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éditohealth @ RHFH

Adoption is no longer about technology,
it´s about people!

Specialised in advancing digital health adoption at scale around the world, éditohealth is your perfect companion if you too think humans should be at the heart of every digital transformation initiatives.

As a Festival Consortium Partner, éditohealth will be producing a series of sessions during the Festival:

Monday 12 June – 13:00-16:30

EC2VC Investment Forum and Pitch Competition

Organised with the support of the Festival´s partner Innovestor.
More information here.

Data and Services Integration

Blue Stage (Room 102)

Tuesday 13 June – 11:00-12.30

Integrating Health and Social Care: Vision, Strategy and Best Practices

The opportunities of integrating health and social care are multiple: continuity of care, improved clinical and financial outcomes, and a more holistic approach to addressing the complex needs of individuals and communities. The challenges are also multiple: complex governance, organisational and cultural barriers, fragmented systems and funding, interoperability issues, differing professional practices and training, and the need for effective communication and collaboration among various stakeholders. In other words, you need a solid plan. This session will examine and compare visions, strategies, best practices, and success stories from around Europe.

Short presentations punctuated by interactions with the audience:

  • Emil Ackerman, Chief Data Officer, Tampere University Hospital and Pirkanmaa Wellbeing Area Lead, Finland
  • Juha Jolkkonen, Executive Director – Social Services, Health Care and Rescue Services Division, City of Helsinki, Finland
  • Linda Soikkeli, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
  • Henrique Martins, Associate Professor, ISCTE-IUL, Portugal
  • Anze Droljc, Global Business Development Director, Better, Slovenia
  • Tijs van Gorp, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands
  • Peter Speyer, Head of Data Analytics & AI, Novartis Foundation, Switzerland

Chair: Dr. Stefan Buttigieg, Digital Health and Health Data Consultant, Malta

Tuesday 13 June – 13:30-15:00

Leveraging Citizen-Generated Data

Empowering individuals to actively co-produce their own health, facilitating personalised and patient-centred care, enabling early detection and disease prevention, supporting research and innovation, and promoting a more comprehensive understanding of population health: the promises of leveraging citizen-generated health data are significant. Before this potential can be harnessed, we need to answer a few questions and overcome a few hurdles. This session will discuss the opportunities and the strategies to ensure data accuracy and reliability, protect privacy, determine ownership, monitor data quality, overcome digital divides and accessibility barriers, manage an ever increasing volume and variety of data, and establish clear governance and ethical frameworks for data use.

Short presentations punctuated by startup demos and interactions with the audience:

  • Dr. Keith Grimes, Digital Health & Innovation Consultant, Curistica, United Kingdom
  • Mikael Rinnetmäki, Founder, Sensotrend Oy and HL7 Ambassador, Finland
  • Lasse Rousi, CEO, Medixine, Finland
  • Rafal Samborski, Founder and CEO, Cardiomatics, Poland
  • Friedrich Lämmel, CEO and Co-founder, Thryve, Germany
  • Jhonatan Bringas Dimitriades, CEO and Co-Founder, Lapsi Health, JBD HealthCare, The Netherlands

Chair: Dr. Stefan Buttigieg, Digital Health and Health Data Consultant, Malta

Tuesday 13 June – 15:30-17:00

Building Seamless, Secure Data Channels

To integrate health and social care as well as leverage citizen-generated health data, a robust information infrastructure is required, including: interoperable electronic health records (EHRs), secure data sharing platforms, standardised data formats and coding systems, governance frameworks that address privacy and security concerns, data analytics capabilities, data integration and exchange protocols, and mechanisms for engaging and involving citizens in the data collection and sharing process. This session will explore leading organisations´ strategies, sometimes leveraging federated analysis,  to build seamless, secure data channels.

