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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)


Keynote lectures

  • 09:30 - 09:50 Demystification the digital health world, Thomas Hügle, Lausanne
  • 09:50 - 10:30 Digital needs, fears and possible solutions in rheumatology
    - from a patients’ perspective (Patient)
    - from rheumatologists`perspective (Ulrich Walker, Basel)
  • 10:30 - 10:50 Digital RA – prediction and therapy by artificial intelligence? Jacob van Laar, Utrecht
  • 10:50 - 11:20 Morning refreshment and networking break
  • 11:20 - 11:40 Digital lessons learned from musculoskeletal radiology, Patrick Omoumi, Lausanne
  • 11:40 - 12:00 Big data: possibilities and threats for complex disease genetics, Zoltan Kutalik, Lausanne
  • 12:00 - 12:20 Artificial intelligence in health, Marcel Salathé, Geneva
  • 12:20 - 13:20 Lunch and time for discussion

Research and application session

  • 13:20 - 13:40 Developing fine-grained actigraphy’s for rheumatoid arthritis patients from a single accelerometer using machine learning, sensors, Javier Andreu Perez, Colchester
  • 13:40 - 14:00 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
  • 14:00 - 14:20 Deep Learning meets Rheumatology: new methods to predict disease progression in arthritis, Maria Hügle, Freiburg
  • 14:20 - 14:40 Digital detection of drug adverse events in rheumatology - a whole population analysis, Paul Hasler, Aarau
  • 14:40 - 15:00 Effects of patient app use on quality of care in rheumatic diseases, Yomei Shaw, Geneva
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon refreshment and networking break
  • 15:30 - 15:50 Automated image analysis in RA, Richard Ljuhar, Vienna
  • 15:50 - 16:10 Elector - E-Health in Rheumatology. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis acquire sustainable skills for home monitoring , Marie Skougaard, Frederiksberg
  • 16:10 - 16:30 Return of experience: what are the digital tools available to train HCPs, Xavier Abadie, Bordeaux
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Virtual reality applications for pain and rheumatic disorders, Arnd Kleyer, Erlangen
  • 17:00 - 17:15 Differential Diagnosis Assessment in Ambulatory Care with the Automated Medical History-taking device "Diaana", supported by a Pilot Randomized Study, Adrien Schwitzguébel, Lausanne
  • 17:15 - 18:00 Podium discussion: Digital revolution - should we push or stop it?
    - Didier Hans, Lausanne - Thomas Hügle, Lausanne - Oktan Ekinci, Basel
    - Axel Frinckh, Geneva - Thomas Wilckens, Kadima - Valeria De Luca, Basel
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Cocktail dinatoire and network


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Didier Hans
University Hospital Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Jacob M. van Laar
University Medical Centre 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. Paul Hasler
Kantonsspital Aarau
Aarau, Switzerland

Dr. Richard Ljuhar
ImageBiopsy Lab
Vienna, Austria

Hervé Servy
Gémenos, France

Valeria De Luca
Novartis Pharma AG
Basel, Switzerland

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

Maria Hügle
Neurorobotics Lab
Freiburg, Germany

Dr. Adrien Schwitzguébel
University Hospital Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr. Yomei Shaw
University of Geneva Hospitals
Geneva, Switzerland

Prof. Otkan Ekinci
F.Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Axel Frinckh
University Hospital Geneve
Geneve, Switzerland

Dr. Arnd Kleyer
University Hospital Erlangen
Erlangen, Germany

Dr. Marie Skougaard
University Hospital Bispebjerg
Frederiksberg, Denmark

Dr. Thomas Wilckens
InnVentis Ltd.
Kadima, Israel

Online lectures

Demystification the digital health world, Thomas Hügle

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Sina Reis-Balikcioglu

Conference Manager