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ICIC18 – 18th International Conference on Integrated Care, Utrecht


Value for People and Populations: Investing in Integrated Care

The International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC) in partnership with RIVM and Vilans presents the 18th International conference on Integrated Care “Value for People and Populations: Investing in Integrated Care” to take place in The NBC Congrescentrum, Utrecht, Netherlands 23 – 25 May 2018.

The conference will bring together researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.

Registration and Call for Papers details will be available September 2017.

Abstract Submission

The scientific committee for this conference has been established from international experts who are leading n the field of integrated care policy and practice, and they are now accepting paper submissions on the science, knowledge and application of Integrated Care and specifically relating to the conference themes until Monday, 30 November. The paper should take the form of an abstract of not more than 500 words. Abstract Submission Guidelines are available to download from the conference website.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the International Journal of Integrated Care (Impact Factor 2.230). Accepted abstract will appear in the programme as a formal oral presentation, workshop or poster, as deemed appropriate by the scientific committee. All accepted abstracts will compete for the annual IFIC Integrated Care Awards. Our  International conference in  Dublin last year received over 700 submissions so we advise that you take due considersation when submitting you paper to ensure you have the very best chance of success.


Value Based Integrated Care

  •  Triple/Quadruple Aim
  •  Achieving better value
  •  Improving system efficiency
  •  Risk Stratification
  •  Big Data
  •  Measuring outcomes
  •  Strategy development/partnership agreements

Population Health Management

  •  Social determinants of health
  •  Improving population health outcomes
  •  Integrating social, community and health services
  •  Health and Social Impact Bonds
  •  Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs)

Engaging and Empowering People and Communities

  •  Positive Health
  •  Co-designing care and service delivery
  •  Health literacy and Self-management
  •  Informal Care
  •  Community capacity building
  •  Promoting population health

Funding Integrated Care

  •  Global budgets
  •  Social investment in health
  •  Incentivising integrated care
  •  New models of funding and payments
  •  Bundled payments

Vulnerable Populations and Populations at Risk

  •  Frail Elderly
  •  Dementia Patients
  •  Drug and Alcohol Users
  •  Remote and Rural Populations
  •  Children and Young People
  •  Refugee and Asylum Seekers
  •  Indigenous Communities
  •  Ethnic and Racial Minorities
  •  Tackling inequalities and improving access

Future of Primary Care in an Integrated System

  •  Care Transitions
  •  Multidisciplinary Teams
  •  Role of General Practice
  •  Intermediary Care
  •  Delivering hospital services in the community (Primary Care Plus)


Principal Conference Partners



Organizing Committee

Dr Nick Goodwin
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

Nick was the co-Founder of IFIC in October 2011 and became its first Chief Executive Officer in March 2013. Nick is also the Editor-in-Chief of IFIC’s open-access and impact rated scientific periodical the International Journal of Integrated Care.

Nick holds a range of research, educational and consultation roles worldwide. These international commitments include several European R&D projects such as the EU FP7 Project INTEGRATE, the Horizon 2020 project SUSTAIN and the ICT-PSP projects SMARTCARE, BEYOND SILOS, and CAREWELL. Nick is an active member of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing B3 Action Group on Integrated Care.

Nick has also been working with the World Health Organisation to support the development of its Global Strategy on People-Centred Integrated Health Services and is on the Expert Advisory Team to WHO Regional Office for Europe’s Framework for Action Towards Coordinated/Integrated Health Services Delivery (CIHSD) leading work related to change management and adoption of integrated care in policy and practice.

Over the past year, Nick has also worked as an international consultant to the Agency for Integrated Care, Singapore; the Pan American Health Organisation, Washington; the WHO’s Western Pacific Regional Office; and to NHS England’s Better Care Fund Support Programme.

In previous roles, Nick worked as a Senior Fellow at the King’s Fund (2007-2013) leading key work on integrated health and social care as well as a two-year Inquiry into the quality of care in English general practice. Nick has also worked as a Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2003-2007) where he directed MSc and DrPH courses and worked as a lead academic for the National Institute for Health Research commissioning key studies into the service delivery and organisation of health care.

In January 2016, Nick received the Avedis Donabedian International Award for his contribution to Healthcare Excellence and Integrated Health and Social Care.

