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1st Digital Rheumatology Day


February 1st 2019

The Olympic Museum


We are delighted to invite you to this State-of-Art event in order to discuss current evolvement and the future of digital solutions including possibilities and threats in rheumatology. The conference will bring together physicians, scientists, data manager, IT-specialists, consultants and industry to exchange experience and learn more about the following topics:

  • Needs and expectations of patients and doctors
  • Digital biomarker
  • Apps and digital therapeutics
  • Digital patient reported outcome
  • Deep learning and artificial intelligence
  • Augmented reality medicine
  • E-learning and education
  • E-diagnosis
  • Ethical aspects

We are putting together an exciting programm with lectures from leading experts, plenary sessions, poster presentation, workshops and interdiscipinary round tables.

We look forward to seeing you in Lausanne.

Prof. Thomas Hügle, MD, PhD, MA
Prof. Didier Hans, PhD, eMBA
Department of Rheumatology, University Hospital Lausanne (CHUV)

Preliminary Program (07.12.2018)

Keynote lectures

  • 09:30 - 10:00 Demystification the digital health world, Thomas Hügle, Lausanne
  • 10:00 - 10:40 Digital needs, fears and possible solutions in rheumatology
    - from a patients’ perspective (Patient)
    - from rheumatologists`perspective (Ulrich Walker, Basel)
  • 10:40 - 11:00 Digital RA – prediction and therapy by artificial intelligence? Jacob van Laar, Utrecht
  • 11:00 - 11:20 Morning refreshment and networking break
  • 11:20 - 11:40 Digital lessons learned from musculoskeletal radiology, Patrick Omoumi, Lausanne
  • 11:40 - 12:10 Big data: possibilities and threats for complex disease genetics, Zoltan Kutalik, Lausanne
  • 12:10 - 12:30 Artificial intelligence in health, Marcel Salathé, Geneva
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch and time for discussion

Research and application session

  • 13:30 - 13:50 Developing fine-grained actigraphy’s for rheumatoid arthritis patients from a single accelerometer using machine learning, sensors, Javier Andreu Perez, Colchester
  • 13:50 - 14:10 Detection of flares by decrease in physical activity, collected using wearable activity trackers, in rheumatoid arthritis or axial spondyloarthritis: an application of Machine-Learning analyses in rheumatology, Hervé Servy, Gémenos
  • 14:10 - 14:30 Deep learning methods to predict radiographic progression using the SCQM database, Maria Hügle, Freiburg
  • 14:30 - 14:50 Digital detection of drug adverse events in rheumatology - a whole population analysis, Paul Hasler, Aarau
  • 14:50 - 15:10 Impact of using an APP on patient satisfaction regarding communication with his/her physician, Yoemi Shaw, Geneva
  • 15:10 - 15:40 Afternoon refreshment and networking break
  • 15:40 - 16:00 Differential diagnosis assessment in ambulatory care with the automated medical history-taking device "Diaana", supported by a pilot randomized study , Adrien Schwitzguébel, Lausanne
  • 16:00 - 16:20 Return of experience: what are the digital tools available to train HCPs, Xavier Abadie, Bordaux
  • 16:20 - 16:40 Pain-Apps for digital pain management, Daniel Zenz, Bochum
  • 16:40 - 17:00 Virtual reality applications for pain and rheumatic disorders, Chihab Said, Neuchâtel
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Podium discussion: Digital revolution - should we push or stop it?
    - Didier Hans, Lausanne - Thomas Hügle, Lausanne - Marcel Salathé, Geneva
    - Axel Frinckh, Geneva - Thomas Wilckens, Kadima
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Cocktail dinatoire and network

General information


The Olympic Museum

1, Quai d'Ouchy

1006 Lausanne


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    Early bird

    Physicians and scientists
    140 CHF

    Allied health professional
    70 CHF

    Pharma, Tech & Consulting
    340 CHF

    70 CHF

    As of Dec
    1st, 2018

    Physicians and scientists
    180 CHF

    Allied health professional
    90 CHF

    Pharma, Tech & Consulting
    450 CHF

    90 CHF


    Physicians and scientists
    220 CHF

    Allied health professional
    110 CHF

    Pharma, Tech & Consulting
    560 CHF

    110 CHF

    Registration fee includes two coffee breaks, lunch and cocktail dinatoire in the evening.

    Press Registration

    As a fully accredited member of the press, you are welcome to attend the 1st Digital Rheumatology Day.

    To apply, simply send an e-mail to with:

    • A copy of your valid Press ID
    • The name and website address of the publication you are working for
    • Your reason for attending the conference



    The congress will be held in English.


    Keynote Speakers

    Prof. Didier Hans
    University Hospital Lausanne
    Lausanne, Switzerland

    Prof. Jacob M. van Laar
    University Hospital Utrecht
    Utrecht, Netherlands

    Prof. Ulrich Walker
    University Hospital Basel
    Basel, Switzerland

    Prof. Thomas Hügle
    University Hospital Lausanne
    Lausanne, Switzerland

    Dr. Partick Omoumi
    University Hospital Lausanne
    Lausanne, Switzerland

    Prof. Zoltan Kutalik
    University Hospital Lausanne
    Lausanne, Switzerland

    Prof. Marcel Salathé
    Ècole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL)
    Geneve, Switzerland  

    Invited Faculty

    Xavier Abadie
    Sim for Health
    Bordeaux, France

    Prof. Axel Frinckh
    University Hospital Geneve
    Geneve, Switzerland

    Dr. Adrien Schwitzguébel
    University Hospital Lausanne
    Lausanne, Switzerland

    Dr. Thomas Wilckens
    InnVentis Ltd.
    Kadima, Israel

    Dr. Javier Andreu-Perez
    University of Essex
    Colchester, United Kingdom

    Paul Hasler
    Kantonsspital Aarau
    Aarau, Switzerland

    Hervé Servy
    Gémenos, France

    Daniel Zens
    SMART-Q Softwaresysteme GmbH
    Bochum, Germany

    Dr. Chiheb Said
    Hospital Neuchâtel
    Neuchâtel, Switzerland

    Maria Hügle
    Neurorobotics Lab
    Freiburg, Germany

    Dr. Yoemi Shaw
    University of Geneva Hospitals
    Geneva, Switzerland


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