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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 2023

Starts at:

Tuesday, 28 February 2023 - 09:00

Ends at:​

Wednesday, 1 March 2023 - 17:00

Event Location:

& Virtual

The Digital Health & Wellness Summit

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

Key Event

Join us at the DHWS23

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

Key Event

Watch the DHWS23 highlights video



Day 1

9h10 - 9h20 - Opening & Welcome
  • Bleddyn Rees - Chair at The Digital Health Society, UK
  • Andy Bleaden - Communities Director at ECHAlliance, UK
9h20 - 10h00 - 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.

  • Martin Curley - Professor of Innovation at Maynooth University and Visiting Professor at University of Bath, IRELAND
  • Jon Warner - US President at ORCHA & Panel, USA.
  • Julio Sánchez - Head of Innovation at CINFA, SPAIN
10h00 - 10h30 - 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
10h30 - 11h10 - 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.

  • Brian O’Connor - Chair at ECHAlliance, IRELAND
  • Rajendra Pratap Gupta - Chair at Health Parliament, INDIA
  • Dr Amit Thakker - Executive Chairman, Africa Health Business, AFRICA
  • Ann Mond Johnson - CEO at American Telemedicine Association, USA
11h10 - 11h30 - Break & Networking
11h30 - 12h10 - 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.

  • Denis Costello, Executive Director at CML Advocates Network, SWITZERLAND
  • Janette Hughes, Director of Planning and Performance at DHI, SCOTLAND
  • Teresa López-Fando, Coordinator of Programmes and Services at the Spanish Association Against Cancer, SPAIN
  • Victoria Betton, Director at PeopleDotCom, UK
12h10 - 12h20 - Fireside Chat with Rich Scarfo
  • Bleddyn Rees - Chair at The Digital Health Society, UK
  • Rich Scarfo - President at HLTH, US
12h20 - 12h50 - 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
12h50 - 14h00 - Lunch break & Networking
14h00 - 14h30 - 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.

  • Tobias Silberzahn - Partner at McKinsey & Company, GERMANY.
  • Kabir Kasargod - Senior Director at Qualcomm Technologies Inc, USA.
14h30 - 15h00 - 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.

  • Elisa Frenz - CEO & Co-Founder at Health Procurement Europe, GERMANY
  • Dr Oriol Estrada Cuxart - Chief Strategy Officer at the Germans Trias Hospital in Badalona, SPAIN
  • Ilias Iakovidis - Adviser at DG CONNECT, European Commission, BELGIUM
15h00 - 15h30 - CinfaNext. A collaborative way to innovate in the Health Sector
  • Julio Sánchez - Head of Innovation at Cinfa, SPAIN.
15h30 - 15h50 - Data: Examples of health innovation- how to share and curate
  • Dr. Apostolia Karabatea - Project Manager at Gnomon, GREECE
  • Adam Milward - CEO and Co-Founder at Metadataworks, UK
15h50 - 16h10 - Break & Networking
16h10 - 16h40 - 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.

  • Moderator: Jon Warner - US President at ORCHA & Panel, USA.
  • George Margelis - Independent Chair at Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council, AUSTRALIA.
  • Kari Kohtamäki - Senior Advisor at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, FINLAND.
  • Sergio Murillo Corzo - Minister for Social Action at Government of Biscay, SPAIN
16h40 - 16h45 - Join a Global Community
  • Andy Bleaden - Communities Director at ECHAlliance, UK
16h45 - 17h35 - 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!


  • Helena Torras - Venture Partner at Hans(wo)menGroup, SPAIN
  • Sara Secall - General Partner at Inveready, SPAIN
  • Yahel Halamish - Investment Principal at Nina Capital, SPAIN

Start ups:

  • Anna Bondarenko - Founder at DeHealth, FRANCE
  • Carmen Pauline Rios Benton - Co-Founder & COO at Doctomatic, SPAIN
  • José Carlos Pulido - founder CEO of Inrobics, SPAIN
  • Tomàs Lóbez Pérez - CEO at Nixi for Children, SPAIN
  • Soumya Sunder Dash - Co-Founder & CEO at Sleepiz AG, SWITZERLAND
17h35 - 17h45 - Conclusion & Closing
  • Brian O’Connor - Chair at ECHAlliance, IRELAND

Day 2

09h30 - 11h30 - Global Health Connector Council meeting – by invitation only
13h00 - 14h50 - 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.

15h30 - 17h00 - Kick-off the Value Based Procurement Subcommittee of the Innovation and Transformation Commission of the Catalonian Department of Health – by invitation only

Day 3

Match need and solution
A strong community is established with regular quarterly meetings, events and opportunities to network and collaborate.
Break down silos
We encourage and build collaboration across our International Network of Digital Health Ecosystems by building successful cooperation across geographic boundaries to build trust and learn from the experiences across different health systems.
Create economic growth
Ecosystems create mutually beneficial partnerships to improve the delivery of health and social care and provide real economic benefits – using the economic potential within the health economy to help grow the regions economy.
Transform healthcare
Our International Digital Health Ecosystems are multi-stakeholder groups with the patient at the core, driving the agenda, leading with the need.

