eu bme-idea meeting 2016

aarhus, denmark

The BME IDEA Symposium 2016 was hosted by INNO-X Healthcare, Aarhus University, Health from the 6th to the 7th of June. The Symposium was primarily for the members of BME IDEA network in the US and EU. Attending was free. Travel and accommodations was at the participants’ own cost.  There will be the possibility to join a pre-symposium trip to Stauning Whisky on the evening of 5th of June. Joint transport of participants from Aarhus to Stauning was organised and with departure from Aarhus at 15.00.

June 6th – BME AT WORK

Workshop where faculty peers, clinicians and BME Idea participants will use the Biodesign tools to innovate while experiencing the international differences in innovating for healthcare systems across continents. The workshop is intended to also reveal the differences in how Biodesign have been adopted across institutions. It will provide a hands-on experience of the Biodesign process for new BME-Idea participants.

Knowledge sharing session with selected presentations of Biodesign programs around the globe. Solutions without borders. Experience Biodesign process in merging European and US markets.

Differences in thinking. What are the differences in thinking, mindship and structural frames that needs to be identified to create a more international scope of market potential.


The reimbursements models in healthcare sectors are being challenged. This may change the business model . Day 2 will try to give insight to new ways o f running the healthcare sector. Leaders of hospitals, primary care units and researchers of health economics will start of the day of with inspirational talks on how they see the future of “paying” for healthcare and what new solutions have to bring of evidence and effect before being implemented and payed for. All seen in relation to a the big question can it support a business.

In a parallel session, fellows from US and EU, brainstorm on how business model design can be taught and create a pretotype curriculum.

Workshop—Differences in reimbursements systems inside BME IDEA network EU/US.

What kind of innovation is needed to support the changes in healthcare reimbursement systems and what kind innovation will benefit from new reimbursement models? Low hanging fruits? What implications does this pose on the way we teach business model design?

How do we in BME IDEA prepare our students for creating or benefit from upcoming payment models?

Fellows join the symposium.

Wrap-up of the symposium and presentation of the outcome of the pretotype curriculum. Is there a match?

Program for BME IDEA 2016

[Note, the outlined program can still be changed slightly and we will also be in contact with attendees about presentations]

Monday, 6 June – Aarhus, Denmark, Aarhus University School of Engineering – Navitas, – Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C

(Re-) Experience the Biodesign process – workshop

08:00- Registration, coffee and buns

08:30- Welcome & Introduction to the program of the day and presentation of the invited participants

09:00- Three Biodesign video films; showcasing physical frames for running Biodesign courses at different schools.

09:20- Introduction to the workshop topics and assignments. Topics (healthcare needs) will be gathered beforehand from the BME-IDEA community and other relevant stakeholders.

The workshop is intended to reveal the differences in how Biodesign have been adopted across institutions. It will provide a hands-on experience of the Biodesign process for new BME-Idea participants.

Participation of medical professionals from Aarhus will provide faculty participants from Engineering Schools insights on the contribution and the added-value to the process from this stakeholder group. Learnings from the workshop will be transferred to the workshop the day after.

All teams will consist of international (BME-IDEA) faculty blended with Aarhus faculty and clinicians as well as participating international Biodesign fellows.

Workshop session 1: IDENTIFY NEED

09:35- Group-wise selection of need from the pool of topics; Need scoping and writing need statements (endpoints need to fit both EU and US markets) based on the chosen topic.

10:00- Quick Round-the-Tables on need statements and endpoints

5 min Break

10:20- Biodesign in EU and US University Programs
Two institutions present each their short video recordings and introduce or update on relevant initiatives/activities in relation to Biodesign at attendees’ institution.

Workshop session 2: IDEATE SOLUTION

11:00- Teams ideate solutions and sketch the solution and the workflow it intervenes with. 11:40- Quick Round-the-Tables presentation of solutions
12:00- Lunch

13:00 Biodesign in EU and US University Programs
Two institutions present each their short video recordings and introduce or update on relevant initiatives/activities in relation to Biodesign at attendees’ institution


13:45- Teams build the business model for their solution. Business model should fit international markets.

14:45- Presentation of cases and discussion of experiences of country-wise differences perceived at the tables during the workshop sessions.

15:30-15:40 Wrap up and information on afternoon site visits.

Only for the BME.IDEA network:

16:00-18:00- Early evening events;
Site visit to the construction site of the new Aarhus University Hospital, going to be the largest in Scandinavia (at least for a while)


Boat trip on the Aarhus Bay to hear about the old history of Aros (old Aarhus) and the local plant and animal life

19:30 Dinner

Tuesday, 7 June – Aarhus, Denmark

08:00- Transport from hotel to Moesgaard Museum (event location)
08:30- Welcome note note by Allan Flyvbjerg, Dean Faculty of Health, Aarhus University 08:50- Introduction to the day, INNO-X09:00- Around the world emerging trends in Healthcare for Value-based and Patient-centric care are expected to improve clinical outcomes and at the same time cutting healthcare costs. These trends put pressure on obsolete reimbursement systems and demand new business models for both payers, providers and medical technology businesses.What are the needs for changes or updates in the Biodesign teaching and curriculum to meet the trends in value-based healthcare? This is the topic of the day.09:00- Ole Thomsen, Health Director Central Denmark Region;
Healthcare reimbursement models in the future, – a perspective from the provider side

09:20- Rikke Søgaard, Prof. Health economics, Aarhus University
Reimbursement based on patient-reported quality of care, – payer perspective and how mature are these changes?

