Preliminary Program

13:30 Registration opens

FRIDAY | MARCH 8 | 14:00 – 20:00

Pre-Conference Workshops

14:00 – 15:00
Do it yourself: My first steps in Phython coding
Vincenzo Venerito, University of Bari, Italy

14:00 – 15:00
Digital pathways in rheumatology
With all steakholders including health care professionals, patients, admin, pharma and digital industry

Main Program

16:00 – 17:00 Welcome Coffee

17:00 – 17:20
Introduction: Highlights in digital rheumatology 2023/2024
Johannes Knitza, Thomas Hügle, Martin Krusche & Latika Gupta

17:20 – 17:40
Best practices for virtual care in rheumatology: Lessons from Canada
Claire Barber, University of Calgary, Canada (remote)

17:40 – 18:00
Digital self-management of rheumatic diseases from a EULAR view
Elena Nikiphorou, King´s College Lonodon, United Kingdom

18:00 – 18:20
Continuous improvement of digital health applications linked to real-world performance monitoring
Prof. Stephen Gilbert, Else Kröner Fresenius Center of Digital Health, Dresden, Germany

– networking break –

18:40 – 19:00
Quo vadis digital therapeutics?

19:00 – 19:20
Transforming E-Health with AI: The impact on workforce and organisations


19:20 – 19:40
Regulatory aspects of Digital devices and SaMD

19:40 – 20:00
Open discussion

– Networking dinner –

SATURDAY | MARCH 9 | 08:30 – 14:30

Session I: Digital Therapeutics

chairs: Johannes Knitza

08:30 – 08:50
The first rheumatic DiGAs

08:50 – 09:10  

09:10 – 10:00  
Fishbowl Discussion
chair: Martin Welcker

– coffee break –

Session II: Telemonitoring

chairs: Martin Welcker &  Martin Krusche

10:20 – 10:40
Effectiveness of digital patient education: Results of the WebRA RCT
Annette de Thurah, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark

10:40 – 11:00
Superiority of a telemedicine-based ultrasound curriculum
Valentin Schäfer, University Hospital of Bonn, Germany

11:00 – 11:20
From Lupus to RA: Remote monitoring in rheumatic diseases
Dr. Antoni Chan, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust Reading, United Kingdom

11:20 – 11:40
Digitally supported patient-initated care in RA
Bart Seppen, Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands (not confirmed yet)

– lunch break-

Session III: Artifical Intelligence

chairs: Vincenzo Venerito & Thomas Hügle

13:00 – 13:20
AI supported clinical workflows
Martin Hirsch, University Hospital Giessen & Marburg, Germany (not confirmed yet)

13:20 – 13:40
Chatbots, avatars and emotional intelligence 
Marjolijn Antheunis, Tilburg school of humanities and digial science, The Netherlands (not confirmed yet)

Digital Rheumatology Reseach Awards

chairs: Latika Gupta & Johannes Knitza

13:40 – 14:00
Digital Rheumatology Research Award Ceremony 

14:00 – 14:10
Closing Remarks


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

Institute of Digital Medicine Philipps-University Marburg, 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


Dr. Johannes Knitza

Dr. Philip Hamann

North Bristol NHS & University of Bristol, United Kingdom


Invited Faculty 

 coming soon…

Sponsors & Partners 2023

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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.

General Information


Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin

Takustraße 39
14195 Berlin

Room Domus at the Conference Center 2nd floor



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.


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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. The networking dinner is included in the registration fee.

Allied Health Professionals/ Resident Physicians      60 CHF
Physicians and scientists     120 CHF
Industry     350 CHF