Preliminary Program

FRIDAY I MAY 5 I 17:00 – 20:00

17:00 – 17:10 


Dr. Johannes Knitza, Prof. Thomas Hügle, Dr. Martin Krusche & Dr. Latika Gupta

17:10 – 17:30  

How to deploy RA prediction models in practice I Dr. Philip Hamann,  North Bristol NHS Trust and University of Bristol, UK

17:30 – 17:50   

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 (remote)

17:50 – 18:10

Impact of Telemonitoring in the US I Prof. Jeffery Curits, University of Alabama and Birmingham, USA (remote)

18:10 – 18:30  

Impact of Telemonitoring in Europe: The EULAR points to consider I Christian Dejaco, Medical University Graz, Austria

18:30 – 18:50

Future Care of Spondyloarthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis I Dr. Diego Benavent, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Spain 

18:50 – 19:10

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

19:10 – 19:30

Digital care on prescription to optimize pharmacological outcomes I Prof. Bart van den Bemt, Sint Maartenskliniek Nijmegen, Netherlands

19:30 – 20.00

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

– Networking dinner –


SATURDAY I MAY 6 I 08:30 – 14:30

08:30 – 09:30

Coffee Discussion

Needs and Expectations of Digital Health from Patients, Private Practices and Industry I Dr. Julie Horan I UCB, Dr. Martin Welcker, MVZ für Rheumatologie I Judith Safford, SCQM

09:30 – 09:45

Presentation Winner of the „Digital Rheumatolology Research Award“

Session I: Education

09:45 – 10:05

How to publish in the digital future – the end of printed journals and conventional reviewing? I Prof. Gerd Burmester, Charité Berlin, Germany

10:05 – 10:25

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

– coffee break –

Session II: Telemedicine

10:55 – 11:15

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

11:15- 11:35

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

Session III: Diagnostic support + DTx

11:35 – 11:55

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

11:55 – 12:15

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

12:15 – 12:35 

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

– Networking Lunch-

Session VI: AI + Computer Vision

13:35 – 13:55

The Impact of ChatGPT and Generative AI on Academic Publishing in Rheumatology I Dr. Emre Bilgin, Hacetteppe University Ankara, Turkey

13:55 – 14:15

Hand motion tracking to monitor disease activity in arthritis I Prof. Vinzenco Venerito, University of Bari, Italy

14:15 – 14:30

Presentation of the winner “Pitching Event for New Digital Solutions”


Scientific Advisory Board


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


Invited Faculty 

 coming soon…

Sponsors & Partners 2023

Main Sponsor:.

Further Sponsors:

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Rheuma Schweiz

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:

  • 500 Euros
  • 10 minute oral presentation and award ceremony during the Digital Rheumatology Day in Berlin
  • A small article will be published at the Digital Rheumatology Network and its social media channels.

General conditions:

  • At the time of application, the publication/thesis/dissertation should not be more than two years old.
  • Papers must have been published in an international peer-reviewed 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 clinical relevance, originality and scientific merit.

Please send us the following documents in English in one pdf file:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A short abstract summary (max. 300 words)
  • Proof of acceptance as thesis, dissertation, or publication

Please send your pdf application until 28 February 2023 to Sina Reis-Balikcioglu:

All participants can join the meeting free of charge and can present their work as an E-Poster.

Pitching Event 

We are happy to announce a pitching event again. The winner will be presented during the 5th Digital Rheumatology Day on May 6, 2023.

Who can join:

Applications can be submitted by providers and developers of digital solutions that (could) improve quality of care in rheumatology.

Benefit for all participants:

  • After approval by the Advisory Board of the Digital Rheumatology Network, all submitted videos will be published on and announced on the channels (LinkedIn, Twitter) of the Digital Rheumatology Network.
  • Free entrance to the 5th Digital Rheumatology Day

The winner price includes:

  • 3min winner video will be presented during the 5th Digital Rheumatology Day
  • 5 -10 min Q & A with the audience to receive some valuable feedback
  • Award ceremony
  • Announcement as winner on the channels (Newsletter, LinkedIn, Twitter) of the network

How to submit:

Please send your 3min elevator pitch video until 15 April 2023 to

Here you can find the winner video of the pitching event in 2022: Winner of the Pitching Event during the 4th Digital Rheumatology Day – Digital Rheumatology Network



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)



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


There are three ways to join the meeting:

1. on site in Berlin

2. online on Friday and on-site on Saturday

3. online on Friday only.

All participants will receive the recordings of the event afterwards.  (subject to the approval of the speakers)

Catering is provided for all participants on site.