2023 Schedule

Wednesday May 24th & Thursday May 25th 2023

Future Health Summit 2023 – 8 Sessions


With health service reform top of the agenda in Ireland and in many other health systems internationally, this session looks at the leadership challenges associated with organisational transformation.


The proposed establishment of 5 Regional Health Areas as part of Sláintecare brings into focus the question of governance of our health and social care system. In this session we explore best practice and debate how this might be applied in an Irish context.

Care of the Elderly:

One of the greatest achievements of mankind over the past 100 years is that average life expectancy in the developed world has increased by several decades. This is to be celebrated, but it carries with it the challenge of making those extra years as healthy and disability- free as possible for all.

In this session we look at a variety of ways in which this challenge is being met.

Productivity & Efficiency:

As demand increases, the health service is constantly being challenged to do more with less. Productivity gains allow providers to increase volume, and must be pursued. However that will never be enough. Providers are increasingly being challenged to achieve efficiency gains, where the focus is on the outcomes achieved with limited resources, not just the volume of activity delivered with those resources.

In this session we examine ways in which productivity and efficiency gains are being achieved.


It is widely accepted that we must increase our focus on improving public health and delivering care, while preserving natural resources and reducing environmental impact. This poses a very significant challenge.

In this session we will hear of different ways in which that challenge is being addressed.


Healthcare innovation comes in many forms, from breakthrough drugs and devices that can change outcomes on a global level, to small changes in specific settings that improve productivity, efficiency and patient experience. In this session we learn about different innovations that are driving change for the better.

Digitally enabled change:

Until recently, digital transformation was widely seen as something that health systems would need to get around to eventually, but not until some of the more immediate challenges were addressed. Accelerated by Covid, it is now widely understood that digitisation and AI must be wholeheartedly embraced if some of the immediate challenges are ever going to be addressed. In this session we take a look at some of the advances that are being made.

Future Health Summit Innovation Award 2023 Session:

Sponsored by UPMC & Medtronic:

Companies participating in the award can engage with fellow trailblazers in the health technology field, as well as the numerous delegates and speakers attending the Summit.

This Session will showcase innovation, profile new start- Up Companies & Entrepreneurs operating in the Healthcare sector by fostering an awareness of the increasing importance of Health technologies/products and their application to improve healthcare quality and safety.

For shortlisted companies it’s a chance to meet get in front of an international audience of healthcare leaders and decision makers i.e. potential customers, healthcare executives and potential investors/partners.

The Winner will receive an Exclusive Award and through association with the prestigious Future Health Summit will receive extensive press and media coverage along with other key benefits.

More details: https://www.futurehealthsummit.com/innovation-award/

Our full Agenda for 2023 will be announced over the coming weeks.

Find 2022’s Action Packed Agenda below:

Navigating the Next Horizon

This year’s Future Health Summit is set to be the most impactful event in the Irish health sector calendar in 2022.

Designed around specific themes, each section of Summit will address one of the major challenges facing the Irish and international health systems. An exceptionally strong field of speakers from Ireland and other EU countries, the UK and the US has been assembled, each a recognised expert in the theme they will be speaking about.

Conference Chair: Fergus Clancy, Advisor & Non Exec Chair, FC Advisory Ltd

Access – What’s the ambition?

The changing needs of an ageing population means that improving access to care is a perennial challenge. In this opening session of the Summit our speakers examine ways in which access is being enhanced. One of the top officials from the Department of Health will offer a policy perspective and we will hear from one of Ireland’s most experienced healthcare leaders whose career spans the public and private sectors in Ireland and the UK. This segment of the Summit will also include a presentation from a leading clinician with extensive US and Irish experience in the health insurance sector. The head of market access from one of the world-leading pharmaceutical companies will also speak in this segment, rounding out an exceptional strong panel.


As demand looks set to out-pace supply long into the future, this segment of the Summit looks at innovative and cost effective ways in which the capacity of the health service can be expanded. We look at how capacity of the public system is being increased at record pace in one of the country’s major academic teaching hospitals, with a presentation by its CEO. We examine the role that the non-profit and private sectors can play, with an address by a leading non-profit sector CEO. With the CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland we explore how capacity in the nation’s nursing homes has kept pace with demand in seamless and cost effective manner. And one of Ireland’s foremost healthcare property experts provides a valuable insight into how some of Ireland’s critical health infrastructure is being developed.


Recruitment, retention and engagement of employees is arguably the biggest single difficulty facing healthcare providers in Ireland and around the world. Labour shortages and post-pandemic fatigue are placing enormous strain on services. For the first time the Future Health Summit is dedicating an entire segment to the human resource challenges and opportunities faced by the health system. We will hear from leading highly respected CEOs from public and private sector organisations, along with a presentation from one of Ireland’s preeminent specialist recruiters of healthcare staff. We will also hear from a leading UK healthcare expert and from an internationally recognised motivational speaker on the subject of staff engagement.

Innovation Award Pitches

Day 2 – Thursday May 19th 2022

 Welcome and Opening Remarks


The Future Health Summit has long been recognised as the leading national forum for showcasing health service innovation. This year the Summit continues its strong focus on this topic. A key note speech will be delivered by a world-renowned medic who is physician-in-chief of one of the largest health systems in the U.S., who is also the founding dean of one of the most progressive schools of medicine in north America. He will be joined by one of Ireland’s most respected medical consultants who is Chief Academic Officer of a leading public hospital group. The panel will also include a revolutionary healthcare entrepreneur from the Netherlands and an Irish pioneer of an innovative solution in the care of the elderly sector.


Health services are constantly being asked to “do more with less”. This is taking place against ever-increasing regulatory, safety and quality improvement demands. Among the speakers in this segment of the Summit are the newly appointed CEO of HIQA, who carries into this role a career-long experience of key operational roles in the Irish health service. The Chief Pilot of Aer Lingus will speak about the importance of organisational culture in safety-critical industries. We will also hear from a leading clinician who is Director of Improvement at a large NHS Trust. This segment will also benefit from input from the founder of an award winning Irish company that is making an impact globally with its advance governance, risk and compliance software.

Panel Discussion chaired by Conference Chair

Digital Transformation

As health systems grapple with with demographic and other challenges, digitally enabled change offers grat hope for more efficient delivery and greater patient experience. This Summit is delighted to have assembled a panel of leading experts in the field of digital transformation. These include a former CIO of the NHS who is now a global director of the leading healthcare and diagnostic software provider in Europe. He will be joined by a senior nurse manager from a leading NHS Trust that has successfully changed its operating model and the role of digital and data-driven solutions to improve patient flow. The managing director of healthcare consulting with KPMG will outline how the firm is helping healthcare clients who are committed to digital transformation and the panel will also include the CEO of the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre in Scotland.

Panel Discussion chaired by Conference Chair

Closing remarks and Innovation award presentation