Convergence 2030 – Healthcare reimagined

As we celebrate our 20th iteration of the BHF annual Conference, the different themes from the 19 sessions have built on every nuance, action, shaping conversations that influence policy makers to strengthen our health systems in the region.

We are excited to announce the theme for this year’s conference ‘Convergence 2030 – Healthcare reimagined’.  The conference will reflect on the past 20 years, moving past the rhetoric and reimaging our desired end state for 2030 and the role of Convergence in defining what our future healthcare will look like.”A huge part of the conference will be dedicated to understanding the role of multisectoral convergence in delivering quality health services and why it is important for scaling up.  All stakeholders, payers, providers, patients, employers and the government — are increasingly interconnected.

Theme summary

Beyond the headline-grabbing controversies, a long journey lies ahead, as we navigate through the complexities of our history, ideology and reality.

Healthcare is fast evolving in response to demands for better delivery of health outcomes, Universal Health Coverage; improved coordination of care; growing need for alignment between the private and public sector; unemployment; fierce competition; emerging technologies; cost containment; access and better quality of care. Succeeding in this tumultuous environment requires significant changes in the healthcare ecosystem, fundamentally altering the role, structure and relevance of all players in the industry.  One trend that is facilitating the rapid transformation in the industry, is convergence which has facilitated the  re-imagining of our system, accelerating multisectoral stakeholders collaborating outside their own four walls and redefined industry boundaries by converging business models and leveraging advanced technologies to create more value for the ‘Health Citizen’.


– Track Industry roadmap – Patient Centric System

– Multisectoral scenario planning and action plan

– How can we fast forward gender parity in healthcare?

– Strengthening accountability

– Empower medical scheme trustees and POs with tools to keep up with the rapid changes in the system

– Evaluate recent developments and lessons learnt

– Promote the eradication of fraud waste and abuse in the system

– Define and understand our new healthcare ecosystem


– Universal Health Coverage

– Update on implementation trends from around the world

– Scenario planning 2030 – desired end-state for the health system

– Medical Schemes: Utilisation of scheme reserves for the provision of healthcare through PPPs

           – Essential healthcare benefit option (low cost benefit options).

           – Rethinking Benefit Design (common benefit options)

– Medical Scheme Administrators: Unpacking the bundle of services offered by administrators.

– Managed Care: Contracting for value

– Pharmaceutical Industry: Promoting local production

– Health Professionals: Redefining healthcare delivery

Emerging threats and opportunities

          – The dark web

          – Block chain

          – Artificial Intelligence

           – mHealth

– Understanding the trends driving convergence in our health systems

– Convergence of eco-system technologies – E Health Strategy

               – Electronic record interoperable norms and standards

– Understanding the role of inter-sectoral convergence in the delivery of health services

– Health system reform

       – Health service provider regulatory bodies: it cannot be business as usual

                  – Multidisciplinary approach

                  – Global fees

                   – Modernising regulatory bodies

       – Strategies to manage over-utilisation of health services

      – Psyco Social Economic – driver of healthcare cost

      – Standardised clinical pathways

      – Overcoming policy and regulatory gaps (preventing innovation)

– Fraud waste and abuse

– Managing conflict in the healthcare fraud ecosystem

– Top legal issues in Healthcare Fraud and Policy limitations

– Leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence to address Fraud Waste and Abuse

– Making the seamless referral to law enforcements

– The use of data analytics in Healthcare Fraud Investigation and prosecution

– Regional harmonisation of regulatory process and regulatory standards in the Region

– Accountability in Healthcare

– Effective Coverage

– Administrator and Managed Health Care accountability to schemes

– Post: HMI report – Lessons learnt

– Quality measurement in Hospital Settings.

– Measuring patient experience

– Standardisation of quality measures

– Addressing employer expectations