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NeLL Digital Health & Care Symposium

The international fully digital symposium on digital health

November 27th, 2020

Where experience meets science and industry; to connect, share and improve health & care

We are happy to invite you to the first edition of the international digital symposium where experience meets science and industry to connect, share and improve healthcare.

This is a one-day digital interactive event to contribute to the development of tomorrow’s health and care. Together we share knowledge to empower the patient. We are committed to create sustainable, inclusive, and patient centered care through the use of (blended) digital health and co-creation.


The event is organized by a multidisciplinary team, chaired by prof. Niels H. Chavannes and prof. Mattijs E. Numans, and digitally hosted bij the National eHealth Living Lab (NeLL) and LUMC Campus The Hague.

The symposium intends to connect (healthcare)professionals, academics, students and start-ups from all over the world to share ideas, insights and experiences. Together we work on the world-wide adoption of smarter, better, inclusive, and digital person centered health and care.

Leiden University Campus The Hague

Is this for you?

The conference reaches out to anyone interested in understanding, development, implementation, and evaluating of innovative healthcare models based on an optimal mix of physical and digital care.

During this symposium we will discuss data, design, reaching patients, patient safety, efficiency and convenience. So whether you are a patient, a caregiver, an eHealth developer, an innovation manager, a policy maker, student or scientist, this online event might offer you just the fresh insights and inspiration you need.

We invite you to get inspired, to participate in discussions and share your ideas. Meet new people, broaden your network and connect; all with the same goal: improving healthcare for all.

Program 2020

09:00 - 09:10 Eva de Valk : Kick-off

Eva de Valk is a journalist in the field of technology and (corporate) innovation. She was responsible for the technology section of the Dutch newspaper NRC and worked as a correspondent in Silicon Valley for NRC and various radio and TV programs. She co-authored a report on the acceleration of e-health applications during COVID-19 in the Netherlands, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Health (VWS). She loves to discuss future scenarios as a speaker, chairperson, and discussion leader in online and offline events.

09:10 - 09:15 Herko Coomans : Introduction

Herko Coomans is a digital health policy wonk who builds international alliances and partnerships at the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in The Hague. He is an advocate of less talk and more action, challenging himself and those around him to go outside their comfort-zone. He spent 2013-2017 creating and enabling the National Health Information Council, the ‘whole ecosystem in the room’, public-private governance council setting the course for patient access, interoperability and health information exchange in The Netherlands. He has 15+ years’ experience with e-government development but has found his heart is in digital health and innovation. He’s been awarded the HIMSS Future50 Government Leadership title in 2019, and his mission is to achieve global interoperability for health data. However, when he takes off his glasses, he doesn’t change into a superhero…

09:15 - 09:40 Reon Brand : Co-emerging futures

At Philips, Reon Brand is responsible for researching and understanding co-emerging future pathways. He thinks we need to fundamentally rethink our approach to health and health care, and believes that digital solutions could help people to change their behaviour and vision about health and care. He pleads for people to become more health resilient by developing local eco-systems. This will  encourage prevention and is obviously the best way to lower healthcare costs, reduce workload and lower demand for care on a longer term. 

09:40 - 09:55 Interactive Q&A with Reon Brand

09:55 - 11:00 Petra Hoogendoorn : Breakout session - Quality of eHealth

Petra will talk about the importance of international uniformity on eHealth quality standards. She will share everything about the development of a CEN-ISO health app quality label and assessment.

09:55 - 11:00 Robbert van Bokhoven : Breakout session - An innovative approach to video calling and how to make it work for people with poor health literacy.

Robbert will highlight the benefits & pitfalls of video calling, present case-studies from the USA and The Netherlands and talks about challenges for practice-based research.

11:00 - 11:15 Break

11:15 - 11:45 Owen Johnson : AI & patient safety

Owen Johnson’s expertise is on patient care pathways, digital diagnostics and process mining of NHS e-health records. In his work he focusses on electronic healthcare records and how they are used by AI and data mining. He argues that data quality in healthcare is often too poor for AI to be reliable and pleads for building intelligent systems that implement much safer AI. 

