Realised workshops

Workshop #5

The fifth and final on-line workshop took place on 31 August 2022 at 2 pm. Among others, this workshop was attended by the project manager of the Visegrad Fund Ewelina Stacherzak. The moderator of the workshop was Dr. Jelinek. 

The topic of the workshop was to identify problems and subsequently project areas for joint future projects with V4 partners. Project coordinator doc. Peterková summarized the most important findings from the on-line workshops (1–4) and defined the problems that were discussed in four areas of health care, such as healthcare system, digitalization in health care, the use of modern technologies, and mechanisms supporting the creation of start-ups. Then she defined proposals for joint projects aimed at solving selected problems. Seven project areas have been identified: Public Finance and Healthcare Budgets, Healthcare Innovation Ecosystem, Health Technology Assessment, Hospital Economics and Management, Behavioural Economics to Influence Patient Decision, Education in Health Care, Development of Activities of the HCI Platform in Visegrad Countries. 

Representatives from partner universities gave presentations on the identified issues and project areas  ̶  dr. László Kucséber, PhD on behalf of Hungary, Ing. Peter Štetka, PhD on behalf of Slovakia, dr. hab., and Izabella Steinerowska-Streb on behalf of Poland. 

In the end, there was a discussion on the presentations and the identification of the three most important project areas for each partner university. At the same time, the follow-up activities of the established platform for innovation in health care were discussed. 

Workshop #4

The fourth online workshop was traditionally held via MS Teams on Wednesday 17 August 2022 at 2 pm. The topic of the workshop focused on mechanisms supporting the creation of start-ups in the healthcare sector. 

Three Israeli experts took part in the workshop, prof. Varda Liberman, the rector of Reichman University, and managers from the Israeli non-profit organization Start-up Nation Central (SNC) and the AION Labs alliance, Sharon Gour Arie (SNC) and Mati Gill (AION Labs). Established in 2013, SNC is the main driver and facilitator of Israeli innovations that has a positive impact on the country’s economy. AION Labs, on the other hand, is an alliance of international pharma and  a technology leaders and investors who aim to create and deploy artificial intelligence and computational technologies to change drug research and development positively. 

The presenters introduced the workshop participants to the functioning of the MBA study “Healthcare Innovation” and to the system supporting the creation of start-ups in healthcare. The presentation showed that Israel is a leader in R&D spending, has more than 7,200 innovation companies, has 1 start-up for every 1,400 people and is ranked 7th in innovation in Bloomberg’s ranking. The recipe for Israel’s success in healthcare innovation was also outlined. It is based not only on a system that supports start-ups, but also on a functioning healthcare system based on digitalization, on human capital or entrepreneurial doctors with a multidisciplinary approach and the ability to use innovations from the military in health care and on the use of new technologies such as artificial intelligence. 

This was followed by Dr Jelinek’s  presentation (MVSO) who described the support of healthcare start-ups in the Czech Republic, including the related obstacles and problems, such as low level of digitalization, small domestic market, high expectations of investors. 

There was a lively discussion with partners from universities from Poland, Hungary and Slovakia at the end of the workshop. 

Workshop #3

The third online workshop took place on Monday 25 July 2022 at 2 pm via MS Teams. The topic of the workshop was the use of selected modern technologies in health care.

The workshop welcomed experts from Israeli Ministry of Health, Mr. Haim Hoffert, Deputy Director General, budgeting, pricing and planning division of the Ministry of health, and Mr. Oren Pearlsman. Mr. Hoffert presented the Israeli healthcare system with emphasis on Israeli healthcare finance. He showed a general overview, introduced their cost-effective health system, the current challenges and changes in healthcare, presented the structure including the Israeli Health Insurance Law, and Community-based Primary Healthcare. He commented on the structure of the hospitalization economy. Quality measurements and public transparency as well as economy and the digital pricing system were also discussed. Another topic was hospitals financing BI and the final one was dedicated to digital health technology evaluation for health organizations. In the end, both Israeli guests engaged in a lively discussion with the workshop participants.

This was followed by the presentation by dr. Chytilova (CZ) on the evaluation of the use of selected modern technologies including economic benefits in the Czech Republic. She started by introducing telemedicine history in the Czech Republic and then she described its current state. As for the use of smart devices in the Czech health care, she focused on the use of robots in surgery and at a hospital reception during Covid-19 times. Furthermore, dr. Chytilova discussed the available innovative tools for disease diagnosis as well as big data processing as the next part of her presentation. The presentation was concluded by providing information on HB HTA (Hospital-based Health Technology Assessment).

At the end of the workshop, there was an opportunity for further discussion. The workshop enhanced the participants’ knowledge of the presented topics.

Workshop #2

The second online workshop took place on Monday 27 June 2022 at 2 pm via MS Teams. The topic of the workshop was the state of digitalization of healthcare in the V4 countries, i.e. the concept of e-health.

An Israeli expert on the issue of healthcare digitalization, Ms. Edna Bar-Ratson, MBA, MSc, Director of Quality at Maccabi Health Care Services, was invited to the workshop. She presented the steps implemented within the Maccabi Medical Record, EMR alert system and introduced the functioning of AI-Computer Assisted Flagging. She described the working of the Antibiotic prediction for urinary tract infections (UTI) model. Interesting information on HVA (health value added) was also provided.

This was followed by presentations by representatives of the research teams from the partner universities from Poland (dr. hab. Isabella Steinerowska-Streb), Hungary (dr. Judit Sági), Slovakia (Ing. Denisa Gajdová) including the Czech Republic (dr. Tomáš Jelínek). The representatives presented the state of healthcare digitalization in their country. They outlined the existing legal framework of digitalization, regulators, existing processes of digitalization (e.g. MMR, e-prescription, e-Sick Leave), how healthcare organizations share data with each other, and the main players in modern technologies and innovations.

The workshop enriched the participants with experience in digitalization from the Israeli health sector and provided background information on the state of digitalization in the V4 countries.

Workshop #1

The first online workshop took place on Monday 31 May 2022 at 2 pm via MS Teams. The workshop focused on welcoming the research teams of the grantee and partner universities from Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, including Israeli experts. The aim, timetable and outputs of the project “The Establishment of a Platform for Healthcare Innovations in V4 countries and Israel” were presented. At the same time, the workshop provided the participants with instructions for the preparation of an expert report, the e-brochure and on the Innovation in Health Care conference organisation in Olomouc. The project coordinator also informed about the establishment of a data storage for uploading the necessary documents for solving the tasks.

This was followed by the definition of economic indicators for the evaluation of health care in individual V4 countries based on data from EUROSTAT, OECD and available data at the national level, including an introduction to the basic characteristics of health care in the Czech Republic.

The workshop also outlined the way of defining economic and managerial problems in health care in the V4 countries and briefly outlined economic and managerial problems in the Czech health care.

The workshop concluded with a discussion on the presented issues.