04.03.2020: Digital Health Start-up Evening & WIDH Association Founding

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START-UP EVENING
Women in digital health (WiDH) presents „Digital Health Start-up Evening“ at ETH Rocket Hub.

WHAT TO EXPECT
– 3 Start-ups on stage

Dr. Sophia Borowka, CEO and Co-Founder of Caressoma
. Caressoma is building an artificial intelligence (AI)-based autonomous ultrasound device that provides doctors with reproducible ultrasound volumes to track the evolution of an injury or disease and help prevent them. By measuring in a reproducible way they improve inter- and intra-rater reliability and pave the way for a clean machine-learning based image analysis. https://www.caressoma.com/

Anna Postel, Business Developer at OneDoc. OneDoc is the leading swiss platform for medical appointments. We are striving to make medical appointments as easy as possible for all actors involved by creating easy access for patients, simplifying the appointment management for the assistant and helping the doctors to communicate. https://www.onedoc.ch/en/

Lukas Frischknecht, Computer Vision Engineer at SNAQ GmbH. SNAQ manages the impact of food on health. With our nutrition analysis solution, we provide the most convenient and accurate way to capture nutritional intake and explain how it affects different parameters such as glucose or blood pressure, weight and activity. This solves the most error-prone factor during insulin therapy for over 50 million diabetics who depend on mealtime insulin injections. We provide the first end to end solution for accurately calculating the carbohydrate content of meals based on images https://www.snaq.io/


– Workshops using swarm intelligence

AGENDA
18:00 Door opening and registration
18:30 Programme start
20:15 Networking apéro

LOCATION
RocketHub – ETH Entrepreneur Club Coworking Space
Stampfenbachstrasse 52/56
8092 Zürich

TICKETS
Please note: This event is free-of-charge (however we appreciate a voluntary contribution. But, please register for the event via Eventfrog (http://www.eventfrog.ch/digitalhealthstartupevening) so that we are able to plan for the Apéro.

** This event is open to ALL genders. Join us and be inspired! **


Pre-event at 5:30 PM: WiDH Association Founding

We would like to take WiDH to the next level and will found an association. Join us on March 4 and become a founding member.

Yearly membership fee of 100 CHF will entitle you to reduced registration fees, access to events for members only and you have a vote at the yearly General Assembly and with that steering Women in Digital Health and be part of the long-term strategy of this association.

However please note that, after much discussion, we have decided that only women will be able to sign up as (Founding) Members of the association. Thank you for your understanding!

28.03.2020: SAVE THE DATE: #WeTechTogether Conference 2020

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SAVE THE DATE
Women in digital health (WIDH) is proud to be a part of the #WeTechTogether Conference 2020 at Technopark.

This conference offers a diverse range of workshops, mentoring, talks and coverage for and about diversity in the tech industry.

WHAT TO EXPECT
The conference aims to create an empowering environment for everyone to discover and navigate the fields of STEM. It offers a diverse range of workshops, mentoring, talks and coverage for and about diversity in the tech industry.
You will receive the opportunity to experience first hand Virtual Reality, Robotics, AI & Blockchain technologies with leading tech companies like Amazon Web Services.
Join us to meet and interact with members of these fields, as well get the chance to network with others with similar interests and interesting backgrounds.

Find the full program here (https://www.techface.ch/wetechtogether-program/)

Stay updated for more information to follow.

** All genders are welcome for the event! **

LOCATION
Technopark
Technoparkstrasse 1
8005 Zürich

TICKETS
More information will be available soon.

** This event is open to ALL genders. Join us and be inspired! **


HealthTrends Conference Report: Women in Digital Health

During the Women in Digital Health Event last Thursday, February 6th, 2020, Prof. Dr. Emanuela Keller provided some insights into the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms in the neuro ICU of the University Hospital Zurich. 

The Health-Trends team was on-site and summarized the most important impressions from this exciting presentation in a short report. Enjoy reading it.

A world-leading ICU department struggles with typical problems in the healthcare sector

The ICU department (Intensive Care Unit) of the University Hospital Zurich is a worldwide leading institution of its kind and can be compared to other similar departments in major leading hospitals around the world. Although the infrastructure of the ICU department is top-notch, Prof. Dr. Emanuela Keller made clear in her presentation that the ICU of the University Hospital Zurich is also struggling with some problems typical of today’s healthcare system:

  • Multimorbidity of patients: Patients over 50 years of age suffer on average from two or more diseases. This multimorbidity increases the complexity of treatment in the ICU. It poses a particular challenge for physicians, as they often treat many patients (usually more than 10 per physician) and must set priorities accordingly. Keller compared this situation with a „House of Cards“: If a patient is treated incorrectly at a given time, massive complications immediately arise and there is too little treatment time left for the other patients. The house of cards collapses as a result.
  • Complex patient situations: ICU patients are continuously monitored with many different technical devices due to their critical health conditions. These devices cause an average of up to 700 real-time alarms per day and per patient. However, many of these are false alarms triggered by, for example, movements of the patient, changed medication, etc. The above-mentioned multimorbidity and the individual health characteristics of the patient create complex patient situations, some of which require very individual treatment.
  • Flood of medical data: In 2019, a total of 419 patients were treated in the ICU department of the University Hospital Zurich. Each of these ICU patients generates up to 40 GB of data from medical devices, biomedical sensors, etc. in and on the patient’s body in one day. These data must be continuously evaluated and interpreted in order to continue the treatment of the patient. The flood of medical data, combined with the already mentioned complex patient situations, leads to a massive challenge for the medical staff. Especially in an emergency situation, it is not possible to quickly integrate this flood of information into the decision-making process
  • Poorly connected technical infrastructure: Not surprisingly, Keller also pointed out the poorly connected technical infrastructure and the lagging e-health discussion (especially the poor usability of electronic patient file systems). The above-mentioned technical equipment from different providers is unable to communicate with each other, or only to a limited extent. In addition, these devices generate data outputs that are not standardized. In combination with the enormous amount of data that every ICU patient produces daily, this leads to an almost unsolvable task for ICU staff.
  • Academic information overload: Last but not least, Keller also pointed out that the publication of academic research results on the subject of precision medicine (as in other medical research fields) has increased exponentially in recent years. At the same time, the half-life of medical knowledge is constantly being reduced. This leads to a flood of information that can no longer be handled by today’s medical personnel.

