The 6th edition of Hospital Days was held this week on the island of St. Nikola in Poreč as a part of the largest regional technology and business conference WinDays18. The conference is a result of collaboration between the IN2 Group and Microsoft.

After the conference was opened by Director of Health Sector in IN2 Group Denis Jašarević, Ramiz Shirinov, from the international hospital of Bona Dea in Azerbaijan where IN2 in 2016 won the contract for implementing hospital information system, presented the IT infrastructure and the first smart hospital in Azerbaijan.

Krešimir Majdenić from the IN2 Group talked about the automation of activities in information systems of health institutions conditioned by the GDPR. Majdenić warned that, when the GDPR provisions come into effect in May, patients will get the right to information, data access, data correction, data deletion, processing limitation, objection and exemption from the automatic decision-making. This represents additional work for hospitals and is easier to manage with GDPR automation in order to synchronize data across all systems simultaneously. Attorney Danijela Simeunović also gave a talk on the topic of GDPR, focusing on the legal aspect of this regulation.

Microsoft’s Healthcare Industry Director for CEE Lorenzo Pengo spoke about the data and digital healthcare transformation. He stated that the average person in 2020 will create 1GB of data per day. Data and artificial intelligence will soon make medical and managerial decisions in the hospital. “Anticipation of events is much better than treatment, for both people and the costs,” said Pengo, who also introduced some healthcare trends to the conference participants, such as using MS Kinect when monitoring patient’s recovery, or as a tool for better communication between a surgeon and a computer during surgery.

Healthcare industry solutions manager in Microsoft Andrew Graley recalled technology advances since the time of using x-rays on computers and CDs, and up to the era of Clouds. Today, Microsoft concentrates on a patient-centered approach that includes a proactive wellness plan, personal treatment, remote monitoring, connected devices, connected partners and clients. Graley also mentioned an example of patient data tracking on mobile applications such as blood pressure or activity, which may result in a patient having more data than their doctor, and ultimately, in a larger sample and better interpretation of the data.

A good example of communication between hospital employees is found in the Western Sussex Hospitals when the teams gather for discussions supported by services such as Microsoft Teams, Azure, Data Insights and Office 365.

Co-founder of MedApp Mateusz Kierepka presented CarnaLife Holo, a tool that can, by using Microsoft HoloLens, display human organs in three dimensions, which can be extremely useful in medicine when it is not possible to conclude in what way is something distributed in the space based on two-dimensional images.

Siniša Košćina from IN2 talked about a new generation of hospital information systems that combine all functions within a single system – from patient reception and treatment to billing. The range of such systems spreads out of the hospital and is used in preventive care, i.e. before treatment, in promoting a healthy life, and after treatment. Afterward, they actively involve the patient in monitoring their condition. This creates a continuous flow of information about each person through their life.

A roundtable on better data usage for a smart healthcare system was held at the end of the morning part of the program, with Lorenzo Pengo, Danijela Simeunović, Andrew Graley, Siniša Košćina and a consultant Miroslav Mađarić.

Hospital Days included several sessions related to pharmaceutical topics – Dr. Maja Drašković spoke about serialization of drugs, and Dr. Maja Gačić on increasing Croatia’s competitiveness in attracting clinical trials. Clinical trials were the subject of Barış Erdoğan’s session, while Tatjana Tomljenović talked about the outcomes of treatment as the patients’ ultimate goal. Sani Pogorelić talked about the scientific and technological revolution in pharmacy, and Anita Galić on integrated care and Patient Support Programs.