Keynote speakers

Dr. David Mohr

David C. Mohr, PhD, trained as a psychologist, is Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, with appointments in Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Social Sciences.  He is also the Director of Northwestern University’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs;

Dr. Mohr’s work lies at the intersection of behavioral science, technology, and clinical research, focusing on the design, evaluation, and implementation of interventions that harness digital technologies to promote mental health and wellness. While there has been much research over the past decades demonstrating the potential for digital mental health, successful implementation in healthcare settings has been elusive.  The overarching goal of this work is to sustainably implement digital mental health interventions in real-world care settings.

Dr. Mohr is currently conducting research in personal sensing, using smartphone sensor data to detect behaviors related to common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.  He is also beginning design work aimed at harnessing sensor features to create applications that motivate positive behavior change.  Finally, he is conducting a system-wide roll out and evaluation of a mental health app platform, IntelliCare, in a healthcare system in Chicago.

Keynote: Rethinking digital mental health

Hundreds of randomized controlled trials have demonstrated the efficacy of digital mental health (DMH). However, despite many attempts, substantial challenges have been encountered in attempts at implementation of DMH services in real-world healthcare settings.

This talk will describe our research program, aimed at overcoming this research-to-practice gap, including 1) human computer interaction (HCI) studies with adults with depression and anxiety, and care managers in healthcare settings; 2) a platform-based intervention framework (IntelliCare) based on early HCI studies; and 3) clinical trials evaluating the IntelliCare Platform.

HCI studies revealed that people generally engage with apps that are quick to use and have a single or narrow purpose.  Designed to address these use patterns, we have taken a platform approach, as opposed to a single app for a disorder.  This platform, called IntelliCare, includes a suite of simple apps, each targeting a single behavioral strategy, with most requiring less than 30 seconds to use.

Three trials will be presented showing that IntelliCare demonstrating strong patient engagement and positive outcomes for depression and anxiety.  HCI studies with care managers and other stakeholders in leadership will be reviewed, which are supporting a system-wide rollout of IntelliCare in a Chicago-based healthcare system.

Prof. Marlies Schijven

Professor Marlies Schijven (born in 1969) is full professor of Surgery, Principal Educator, and Principal Investigator in Amsterdam University Medical Centers. She works there as Principle Investigator and Principle Education in the areas of simulation, serious gaming and applied mobile healthcare. Additionally, she is the current Program Chair on e-health for the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU). She also serves as the Chair of the Prix Galien MedTech jury in the Netherlands. She is president of the International Society for Wearable Technology in Healthcare – WATCH-, and immediate past-president of the Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Prof. Schijven researches the field of mHealth, Simulation and Serious Gaming. On the 28th of October 2013; she was the first surgeon livestreaming an abdominal operation to YouTube directly using GoogleGlass. She is the Program leader and EU Lead Researcher of the OR Black Box™ system.

Prof. Schijven is known for her publications in the area of surgery (achalasia and reflux disease), virtual reality, m-health, e-health, wearable technology, medical education and simulation technology.  She is an expert in the area of medical data recording, situational awareness in the operating room, virtual reality medical simulation, serious gaming, validation studies and validation processes; and guides and guided many PhD residents on these topics.

Keynote: Having a ‘Black Box’ in the operation theatre – a good idea?

Working in a highly demanding high-tech workplace, such as the operating room requires utmost focus on the job. At the same time, situational awareness on what goes on outside the direct field of focus is needed to avoid error. The Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam has installed a ‘Black Box’ in the operation room to help professionals better understand what is actually going on in the OR and how to improve joint future performance.

This presentation focuses on the why of installing a black box in the OR, reveals the how to do the implementation right and highlights what is needed to make future surgery safer.

The number of healthcare professionals using an audio, video or complete data recorder in the surgical environment, sometimes referred to as a medical data recorder (MDR) or ‘Black Box’, is increasing.  In Europe, Amsterdam UMC was the first center to install a fully functional MDR system. A MDR is able to record and process operational data (for example from overview cameras, laparoscopic cameras, anaesthetic and environmental equipment), enabling analysis of technical and non‐technical elements. It provides theatre staff with the unique opportunity to learn from their performance or suboptimal situations to enhance team performance. Surgical procedures may be recorded for purposes of education, research and quality improvement.

This presentation outlines the system and its use cases, focusing on the benefits from the TOPPER trial (transparency in the OR). Concomitant concerns related to privacy, ownership of data medical negligence are addressed.