Dr Viktoria Stein
Director of Education and Training
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

Dr Viktoria Stein, Senior Fellow in Integrated Care and Director of Education and Training, International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)Dr. Viktoria Stein joined the International Foundation for Integrated Care in September 2015 as Senior Fellow in Integrated Care and Head of the Integrated Care Academy©. As such, she is responsible for the development of IFIC’s Education and Training programme, which provides a range of courses and tools to support knowledge transfer, skills development and technical know-how. Among the portfolio is the International Summer School on Integrated Care, webinar series and content provision for Master’s programmes around the world. The courses are relevant for students, researches and professionals alike and are adapted to the needs of partners, such as universities or local health boards, on demand.

Viktoria holds a PhD in health economics and in her work focuses on health systems and their organization, specifically how to design contextualized integrated models of care and how to manage the change process towards such models. She previously worked with the WHO Regional Office for Europe coordinating the development of the Framework for Action on Coordinated/Integrated Health Services Delivery, and supporting WHO Member States in reforming their health systems to better address the challenges of providing services for ageing populations and people with multi-morbidities. Prior to joining WHO, she was a research assistant at the Medical University of Vienna, working on the development of Austrian national priorities regarding integrated care and a national integrated care programme for dementia patients and their caregivers, among other things. In 2009, she was the Scientific Programme Coordinator and Organiser of the 9th International Conference on Integrated Care in Vienna.

Throughout her career, Viktoria had a strong interest and focus on education and training, teaching students and professionals around the world, as well as developing her own course programmes.Viktoria was a founding member of the Board of IFIC and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Integrated Care. Moreover, she is the founding president of the Young Researchers in Health Network (YRIHN), which will be further developed under the auspices of IFIC.


Fiona Lyne 
Director of Communications
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

In 2014, Fiona joined the International Foundation for Integrated Care as Director of Communications. Fiona is responsible for developing the overall brand, marketing and communication strategy for the Foundation including membership development. She leads on various projects including Project INTEGRATE, the Annual International Integrated Care Conference Series and the World Congresses.

Fiona has worked in public policy communications since 2003. She began her career as a community stakeholder engagement manager at Fingal County Council in North Dublin supporting the local Community and Voluntary Forum to have an impact on local decision-making bodies. She went on to hold various project co-ordination and communication roles in both the public and private sector including periods with NHS North West London and the Royal Society of Arts. In 2010 she joined the King’s Fund, an internationally renowned healthcare policy think tank, as Head of Events and in subsequent years was responsible for moving the Fund into a leading position in the healthcare conference market.

Fiona has a BA in Politics and Economics from the University of Limerick, an MA in Community Development and Stakeholder Engagement from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Diploma in Management from the Dublin Business School.

Mirella Minkman
Vice-Chair and Secretary
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

Mirella is the Director Innovation & Research, Vilans, National Center of Expertise in long term care, The Netherlands
Distinguished Professor, Innovation of the organisation and governance of long term integrated care,
University of Tilburg/TIAS, the Netherlands

Since 2016 Mirella holds a chair at TIAS/Tilburg University on the innovation of the organization and governance of integrated long term care. Her research focusses on new forms of organization and governance regarding the leadership, accountability and ways to purchase integrated person centered care, and what values lies beneath them. The focus is on both the organization of integrated care on the client level as on the collaboration in chains and networks.

Mirella has been with Vilans since 2007, where she was the director of the Quality and Innovation in Elderly care department, the coordinator of the National Care for Better Program and involved in the coordination of the National Dementia Program. Since 2013 she is the director of the Research and Innovation department of Vilans, which executes a large number of innovative and practice oriented (international) research on topics like person centered care, integrated care, organisation and governance of care and innovation in care for instance by using e-health. She specialised in integrated care and completed a PhD on integrated care which won the EHMA Karolinski Research Award 2012.

Her research resulted in the Development Model for Integrated Care which is being used in a large number of practices, care standards and projects in the Netherlands and abroad for improving integrated care. Further research of her focuses on the governance of integrated care and what this means for new roles, relations and leadership.

Dr Áine Carroll
National Director for Clinical Strategy and Programmes,
Health Service Executive (HSE)

Dr Áine Carroll is Ireland Health Service Executive’s National Director for Clinical Strategy and Programmes since November 2012, a division encompassing the National Clinical Programmes, Integrated Care Programmes and The Office of the Nursing & Midwifery Services (ONMSD). The National Clinical Programmes were established to improve and standardise patient care throughout the health services by bringing together clinical disciplines to develop and share innovative healthcare solutions in individual specialty delivery.

Dr Carroll is currently building on the successes of the Clinical Programmes through the development of Integrated Care Programmes for older persons, chronic disease, children and patient flow, to promote coordinated care and team work across services and specialties, ensuring that care is provided effectively and seamlessly to patients as they move through the system. Prior to her appointment as National Director, Dr. Carroll was the Clinical Lead of the Rehabilitation Medicine Programme.

