Day 1 :
Safehand Consulting Limited, UK
Keynote: Maintaining patient safety in the design and implementation of health IT information systems
Time : 09:00-09:35
Adrian Stavert-Dobson is the Managing Partner of Safe Hand Consulting Limited. He is a leading expert on the safe implementation of health technology. Formerly Head of Clinical Risk Management at BT Global Services, Adrian has operated as a Clinical Safety Officer for ten years overseeing the risk assessment of national health IT systems. In 2016 he published the world’s first book on the subject (ISBN-10: 3319266101). Adrian is a medical doctor, computer programmer and health informatician and speaks regularly at conferences, seminars and workshops. He was pivotal in the development of the UK Safety Standards ISB 0129 and ISB 0160.
The use of technology to influence clinical decision making is growing rapidly. The need to improve patient safety is frequently cited as a key driver in the business cases of those procuring new health IT systems. Whilst research has shown that technology can reduce clinical risk it is becoming increasingly apparent that health IT systems introduce hazards of their own. When systems are suboptimally designed or implemented in a vacuum of clinical input, a worrying scenario can result. The UK is leading the world by introducing the first mandatory national standards that require suppliers and healthcare organizations to proactively manage clinical risk in health IT systems before they go live. Conforming to the standards not only protect patients, but also drives product quality, engages clinicians, facilitates project success and reduces the risk of litigation. But complying is a challenge-clinicians are expected to construct complex documentation more commonly formulated by experienced safety engineers. In this presentation the speaker will outline the requirements of the UK standards, the benefits of complying and the challenges they present to suppliers and healthcare organisations in the UK.
United States National Defense University, USA
Keynote: Global food safety product management: A holistic, integrated, strategic approach (Proposed)
Time : 09:35-10:10
William S. Boddie is the Professor of Systems Management at the U.S. National Defense University (NDU) iCollege since 2002. Boddie provided graduate-level education in organizational leadership, management, enterprise architecture, and program management. Boddie led programs for organizations including the U.S. White House, U.S. Treasury Department, U.S. Commerce Department, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. Boddie developed several frameworks and models that enable organizational leaders to improve enterprise performance. Boddie published peer-reviewed journal articles, authored chapters in book publications, and facilitated numerous presentations. Boddie is the NDU iCollege Professor of the Year for 2006 – 2007.
The safety of millions of the world’s population is at significant risk. Unsafe food products and foodborne diseases cause the preventable deaths of over two million people annually globally. This situation represents a global sense of urgency in which nations and food product safety-oriented organizations seek to develop and implement actionable strategies to address unsafe food products and foodborne diseases. Food product safety management is critical to enabling safe food products throughout the food product lifecycle. The food product lifecycle represents the activities involved with food products from origin to consumption and/or ultimate disposition. Effective management of food product lifecycle activities is critical to enable safe food product consumption globally. However, virtually every nation, from the least to the most advanced, and every food product safety-oriented organization, lacks a holistic, integrated, strategic approach to enable effective food product safety management. The presenter proposes that nations and food product safety-oriented organizations adopt the Food Product Safety Management Integrated Framework (Proposed). This proposed framework prescribes a holistic, integrated, strategic approach to enabling global food product safety management that includes effective food product safety management, governance, a food product safety management strategy, a food product safety management, enterprise architecture, a food product safety management portfolio management capability, and a food product safety management capital planning and investment management capability. Adopting the proposed framework would enable nations to achieve effective food product safety management by leveraging a holistic, integrated, and strategic approach.
Brigham Young University, USA
Time : 10:10-10:45
Ray M. Merrill received his academic training in statistics and public health. He is a former Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, USA, and visiting scholar at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France. He has won various awards for his research and is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and of the American Academy of Health Behavior. He is the author of over 250 peer-reviewed articles and the following books: Environmental Epidemiology, Reproductive Epidemiology, Principles of Epidemiology Workbook, Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatics, Behavioral Epidemiology, and Statistical Methods in Epidemiologic Research. He teaches classes in epidemiology and Biostatistics and is a full professor in the Department of Health Science, College of Life Sciences at Brigham Young University.
This study explores whether participation in a worksite wellness program differed by age and sex and was associated with frequency and the average cost of medical claims. Healthcare cost data were available for school district employees during the academic years ending in 2009 through 2014. The wellness program was available in the later three years. The frequency and average cost of medical claims were compared between the three years prior to and the three years during the wellness program. Wellness program participation increased from 65.6% 2011-12 to 79.7% 2012-13. The increase occurred within age groups and for males and females. The average age of program participants was significantly lower in 2011-12 (48.2 vs. 49.4, p = 0.0099), but similar in the next two years. Participation in at least one behavior change campaign in each year was 52.1%, 53.7%, and 73.7% of all wellness program participants, respectively. Female employees were significantly more likely to complete one or more behavior change campaigns in each year of the wellness program (p < 0.0001). The percentage of employees filing at least one claim per time period were higher for those in the wellness program (p < 0.0001), but average medical claims payments were lower for those in the wellness program. After subtracting program costs, the cost savings from the wellness program was $3,612,402. The benefit-to-cost ratio was 3.6. Therefore, participation in the wellness program resulted in lower average medical claim costs than non-participation but number of claims were higher in program participants.
University of Haifa, Israel
Time : 11:10-11:45
Osnat Rubin is a senior lecturer, with the specialties including Educational Counseling and Psychology. She is the head of a track of M.A. studies on Counseling and Human Development at the University of Haifa, Israel. She has also been the editor of the peer-reviewed journal KAET (Hebrew). Her fields of research include: counseling and positive-technologies, human development and PP, minorities in education. Rubin founded an organization that develops technologies to assist therapists, and trains counselors to provide online counseling for minorities. Rubin received important grants for her research and publications in these areas.
The positive-psychology (PP) research aims at understanding the positive, adaptive, fulfilling aspects of human behavior, focusing on strengths and quality of life, rather than an illness. Among the highlighted themes of PP (such as happiness, meaningfulness, and spirituality), Hart and Sasso (2011) mark the engagement in resilience and coping, as a significant theme of the “PP second-generation” (“PP 2.0.”). This theme focuses on individuals who are situated in difficulty and limitation, and seeks to characterize the quality of life of people with disabilities (physical, mental or intellectual). The lecture will present the findings of a study concerning the sense of burden and the sense of growth of mothers of adolescents with intellectual disabilities, as it relates to the severity of their children’s retardation. This population is considered to be vulnerable, and these mothers tend to experience a high prevalence of depression, burden and psychological distress. The hypothesis was that among mothers of children with severe mental retardation, the sense of burden will be higher and the sense of growth will be lower. However, no differences in the sense of burden were found between the groups (sever/mild), and the sense of growth among the mothers of adolescents with severe mental retardation was higher. The lecture will afford an extensive presentation of the research findings and insights with regard to the theme of 'meaning', providing a bridge between the 'traditional' approach, which focuses on the parents’ difficulties and pathologies, and the PP approach that recognizes the strengths and positive ways of coping.