The 3rd Digital Rheumatology Day has attracted 148 participants form 15 countries and a wide variety of disciplines. Thank you very much for being a part of it! We hope very much you enjoyed the meeting either virtually or on site in Lausanne.
As soon the recordings will be available, we will let you know. 

We look forward welcoming you next year again. 

The Board Members of the Digital Rheumatology Network


Prof. Thomas Hügle
Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Didier Hans
Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Jacob M. van Laar
Utrecht, Netherlands

Dr. Johannes Knitza

Dr. Johannes Knitza
Erlangen, Germany


Dr. Martin Krusche

Dr. Martin Krusche
Berlin, Germany



Prof. Jutta Richter

Prof. Jutta Richter
Düsseldorf, Germany

Prof. Thomas Hügle
Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Didier Hans
Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Jacob M. van Laar
Utrecht, Netherlands

Dr. Johannes Knitza

Dr. Johannes Knitza
Erlangen, Germany


Dr. Martin Krusche

Dr. Martin Krusche
Berlin, Germany



Prof. Jutta Richter

Prof. Jutta Richter
Düsseldorf, Germany

Conference Report

Read the conference report of the 3rd Digital Rheumatology Day here: DRD3_conference report


Recorded Lectures

The whole meeting was recorded. You will find all lectures of the 3rd Digital Rheumatology Day within the memeberarea. 



8:50 Introduction

Thomas Hügle, Didier Hans and Johannes Knitza

Session I: Artificial Intelligence

Chairs: Thomas Hügle, Patrick Omoumi and Didier Hans

09:00 – 09:25 

Rheumatology – AI Workshop: Automated image recognition for beginners   

Matteo Caorsi & Leo Caratsch, Lausanne 

09:25 – 09:50

Flare prediction in RA based on machine learning

David Simon, Erlangen 

09:50 – 10:15

Virtual Round Table: Relevance and practical implementation of AI solutions in Rheumatology


Coffee Break 


Session II: Telemedicine & Wearables

Chairs: Jacob M. van Laar and Jutta Richter

10:25 – 10:50 

Remote care in Rheumatology: Upcoming EULAR guidelines 

Philipp Bosch, Graz 

10:50 – 11:15

Telerheumatology and mobile health usage: Opportunities and barriers

Felix Mühlensiepen, Brandenburg

11:15 – 11:40

Asynchronous mHealth interventions in rheumatoid Arthritis: systematic scoping review  

Bart Seppen, Amsterdam

11:40 – 11:55

Virtual Round Table : Telemedicine & wearables 


Lunch Break


Session III: Rheumatology Apps 

Chairs: Johannes Knitza and Martin Krusche

12:40 – 13:05

How to DiGA in Germany

Julia Hagen, Berlin

13:05 – 13:30

A smarphone-based health care chatbot to promote self-management of chronic pain (SELMA): pilot randomized controlled trial

Sandra Hauser-Ulrich, Winterthur

13:30 – 13:55 

Mobile app-based documentation of patient-reported outcomes – three months results from a proof-of concept study on modern rheumatology patient management

Jutta Richter, Düsseldorf

13:55 – 14:20

Outcomes of a mobile app to monitor patient reported outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis: A randomized controlled trial

Yvonne Lee, Chicago

14:20 – 14:45 

Sidekick Health: A lifestyle change application for rheumatoid and psoriasis arthritis

Saemundur Oddsson, Göteborg


Coffee Break


Session IV: Social Media

Chairs: Isabell Haase and Latika Gupta

14:55 – 15:20 

Social Media use of and for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease – perceptions of benefits and pitfalls

Paul Studenic, Stockholm

15:20 – 15:45

Social media and infographics for scholarly communication

Latika Gupta, Lakhnau

15:45 – 16:10 

Therapeutic online short-videos on Youtube for rheumatic patients

Martin Krusche, Berlin

Session V: Abstract Session

Chairs: Didier Hans and Thomas Hügle

16:10 – 16:25

Decision support system for diagnosing rheumatic-musculoskeletal disease using fuzzy cognitive MAP technique

Boluwaji Ade Akinnuwesi, Kwaluseni

Blessing Adegbite, Lagos

16:25 – 16:40

Monitoring patients with rheumatic conditions remotely using data from smartphones

Francisco Nunes, Porto

16:40 – 16:55

The SCQM coronavirus study – using remote care and digital instruments to facilitate and accelerate data collection and patient communication

Catherine Raptis, Zurich

Coffee Break

Session VI: Pitching event for new digital solutions  

17:05 – 17:50

Presentations of the 3min elevator pitch videos submitted by providers and developers of digital care solutions that (could) improve quality of care in rheumatology.

