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Due to the COVID-19 pandemia the 2nd Digital Rheumatology Day will be held as virtual meeting. Presentations will be accessable online for Digital Rheumatology Network members.

Further informationn will follow! We will keep you posted!


After the great success of the meeting last year we are delighted to announce the 2nd Digital Rheumatology Day. The meeting will take place at the Agora Building at the CHUV in Lausanne on May 7, 2020. The great popularity of the past event has shown us that physicians want to be prepared for the growing digital influence in different fields of Rheumatology.

Our target is to connect a wide variety of disciplines like physicians, IT specialists, Pharma and MedTech industry, associations and consultants to share knowledge and experience in digital solutions in Rheumatology.

The program of the Digital Rheumatology Day addresses the most important topics in this field today like:

  • Upcoming digital applications
  • AI in rheumatology including disease prediction, image recognition, ethical aspects and phenotyping
  • Digital biomarker
  • Launch of the digital rheumatology network
  • Analysing the online health community
  • Working groups (AI, applications, work flow implementation, imaging...) for positioning papers ect.
  • Chatbots

We look forward welcoming you on May 7, 2020 in Lausanne.

Thomas Hügle

Prof. Thomas Hügle
University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland

Didier Hans

Prof. Didier Hans
University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland

Jacob M. van Laar

Prof. Jacob M. van Laar
University Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands

Preliminary Program

  • 8:00 – 09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee


  • 09:00 – 09:20 Launch Digital Rheumatology Network
    Thomas Hügle, Jaap van Laar, Didier Hans
  • 09:20 – 09:40 What’s New in Digital Health in 2020
    Didier Hans & Julien Smets, Lausanne, Switzerland

Using AI in prediction models and image recognition

  • 09:40 - 10:10 Longitudinal Deep Learning on Electronic Health Record Data to Predict Future Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity
    Beau Norgeot, Palo Alto, USA
  • 10:10 - 10:30 Automatic Bone Erosion Scoring with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks
    Tobias Reinhard, Bern, Switzerland
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Opportunities and challenges with using AI in a MedTech environment: example from a wearable device for women's health
    Lisa Falco, Zürich, Switzerland

11:00 - 11:30 coffee break

Apps & AI in Rheumatology

  • 11:30 – 11:50 Cloudy with a Chance of Pain
    William Dixon, Manchster, UK
  • 11:50 – 12:10 PICASO - the platform for improved personal and coordinated care of chronically Ill - results from a proof-of-concept study
    Jutta Richter, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 12:10 – 12:30 Self Monitoring in Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Bart Seppen, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 12:30 – 12:45 Use of Reuma2Go application in adolescents with JIA, can it improve self-management?
    Nico Wulffraat, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 12:45 – 13:00 RheumaHelper - the mobile asisstant for rheumatologists
    Janez Bernik & Blaž Triglav, Ljubljana, Slovenia

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

AI in Apps con’t

  • 14:00 – 14:20 Online demonstration of a rheumatic symptom checker (Rheumatools)
    Giorgio Tamborrini, Basel, Switzerland
  • 14:20 – 14:35 ABATON – user friendly PROM assessment
    Manuel Grahammer, Berlin, Germany
  • 14:35 – 14:50 Midaia: Treating rheumatoid arthritis digitally
    Felix Lang & Christine Peine, Dürnau, Germany

AI to the benefit of the patient

  • 14:50 – 15:10 Patient discussions of glucocorticoid-related side effects within an online health community forum
    Arani Vivekanantham, Manchester, UK
  • 15:10 – 15:30 Why using AI in pharmaceutical industry?
    Tina Lupberger, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Ethical Aspects of Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Applications
    Emilio Gomez Gonzales, Seville, Spain

16:00 - 16:30 coffee break

Breakout Practical Workshop:

  • 16:30 – 17:30 Workshop 1:
    Basic machine learning for non-computer scientists
    Maria Hügle, Freiburg, Germany
  • or
  • 16:30 – 17:30 Workshop 2:
    Image recognition
    Matteo Caorsi, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 17:30 – 18:30 Round table
    Jacob M. van Laar, Netherlands/ Lisa Falco, Switzerland/ Janos Kozma, Switzeland
  • 18:30 – 19:30 Cocktail

General information


Agora CHUV

Rue du Bugnon 25A

CH-1005 Lausanne

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    Early bird

    Physicians and scientists
    140 CHF

    Allied health professional/Trainees
    70 CHF

    Pharma, Tech & Consulting
    340 CHF

    As of March
    15, 2020

    Physicians and scientists
    180 CHF

    Allied health professional/Trainees
    90 CHF

    Pharma, Tech & Consulting
    450 CHF


    Physicians and scientists
    220 CHF

    Allied health professional/Trainees
    110 CHF

    Pharma, Tech & Consulting
    560 CHF

    Registration fee includes two coffee breaks, lunch and cocktail dinatoire in the evening.

    Who should attend?

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



    The congress will be held in English.


    8 CME credits from the Swiss Society of Rheumatology (SGR)

    7 CME credits from the Swiss Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SSMPR)

    4 CME credits from the Swiss Society of Internal Medicine (SSGIM)

    7 CME credits from the Swiss Society of Allergology and Immunology (SGAI) (


    We recommend the Hôtel des Patients in Lausanne, which is just 5 minutes walk from the Agora Building.


    Sina Reis-Balikcioglu

    Sina Reis-Balikcioglu


    Janez Bernik Mediately Ltd., Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Matteo Caorsi L2F, Lausanne, Switzerland
    Prof. William Dixen University of Manchester, United Kingdom
    Lisa Falco HWZ Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich, Switzerland
    Prof. Emilio Gomez-Gonzalez Engineering School-University of Seville, Spain
    Manuel Grahammer ABATON digital GmbH, Berlin, Germany
    Prof. Didier Hans University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland
    Maria Hügle Neurorobotics Lab, Freiburg, Germany
    Prof. Thomas Hügle University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland
    Johannes Knitza University Hospital Erlangen, Germany
    Janos Kozma CoreLiquid, Lausanne, Switzerland
    Felix Lang Midaia, Dürnau, Germany
    Tina Lupberger Pfizer, Zürich, Switzerland
    Dr. Martin Krusche Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
    Dr. Beau Norgeot University of California, Palo Alto, USA
    Christine Peine Midaia, Dürnau, Germany
    Dr. Tobias Reinhard Seantis GmbH, Switzerland
    Prof. Jutta Richter University Hospital Düsseldorf, Germany
    Bart Seppen Reade, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    KD Dr. med. Giorgio Tamborrini UZR - Ultraschall Zentrum Rheumatologie Basel, Switzerland
    Blaž Triglav Mediately Ltd., Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Prof. Jacob M. van Laar University Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands
    Dr. Arani Vivekanantham University of Manchester, United Kingdom
    Prof. Nico Wulffraat Wilhelmina Childrens´s Hospital, Netherlands


    Would you like to participate in the 2nd Digital Rheumatology Day and meet your target group?

    We will give you the opportunity to present your products and services!

    For detailed information on individual sponsoring opportunities, please contact:

    Sina Reis-Balikcioglu

    Conference Manager