HIMSS Liège - Schedule-at-a-glance

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Monday April 1, 2019

12:00 - 14:00


14:30 - 17:00  

Location: Pentahotel

Conducted in English, the purpose of this dialogue is to examine issues or barriers to delivering care beyond hospital walls. The goal is to end with a list of challenges and potential solutions to present to a panel of expert stakeholders during the main programme and capitalize upon their expertise for feedback and recommend next steps. Gathering perspectives from multiple stakeholders through a highly interactive format, participants will identify challenges and potential solutions to extending care beyond brick and mortar, such as: 

  • Aligning financial incentives between various care providers
  • Engaging patients
  • Identifying specific challenges for payers/insurers
  • Overcoming governmental roadblocks and administrative issues

Moderator: Bart Collet, Founder, HyperAdvancer, Belgium

18:00 - 19:00

Location: Pentahotel

Tuesday April 2, 2019

9:00 - 10:00

Location: Salle des Professeurs

10:00 - 11:15

Location: Salle Académique

Opening Emcee: Petra Wilson, EU Programme Manager, Personal Connected Health Alliance and co-founder/Managing Director, Connected Health Partners, UK


  • Harold F. Wolf III, President & CEO, HIMSS, US - Welcome Address
  • Philippe Kolh, Professor, University of Liège and CIO, CHU Liège, Belgium - VIP Introductions and Welcome
  • Koen Kas, Healthcare Futurist, Belgium
  • Moderator: Dr. Charles Alessi, Chief Clinical Officer, HIMSS International, UK

Author and futurist Koen Kas will provide a keynote address that will be followed by presentations from speakers working in the area, having faced the challenge of leading the way with patient-centric health care delivery. We will be hearing their recommendations for successful approaches.

11:15- 11:35

11:35 - 12:45

Location: Salle Académique

Technology is a key component of successfully delivering and improving healthcare of the future.

Safeguarding an empathic human experience is critical to patients and doctors embracing and adapting to changes, yet emerging technologies have the potential to distance patients and caregivers, leading to feelings of exclusion and doctor and patient frustration. Human centered design also provides the opportunity to involve patients in conceptualising and codesigning their expectations and healthcare delivery needs - from design through implementation and beyond.

Key audience messages / points for discussion:

  • What are key factors for technologists to consider?
  • How can human centred design help optimise digital tools and services to support patients in managing their overall healthcare journey
  • What are successful examples/models to consider?
  • What should be the patient’s role in these processes?


Melchior Wathelet, CEO, Xperthis, Belgium 

Victoria Betton, Founder, mHabitat, UK

Mark Brown, Development Director, Social Spider CIC, UK

Alex Dufrenot, APHP, France 

Moderator: Charles Alessi, Chief Clinical Officer, HIMSS International, UK

12:45 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00 

Location: Salle Académique

Now more than ever patients have access to technology solutions allowing them to have a more active role over their health.

However, can we say that patient empowerment has gone mainstream? Or is it still the privilege of a few enlightened and tech-savvy patients? In this session, we will introduce the concept of Patient 2.0. Have increasing technologies and the easy access to unending information changed the Patient’s view of their role and needs?

We’ll hear from patients and gain understanding of current Patient Expectations given this new construct. Patient speakers will also react to results of a pre-conference survey fielded in partnership with PatientView and we will compare and contrast views to help zero in on solutions to improve patient empowerment and engagement.

Key messages / points for discussion:

  • How to bridge the gap between Patient 2.0 expectations and Industry/Clinical Provider assumptions?
  • What are the opportunities for researchers, entrepreneurs/start-ups and companies, patients and professionals to provide patients more control over their healthcare journey?
  • What are the main challenges to achieving these new expectations, why are we not seeing larger quantities of patient involvement and engagement?
  • Can the journey to achieving this be accelerated and how?


Laurens Rijpstra, Advisor, Digital Care, The Netherlands Patient Federation, The Netherlands

Luc Hanssen, CHU Liège Patient Committee, Belgium

Mitch Silva, founder Health 2.0 BXL, cofounder Esperity.com, Belgium

Pierre-François Regamey, CIO, CHUV, Switzerland

Moderator and Speaker: Dee O'Sullivan, Director, myhealthapps.net, PatientView, UK

Marie-Claire Messier, VP, Business Development, PetalMD, Canada

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15:00 - 15:30  
15:30 - 17:30 

Location: Salle Académique

This session is organised as part of the EU-funded eHealth Hub project, one of whose aims is to support commercialisation within the eHealth sector. For more information on creating start-up pitches, see "eHealth Hub Smart Guides for effectively pitching"

While hospital innovation is opening up and turning to SMEs to procure smart, adaptable and user-friendly technologies, many pilots (successful in demonstrating improved clinical and financial outcomes) fail to scale up and turn into long-term paid implementations. Are startups doing something wrong? This session brings together hospital CIOs with startup owners to clarify expectations, discuss rules of engagement (including the unspoken ones!) and bridge a communication gap between two very different worlds.

Kicking off with a panel of CIOs discussing their priorities in terms of innovations, sharing their experiences working with SMEs, and giving them a few pointers; this session will also showcase highly innovative SME solutions for hospitals and care providers, followed by Q&A with the panel of CIOs. Moderator: Bart Collet, Founder, Hyperadvancer, Belgium. 

