Longer life expectancies, the steady rise in chronic disease and the increasing costs of health care are putting pressure on health systems around the world, whilst greater demand, mounting costs and increased regulatory pressures are making it harder for healthcare organisations to provide the kind of care patients need.
Digital health – the convergence of people, technology and information to improve healthcare operations and patient outcomes – can increase access to health services, reduce costs, provide opportunities for self-care, improve the efficiency of health systems and enhance the quality of care.
With a focus on prevention, digital health cuts across every aspect of the healthcare paradigm, spanning prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment, transforming the way healthcare services are created, delivered and measured, empowering the patient to be the driver of their own improved health outcomes.
Join our panel of world-leading digital health and medical technology experts as we explore the latest global trends in digital health, and the role it can play in ensuring the sustainability and improvements to our health systems.
Yossi Bahagon, Managing Partner, Qure
Dr. Bahagon is a clinically active Family Physician, a serial entrepreneur and considered a Key Opinion Leader in the fields of e-health, m-Health & Tele-Care. Dr. Bahagon founded and managed Clalit Health Services (CHS) Digital Health division which led the nationwide digital transformation of the Israeli healthcare system. CHS is the second largest Health Maintenance Organization in the world. Under Dr. Bahagon’s leadership, CHS Digital Health suite became a benchmark for nationwide Digital Health platforms, with millions of patients using it on a monthly basis, for tens of million interactions each month. CHS Digital Health suite has created a dramatic change at both patient and the healthcare system levels, with proven outcomes in clinical quality, as well as in efficiency, availability, accessibility and transparency of health care delivery. Dr. Bahagon founded and managed Luminox (acquired) – a leading Israeli Digital Health startup hub. Following its acquisition, Dr. Bahagon had co-founded Qure – Israel’s first digital-health focused fund focusing on early stage digital health solutions. Qure has built an ecosystem with world leading health organizations that significantly contributes to its ability to vet the right companies and, moreover, leverage them globally as they build healthier humanity solutions.
Additionally, Dr. Bahagon has also been a founding member of several successful digital health startups, among them – TytoCare, Medisafe, Sweetch and others. During the last five years these companies have experienced a X10 growth in their aggregate valuation. Dr. Bahagon serves as an advisory board member of Biocat's Digital Health Accelerator in Barcelona, Editorial Board Member of the UK eHealth Law & Policy Journal, and a mentor at Microsoft's Think-Next Accelerator and the brain-tech accelerator Brainnovation. Dr. Bahagon served as a lecturer in the fields of Evidence-Based Medicine and Digital Health at the Hebrew University Hadassah and the Ben-Gurion Medical Schools.
Warren Bingham, Executive Chairman, MedTech International
Warren is passionate about saving lives and enhancing human health through disruptive and innovative technology. Founder and Executive Chairman of MedTech International, Warren is also Chairman of SchoolAid, the Macquarie University Global MBA Advisory Board, Non-Executive Director of EndoGene and General Manager of Cicada Innovation's Medical Device Accelerator, MedLab. With more than 25 years of proven success in the medical devices sector, Warren helps innovative and disruptive medical technology companies with strategic execution, commercialisation and Board fulfilment. He also contributes extensively to the For Purpose/NFP sector. In 2001, Warren established the Australian subsidiary of Given Imaging Ltd which pioneered PillCam® technology, an ingestible pill-sized camera to visualise the gastrointestinal tract in a safe, non-invasive and cost effective way. In 2004, he successfully established Capsule Endoscopy on the Medicare Benefits Scheme. Whilst serving on the global management team, Given Imaging grew from a start-up to a multinational, publicly traded company and was acquired in 2014 by Covidien for approximately $1 billion. Warren was a finalist in the 2016 Australian Institute of Management’s ‘Excellence in Leadership Awards,’ and in 2018 was acknowledged by AusBiotech for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to AusMedtech.’ In 2018, he was given the honorary academic title of Adjunct Fellow by the Department of Management in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University. Warren is also an Ambassador for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout and for Diabetes Australia.
Dr Amandeep Hansra, GP & Digital Health Consultant, Evermed
Dr Hansra is a GP in Bondi, Sydney as well as a Digital Health Consultant working with both the public and private sectors. Dr Hansra is also a Director of Coviu, a spinout from CSIRO’s Data61 that provides cloud-based video consultation services to medical professionals. Dr Hansra joined Coviu in October 2018. She has previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of ReadyCare (now known as HealthNow), Telstra Health’s 24/7 telemedicine service that provides diagnosis, advice, treatment, and prescriptions using phone or video. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Australasian College of Health Informatics and, in addition to her work as a GP, has also held roles at Medibank Health Solutions and Ramsay Health Care. She is also a Clinical Reference Lead with the ADHA, and sits on the Clinical Advisory Panel for Medgate Philippines.
Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham, Chief Medical Adviser, Digital Health
Professor Makeham leads the development of initiatives to ensure that digital health technology in Australia is designed, built and evaluated in close collaboration with the research community, so that the foundations of digital health in Australia incorporate the best available evidence and are maintained on the cutting edge of discovery in Australia and internationally. She is a member of the Australian Digital Health Agency's executive leadership team, providing advice on patient safety, clinical governance, risk management, digital health and safety research, and the delivery of primary care services. A leading patient safety advocate and researcher in digital health and safety in Primary Care, Professor Makeham has been involved with numerous national and international research collaborations in these areas. Before joining the Agency, she led the Primary Care Digital Health and Safety research stream at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University, and is a member of the WHO Safer Primary Care working group. As an expert member of the Clinical Safety Oversight Committee for the My Health Record system and the Clinical Governance Advisory Group for the Commonwealth Department of Health, she has also been involved with the clinical governance and safety oversight of the My Health Record system since it commenced operation. She has also been a Patient Safety Adviser for the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare for a number of years. Professor Makeham is also a general practitioner and practices in Sydney. She has had a long association with her professional college and numerous Primary Care representative and educational organisations and was appointed as a member of the Clinical Advisory Council for the Sydney North Health Network (PHN) in 2015. She has a background and ongoing interest in medical education, having formerly been the Course Coordinator for the medical program at UNSW in Primary Care, and was appointed to the Australian Medical Council's Board of Examiners as Chair of the Population Health and Ethics group. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and was awarded the College Medal. She was a former board director of the RACGP and is currently a member of their Representative Expert Committee for eHealth and Practice Systems.
Heather Wellington, Consultant, Clayton Utz
Across a 35 year career in the Australian health care system, Heather has worked at all levels including as a medical practitioner, manager, director, bureaucrat, lawyer and adviser across the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. She has advised clients in health and related sectors on a wide range of governance, public law, strategic, regulatory and commercial matters. Her work spans statutory interpretation, licensing, regulation, strategic planning, procurement, contracting, investigations and inquiries, privacy and health records. She is recognised nationally for her expertise in clinical governance and has an active practice in workshop facilitation.