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BIVDA head to Poland for Health Tech Forward

By December 1, 2023No Comments

Helen Dent and Innovation Programme Lead Lucy Lehane travelled to Poland for the Health Tech Forward conference where they engaged with members and met new companies, all of whom are developing exciting, innovative tests which are changing the healthcare landscape.

First of all, what is Health Tech Forward?

Health Tech Forward is considered the leading event in Europe for sharing and showcasing Health Tech innovation and experiences. Over two days, in the beautiful (if a little chilly) city of Warsaw, over 1000 delegates from 40 different countries gathered to talk all things Health Tech.

The attendees came from across the Digital health and wellness sector with innovative founders, CEO’s, savvy investors, representatives from industry, tech giants, payers, and care providers.

This, of course, was a prime opportunity for BIVDA – as champions of innovation in our sector, to be amongst the companies that are trying to revolutionize health and wellness, meeting the innovators first-hand and discovering new members amongst the brilliant start-up pitches.

What was on the agenda?

The agenda was fast-paced and fascinating to explore the trends that are driving the health sector forward. Covering themes of Health Equity, Value-based care, Digital Health, Access in Health, Customer retention and loyalty, Employee wellness, Maximising Patient outcomes, Gender specific Health, Alternative mind therapy and Sextech to name a few – with the content delivered across 2 stages, in one-to-one meetings, Start-up pitches, panels and networking opportunities leading to informative and inspirational insights.

The Health Tech Challengers

The Health Tech Challengers epic battle saw 80 different companies come to pitch their ideas that are set to shake up the healthcare scene in the next few years. Our very own CEO, Helen Dent was invited onto the judging panel for 2 Pitch sessions for “Nutrition, Metabolic and Gut Health” and “Chronic Disease management”. There were fantastic pitches across these two sessions, with 19 different start-ups pitching to win Health Tech Challengers 2023.

Current BIVDA members Enbiosis, Twinn Health and Digistain were showcasing their products during the event, and it was great to see them amongst the healthcare companies who are driving innovation and propelling the advancement of patient care.

Key Highlights of which there were many during this focussed, action-packed 2 days, were:

A great panel discussion on the use of real-world data and its impact – with data coming from more sources like wearables, medical records, biobanks – there are now so many data points to analyse, organise, apply, and verify. The insights generated are rich but must be used and applied with skill.

The Health Equity session talked about the importance of recognising and avoiding bias and ensuring that the tech we are trying to introduce doesn’t also bring harm as well as good.

For Value-based care, there was an insightful session focussing on the understanding of what is truly hindering the transition of value-based care, and how can we start to move away from the outdated “fee-for-service”.

A highlight for day two was certainly the Gender Specific Health session with a fantastic panel discussing the Gender gap and how we can use tech to overcome the intersectional challenges of healthcare.

As we look to 2024, and a fresh year of innovation and inspiration – we would like to ask our members to keep us updated about the meetings you plan to attend next year – both as delegates as well as exhibitors, so we can support and share your stories of success.