The Digital Health & Wellness Summit 2020

Back in Barcelona as part of 4YFN for the seventh year
We are delighted to announce that

The Digital Health & Wellness Summit 2020 (DHWS) will be back in Barcelona as part of 4YFN for the seventh year.

DHWS was developed by the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) to bring health and care expertise to digital health startups, SMEs, technology and telecommunications businesses. It discusses important issues of the day and show cases challenges and innovative solutions from across Europe and beyond.
It creates opportunities to connect buyers and sellers, innovators to investors and to meet potential partners and collaborators. It gives innovators the chance to hear about end-user needs and challenges.
DHWS 2020 provides the connections between solution suppliers and their customers (policy makers, hospitals, insurers, pharmaceuticals, Medtech, technology and telecommunication companies). It provides a unique place for these industries to connect to improve healthcare delivery.
As part of a dedicated digital health space in 4YFN it is the main place for Digital Health startup to meet investors , for those startups to meet potential customers and for insurers Medtech and Pharma to find new solutions.


About 4YFN

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4YFN is the home of the growing global tech startup community, creating lasting connections among startups, investors and corporations

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24th & 25th February 2020


Agenda: 24 & 25 February

Stage: Health Hub Pitching Point

Venue: Hall 2 in Fira Montjuïc

24th February


11:00h – Presentation of the needs identified by four European health and social care organisations and introduction of sixteen technological companies that can solve their needs with a digital solution.

– Moderated by Myriam Martín, Head of Project Management, Ticbiomed 

  • INTEGRA2 – Patient-centred integrated care for managing and preventing health and care risks factors (FundeSalud, Government of Extremadura, Spain).

María Cachola Machado, Project Manager, FundeSalud

  • LEARNCARE – Solutions to train caregivers of persons with cognitive impairment in rural areas (Gerencia de Servicios Sociales de Castilla y León, Spain).

Marta Molina del Pozo, Project Manager, Gerencia de Servicios Sociales de Castilla y León

Benedicto Caminero, Technical Director of Assistance to Older Adults and Disables, Gerencia de Servicios Sociales de Castilla y León

  • PRE-D – Risk identification and self-management support to prevent type 2 diabetes (NHS Highland, Scotland).

Alan Whiteside, Innovation Consultant, NHS Highland

  • HOME CONTROL – Chronic care home remote control and assistance for older people (Region Tuscany, Italy).

Giulia Chiarini, Responsible for national and international projects, Region Tuscany

Massimiliano Vrenna, Responsible for national and international projects, Region Tuscany


12:00h- Speed networking

Companies will rotate to engage in open discussions with seated healthcare organisations. There will be time to mingle with other attendees after the speed networking rounds.

25th February


Adoption Awards – Pitching to win

The Adoption Awards recognise the work of adopters, and their technological suppliers, in implementing digital innovation for the benefit of patients in Active and Healthy Ageing.
Three finalist teams will present their successful adoption case and respond to the questions of an experienced jury. Teams are made up of European adopters (typically healthcare or social organisations) and IT companies (who are solutions providers). The cases will be presented in terms of innovativeness, impact on the delivery of health and care services and scalability aiming to inspire and guide other organisations as leading lights in the sector.

Moderated by Myriam Martín, Head of Project Management, Ticbiomed 

Agenda: 25 February

Stage: Garden Stage

Venue: Hall 2 in Fira Montjuïc

9:00 – 10:00 Registration


10:00 – 10:10 Introduction & welcome  

Bleddyn Rees, Deputy Chair, ECHAlliance


10:10 – 10:45 An introduction to Health and Care App Libraries- Ambiguous advice, questionable quality: determining, evaluating and distributing high quality health Apps.

  • What is an App Library & Who creates them
  • Overview of the review process
  • Overview of the European Health App market
  • Q&A for developers, DH startups and Telecos/Pharma and Tech businesses

Liz Ashall Payne, Chief Executive Officer, ORCHA


10:45 – 11:15 Digital Health Insurance market

A selection of insurers will present on what digital health products and services they are using and/or looking for.

