AIM organises its General Assembly in Antwerp!

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The AIM General Assembly and Board of Directors meeting will take place in Antwerp from 28 to 30 June 2017. The AIM Secretariat has prepared short paragraphs presenting the event’s key meetings. Note that most events are open to AIM members only.

AIM General Assembly and Board of Directors draft programme – 28 -30 June, Antwerp*

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Wednesday 28 June – Hotel Radisson Blu, Koningin Astridplein 7

9.30 – 12.30 – AIM Presidium

14.00 – 18.00 – Region committee meetings

14.00 – 16.00 – joint Latin America/Africa and Middle East region meeting

The region committee meetings will adopt an innovative format as they will open for the first time with a joint meeting between the Latin America/Africa and Middle East region, in order to allow for an exchange of views between both regions. In Antwerp, discussions will focus on AIM members’ experience regarding the coverage of populations with specific profiles: populations seeking health services “abroad”, migrants, workers in the informal economy and rural and remote populations. The joint session will be opened by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and the Ibero-American Social Protection Organisation, who will give their organisation’s perspective about the topics. The session will end with a panel debate. Translation from and into: French, Spanish

16.30 – 18.00 – region committee meetings

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Thursday 29 June

09.00 – 12.30 – European Affairs Committee meeting – Hotel Radisson Blu, Koningin Astridplein 7

This session of the European Affairs Committee will deal with Big Data in healthcare.  Big data is a term that describes the large volume of data – both structured and unstructured – that inundates a business on a day-to-day basis. Big data can be analysed for insights that lead to better decisions and strategic business moves. But who will benefit from the growth of big data, and how? Three representatives,  insurers, doctors and patients, will present their point of views and discuss with AIM members how Big data can be used in healthcare and what disadvantages and advantages might occur from it. Translation from and into: French, Spanish, German, English

14.00 – 17.30 – Meeting of the Board of Directors and General Assembly – Hotel Radisson Blu, Koningin Astridplein 7

The General Assembly of AIM will welcome Dr Winnen, Head of Cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Health, Maggie de Block. He will speak about the Belgian vision on the European Union, especially in the field of healthcare, after Brexit and whilst taking note of other anti-European sentiments. He will also mention the Belgian involvement in European efforts to contain costs of pharmaceuticals and the recently announced reform of the role of the Belgian mutuals. The General Assembly will elect during this meeting also a new Presidium for the period 2017-2020. Translation from and into: French, Spanish, German, English

19.00 – 21.00 – Cocktail Reception, Elzenveld, Lange Gasthuisstraat 45

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Friday 30 June – Hotel Radisson Blu, Koningin Astridplein 7

09.30 – 13.00 – Seminar on Integrated Care

Integrated care is a new care paradigm in healthcare. It can be defined as “the management and delivery of health services such that people receive a continuum of health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, disease-management, rehabilitation and palliative care services, through the different levels and sites of care within the health system, and according to their needs throughout the life course”. The session will offer AIM members keynote speeches from the International Federation of Integrated Care (IFIC) as well as the University of Tilburg to set the scene of integrated care. The remainder of the session will be dedicated to the presentation of AIM members’ but also other health organisations’ roll-out of integrated care. Time will also be dedicated to questions and answers. Translation from and into: French, Spanish, German, English


For further information about the programme, please contact the AIM secretariat: Antwerp2017@aim-mutual.org; +32 2 234 57 00.

* Note that all events listed above are open and restricted to AIM members except for the presidium (Wednesday morning) which is open to presidium members only. The Friday seminar on integrated care is open to external organisations too, upon request and after confirmation of registration by the AIM secretariat.