09:40- Company perspective on how the shift towards value and outcome-based reimbursement models affect business models.

10:05- Break

10:25- G.P. perspective, Chairman of General Practitioners’ union,

[all four presentations will be broadcasted through Google hangout] 10:45- Q&A, – Discussion

11:20- Plenum discussion of information from the four talks. Is there a match between what payers, providers and companies demands and their goals? How does it impact new device innovations?

12:00- Lunch

13:00- Workshop; Based on the learning from the four presentations in the morning session, what are the need adaptations to incorporate in Biodesign curriculums and how?

[in parallel; Biodesign fellows (and/or Biodesign alumni) have their own workshop in which they ideate on how to teach and explore business modelling during Biodesign programs in a manner adapted to the emerging changes in healthcare reimbursement systems and differences among EU and US markets]

14:30- Q&A with Video link to US; how and to which extent has Biodesign programs already adapted a way to teach and support business modelling shaped for the future healthcare system? Session will include short presentations on key findings and updates vice versa. More information will follow before the meeting and attendees will be invited to send questions in advance.

15:30- Biodesign students/fellows present their proposal for new ways of teaching business modelling.

Plenum discussion on the matters and the degree of alignment with the results of the workshop performed among Biodesign teachers.

16:15- Wrap up – What did we learn today?

16:30- Finished

The BME IDEA Symposium 2016 – information sheet

Come visit the happiest country in the world. Where we have extremely high taxes and cold winters, LEGO, green energy, pastries, whisky and free school and healthcare.
Consider bringing your family and enjoy Denmark.

The BME IDEA Symposium 2016 will be hosted by INNO-X Healthcare, Aarhus University, Health. The Symposium will be for the members of BME IDEA network in US and EU primarily.
There will be the possibility to join a pre-symposium social event to Stauning Whisky on the evening 5th June. Joint transport of participants from Aarhus to Stauning will be organised and with departure from Aarhus at 15.00.

Transportation to Aarhus

Aarhus can be reached from several destinations as listed below.

Billund Airport: Billund is well connected with flights from Frankfurt and Amsterdam and domestically with Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup). From Billund to Aarhus transportation goes with airport bus 912X at the appr. Price of 25$ – payment with credit cards at bording is possible. The bus trip takes 1,5 hours.

Billund is recommended.

Aarhus Airport: is a small airport just 50 minutes from Aarhus, but with much less international connecting flights. Good domestic connection with Copenhagen Airport and the right airport for connection with London and Stockholm. Travel to Aarhus is by airport bus 925X – payment at bording and they take most credit cards as well as cash in €, $ and £ (and of course DKK).

Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup): is the largest airport in Scandinavia so more or less everything connects to and from this airport. Travel from Copenhagen to Aarhus can either be a domestic flight to Aarhus Airport or train. In most cases it is possible to board a train at the airport that goes directly to Aarhus, but otherwise change of train happens at Copenhagen Central Station. It is in all cases necessary to buy ticket BEFORE boarding the train. There a several possibilities at the airport to buy tickets (individual customer service or self-service vendor machines).

Aalborg Airport: a fourth airport in Denmark which is under fast development. Not sure how well it is connected to relevant international airports, but it may be an alternative for some participants. Travel to Aarhus would be by train, appr. 2 hours.


INNO-X has pre-reserved rooms at Radisson Blue Hotel, at a favourable price of 995 DKK per night including breakfast, but we can only keep them on hold until end April so please book the room as soon as you can. You make the booking yourself with this link.
For further inquiries, our contact person at Radisson Blue is Kari Marita Brudeli,

There are of course also other good hotels in town and in the more cost-friendly end we have, CABINN.

Hotels in Aarhus are quite booked during ordinary workdays so don’t wait too long with the booking.

Price for the symposium

Participation in the symposium is free but require sign-up at, Aarhus University

Venues for the Symposium.
6 June 2016: School of Engineering, Navitas, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, Aarhus C
7 June 2016: Moesgaard Museum, Moesgaard Allé 15, Hoejbjerg

Grants for students:

INNO-X is currently working on raising funds for travel grants. A few grants might also be available from last year’s meeting at Imperial College. It will be helpful to have an idea of how many BME- IDEA attendees who intent to bring one or two current or former fellows along – and who needs travel grants.

We will send out more details on this matter end of April.

Sights in Aarhus and around:

For those of you bringing family or taking time off to play tourist – here is a list of top attractions in Aarhus (click on Aarhus). We can arrange for free access to AROS for participants and their family. Then there is LEGO land in Billund, – it is possible to stay at hotel in LEGO land if any of you like to combine flights and visits to LEGO land.

Not far from Aarhus Airport there is a great national park called Mols Bjerge. The national park should be possible to reach by ordinary busses otherwise contact if interested in a visit.
Find additional information about Aarhus.

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