How Health 2.0 conquers the digital health world (in an awesome way)

From 10th to 12th May 2016 the 7th edition of Health 2.0 Europe will be back in Barcelona. Ready to reshape digital healthcare, the fascinating venue comes along very internationally, with healthcare actors from all over the world, showcasing more than 50 live demos on stage. We asked Aline Noizet, one of the organizers of the conferences at Health 2.0 Europe about the objectives of the upcoming event and her engagement at the Bayer Grants4Apps® Coworking in Barcelona.

Aline, what makes the Health 2.0 movement so special and how does the upcoming Health 2.0 Europe conference in May 2016 differ from the many other venues about digital healthcare?

Health 2.0 conferences are very international, very hands-on and with a special focus on digital health startups. We believe that they will lead the way into the future of healthcare.

Aside from our 7 international conferences taking place once a year (US, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, India, Japan, Korea), we are spread around the globe with nearly 100 local health 2.0 chapters. And that’s very much reflected in our conferences: Our speakers and demoers on stage are from many different countries and we make a point in bringing diversity on stage in order to have an overview of what’s happening in the different countries, bringing different perspectives and sharing best practises.

We bring together different actors of the digital health ecosystem in order to improve the way healthcare is delivered through innovation and new technologies

In Health 2.0 Europe in May, you will be able to see more than 50 live demo on stage – 4min presentations where companies are demoing their solutions from a user perspective. No slides no video.

If you want to see how healthcare is being reshaped through innovation and new technology, mingle with international digital health champions who are shaking the system, investors interested in digital health projects, then Health 2.0 Europe is the place for you to be.

Which topics and issues will be discussed at the congress?

This year we really want to focus on bringing digital health champions. We don’t want just talks, we want action. We don’t want just predictions, we want experiences, results and outcomes.

In order to do that, we will be bringing on stage those who are shaking things:

  • Empowered physicians and nurses who are using digital tools in their daily routine
  • Investors who have been investing in digital health projects this past year
  • Successful entrepreneurs whose solution is improving efficiency, reducing costs and proved to be a positive return on investment.
  • Insurance companies that are reimbursing apps or medical devices
  • Empowered patients who have become CEO of their own health
  • Companies who are collecting and analyzing data, leading to better decision making
  • Governments who are references in adopting and implementing new technologies
  • Pharma companies who have found a solution in digital health in the ‘beyond the pill’ challenge

We are also preparing some thematic hands on sessions, which promise to be a great source of information, knowledge and entertainment. More information will be published soon on our website.

Which digital health champions are a must-see?

It’s complicated to pick some, as the champions who will be at the conference, on stage or in the audience are all really inspiring champions in their own way.

Patients like Domingo Escudero o Nuria Zuñiga are great examples of empowered patients who are not only using digital tools to manage their own chronic disease but also to help others.

Another inspiring champion is Rafael Grossmann, the surgeon who carried out the 1st surgery using Google glasses. He will be on stage to share his experience as a pioneer using new technologies and especially Augmented Reality tools. He will also share some insights on the new Google glass project.

Without a doubt, our other keynote speakers Esther Dyson,reference in US in digital health and investor in various digital health related companies, Julio Mayol, digital health reference in Spain,Pēteris Zilgalvis head of ehealth and innovation at the European Commission and Damien Marmion, head of digital at AXA will bit great source of inspiration too.

You are not only a passionate health innovator but also the program manager of the Bayer Grants4Apps® Coworking in Barcelona. What is this place offering for startups?

Grants4Apps® is a very exciting project and very much aligned with Health 2.0 vision, as it is bridging the gap between startups and big industry companies. It is part of Bayer’s global open innovation approach, which includes a number of successful crowdsourcing and co-working initiatives. It started in Berlin 3 years ago as a 3 month accelerator program and was brought to Barcelona last year in a slightly different format. The idea is to support and incubate digital health startups with promising projects and get more involved in the digital space which will without any doubt play an important role in the future of the pharma industry, especially in the ‘beyond the pill’ challenge that pharma are facing.

We always see Pharma as being the ideal target customer because they are said to have money, but Pharma can actually be more partners than customers. That’s what Grants4Apps® is proving.

Bayer has been pioneer in collaborating with startups and an early supporter of Health 2.0.