Science, technology and sustainability: the keys to the future of healthcare at the World Health Forum Veneto


Padova, March 23, 2024 - Today was the fourth and final day of high-level meetings and events organized in Padova during the World Health Forum Veneto to analyze the present and delve into the future of the evolution of medical sciences and technologies that can improve our lives. An event open to all: citizens, operators, patients, and experts, promoted by Motore Sanità, Regione del Veneto, Comune di Padova, Camera di Commercio di Padova, Fondazione Cariparo, Università degli Studi di Padova, Veneto Innovazione, VIMM-Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine, Teatro Stabile del Veneto, Venicepromex, and Agenda Digitale del Veneto 2025.

Antonio Delli Gatti, Executive Director Healthcare Italy at Engineering Ingegneria Informatica Spa, opened the roundtable discussion on Information Technology and its Impact on the Future of Healthcare in Italy, moderated by Roberto Soj - Scientific Directorate Motore Sanità.

Changing the rules of healthcare through information technology

"The future of healthcare," said Delli Gatti, "will be shaped by information technology; in particular, the ability to elevate healthcare systems in terms of effective and efficient response to the health needs of the population will be strongly dependent on how information technology is used: the more it is adopted to 'change the rules of the game,' the more the game will benefit all its players, especially citizens-patients, healthcare professionals, and healthcare systems themselves, ensuring their sustainability. 'Changing the rules of the game' means considering information technology in the same way researchers investigate a new, promising molecule: a possible 'promise' to transform prevention, diagnosis, care, and assistance pathways, improving their value, that is, the relationship between outcomes and resources employed. And 'changing the rules of the game' means persevering in dedicating the right resources so that the new 'digital health' molecule continuously unleashes its potential to accompany the healthcare system in its path of continuous, necessary transformation."

Technology as a key to a sustainable healthcare system

Matteo Santoro, General Manager GPI, emphasized the importance of technology in ensuring a sustainable healthcare system centered on people. "The future calls us to respond to the needs of large segments of the population in a context where resources are characterized by limited availability," Santoro said. "Fortunately, we live in a country where healthcare is understood as a universal good, but in order it to continue to be such, it must also be sustainable. Technology plays a pivotal role in this context. Innovation is strongly oriented towards improving people's quality of life and supports the challenge of the coming years through solutions that contribute on one hand to redesigning the entire healthcare system increasingly organized around people rather than disease; on the other hand, technologies introduce models and perspectives to address the issue of Health with new paradigms, such as personalized medicine or One-Health. The GPI group is firmly investing in this perspective."

Technological innovation to revolutionize the healthcare sector

Pietro Pacini, President of Assinter Italia, highlighted the crucial role of technological innovation in transforming the Italian healthcare sector: "We live in an era where technological innovation is revolutionizing every aspect of our lives, and the healthcare sector is no exception," Pacini said. "Through cutting-edge solutions such as artificial intelligence, big data analysis, telemedicine, and digital health, we can radically transform how healthcare services are delivered in our country. To do this, close collaboration is needed between regional and national institutions, the healthcare world, and ICT companies, and Assinter Italia, with its networking capacity, today is a subject that can play that important role of connection, believing that the development of future healthcare is a design path to be built in a unified manner."

Digital Humanism in the context of the Digital Revolution in healthcare

Andrea Leonardo, Director of HealthCare AlmavivA, emphasized the importance of adopting an ethical and responsible approach to the use of digital technologies in the healthcare context. "Speaking of the impacts of digital technologies on the future of Healthcare and the speed at which technologies are advancing today," Leonardo explains, "it becomes fundamental that the ongoing Digital Revolution is anchored to a paradigm of Digital Humanism for an ethical, aware, and responsible use of technologies (AI above all, given its disruptive potential), to induce all stakeholders of the Healthcare System to a critical reflection on the social implications and cultural impacts of technologies in society and on the lives of patients."

New digital technologies as drivers for social and healthcare welfare

Mario Ronchetti, President of Atena Informatica Srl, expressed gratitude to Motore Sanità for inviting the company to the World Health Forum. "We are happy to participate in this discussion among professionals," confirms Ronchetti, "convinced that it can generate useful sharing on the importance, for IT companies, of playing a role of great responsibility, offering digital tools capable of innovating local welfare systems, favoring synergy between local administrations and territorial actors, and responding to increasingly relevant complex social and healthcare risks and needs. Coming from the welfare world, we are looking with great interest at the reform of Territorial Healthcare introduced with DM 77/22 of the Ministry of Health. Our interest stems from the belief that to achieve the objectives of 77/22, but more generally to take care of people in a comprehensive way, it is necessary to interoperate the welfare world with the healthcare world."

Artificial intelligence: an ally to improve healthcare experience

Giacomo Lorusso, CEO Jakala Civitas, closed the event with these words: "The World Health Forum has been an extraordinary opportunity to understand how a responsible and ethical adoption of Artificial Intelligence in healthcare can lead to significant benefits in clinical practice - for example, to allow faster and more accurate diagnoses or to identify cases at risk of deterioration. At the same time, it is important to evaluate the use of AI to simplify citizens' experience in accessing services and to avoid healthcare professionals' activities of collecting information and framing needs that can be delegated to machines. It is important to start from the data and information already available, in order to rethink patients' and professionals' experiences based on AI; it is something that is already happening in other sectors and that the Jakala Group is able to bring to healthcare as well, with greater value I would add, being able to dedicate to patient care the time saved in administrative activities."

The World Health Forum Veneto is born with a specific purpose: to analyze the present and delve into the future of medical sciences and technologies that can improve life.

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