In the last 18 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a central point in health and care, that has involved clinicians, nurses, researchers, and many other people. By collaborating, we are slowly able to make our way out of the crisis, while in the meantime developing new medical products, services, and processes. Looking back together, this session reflects on some of the lessons we learned from this crisis. Both in terms of organization: how should we organize ourselves when we need to do more in less time, but also in terms of product development: what are products we need, and how can we develop those in record time, so that we can effectively contribute to solutions that society needs.
In this session, we will see Prof. Dr. Dirk Donker, intensivist-cardiologist at the UMCU, Prof Richard Boucherie, logistics researcher, and Dr Pepijn Beekman, product developer, discuss together on those aspects.
Dirk Donker highlights some of the aspects of the care for patients with acute and life-threatening complications of COVID and the challenges and opportunities that he has encountered. He also details what he thinks we can learn from this period to technological innovation and improve clinical practice. Pepijn Beekman, together with his company ECsens, prepared efforts to use their system for the detection of individual biomarkers to detect SARS-CoV-2 particles. Development of the QoroNano system started in 2020 and is expected to complete soon. Strategies for beyond COVID will also be discussed in this presentation. Richard Boucherie discusses a model that he developed that provides a real-time forecast of the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to the ward and the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital based on the predicted inflow of patients, their Length of Stay in both the ward and the ICU as well as the transfer of patients between the ward and the ICU. The forecast he and his colleagues developed can show in real-time the number of patients and is used in several Dutch hospitals during the second COVID-19 peak.
10.00 - 10.15
Welcome & introdcution
10.15 - 10.30
COVID-19: Technical innovations in clinical practice
10.30 - 10.45
Careful care planning under COVID-19 restrictions
10.45 - 11.00
Point-of-care diagnostic platforms