The dHealth is THE digital Health Event in Austria
The annual event took place for the sixteenth time on May 24-25, 2022 in the ‘Apothekertrakt’ of Schönbrunn Palace. Minister of Health Johannes Rauch and the organizing partners welcomed the more than 300 guests, who presented the latest developments in the digital health sector by more than 80 speakers during these two days. In addition to the three keynotes with topics on Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostics, Focusing on the Patient and Improving Global Interoperability in Healthcare, also the pre-selection of the EIT Health CATAPULT Startup Competition was an absolute highlight. Eleven startups from Austria, Germany and Switzerland competed to prove themselves at the European final.
The dHealth was opened by Minister of Health Johannes Rauch, Conference Chair Günter Schreier, President of the Austrian Society for Biomedical Engineering (ÖGBMT) and Senior Scientist in the digital Health Group of AIT, by Ruth Ladenstein, Chief Medical Officer of the conference and Deputy Director at the Children’s Cancer Research Institute (CCRI), and the event partners: Elke Guenther, Head of Center of Health and Bioresources of AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Bernhard Tilg, Vice Director of the Tyrolean private university UMIT TIROL.
This was immediately followed by the first of three keynotes with Professor Kurt Zatloukal from the Medical University of Graz on the topic: “AI-based diagnostics: opportunities and challenges”.
During the two days, one highlight followed the other, in addition to numerous well-attended sessions on a wide variety of digital health topics. At the top-class round table on the topic of “Digital Patient Journey – from wearables to teleheatlh?”, Siegfried Meryn, health expert and chairman of the ORF Health Advisory Board, spoke with his guests Michael Binder (Wiener Gesundheitsverbund), Sigrid Pilz (Wiener Pflege-, Patientinnen- und Patientenanwaltschaft) and Albert Frömel (Zühlke GmbH). Special attention was also given to the other keynotes, Thomas Schabetsberger from Siemens Healthineers, who presented “It’s about the patient, stupid” and Sylvia Thun, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité, who closed the dHealth with her Closing Keynote “Improving global interoperability in healthcare in Crisis Management”.
Best Master Paper and Best Poster Award 2022
Every year at the dHealth conference, the best master paper and the best poster are being selected. This year we congratulate the winners:
- Student Competition Finals: “Accuracy of Wearable Photoplethysmography Sensors for Continuous Heart Rate Monitoring in Telehealth Applications” Hannah Vinatzer
- Poster Award: “ELGA Outpatient Clinic Report and ELGA Telehealth Note: Two HL7-CDA®-based Modular Electronic Documents” Stefan Sabutsch, Matthias Frohner, Gabriel Kleinoscheg, Andrea Klostermann, Nina Svec, Stephan Rainer-Sablatnig and Nikola Tanjga
EIT Health Catapult – the Start Up Competition
A highlight of dHealth 2022 was the regional selection DACH (Germany-Austria-Switzerland) of the EIT Health Catapult competition. This links investors with promising start-ups from the fields of digital health, medical technology and biotechnology. At dHealth 2022, 11 finalists competed for the chance to win their share of an investment pool of €210,000. Seven startups were selected by the jury, consisting of Elke Guenther (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH), Martin Mayer (LISAvienna – Life Science Austria Vienna), Thomas Schabetsberger (Siemens Healthineers), Maximilian Rumpf (SanusX) and Bori Fozy (UNIQA Ventures GmbH), for the semi-finals of the EIT Health Catapult. The D.A.CH regional selection ended with the selection of Ablevia biotech GmbH, PRAMOMOLECULAR GmbH (BioTech), Freiburger Medizintechnik GmbH, Biome Diagnostics GmbH (MedTech), XUND Solutions GmbH, deepeye Medical GmbH, edupression.com® by SOFY GmbH (Digital Health) for the semi-finals.
The seven innovative start-ups combine technology and product development in a way that has the potential to create a better future for European citizens. They will receive intensive coaching on their value proposition and investor pitch, and then compete against pan-European competitors in the EIT Health Catapult semifinals.
We are looking forward to the 17th dHealth 2023 – Health Informatics meets Digital Health from May 16-17, 2023, again at Apothekertrakt / Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna.
Pictures from the dHealth 2022: https://dhealth.at/dhealth-2022-gallery/
Conference Proceedings of dHealth 2022 https://dhealth.at/proceedings-dhealth-2022/