Health & Care Together: From Vision to Reality

Mediterranean Healthcare Forum sits at the heart of the Mediterranean healthcare scene. This event gathers some of the most influential public and private leaders on the field from Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa serving as a meeting point for networking, growth and development, sharing knowledge and discussing the latest healthcare trends.

By 2050, the world will be the home of 10 billion human beings and the average age of the global population will be much older than it is now. In fact, two out five people will be over 60 years old, in addition to 434 million of people above 80 years old. This combination of exponential population growth and demographic changes will seriously accelerate the challenges we face in the universal access to health and healthcare around the world. To counter balance this situation, governments around the globe are expected to increase the expenditure in health care system reaching about 13% of the GDP in OECD countries by 2050.

The Mediterranean region has been seriously hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and its health systems have proven to be insufficiently prepared to articulate an effective and coordinated response. After the most intense months of the emergency, health systems are beginning to recover but with significant consequences.

Countries in Europe and the Mediterranean are facing common challenges related to healthcare. In fact, one of the most pressing issues is how build and put in place a sustainable and resilient health system in each of the countries that compose the Mediterranean region. Although effective healthcare system can be found in some of the most developed nations, applying the same frame and following the same path not the answer for less developed countries, and new road maps to achieve universal healthcare have to be depicted. In this line, the innovations available today could play a crucial role to bypass development stages and seize the opportunity avoiding previous pitfalls of well-established and entrenched systems.

This Forum brings together key stakeholders from the healthcare sector to facilitate and boost the continuous improvement of this industry in the region.

19th November 2020

12.00 - 13.30

Session 1- Transforming Mediterranean Health and Care Together: From Vision to Reality

Key points for discussion:

  • Integrated Healthcare systems in the Mediterranean region: The role of the private sector & Ministries of Health’s considerations and reflections
  • Conceptualisation and Set up of the Digital Workplace: Breaking down the Status Quo
  • Driving Innovation: Disruption, Co-Innovation and New Business Models
  • Extending Health and Healthcare Beyond the Hospital’s Walls: from preventing to wellness care
  • Harnessing the Power of Data: Enabling Smarter Health Systems
  • What are the pillars of resilient and sustainable healthcare systems?
  • Lessons Learned from COVID-19: Leveraging Digital Health to Predict, Prevent and Manage Future Crises


Speakers to be confirmed

Session 2- Will Technologies Save Healthcare?

The digital transformation of health has largely been portrayed as a technology-driven process where people merely have to adapt to a new normal. It sometimes appears as if these digital technologies would come per se with a new way of doing things. During this panel we will learn more about the latest Health Tech solutions such as robotics, 3D printing, AI and how they contribute to the optimisation of the Healthcare systems and improve the quality of live.

Key points for discussion:

  • COVID-19: the first pandemic of the digital age.
    • Exponential growth of contactless applications and telematics services.
    • New technologies to strengthen epidemiological surveillance
    • Impact of the digital transformation in our lifestyle
  • Can digitalisation bridge the gap between capacity and demand of healthcare and wellness services in The Mediterranean region?
  • Adoption and fast tracking of new technologies: Before COVID-19 most public health institutions were reluctant to implement digital health technologies. On the other hand, innovators quickly tried to bring their solutions to the market whereas the academic and scientific world is focused on evidence-based interventions. Can these two worlds be reconciled?
  • Will digitalisation alone solve health systems’ inefficiencies?

Speakers to be confirmed

Panel 2- Mediterranean Healthcare Infrastructure

In this Panel will explore the trends and strategies from design and master planning of healthcare infrastructure in the Mediterranean region and dig into topics related to more operational aspects like procurement and delivery of projects.

Key points for discussion:

Salvador Illa

Ministry of Health, Government of Spain (Special Guest Speaker)

Enric Mayolas

Consulting Director, World Health Management (Moderator)

Gonzalo Fanjul

Policy Director, Institut Salut Global

Chakib Abouzaid

Secretary General, General Arab Insurance Federation

  • Hospital build & design, projects and operations
  • Healthcare investment in the Mediterranean countries focused on operational planning
  • Hospitals and their role in the health service system
  • The importance of early partnerships between all actors: private & public

Speakers to be confirmed

Panel 3- Mediterranean Health Insurance Industry

The Health Insurance industry is growing fast across the globe due to the inefficiency of many governments to provide coverages for their citizens. This is very relevant in the Mediterranean where the development of a strategic and advance vision for this sector Mediterranean has opened up enormous opportunities for expansion. Major trends included in this vision involve the progress and continuous development of mandatory health insurance, a sharper focus on value, and a renewed emphasis on patient access, affordability and quality.

The industry is embracing transformation caused by the aging and growing populations, greater prevalence of chronic diseases and exponential advances in innovative, digital technologies that continue to increase health care demand and expenditures. In this line, innovation, digitalisation and customer centricity will act as a significant driver for the health insurance transformation. This panel aims at painting a broad picture about the state of art of the insurance market in the Mediterranean region and provide valuable insight about the future of this industry.

Key points for discussion:

  • Hospital build & design, projects and operations
  • Healthcare investment in the Mediterranean countries focused on operational planning
  • Hospitals and their role in the health service system
  • The importance of early partnerships between all actors: private & public

Speakers to be confirmed

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Join us at the Mediterranean Healthcare Forum and get to know the new trends,
find inspiration, and most importantly: do great business!


  • B2B Networking meetings between regional and global investors and entrepreneurs from the Mediterranean arranged in a speed dating format.
  • Showcase your innovation and technological skills.
  • Support entrepreneurs and start-ups to showcase their innovative projects to investors.
  • Join our list of Mediterranean Healthcare Forum Sponsors & Partners.
  • Encourage and register team members who are interested in innovation to attend the Forum.

Speakers to be confirmed

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