The Digital Health & Wellness Summit 2023

The Digital Health & Wellness Summit is back in Barcelona as part of 4YFN & MWC, 27 February - 2 March 2023 at Sky Room, 4YFN Discovery Area, Hall 8.1.

The Digital Health & Wellness Summit was held once again at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 28 February

Join us at the DHWS23 to:

Meet the key healthcare leaders, providers and clinicians to understand their roadmap in terms of investment and deployment;

Discover the latest innovative digital solutions for health and wellness;

Identify business opportunities and projects;

Share your knowledge and learn from a community of digital health experts from across the world.

About MWC & 4YFN

MWC Barcelona is the industry’s largest and most influential connectivity event. It’s where world-leading companies and trailblazers share the latest thought leadership about the progression and future of connectivity. And it’s the best place for networking opportunities with mobile and tech industry influencers.

4YFN is the most influential startup programme in the world.
4YFN is the home of the growing global tech startup community, creating lasting connections among startups, investors and corporations.
4YFN is an event of MWC Barcelona, the premier event for the global mobile industry.






Startups founders


Countries and territories


Connecting needs & solutions globally for an emerging digital health & wellness markets


28 February & 1 March
Sky Room, 4YFN Discovery Area, Hall 8.1.

28 February


Opening & Welcome


Global Digital Health, What is happening, new, and trending?

Speakers with experience from Health systems, academia and technology and pharmaceutical industries will share insight into the latest developments and opportunities in digital health.


The role of HCP in innovation, deployment, procurement and startups & Q&A from Startups

What is the role of healthcare professionals in the development of digital health, its deployment and procurement? Perspectives from HCP in the world of consulting, technology, and clinical practice. An opportunity to ask questions about  clinical roles in digital health start-ups.

  • Tobias Silberzahn, Partner at McKinsey & Company, GERMANY
  • Monica Povedano, Head of the department of Neurophisyiology at Bellvitge Hospital, SPAIN
  • George Margelis,  Independent Chair at Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council, AUSTRALIA


Scaling Digital Health Globally

The global leaders of digital health, coming from Europe, India, Africa and the US will share their experience in connecting the dots globally for a more accessible and scalable digital future of tomorrow. They will also share calls to action for global transformation of health and wellbeing.


Break & Networking


Patients voices & user-centric design to increase access to health services and products

The speakers representing civil society, healthcare provider as well as industry will discuss the importance of applying the user-centric design perspective to the development of digital health products and services, as well as their practical experience in their implementation and potential costs of ignoring listening to the patients.


Fireside Chat with Rich Scarfo


SKILLS: What skills do we need for digital health scale?

We won’t be able to implement the digital products and services at scale without skilling, reskilling and upskilling the patients, healthcare professionals and solution providers. How do we know which skills are needed and how to ensure everyone has them, not only today but also in the future? 

  • Zara Pons Vila, Collaboration Lead Scandinavia at EIT Health, SWEDEN
  • Michael Peolsson, BSc, MSc, PhD, International coordinator, Programme officer at Swedish eHealth Agency, SWEDEN


Lunch break & Networking


DATA: Business opportunities in wellness and healthcare

What is happening in the global marketplace for health data and what are the latest technology innovations relating to that data? Listen to the insight from the Head of the McKinsey Health Tech Network and Qualcomm’s leader in multi-device experiences across wireless platforms and ecosystems


GREEN HEALTH: The industry takes responsibility

According to the data, healthcare systems’ climate footprint is 4,4% of global net emissions and if it was a country, it would be the 5th biggest CO2 emitter. The industry can help limit its impact on the climate through a variety of actions, investing in decarbonising  healthcare and driving them through sustainable procurement practices. The speakers will share their experience on this emerging topic.


CinfaNext. A collaborative way to innovate in the Health Sector


Data: Examples of health innovation- how to share and curate


Break & Networking


The role of technology in Independent living 

While the technology has a potential to ensure that all people will be able to live at home independently, the question of sustainability, user-friendliness, user acceptability and uptake remains. The session will explore the potentials and identify the areas for further actions. 


Join a Global Community


Digital Health Disruptors – Pitch Battle

Meet the 5 top Digital Health startups exhibiting at 4YFN23 and watch them pitch on stage to investors to become winner of the 4YFN 2023 Digital Health pitch battle!



Start ups:


Conclusion & Closing

1 March

9:30 – 11:30

Global Health Connector Council meeting – by invitation only

13:00 – 14:50

A vision for the future of digital health: a stakeholder workshop re: the 2030 agenda – by invitation only

This multi-stakeholder workshop is the part of the dialogue on the 2030 digital health agenda that the ECHAlliance leads together with its ecosystems within the EU-funded preparatory action “CONNECTINGHEALTH”. The results will contribute to the designing of the futures scenarios for the digital health and be part. It’s an important step in designing the action plan that will guide the future actions and spending in this area in Europe.

15:30 – 17:00

Kick-off the Value Based Procurement Subcommittee of the Innovation and Transformation Commission of the Catalonian Department of Health – by invitation only


Adam Milward Metadataworks
Dr Amit Thakker Africa Health Business
Andy Bleaden ECHAlliance
Ann Mond Johnson American Telemedicine Association
Anna Bondarenko DeHealth
Dr. Apostolia Karabatea Gnomon
Bleddyn Rees The Digital Health Society
Brian O’Connor ECHAlliance
Carmen Pauline Rios Benton Doctomatic
Denis Costello CML Advocates Network
Elisa Frenz Health Proc Europe
Helena Torras Hans(wo)menGroup
George Margelis Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council
Ilias Iakovidis European Commission
Janette Hughes DHI
Jon Warner ORCHA
José Carlos Pulido Inrobics
Julio Sánchez CINFA
Karolina Mackiewicz European Connected Health Alliance
Kari Kohtamäki VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Kabir Kasargod Qualcomm Technologies Inc
Martin Curley University of Bath
Michael Peolsson Swedish eHealth Agency
Monica Povedano Bellvitge Hospital
Dr Oriol Estrada Cuxart Germans Trias Hospital
Rajendra Pratap Gupta Health Parliament
Rich Scarfo HLTH
Sara Secall Inveready
Sergio Murillo Corzo Government of Biscay
Soumya Sunder Dash Sleepiz AG
Teresa López-Fando Spanish Association Against Cancer
Tobias Silberzahn McKinsey & Company
Tomàs Lóbez Pérez Nixi
Victoria Betton PeopleDotCom
Yahel Halamish Nina Capital
Zara Pons Vila EIT Health


We will be again at the heart of MWC Barcelona at Fira Gran Via. This means that all MWC Barcelona 2023 tickets give you access to the full 4YFN startup event experience.
ECHAlliance members have special discounted registration.

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Check DHWS 2022 edition:

Learn more about the speakers, sessions, attendees and highlights of the day. Check the photo gallery and interesting speakers interviews.

Watch the [email protected] 2022 highlights video

Gran Via

Agora stage, Hall 2

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