjective, particularly in young children. This is an arduous process that is not only costly but can also take up to years and endangering patient from inadequate treatment control plan. By streamlining the process of asthma diagnosis and treatment, AireSone reduces the overall healthcare costs, while maximising outcomes for patients.

Rex Tan

Deep dive (from 12:00 to 13:30)

Disaster resilience and health emergency preparedness

The effects of human-induced climate change are witnessed everywhere, from typhoons across Asia to wildfires in the Amazon rainforest.  One of the most serious consequences of human influence on the environment is how it worsens extreme weather events, which become even more hazardous when combined with poor management of natural resources. Where governments are unable to manage the stress of a changing climate, populations are most severely affected. Some of the consequences are food shortages, mass displacement, loss of biodiversity, water scarcity, and adverse effects on human health, as it increases exposure and vulnerability to a variety of diseases.

Keynote presentation
Development and application of technologies for human health support

For over 30 years of existence, COPPE's Laboratory of Computational Methods in Engineering (LAMCE) has been developing high-level academic and scientific research using high-performance computing applied to data science and environmental modelling. Research and development in the above-mentioned areas of knowledge are performed with a multidisciplinary approach, within the scope of R&D projects in partnership with private companies and government agencies. These projects focus on applications and support to different areas of interest such as energy, environment and health. The use of the computational methods cited together allows integrated environmental analysis, providing spatial and temporal distribution of environmental susceptibility and vulnerability to different factors such as environmental and energy risks, food security, disease and disaster risk. This knowledge is a fundamental foundation in meeting the demands associated with different United Nations SDGs such as those associated with human health. The research activities described are being carried out under the initiative known as AIR CENTRE (

Luiz Paulo Assad
The Map-Fire Platform: engaging stakeholders in citizen science to improve wildfire risk management against cascading impacts on public health

The Amazonian states of Madre de Dios (Peru), Acre (Brazil), and Pando (Bolivia), known as the MAP region, are exposed to droughts, floods, and fires. Wildfires are a dangerous threat to the health and well-being of the ~25 million Amazonian inhabitants and biodiversity. However, the MAP region lacks a tri-national wildfire risk warning system. This presentation will present an open-source monitoring platform and citizen science methods to engage people in data sharing for public health risk prevention.  The goal is to engage the population to actively contribute with data input onto the platform, encourage information sharing, and knowledge production.  Enabling regulation, in this context, is a matter of paramount importance, as most fires are triggered in rural properties that are not sufficiently supervised by local governments.

Victor Marchezini

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