International Networking on Digital Healthcare

Brian Horsak at the build.well.being 2019

Exchange on Innovations in Digital Healthcare with 150 European Guests and Speaker from MIT in Boston at St. Pölten UAS

The 3rd networking event build.well.being at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences was committed to visions and innovations in digital healthcare. In addition to digitalisation workshops, international experts talked about the current state of research and students from the European Region Danube-Vlatva (EDM) presented their projects. Speakers came from the MIT in Boston as well as several European countries.

Big Data and Ecosystem of Medical-technical Companies

At the event, international visionaries and entrepreneurs reported on innovations such as the development of sentient prostheses, further education platforms for medical-technical topics, and the analysis of data volumes for the assessment of HIV risks. The keynote speaker was Brian Anthony from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center who talked about the development of medical devices at the MIT.

Anthony outlined the emergence of the local “ecosystem of medical-technical companies” around the location of the MIT in Cambridge/Boston. He said the major part of the on-site research was carried out in the form of collaborations between experts with clinical experience, companies and the MIT as the research institution. In this way, he added, it was possible to develop prototypes for the demands of clinical everyday life fast and to test them in clinical practice early on.

Hands-on workshops at the event offered practical insights into recent developments – for example the use of motion capturing in rehabilitation (that is, the digital recording and evaluation of motion), the use of augmented reality applications to inform patients, or the use of text mining applications to exploit medical data.

Digital Health Lab and Sentient Prostheses

Two of the event’s highlights were the visit to the Digital Health Lab at the St. Pölten UAS and a sentient prosthesis from Saphenus-Medical designed to prevent phantom pains which was presented by Saphenus-Medical CEO Rainer Schultheis.

“The networking event build.well.being brings together researchers, business visionaries, students and lecturers from the field of digital healthcare. It is a platform for makers. Healthcare experts exchange their views and experiences with technical developers – with participants and speakers from Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovenia, the USA, and Estonia: the motherland of eHealth”, explains Jakob Doppler, Academic Director of the master degree programme Digital Healthcare and scientist at the Center for Digital Health Innovation at the St. Pölten UAS which was the main organiser of the event.

“With a particular view to the rather rural EDM regions, it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide medical care which meets the demands and takes place within reasonable distance to the patients’ place of residence”, reports Barbara Stadler, topic manager of the European Region Danube-Vlatva. “Technological innovations in healthcare can present opportunities for this setting in particular. Furthermore, they are accompanied by great potential for cross-border collaboration.”

Students Present Their Digital Healthcare Projects

Following the speeches, students from universities in the European Region Danube-Vlatva presented their projects. In the master degree programme Digital Healthcare at the St. Pölten UAS, for example, experts from the realms of healthcare and technology come together as students and develop technology-oriented healthcare innovations together.

The presented projects included a child-friendly augmented reality learning platform for health topics, a telerehabilitation platform developed at the St. Pölten UAS, a portable sensor designed to reduce the risk of falling in patients suffering from dementia, an app which supports patients recovering from gastrointestinal surgery by providing them with information via Amazon’s Alexa, and a more user-friendly nurse call system.

The event build.well.being 2019 was hosted in cooperation with Zukunftsakademie Mostviertel and the European Region Danube-Vlatva. Partners were mobility.builders, ecoplus / Technopol Krems / International Center for Health Technology, and the Europaforum Wachau.

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FH-Prof. Doppler Jakob, MSc

FH-Prof. Jakob Doppler, MSc

Academic Director Digital Healthcare (MA)
Department of Media and Digital Technologies