UK-Spain Seminar on
Health Technologies Innovation

February 5th, 2020

Salón de Actos Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe

5 de febrero 2020

08:15-09:00 Welcome coffee and registration


Mr. Tim Hemmings, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy

Ilmo. Sr. D. José Roberto González, Subdelegado del Gobierno en Valencia

Ilmo Sr. D. Javier Burgos, Director General de Investigación y Alta Inspección Sanitaria de la Consellería de Sanitat Universal i Salut Pública

Dra. Dña. Dolores Hernández, Subdirectora Médica del Hospital U i P La Fe

Prof. D. Máximo Vento, Director Científico del Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria La Fe


Introduction & opening remarks

Linda Magee PHD OBE, Sector Specialist (NHS) for the Life Sciences Organisation in the UK’s Department of International Trade


Part 1 Roundtable: Health technologies innovation: Big Data, Reshaping Healthcare Model
Moderator: Mr. Daniel Sáez Domingo, Technology Transfer Director, Instituto Tecnológico de Informática (ITI), Spain

Brief presentations: Big Data Drives Radical Change in Healthcare. Clinicians Views and Experiences with Big Data

  • Dr. Bernardo Valdivieso, Head of Quality Management Department, Hospital La Fe. Head of EPRSS Group, IIS La Fe, Spain
  • Mr. Rubén Villoria Medina, Head of Business Solutions for Health Privacy and Evidence. GMV, Spain
  • Ms. Cindy Fedell, Chief Digital & Information Officer, Bradford Teaching Hospital, UK
  • Mr. Gerald Dunstan, Partner, Command Centre, GE Healthcare Partners, UK

Objective: To show how big data is changing the face of healthcare now and in the future with specific examples of improved patient care and positive outcomes facilitated through this technology, and how hospitals and healthcare organisations must adapt, change and innovate to survive and improve through big data. To explore real-life clinical settings and experiences of healthcare providers on big data and healthcare. To show clinical views applying analytics at the point-of-care to improve patient health

10:30-11:15 Discussion and Q&A Part 1

Part 2 Roundtable: Health Technologies Innovation: Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Healthcare
Moderator: Prof. Luis Martí-Bonmatí,
Director of Radiology Unit, Hospital Universitario La Fe; Head of GIBI group, IIS La Fe, Spain

Brief presentations: Cognitive Computing, Real-World Data and Machine Learning in the diseases clinical approach. AI and Imaging: at the forefront of health innovation

  • Dr. José David Martín Guerrero, Professor of Electronic Engineering Department, University of Valencia, Spain
  • Dr. Ángel Alberich, CEO & co-founder, Quibim S.L.Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers in Medicine, Spain
  • Dr. Mark Hall, Consultant Radiologist, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow, UK
  • Dr. Ignat Drozdov, Managing Director, Bering Ltd, UK

Objective: To explain pilots of novel cognitive computing platforms that provide point-of-care treatment recommendations based on electronic health record data. To know how “real world data” and machine learning will be important in clinical decision making and highlight potential pitfalls. To focus on how the proper infrastructure can enable the translation of AI from research to clinical care and the importance of starting imaging AI projects to accelerate the patient-care benefits

12:00-12:45 Discussion and Q&A Part 2
12:45-13:45 Lunch buffet and networking
13:45-15:00 Part 3 Technical experts: Understanding Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) on innovation in the healthcare sector: Challenges and future directions

Dr. Grace Jennings, Senior Scientific Adviser, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Scientific Advice, UK

Objective: To introduce Health technology assessment (HTA) as the systematic analysis of the evidence for safety, efficiency, effectiveness, costs, cost effectiveness, and the ethical and legal implications of healthcare technologies. HTA approach is used to inform policy and decision-making in health care, especially on how best to allocate limited funds to health interventions and technologies


HTA: A decision support tool in Spain and a driver for research and innovation

Mr. Juan Carlos Rejón Parrilla, Senior Health Technology Assessment and Health Policy Researcher at the Andalusian Regional Department of Health (area of health technology assessment, AETSA) within the Fundación Progreso y Salud, Sevilla, Spain

Objective: To understand how the evaluation of health technologies is structured in Spain, and how it informs reimbursement decisions in the Spanish Health System. The current trends in the Spanish HTA system and the role of HTA bodies in research and innovation initiatives will also be discussed

14:45-15:00 Final remarks, questions and closing
Prof. Máximo Vento, Scientific Director IIS La Fe
15:00-17:00 One-to-one meetings

General information

Salón de Actos Hospital Universitario y Politécnico La Fe

Venue: Salón de Actos Hospital Universitario y Politécnico La Fe. Avda. Fernando Abril Martorell, 106 - Torre H Planta Baja. 46026 Valencia (Spain).

Date: Valencia, 5th February 2020

Organised by: Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria La Fe (IIS La Fe) and British Embassy Madrid (Department for International Trade and UK Science and Innovation Network).

Simultaneous translation service in English and Spanish.

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