11:45 - 12:00 Interactive Q&A with Owen

12:00 - 12:30 Break

12:30 - 13:00 Marleen Stikker : Data commons and chronic health

Marleen Stikker operates at the intersection of science, technology and the arts. She strongly adheres to the Maker's Bill of Rights motto: "If You Can't Open It, You Don't Own It". Marleen believes that society needs open technologies that meet societal challenges. In her keynote, she will explain the importance of open technologies for healthcare.

13:00 - 13:15 Interactive Q&A with Marleen

13:15 - 14:10 Tobias Bonten & Annemiek Silven : Breakout session - Use case: MyHeartCount

Performing fully app-based research is quite new: although it offers various chances and possibilities, it can also pose methodological, ethical and legal challenges. In this workshop, we will discuss our experiences of setting up fully app-based medical research (MyHeart Counts) in the Netherlands, a study based on an initiative originally launched by Stanford University. 

13:15 - 14:10 Marjolein Elderhorst & Pieter Jeekel : Breakout session - AI in Healthcare

As manager value-driven care & AI at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) Marjolein and the CAIRELab-team focus on the development of clinical artificial intelligence and research. The aim is to take groundbreaking steps in the field of AI implementation in healthcare in the academic and practical fields. Marjolein will share lesson’s learned and valuable insights with us. Quartermaster Dutch AI coalition all-being & healthcare, Pieter Jeekel will tell us more about this nationwide coalition and the purpose of this alliance regarding healthcare & lifestyle.

14:10 - 14:25 Break + Book launch Healthcare Enablers 2020 Edition

14:25 - 14:55 Kendall Ho : Patient centered clinical applications in digital health

Professor Ho will show us how important it is to understand what patients need and what they expect from their doctor. Healthcare professionals, policy and decision makers need to learn how patients see eHealth. These insights will make the field able to integrate tech within patient care and embed digital health in clinical practice. He will also talk about implications and importance of engaging patients in ensuring these new digital health initiatives can optimize their impact in patient care.

14:55 - 15:10 Interactive Q&A with Prof. Ho

15:10 - 16:15 Panel discussion

16:15 - 16:30 Niels H. Chavannes & Rimke Vos : Roundup

Prof. Dr. Niels H. Chavannes
MD, PhD Full professor of Primary Care Medicine and Founder of the National eHealth Living Lab (NeLL)

In 2015, Niels was appointed Full Professor of Primary Care Medicine, his inaugural speech titled “eHealth in Disease management: goal or tool?”, followed by his appointment as Head of Research and the founding of the National eHealth Living lab (NeLL) in 2018. In 2020 his Chair was continued under the title of “eHealth Applications in Population Health Management”. Niels also holds various other advisory and administrative positions at the interface between population health and (technological) healthcare innovation. In example, he is one of the scientific leads for the Medical Delta program “eHealth & self-management for a healthy society”.

Rimke C. Vos
PhD health scientist/ epidemiologist

Her research focusses on population health implementation and evaluation of healthcare improvement programs for people (at risk for) cardiometabolic lifestyle related chronic conditions.

A selection from the speakers

Eva de Valk

Eva de Valk

Journalist & Host

Niels H. Chavannes

Niels H. Chavannes

Full Professor of Public Health and Primary Care Medicine, Founder of National eHealth Living Lab (NeLL)

Kendall Ho

Kendall Ho

Professor of Emergency Medicine & Academic Director Cloud Innovation Centre, University of British Columbia

Marleen Stikker

Marleen Stikker

Founder of Waag

Owen Johnson

Owen Johnson

Senior Fellow, School of Computing, University of Leeds

Reon Brand

Reon Brand

Director Design Research, Philips

Registration & tickets

Given the current situation regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19 we have decided to go fully digital

Conference fee:

  • regular fee € 115,-
  • student fee (bachelor/master) € 35,- discount code: 08013462
  • start-up fee € 50,- discount code: 37163713
  • Healthcareprofessional fee € 90,- discount code: 25475664

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We managed to reduce the fee to a minimum by bringing in funding from other sources. Should the fee still be too high for you? Participants from low and middle-income countries can apply for a reduction. Please contact us directly via if you would like to apply for this, with a statement to support your request. 

Besides inspirational talks, and a provocative panel discussion a variety of workshops will be hosted. Also we make sure there will be enough time to meet familiar faces and connect with new people.