Virtual discussion & Voting

Johannes Knitza, Felix Mühlensiepen, Matthias Diener, Thomas Hügle


18:00 Farewell


Invited Faculty 


Leo Caratsch

Universtiy Hospital Lausanne



Dr. Latika Gupta

Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Medical Science

Lakhnau, India

Matteo Caorsi

Dr. Matteo Caorsi




Bart Seppen

Bart Seppen



The Netherlands

Matthias Diener 

Digital Rheuma Lab

Berlin, Germany

Dr. David Simon

Dr. David Simon

University Hospital Erlangen


Dr. Philipp Bosch 

Medical University of Graz


Dr. Felix Mühlensiepen

Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg


Sandra Hauser-Ulrich

Dr. Francisco Nunes

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS

Porto, Portugal

Dr. Paul Studenic

Karolinska Institutet

Stockholm, Sweden

Yvonne Lee, MD, Rheumatology

Prof. Yvonne Claire Lee 

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Chicago, USA 

Dr. Saemundur Oddsson


Göteborg, Sweden

Blessing Adegbite

Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi

Lagos, Nigeria

Sandra Hauser-Ulrich

Sandra Hauser-Ullrich

ZAHW Winterthur


Julia Hagen 

Health Innovation Hub

Berlin, Germany

Prof. Boluwaji Ade Akinnuwesi

University of Eswatini

Kwaluseni, Eswatini

Sandra Hauser-Ulrich

Isabell Haase

University Hospital Düsseldorf


Dr. Catherine Raptis 

SCQM Foundation

Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Patrick Omoumi

University Hospital Lausanne


Sponsors & Partners 



Rheuma Schweiz
Swiss Digital Health

Call for Abstracts

We are happy to announce a call for abstracts for the 3rd Digital Rheumatology Day. 

Scientific abstracts should address one of the following topics in Rheumatology:

  • Apps and wearables
  • New digital solutions to improve patients` care
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Digital biomarkers
  • Online health community
  • Digital exchange of patient information
  • Tele medicine
  • Deep learning
  • Image recognition
  • Virtual reality

After approval, the abstracts will be presented at the Digital Rheumatology Day on May 6, 2021. All lectures will be recorded and published on the Digital Rheumatology Network.

Abstracts must be submitted in English and send to sina.reis@comeed.ch until March 31, 2021.   

Pitching Event 

We are happy to announce a pitiching event  for the 3rd Digital Rheumatology Day. 

Applications can be submitted by providers and developers of digital care solutions that (could) improve quality of care in rheumatology via a 3-minute elevator pitch video. The applications are assessed and ranked by the Advisory Board of the Digital Rheumatology Network. After approval, the videos will be published on the website of the Digital Rheumatology Network and the best 5 applications will be invited to a virtual fishbowl discussion round at the 3rd Digital Rheumatology Day. The pitching presentations will be recorded and also published on the website. The winner will receive an award, 1000 CHF and marketing on DRN channels (Newsletter, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.).

Deadline for submissions: May 5th, 2021

Please send your 3min video to sina.reis@comeed.ch.

General Information 

Covid-19 measures 

We will take the best possible care of your safety on site by ensuring the highest level of hygiene. For this we need the support of every single participant. Therefore it is necessary that this document COVID-19 measures is read and signed by all participants.

Who should attend?

The Digital Rheumatology Day connects leading experts from a wide variety of disciplines like physicians (Rheumatologists, Radiologists, Rehabilitation, Internal Medicine, Immunologists), patients, pharma and MedTech industry, Health IT companies, associations, consultants and academia as well as research centers to discover new innovative practices.


3 CME credits Swiss Society of Allergologie and Immunology (SSAI) 

8 CME credits from Swiss Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SGPMR)

8 CME credits from Swiss Society of Rheumatology (SRG) 

7 CME Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine (SGAIM)


The meeting will be held in English.


Comeed – Medical Conferences, Meetings & Education        Sina Reis-Balikcioglu

sina.reis@comeed.ch    www.comeed.ch