As a summary of these challenges, there is a strong need for a data-based intelligent dashboard that consolidates and interprets the data in one place in an understandable way. In particular, it should be possible to take decisions quickly on the basis of current treatment situations (e.g. alarms due to a changing patient situation). Therefore, the ICU has created an „ICU Cockpit“ with the help of Supercomputing Systems.

ICU Cockpit – Great Ambitions for Precision Medicine at Zurich University Hospital

The ICU-Cockpit is a joint IT research project of the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, IBM Research and Supercomputing Systems with the goal of creating an integrated platform for patient monitoring and therapy support. Data from numerous medical devices are synchronized and algorithms for early warning systems and therapy support are developed, with the initial focus on multimodal neuromonitoring and the prevention of secondary brain injuries. 

The aim of the project is to initiate a fundamental development in emergency and intensive care medicine and to achieve a significant improvement in the way diagnostics, treatment and risk management are handled in everyday clinical practice. Data from all patients will be collected at all times and continuously analyzed. In particular, the treatment should be continuously adapted on the basis of these data and predictions about the possible state of health and course of treatment should be made. Keller emphasized that the „ICU Cockpit“ does not aim to replace ICU physicians but to provide them with the right tools to make the right decisions in complex patient situations in a timely manner. 

Since each patient situation is unique and can only be compared with other patients to a very limited extent, a separate AI algorithm is trained for each patient. This personal algorithm evaluates the data and interprets it with regard to the current and future course of treatment. Keller even pointed out that the algorithms cannot be transferred to other patients. Such individual algorithms are particularly helpful in coping with the approximately 700 alarms per day and patient. In a first step, the alarms are classified (e.g. has there been a recent change in medication, has the patient moved specifically, etc.). If an alarm is identified as a real one, further analyses of the expected change in health status are carried out on the basis of this. For this purpose, logical analyses based on the various parameters (e.g. blood pressure, pulse, etc.) are executed and accordingly transferred to a color-supported correlation matrix. These colorings help the medical staff in making treatment decisions.

Prof. Dr. Emanuela Keller has pointed out that the ICU cockpit is a closed circle consisting of data collection, development of algorithms, validation, monitoring and adaptation of the treatment to the patient. Partners such as the University of Zurich, ETH, Supercomputing Systems or IBM have helped with the setup of the infrastructure or the development of algorithms. However, the confidentiality and security of patient data is a very high priority, which is why such a closed cycle was chosen. At the same time, Keller pointed out that in Switzerland, compared to other countries, there are fewer restrictions in terms of data law and that this is a great opportunity to further advance data-based research for ICU patient treatment.

Our conclusion of the evening

The lecture by Prof. Dr. Emanuela Keller took place in the context of a Women in Digital Health event at the headquarters of Supercomputing Systems in Zurich’s Technopark. It was a presentation in front of a small group of listeners, whereby the 20 or so attendees were seated comfortably at a large conference table. In our opinion, this fact contributed significantly to a good and open discussion at the end of the lecture and, together with Prof. Dr. Emanuela Keller, some details of this exciting topic could be highlighted once again. 

From our point of view, the subjects of the lecture were also very exciting, as it described the topics of artificial intelligence and precision medicine in a very practice-oriented way and showed the possibilities of this technology that exist today in practical manner. Keller was able to give a very vivid overall picture of the challenges within the ICU of the University Hospital of Zurich and the associated possibilities of new technologies in healthcare. All in all, it was therefore a very successful and exciting evening. Many thanks at this point to the initiators of Women in Digital Health for the organization of this event.

About Women in Digital Health

Women in Digital Health is an initiative founded by Aisha Schnellmann, Daniela Gunz, Gabriela Hofmann and Sunjoy Mathieu, which is intended to provide a platform for exchange, especially for women with a connection to digital health. Regular events on various topics take place. The four initiators emphasize that men are also cordially invited at any time. The next event will take place on 4 March 2020 in the Zurich area (ETH Rocket Hub), where the ceremony for the founding of the association „Women in Digital Health“ will also be held. You can find more information on this at https://womendigitalhealth.net/

Some impressions of the evening:


Guest Post contributed by Matthias Mettler, Health Trends

Matthias Mettler is a business economist and consultant. He is an expert on the Swiss digital health and innovation scene. The passionate networker has been active in management consulting for several years and currently works for Synpulse Management Consulting. The focus of his consulting work is on digital business building and new customer-oriented business models in healthcare. Before consulting, Matthias worked in various business development positions and was active in the startup scene for some time.

05.06.2020: SAVE THE DATE: Digital Health Excursion with WiDH to Paris!

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Women in digital health (WIDH) goes to Paris!

Join us for our first ‚Digital Health Excursion‘ to Paris! On this women-only trip, we will meet exciting digital health startups and companies, participate in interesting discussions, and have an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals from the French digital health industry.

Seats are limited to a small group, so please contact us if you are interested!

The exact timings will be confirmed soon. Stay updated for more information to follow.

Stay updated for more information to follow.

LOCATION
Paris, France

TICKETS
More information will be available soon.