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. Martin Krusche

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

Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust / University of Manchester, United Kingdom


Dr. Johannes Knitza

Dr. Alexander Oldroyd

University of Manchester, United Kingdom


Dr. Johannes Knitza

Prof. Vincenzo Venerito

University of Bari, Italy


Preliminary Program

FRIDAY I MAY 5 I 17:00 – 19:30

17:00 – 17:10 


Johannes Knitza, Thomas Hügle, Martin Krusche

17:10 – 17:25  

Personalized Rheumatology

17:25 – 17:45  

Integrating Patient Reported Outcomes in the Clinical Workflow

17:45 – 18:05   

Integrating Patient Reported Outcomes in the Clinical Workflow: Use of a Mobile Health App for RA I Prof. Daniel A. Solomon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA

18:05 – 18:25  

Decentralized Clinical Trials in Rheumatology I Maya Zlatanova, FindMeCure ltd, UK

18:25 – 18:45   

How to deploy RA prediction models in practice I Dr. Philip Hamann, University of Manchester, UK

18:45 – 19:05

“Intelligent Imaging” in Rheumatology

18:50 – 19:20 

Discussion round: Evidence and Safety of Digital Health Solutions for Rheumatic Patients

– Networking dinner –


SATURDAY I MAY 6 I 08:30 – 15:30

08:30 – 09:30

Coffee Discussion

1. Patients Needs and Expectations From Digital Health 

2. Industry Needs and Expecations From Digital Health 

09:30 – 09:40

Presentation Winner of the „Digital Rheumatolology Research Award“

Session I: Telemedicine

09:45 – 10:00

Digital Patient Education

10:00 – 10:15

Overcoming Barriers in Telemedicine using Devices – Logistic – e.g. for Physical or Occupational Therapist

10:15 – 10:30

Remote Monitoring of Axial Spondyloarthritis (ReMonit) I Dr. Inger Jorid Berg, Diakonhejmmet Hospital, Norway

10:30 – 10:45 

My Pain Tracker: Digital, remote pain recording and monitoring in children and young people with chronic musculoskeletal pain I          Dr. Rebecca Lee, University of Manchester, UK

– coffee break

Session II: Diagnostic support + DTx

11:15 – 11:30

A Digital Diagnostic Decision Support Tool for Individuals Suspecting Rheumatic Diseases: A population based Validation Study I Prof. Rachel Knevel, Havard Medical School, USA

11:30 – 11:45

An Exercise and Educational and Self-management Program Delivered With a Smart Phone App (CareHand) in Adults With Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hands: Randomized Controlled Trial

11:45 – 12:00

Evaluation of Supported Self-management in Gout (GoutSMART): A Randomised Controlled Feasibility Trial I Dr. Philip Riches, University of Edinburgh Western General Hospital, UK

12:00 – 12:15 

DiGAs in Rheumatology Where do we Stand ? Real-World-Evidence I Dr. Hannah Labinsky, Erlangen University Hospital, Germany

– Networking Lunch

Session III: AI + Computer Vision

13:15 – 13:30

Computer Vision in Rheumatology

13:30 – 13:45

Rheumality © – A virtual and augmented reality concept for research and teaching in rheumatology I Dr. Arnd Kleyer, Erlangen University Hospital, Germany

13:45 – 14:00

Smartphone Images of Digital Ulcers Provide a Clear Picture of Disease Progression for the First Rheumatology Visit 

Session IV: Pitching Event for New Digital Solutions 

chair: Johannes Knitza

14:00 – 14:45

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

14:45 – 15:00 Conclusion


Invited Faculty 

 coming soon…

Sponsors & Partners 2022

Main Sponsor:.

Further Sponsors:


endorsed by:

Rheuma Schweiz

General Information


Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin

Takustraße 39
14195 Berlin



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 event language is English.

Certifications will be requested by

Swiss Society of Allergologie and Immunology (SSAI)

Swiss Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SGPMR)

Swiss Society of Rheumatology (SRG)



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