Workshop: "Digital health innovations"

12-13 April 2018

The Hague and Eindhoven, The Netherlands



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‘Inclusive digital technologies’ can be defined as ICT applications with high impact on social wellbeing. When implemented in the health sector, these technologies can become an important driver of general wellbeing. Such digital health innovations can also bring opportunities for economic growth, given the size of the sector in most OECD countries.

The workshop ‘Digital health innovations’, which will take place in the Netherlands (The Hague and Eindhoven) on 12-13 April 2018, will bring together experts from the research and innovation policy, health policy and digital policy fields, in order to discuss  about a topic that stands at the crossroads of these different policy areas. It will focus in particular on three topics:

  • Field labs in the Netherlands. The Dutch Smart Industry Field Labs are a promising new addition to the toolbox of policy makers wishing to enable and support SMEs to develop ICT-related innovations. These test-facilities are of easy access for SMEs developing products and services in markets with high-speed innovation cycles, and have become an important complement to other more traditional research and innovation instruments. The workshop will offer participants the opportunity to visit one or two of the Smart Industry field labs relevant to digital health innovations.
  • Building ICT Infrastructure (5G). Policy makers face important challenges in stimulating private investment in 5G-networks. In particular, there is a need for international standards and a simple but effective regulatory framework, among others. The workshop aims at identifying those key challenges and exploring the range of possible policy responses.
  • Data sharing for health innovations. The workshop will investigate challenges that policy makers face in stimulating the development and diffusion of smart health innovations and practices that rely on data-driven technologies. One of the topics of the discussion will be the need of international standards regarding the secure sharing of (patient) data to facilitate AI-diagnostic support. 

Participation in the workshop is open to members of all OECD member states who are also members of the relevant OECD committees and working parties: the Health Committee (HEA), the Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP), the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP), and the working parties on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP), on Communication Infrastructures and Services Policy (CISP), and on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy (SPDE). 

This workshop is organised jointly by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.


DRAFT AGENDA (Version 20 February 2018)



17h00 - 18h30: Welcoming

Location: Sociëteit de Witte, The Hague

18h30-22h00: Dinner with tour through Mauritshuis


8h45 – 10h45: Bus ride to Phillips Medical Systems, Best


Meeting point: Entrance NH Hotel Babylon, The Hague

10h45-12h30: Panel session 1 - Policies to support data sharing for digital health innovations

  • In light of increased activity by large companies to provide health apps on smart phones using Big Data and AI (Economist, 3 Feb. 2018), is there a trade-off between easy exchange of patient data for better and cheaper diagnoses and cure provision vis-à -vis public values such as patient privacy and well-functioning markets for health insurance?
  • How should government policies balance these issues?
  • Does patient data require standardisation for ease of exchange and if so, does this require coordination by the government?

12h30 – 13h15: Tour through Philips Medical Systems

13h15 – 14h15: Lunch

14h15 – 15h00: Bus ride to HOLST Centre, Eindhoven

15h00 - 17h00: Panel session 2: Field Labs to support the digital health innovations eco-system

  • What role can policies such as the Dutch Smart Industry Fieldlabs play in stimulating development of digital health innovations and uptake by businesses and cure/care providers? 
  • Should these new policies replace or combine with more generic instruments, such as grants and tax credits?
  • Is the impact  of policies like Fieldlabs, SME 4.0 Competence Centers (Germany) and Digital Catapult (UK) limited by geographical proximity, or is it more widely dispersed? Is the commercial value-added of digital health innovations realised in the same region as the Fieldlabs or transferred to other countries? 

17h00 – 18h00: Tour through HOLST Centre

18h00– 18h30: Bus ride to dinner location

18h30 - 21h00: Dinner

21h00– 22h30: Bus ride to The Hague


9h00 – 9h30: Registration and coffee

Location: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, Bezuidenhoutseweg 73, 2594 AC, The Hague 

9h30 – 10h00: Address by the State Secretary(s) or SG(s) EZK/VWS (tbc)

10h00 – 10h30: Coffee break

10h30 – 12h30: Panel session 3 - Policies to promote a digital infrastructure that supports digital health innovations

  • How should digital infrastructure support digital health innovations? What are the connectivity needs of the healthcare sector, now and in the foreseeable future? 
  • How can telecommunications government policy support this?
  • Can 5G be a catalyst for health innovations? What capabilities should 5G support and how should this be incorporated in international 5G standards? What technology push and market-pull policies are known or likely to result in 5G-supported health innovations?

12h30-13h30: Lunch

13h30-15h00: Final discussion and wrap up by the OECD

Meeting location - 11 April 2018 (Sociëteit de Witte, The Hague)

Meeting point 12 April 2018 (NH Hotel Babylon, The Hague)

NH Hampshire Hotel – Babylon The Hague

Bezuidenhoutseweg 53, 2594 AC, The Hague

Meeting location - 13 April 2018 (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, The Hague)

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate
Bezuidenhoutseweg 73
2594 AC The Hague

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Workshop: "Digital health innovations"