  • Introduction and background on eHealth Hub - Pascal Lardier, VP, Events and Media Content, HIMSS International and eHealth Hub Partner
  • CIO Needs & Expectations (Panel discussion)


  1. Prof. Philippe Kolh, CIO, CHU Liège, Belgium
  2. Wim Eurlings, CIO, Zuyderland Medisch Centrum, Netherlands
  3. Goedele Antonissen, CIO, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwziekenhuis (OLV) Belgium
  • Start-up Pitches to CIO Panellists and their reactions
  • Moderated Q&A / Wrap-up
20:00 - 22:00

Gala dinner location

La Bovérie museum in Liège - Parc de la Boverie, 4020 Luik, Belgium

La Bovérie museum in Liège


Wednesday April 3, 2019

8:30 - 9:00

Location: Salle des Professeurs

9:00 - 9:10

Petra Wilson, EU Programme Manager, Personal Connected Health Alliance and co-founder/Managing Director, Connected Health Partners, UK

Location: Salle Académique

9:10 - 10:15 

Location: Salle Académique

This session will recap learnings from Day one and present case studies of implemented models that are delivering patient care outside of brick and mortar hospitals. We will examine successes of non-traditional models, the reasons for success, challenges faced and lessons learned.

Opening Talk: Enabling Patient Engagement Throughout the Continuum of Care


Damien de Greef, Business Unit Director, Integrated Care Solutions, Agfa, Belgium

Katoesja van der Hoeven, Communication Manager Healthcare IT, Agfa, Belgium

Q&A with Shawna Butler

Case studies:

  • Finland's Virtual Hospital, Aki Puustjärvi, Development Manager, HUS, Finland
  • CHU Liège, Home Hospitalisation project, Mrs. Pauline Jacquemin and Ms. Chantal Gilles, CHU Liège, Belgium
  • Digital Care at Home, Ruben de Neef, Evangelist, Luscii, The Netherlands

Moderator: Shawna Butler, RN, MBA, EntrepreNURSE-in-Residence, ReSHAPE Center for Healthcare Innovation, Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands

10:15 - 11:00 

Location: Salle Académique

In this session, the top challenges uncovered during the pre-conference workshop will be presented to a panel of experts (including policy, patient, CIO and clinical representatives) who will provide further insights as to why the challenges exist, endorse workshop outcomes and provide alternative viewpoints. Further, they will examine and provide concurrence to the proposed solutions as well as add other possible solutions.

  • Moderated discussion with stakeholder panel and audience members for reactions, actionable commitments and next steps. 
  • Case study presentation highlighting technology solution


Philippe Kolh, Professor, University of Liège and CIO, CHU Liège, Belgium 

Shawna Butler, RN, MBA, EntrepreNURSE-in-Residence, ReSHAPE Center for Healthcare Innovation, Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Petra Wilson, EU Programme Manager, Personal Connected Health Alliance and co-founder/Managing Director, Connected Health Partners, UK

Moderator: Bart Collet, Founder, HyperAdvancer, Belgium 

Presentation: Title to be announced, Christophe Boutin, CEO, Maincare Solutions, France

11:00 - 11:15

Location: Salle des Professeurs

11:15 - 11:45 

Location: Salle des Professeurs (a Health 2.0 style showcase with live demos)

11:45 - 12:15

Location: Salle Académique

Following a day and a half of patient focused discussions, this session will present an inspiring and aspirational talk by Stefanie Veraghtert, Director and Founder of The Big C, Belgium.

Closing keynote followed by Q&A: Stefanie Veraghtert, Belgium

Overall summary and wrap-up: Dr. Charles Alessi, Philippe Kolh and Petra Wilson

12:00 - 13:30 

Location: Salle des Professeurs

13:20 - 14:00 

Join us for a visit to CHU Liège highlighting several latest technology implementations and their results.

14:00 - 16:00 Hospital Tour

Teledermatology - The teledermatology project at the University Hospital of Liège aims to re-evaluate the role of the first line in the diagnosis of pigmented lesions and acclerate the management of highly suspicious lesions of malignancy. The attending physician is equipped with a dermatoscope connected and interfaced with the patient's record of the hospital so that the dermatologist can give a diagnosis in a very short time.

Medical simulation center - The Medical Simulation Center is a university CARE that addresses all of the departments of the Faculty of Medicine at the University Hospital to promote teaching and research through health simulation. The center is active on two sites (Sart Tilman and Bruyères), closer to the clinical units concerned, but is also developing around new technologies (modified reality) to match the digital challenges of learning the future.

Automated chain of microbiology -  In 2015, the clinical microbiology laboratory of the CHU Liège was equipped with an automated bacteriology chain. This technology, new in microbiology, ensures the different stages of the process of bacteriological cultures, from culltivation, incubation, to the production of high quality digital images for readings. This innovative concept secures the whole process of bacteriological cultures, ensures quality, better standardization and optimizes the traceability of the sample throughout its analytical process. It also allows faster detection of microbial growth, to the direct benefit of patients.