Key Event



Victoria Betton

United Kingdom
Director, PeopleDotCom
An author, podcaster and public speaker, Victoria Betton specialises in human-centred design, digital strategy and adoption which she delivers through...
Andy Bleaden (1)

Andy Bleaden

United Kingdom
Community Director, ECHAlliance
Andy Bleaden works for ECHAlliance as the Communities Director where he has developed and built a large network of over...

Anna Bondarenko

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, DeHealth
President of the international consortium “eHealth” which consolidates the best experts in the field of digital health and more than...

Martin Curley

Professor of Innovation, Maynooth University
Dynamic IT and Innovation and Research Director with a track record of building high performance innovation teams and consistently delivering...


Oriol Estrada Cuxart

Chief Strategy Officer, the Germans Trias Hospital in Badalona
Graduated in medicine from the University of Barcelona in 1987. Specialist in internal medicine. His degree as a Ph.D. from...

Yahel Halamish

Investment Principal, Nina Capital
Yahel joined Nina Capital in June 2020. Nina Capital is a specialized venture capital firm investing exclusively in the intersection...

Janette Hughes

United Kingdom
Director of Planning and Performance, DHI
Janette Hughes is Director of Planning and Performance for the Digital Health and Care Innovation centre in Scotland, she has...
Ilias Iakovidis

Ilias Iakovidis

Adviser, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Ilias works on maximising the benefits of green digital transformation, in cooperation with several Commission services and external stakeholders. He...


Apostolia Karabatea

Project Manager, Gnomon
Dr. Apostolia Karabatea holds both a BSc and a MSc in Physics, but also a PhD in Applied Physics, all...

Kabir Kasargod

United States
Senior Director, Qualcomm
Kabir Kasargod is a Senior Director at Qualcomm leading multi-device experiences across wireless platforms and ecosystems. Prior to this role,...

Kari Kohtamäki

Ambassador, ECHAlliance
Kari has an extensive background in research and development of technologies for health and wellbeing. He currently works as Senior...
Karolina Mackiewicz

Karolina Mackiewicz

Innovation Director at ECHAlliance
Karolina Mackiewicz (MA Political Sciences, MA Futures Studies) has over 14 years of professional experience in international projects in the...
George Margelis


George Margelis

Independent Chair at Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council
George is a medical practitioner who has been deeply involved in technology for the last 30 years. Originally trained as...

Adam Milward

United Kingdom
CEO and Co-Founder at Metadataworks
Adam is ex-IBM Top Talent and lead the data architecture team for the groundbreaking 100,000 Genome Project. Adam has lead...

Ann Mond-Johnson

Chief Executive Officer American Telemedicine Association
Ann Mond Johnson is CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, overseeing the only association focused completely on advancing the adoption...

Sergio Murillo Corzo

Minister for Social Action, Government of Biscay
Sergio Murillo Corzo is Minister for Social Action of the Government of Biscay sin 2019. Previously, he has been for...
Brian O'Connor

Brian O’Connor

United Kingdom
Chair at ECHAlliance
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Brian has developed his career as a consultant, manager, and investor. He has worked and...

Michael Peolsson

BSc, MSc, PhD, International coordinator, Programme officer, Swedish eHealth Agency
Michael Peolsson has degrees in nursing, biomedical engineering and a PhD in medical social sciences. He has worked in leading...

Zara Pons Vila

Collaboration Lead Scandinavia, EIT Health Scandinavia
Internationally trained biotechnology scientist and entrepreneur formed at the heart of Silicon Valley and currently innovation professional for the European...

Monica Povedano

Head of the department of Neurophisyiology, Bellvitge Hospital
Medical Degree by the University of Barcelona in 1994; Title of specialist in Neurophysiology in 1998. Master in Research and...


Rajendra Pratap Gupta

Founder at Health Parliament
Rajendra Pratap Gupta (Rajendra) is a public policy expert who has been contributing to policy making for over a decade...
Bleddyn Rees

Bleddyn Rees

Chair at the Digital Health Society ECHAlliance
Bleddyn is an experienced commercial and international healthcare lawyer with over 30 years’ experience advising on outsourcings, privatisations, complex contracting...

Julio Sánchez

Head of Innovation, CINFA
Julio Sánchez is the Head of Innovation at Cinfa, the pharmaceutical laboratory with the greatest presence in Spanish households. He...

Sara Secall

General Partner, Inveready
Sara is responsible for building the Biotech Portfolio. Sara has an extensive international career in technology investing. She was involved...
Tobias Silberzahn (2)

Tobias Silberzahn

Partner, McKinsey & Company
Based in Berlin, Tobias is a partner in the firm’s Life Sciences Practice. He is also a trained biochemist and...
Amit Thakker


Amit Thakker

Executive Chairman Africa Health Business
A visionary entreprenuer and an industry captain, Dr. Amit N.Thakker, has been a groundbreaking pioneer in the integration of private...

Helena Torras

Venture Partner, Hans(wo)menGroup
Helena Torras, Venture Partner at Hans(wo)menGroup. Investor and NED. As investor, deeply believes on supporting entrepreneurs on their journey, always...

Jon Warner

US Ambassador at ECHAlliance, The Global Health Connector
Jon Warner is a respected business and expert in health and healthcare innovation having led several organizations and founded and...





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