Short presentations punctuated by interactions with the audience:

  • Tijs van Gorp, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands
  • Mikael Rinnetmäki, Founder, Sensotrend Oy and HL7 Ambassador, Finland
  • Line Andreasson Saele, Enterprise Architect and expert HL7, Norway institute of Public Health, Norway
  • Dr. Nienke Schutte, Researcher, Sciensano, Belgium
  • Johanna Etie, Apotti Associate, Public Health Nurse, Finland
  • Tero Laiho, Nurse manager, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS), Finland

Chair: Dr. Stefan Buttigieg, Digital Health and Health Data Consultant, Malta

The Public’s Health

Green Stage (room 101D)

Wednesday 14 June – 11:00-12:30

Toward a Life-Long Approach to Health and Care – Why and How?

While precision medicine focuses on tailoring medical treatments to individual patients based on their genetic makeup and other specific characteristics, precision health leverages personalised data, technology, and interventions to optimise outcomes but also to prevent disease at both the individual and population levels. The collection and analysis of vast amounts of data in real time, through digital technologies and artificial intelligence, is enabling precision health approaches and at the same time introducing new challenges: guaranteeing the highest level of privacy and security, integrating various data sources, promoting multi-disciplinary collaborations between healthcare providers, researchers, and technology developers, and engaging patients in behavioural change and risk reduction. While the concept of precision medicine is now a reality, this session is discussing whether precision health is a pipe dream or a radical approach that will soon be deployable at scale.

11:00  A Provocation – The World of Precision in 2033

Agathe Acchiardo, Founder and Director, Think Next Ltd, France/United Kingdom

11:20  Exchange, Head to Head with Gez Medinger 

Gez Medinger, Expert Patient and Author of The Long Covid Handbook, United Kingdom

11:30  Exchange, Head to Head with Aline Noizet 

Aline Noizet, Founder and CEO at The Digital Health Connector, Spain

11:40  Reflections

Prof. David Lowe, Honorary Professor, University of Glasgow and Clinical Director, Scottish Health Innovation Partnership, Scotland 

Bogi Eliasen, Director of Health, Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, Denmark

12:00  Panel discussion with all speakers plus:

Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation, Switzerland

Prof. Richard Barker, Chairman, Metadvice, United Kingdom

Session chair and moderator:

Dr Charles Alessi, Chief Clinical Officer, éditohealth, United Kingdom

Wednesday 14 June – 13:30-15:00

Demystifying Health Security and Digital Public Health

In this immediate post-covid environment digital public health is a “new frontier” in the application of digital technologies, data analytics, and information systems to improve public health outcomes, monitor population health, and support disease prevention and control efforts. As we emerge from one pandemic and already prepare for the next one, health security – our resilience to effectively prevent, detect, and mitigate health threats and emergencies – is a new hot topic for digital public health. This session examines what part different stakeholders need to play to enable digital public health, strengthen health security, and – taking the example of dementia – leverage digital technologies to implement precision prevention approaches at scale.

13:30 – Presentation: Demystifying health security – The new global health corp

Prof. Duncan Selbie, President, IANPHI, Former CEO Public Health England 

13:50 – Presentation: Deploying digital public health – a European dimension 

Line Andreasson Saele, Enterprise Architect and expert HL7, Norway institute of Public Health, Norway 

14:05 – Presentation: Multidisciplinary approaches to public health

Laura Maaß, PhD candidate, SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, University of Bremen & Leibniz Science Campus Digital Public Health Bremen, Germany 

14:10 – Q&A with the speakers conducted by Dr. Stefan Buttigieg, Digital Health and Health Data Consultant, Malta

14:20 Presentations:

The Finnish Finger Study: investigating the impact of lifestyle interventions on cognitive decline and dementia

Dr. Alina Solomon, Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Precision prevention of dementia 

Prof. Janne Martikainen, Health Economist, University of Eastern Finland , Finland

Health economics of precision prevention

14:50 – Q&A with the speakers conducted by Tatu Laurila, Chief Value Officer and Strategy, Gesund Partners, Finland 

for health sake

Blue Stage (Room 102)