She is a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, Associate Clinical Professor at University College Dublin School of Medicine, past Chair of the Medical Board of the National Rehabilitation Hospital and past President of the Irish Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her works on a wide variety of topics are widely published, with presentations at national and international conferences

Dr. Albert Alonso
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)


Albert Alonso is a senior researcher at the Innovation Directorate, Hospital Clinic Barcelona. Albert holds a PhD in Medicine and a post graduate degree on Management and Organisation of Information Systems.

He has been a main contributor to the development integrated care services at Hospital Clinic and the area served by the hospital. At present, he is involved in Project Integrate that benchmarks existing approaches to integrated care models in Europe. Albert is vice-chair and secretary of the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) and member and active participant in the action group B3 on Integrated Care (EIP-AHA).

Helmut Hildebrandt
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

Helmut Hildebrandt is CEO of OptiMedis AG, a german management and investment company that co-operates with doctors, hospitals, health insurance funds and pharmaceutical and medical industry to provide entire regions with integrated (full-service) health care solutions. It analyzes health care data and performs independent, data-based real-life care research and makes the results available for the integrated provision of health care services.

He is also CEO of Gesundes Kinzigtal GmbH, a management company for integrated health care in Haslach / Germany. It manages and coordinates medical care in a pre-defined area for over 31.000 people insured by the public health insurance companies AOK and LKK Baden-Württemberg. Besides Helmut Hildebrandt is co-chair of the “Heinrich Boell Foundation”, a policy thinktank being near to the Green Party in Germany. He is also board member of the German Managed Care Association (BMC) and the International Foundation for Integrated Care. Helmut Hildebrandt gathers more than 30 years of experience in the health care arena.

He holds a pharma-cy diploma from Philipps-University, Marburg / Germany, and has worked intensively with the World Health Organisation (Copenhagen) and in health sciences with the University of Hamburg. He also was responsible for a study in health care systems for the Stanford University and an Evaluation of medical laboratories in Germany for an Australian investor besides around 200 other consulting engagements for ministries, profes-sional associations, hospital systems and physician networks. Helmut Hildebrandt consulted the German ministry of health in the 2000 health care reform regarding the integration and coordination of health care. He has published more than 200 papers on health and disease management, managed care, health care policy and integrated delivery systems.


Jodeme Goldhar
Executive Lead, Strategy and Innovation
The Change Foundation

Jodeme joined The Change Foundation in April 2017 as Executive Lead, Strategy and Innovation. In this role, she is responsible for facilitating our strategic focus, creating more international relationships and examining opportunities beyond our current priorities to inform policy and practice in Ontario.

She brings over 20 years of experience in the Ontario health care and health policy sector and is an adjunct lecturer and co-instructor at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Most recently Jodeme was the Chief Strategy Officer, Senior Director of Strategy and Planning and previously Lead, Health System Integration for Complex Populations and Primary Care at Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre. In those roles, Jodeme worked locally and internationally with government, organizations and providers across the health system, clients and families. She has also acted as principal and co-principal investigator on a number of research initiatives to inform policy and practice in Ontario.

Jodeme has been a groundbreaker in driving integration based on lived experiences of clients and caregivers, which has informed new models of care, influenced policy and has been used to inform care delivery in other countries. Jodeme’s leadership at the Toronto Central CCAC was instrumental in achieving the following awards:

  • Minister’s Medal Honour Roll for Excellence in Health Quality and Safety for Integrated Care for Older Adults, 2013
  • Minister’s Medal for the Integrated Palliative Care program, 2014
  • Canadian Home Care Association’s National High Impact Practices award, 2014 and 2016
  • Patient Commando’s Ten Canadian Women Transforming Health Care award
  • Jodeme holds master’s degrees in both Social Work and Health Science in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and is a graduate of the Advanced Health Leadership Program from the Rotman School of Management and the Creating Shared Value Executive Program at Harvard Business School.

Eric Coleman
Head, Division of Health Care Policy & Research
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus

Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Coleman is the Director of the Care Transitions Program, aimed at improving quality and safety during times of care “handoffs”. Please visit www.caretransitions.org

Dr. Coleman serves as the Executive Director of the Practice Change Leaders–a national program to develop, support and expand the influence of organizational leaders who are committed to achieving transformative improvements in care for older adults. Please visit www.changeleaders.org.

Dr. Coleman was recognized with a 2012 MacArthur Fellowship for his work in bridging innovation and practice through enhancing the role of patients and family caregivers in improving the quality of their care transitions.

23-25 May 2018



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