On behalf of the Digital Rheumatology Network, it is a pleasure to announce the upcoming “Digital Rheumatology Day” that will take place in Berlin, Germany on May 6-7, 2022. We decided to hold the meeting in Germany to increase accessibility and to use Berlin as a digital hub. In addition, Germany is currently playing a pioneering role in digital therapies, among other things.

The aim of this meeting in the thriving field of digitalization is to connect a wide variety of disciplines, notably rheumatologists, specialists, Pharma and MedTech industry, associations and consultants. Our efforts have shown us, that all these stakeholders want to be prepared for the ongoing digital transformation.

The 4th Digital Rheumatology Day will take place hybrid – live and virtual. Notwithstanding, we will make every effort to attract a maximum of participants on site in order to increase the exchange of knowledge. We will also hold various workshops that can only be attended on site.

Topics this year will be (all with a focus on rheumatology):

  • New digital solutions and user preferences
  • New Apps and digital therapies in the field
  • AI & self-learning systems
  • Telemonitoring & PRO’s
  • Digital biomarkers
  • Analysing the online health community
  • Pitching Event for providers and developers of digital care solutions that can improve quality of care in rheumatology
  • Workshops on AI, LinkedIn and Twitter and DIGAs

We look forward welcoming you!

The Board Members of the Digital Rheumatology Network


Prof. Thomas Hügle

Department of Rheumatology, University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Jacob M. van Laar

Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands

Prof. Jutta Richter

Department Rheumatology & Hiller-Research Unit Rheumatology, University Hospital Düsseldorf, Germany

Prof. Didier Hans

Department of Rheumatology, University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr. Johannes Knitza

Dr. Johannes Knitza

University Hospital Erlangen, Germany


Dr. Martin Krusche

Dr. Martin Krusche

Center of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Hamburg (UKE), Germany

Dr. Johannes Knitza

Dr. Latika Gupta

Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Medical Science, Lakhnau, India


Preliminary Program

FRIDAY I MAY 6 I 17:00 – 20:00

17:00 – 17:10 

Introduction by the scientific board members

17:10 – 17:30 

Legislative Outlook of Digital Health Applications

Dr. Johannes Fechner, Member of the German Parliament

17:30 – 17:55   

Digital Transformation in Rheumatology

Prof. Gerd Burmester. Berlin

17:55 – 18:20   

Clinical impact of a digital behavioral therapy for fibromyalgia management: a randomized controlled trial

Stephanie Catella, Cincinnati

18:20 -18:45 

Smartphone Assisted Patient Initiated Care Safely Reduces Outpatient Clinic Visits in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial

Bart Seppen, Amsterdam

18:45 – 19:10   

Improving care and capacity through capturing and recording electronic patient reported outcomes with digital solutions in inflammatory arthritis

Antoni Chan, Kent

Discussion round:

19:10 – 19:30   

Discussion round: Where do we go from here – Outlook to the future with Bertalan Meskó, The Medial Futurist

Networking dinner


SATURDAY I MAY 7 I 08:30 – 14:30

8:30 – 09:30

Workshop I: Optimize your communication via LinkedIn & Twitter
Workshop II: My first steps in using artificial intelligence
Workshop III: Understanding DIGAs

09:30 – 09:50

Presentation winner of the „Digital Rheumatolology Research Award“


Session I: Apps and Digital Therapies (DTX)

09:50 – 10:10

The importance of user experience in the development of digital therapeutics

Marc Blanchard, Lausanne

10:10 – 10:30

As a patient, what would I ask for in a smartphone app for my disease?


10:30 – 10:50

Mobile Responsive App-A Useful Additional Tool for Data Collection in the German Pregnancy Register Rhekiss

Jutta Richter, Düsseldorf

10:50 – 11:10


Jan Leipe, Mannheim

coffee break 

Session II: Telemedicine & Wearables

11:30 – 11:50

Virtual and augmented reality to enhance patient communication

Philipp Klemm, Giessen

11:50 . 12:10

Specifity and Sensitivity of virtual video consultations

Matteo Piga, Cagliari

12:10 – 12:30

Overcoming barriers in telemedicine using devices – Logistic – e.g. for physical or occupational therapis

Helene Alexanderson, Stockholm (not confirmed)

12:30 – 12:50 

Objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behavior using wearable devices in patients with axial spondyloarthritis

Julie Soulard, Quebec

Session III: AI & Self-Learning Systems

12:50 – 13:10

AI in Rheumatology- Hype or Hope

Koray Tascilar, Erlangen

13:10 – 13:30

Machine to differentiate between RA /PsA and PsO based on MRI data

Lukas Folle, Erlangen

13:30 – 13:50

Potential of AI-based conversational agents (chatbots) 

Alexandra Lehmann, Bayreuth

13:50 – 14:30

Session IV: Pitching Event for New Digital Solutions

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

Discussion & winner voting

Networking lunch

Invited Faculty 

Further Information is coming soon…

Sponsors & Partners 2021



Rheuma Schweiz
Swiss Digital Health

Digital Rheumatology Research Award


The award will be given to scientists for innovative master theses, dissertations or publications in the field of digital rheumatology.

The research price includes:

  • Oral presentation and award ceremony during the Digital Rheumatology Day in Berlin
  • The recorded lecture will be published at the Digital Rheumatolgy Network and its social media channels.
  • 1,000 Euros

General conditions:

  • At the time of application, the publication/thesis/dissertation should not be more than two years old.
  • The paper should be in German or English.
  • Papers must have been published in an international recognized journal as original work and applicant must be first or last author
  • Thesis or dissertations must already have been accepted or published at a university.

The winner will be selected by the board members of the Digital Rheumatology Network based on the following submitted documents in English in one pdf:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A short summary (max. one A4 page)
  • The complete master’s thesis, dissertation or publication
  • An indication of the faculty and university where the master’s thesis or dissertation was accepted or where the publication was published or accepted for publication

Please send your pdf application until 31 January 2022 to Sina Reis-Balikcioglu: sina.reis@comeed.ch

Pitching Event 

We are happy to announce again a pitching event which will take place during the 4th Digital Rheumatology Day on May 7, 2022.

Applications can be submitted by providers and developers of digital 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 discussion round during the 4th Digital Rheumatology Day. The pitching presentations will be recorded and also published on the website. The winner will receive an award and marketing on DRN channels (Newsletter, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.).

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

General Information 

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.


The meeting will be held in English.


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

sina.reis@comeed.ch    www.comeed.ch