Wednesday 14 June – 11:00-12:30

Workforce Shortages and Burnouts – Breaking the Vicious Cycle

Health professionals shortages and burnouts continue to be a significant challenge around the world, not only for clinicians themselves but also for the patients they serve and health systems as a whole. The two are closely related. Long working hours, high-pressure duties, heavy workloads, administrative burdens, limited control over work processes,  and inadequate support systems lead to burnouts. While burnout often leads to job dissatisfaction and a higher likelihood of clinicians leaving the profession or seeking alternative career paths. How do we get out of this vicious cycle? And how do we make sure technology alleviates rather than exacerbates the situation. Starting with clinicians personal experiences, this session will further explore the major contributing factors leading to burnout and discuss how clinicians should be involved in technology decisions and implementations to make sure technology supports their focus caregiving instead of adding a layer of administrative complexity to their workflow. A panel of global healthcare and technology leaders will propose evidence-based governance and initiatives to address an explosive situation on the world´s horizon.

Jane Dwelly, Vice President International, CHIME, United Kingdom

Dr. Keith Grimes, Digital Health and Innovation Consultant, Curistica, United Kingdom 

Begoña San Jose, Clinical Psychologist, Founder and CEO, Be and Go, Austria

Chair: Dr. Aditi U. Joshi, Founder, Nagamed Digital Consulting, USA/France

Wednesday 14 June – 13:30-15:00

Women’s Health & Gender Equity

Powered by DPM and Digital Health Connector

Women’s health and gender equity is a complex and growing challenge requiring increasing attention. In this session, we will take a look at the many diverse health challenges in women’s health such as clinical research exclusion, heart health, pain management, holistic health, and explore how digital health can play a role in tackling these challenges. The session aims to strengthen the interconnectedness of research, innovation, investments, practice, and advocacy to expand the neglected women’s health agenda. To that end, it will provide a platform to discuss neglected women’s health issues from various perspectives, to identify priority areas, to showcase innovations addressing women’s health, and to inform change and practice for improved universal and equitable health services.

13:30 – Presentation: Gender exclusion in clinical research and other gender data gap
Keren Golan, Founder, DawnZone, Israel

13:50 – Panel discussion punctuated by startup demos: The role of digital in women’s health: The past, the present, and the future

Clinical evidence suggests that men and women have different epidemiologies and natural histories of various diseases, particularly chronic pain-related disorders. This panel will focus on the role of digital health in women’s health management, and how the future will look like. We will also see some examples of digital health tools innovated by women, for women.

Panellists and presenters:

  • Kathrin Folkendt, CEO, FemTech Insider, United Kingdom
  • Roberta Gilardi, CEO, G-Gravity, Italy
  • Yahel Halamish, Principal, Nina Capital, Spain
  • Dr. Kia Lampi, OB-GYN and Co-Founder, Sisko, Finland
  • Stiliyana Minkovska, Founder, Matrix, United Kingdom
  • Heidi Saarinen, Member, Women in Global Health Finland, Finland

14:30 – Panel discussion punctuated by startup demos: Innovation, Investment, and Inclusion: Filling the Gap in Neglected Women’s Health Issues to Achieve Gender Equity

The historic lack of investment and research in female health and wellness has led to a corresponding gap in data. We believe that addressing this data gap will result in a more complete understanding of female health, ensuring innovation is grounded in science. The tide is already turning, marked by favourable investment, technology advancements, and ambitious femtech start-ups. This session will focus on emerging challenges, the historic female health gap and representation, and opportunities for innovation, investment, and inclusion.


  • Aino Försti-Smith, Head of Communications, Bayer, Finland
  • Dr. Dimitar Georgiev, CEO, Paralax Life Sciences, Bulgaria
  • Keren Golan, Founder, DawnZone, Israel
  • Miriam Gubovicova, Entrepreneur, VivaHer and Whomesome, Estonia
  • Elsi Haverinen-Mottaghi, Co-lead, Women in Global Health Finland, Finland
  • Gez Medinger, Expert Patient and Author of The Long Covid Handbook, United Kingdom

Chairs and moderators:

  • Dr. Deborah Maufi, Consultant, DPM Health Consultancy, The Netherlands
  • Aline Noizet, Founder and CEO at The Digital Health Connector, Spain