TRACK 6: ICT and the medicine and healthcare cluster
At the heart of the Industry 5.0. paradigm, lies the recognition that (digital) innovation and its application in the form of services, products, and processes need to serve the triple imperative of being sustainable, human-centric and geared toward resilience of industry, the economy and society. The transition to the broadly defined Industry 5.0. paradigm is accompanied by groundbreaking developments and ideational shifts in several branches/subsectors of industry, including the medicine and healthcare cluster. The impact of digital technologies on this broad and highly diversified cluster is profound and spans areas ranging from (big) data management, through new diagnostic opportunities, new approaches to treatment, to novel ways of managing the healthcare system.
While research addressing each specific aspect of this (in fact, digital transformation of the medicine and healthcare sectors flourishes), many of these interconnected topics are discussed separately from each other, while at the same time the dialogue between practitioners and academics remains vague. What follows is that the exploratory and explanatory potential inherent in current research and practice remains under-utilized, effectively undermining the possibility of attaining the imperatives related to the Industry 5.0. paradigm in the medicine and healthcare cluster.
Recognizing the expertise and the ideas of medicine and healthcare practitioners, as well as the needs of patients, the objective of this track is to encourage dialogue between the research community engaged with the topics at the centre of current ICT development of ICT (big data, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), quantum computing, cognitive computing and others) and their application in the medicine and healthcare sector (including big data-driven diagnostics, AI-based predictive models, and others) and practitioners engaged in day-to-day work with patients. Ideally, the encounter of these two communities will allow us to take a holistic and multi-disciplinary view of the question of how to ensure that the patient receives the full benefit of the profound developments taking place at the intersection of ICT, medicine and healthcare. While several topics in the so- defined domain will remain highly specialized and will be discipline- and field-specific, a great number of topics exist that require a conversation and, indeed, research involving experts and practitioners from diverse fields and disciplines. The objective of this track is to enable that to happen.
Researchers and practitioners interested in joining the Rii Forum 2023, to engage in conversation on these topics, may consider the following items/discussion points:
• big data-supported diagnosis, prediction and treatment of patients with diverse illnesses and conditions;
• data-mining for patients’ extended history and diagnosis;
• data-supported prognostics and identification of the most efficient treatment, including customized pharmaceutical care;
• ICT-enhanced patient-centred tools and instruments, including customized apps, wearables, and others, for efficient treatment of specific illnesses and conditions;
• ICT-enhanced tools in the context of care of the elderly;
• good and bad practices in diagnostics and patients’ care
• transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
• the challenge of privacy, data protection, cyber-security: issues, problems, ways of addressing them;
• business and managerial considerations;
• regulatory approaches and public policy tools in the domain of the medicine and healthcare cluster.