With the fast pace of technology development and the demand of improved service accessibility and quality, disruptive innovation has been having the perfect environment and opportunity to show its full potential. These technology advances allowed patient’s empowerment as well as the emergence of new services and trends. Special focus has been put on wearable technologies, which enable the self-management of patients with chronic diseases, the improvement of quality of life of elderly and the promotion of healthier behaviors concerning physical activity and nutrition. Innovation within healthcare has therefore been focused more and more on each person’s unique conditions and needs.
The objective of the session is to facilitate a dialog between all stakeholders involved, namely government regarding policy-making and standardization requirements, private sector regarding future technology advances and trends, healthcare providers regarding new opportunities as well as international organizations regarding required global actions to unlock possible bottlenecks and to address challenges that will accelerate large scale uptake of these new technologies for improved health outcomes.