Moderator: Aline Noizet, Chief International Officer, Barcelona Health Hub


11:15 – 11:30 EIT Health: Accelerating healthcare innovation in Europe

Kurt Holler, Director of Business Creation, EIT Health


11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break


12:00 – 12:45 Health Data : Analytics, Information & Donation

  • Beautiful Information?
  • Data Sharing & Models
  • Q&A with the Panel

Julien Venne, Research MERIT, United Nations University

Hannu Hamalainen, Senior Advisor, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra


12:45 – 13:30 Health Data and Digital Therapeutics

  • What are Digital Therapeutics and what is relationship between DTx and Digital health?
  • The panel will demonstrate a range of DTx innovations, discuss the market opportunities and how global businesses want to collaborate to boost open innovation

Moderator: Jessica G. Shull, European Lead, Digital Therapeutics Alliance

Paz Alvarado, Chief Innovation Officer, Merck


13:30 – 15:00 Lunch Break – WE4AHA slot at the Pitching Area


15:00 – 15:30 A Clinical Q&A Panel on Digital Services & Products with 3 Leading Doctors

Cesar Velasco, Director, AQuAS

Nadine Hachach-Haram, Consultant Surgeon and Clinical Lead for Innovation, Guy’s and St.Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust


15:30 – 16:10 Gaming and VR in Healthcare

  • How to use gaming design for health and wellbeing products & services?
  • How do you use VR for health and care services?
  • Q&A

Anna Sort, Digital Health entrepreneur, gamer and clinician

Kumar Jacob, CEO, gamer and digital health expert, Mindwave


16:10 – 16:30 Embodiment – the Future of VR therapy?

  • What is immersive VR?
  • How do you combine computer science engineering, neuroscience and psychology for therapy?

Charlie Pearmund, Managing Director, Virtual Bodyworks


16:30 – 17:00 Digital Health & Innovation Showcase

A selection of digital health products and/or services will present their innovations.


17:00 – 17:35 Innovation support & resources for Startups

Learn about an Industry Challenge fund, European project funding and the practical support available from the EIT Knowledge & Innovation

Valentina Tageo, International Projects Director, ECHAlliance

Gemma Estrada, Director Digital Health and Technology, Ferrer


17:35 – 17:20 I2M Awards

After the jury’s deliberation, a prize will be awarded to the most impactful and innovative adoption case


17:45 – 17:55 Conclusion and announcements

Bleddyn Rees, Deputy Chair, ECHAlliance


Liz Ashall-Payne ORCHA
Founding CEO
Benedicto Caminero Gerencia de Servicios Sociales de Castilla y León
Technical Director of Assistance to Older Adults and Disables
Giulia Chiarini Region Tuscany
Responsible for national and international projects
Gemma Estrada FERRER
Director Digital Health and Technology
Nadine Hachach-Haram NHS Foundation Trust
Consultant Surgeon and Clinical Lead for Innovation
Hannu Hämäläinen Sitra
Senior Advisor
Kurt Höller EIT Health
Director of Business Creation
Myriam Martín Ticbiomed
Head of Project Management
Aline Noizet Barcelona Health Hub
Chief International Officer
Marta Molina del Pozo Gerencia de Servicios Sociales de Castilla y León
Technical Director of Assistance to Older Adults and Disables
Charlie Pearmund Virtual Bodywork
Managing Director
Bleddyn Rees ECHAlliance
Deputy Chair
Jessica Shull Digital Therapeutics Alliance
European Lead
Anna Sort PlayBenefit, ALVUM
Nurse, entrepreneur and gamer
Valentina Tageo ECHAlliance
International Projects Director
Cesar Velasco AQuAS
Julien Venne United Nations University
Massimiliano Vrenna Region Tuscany
Responsible for national and international projects
Alan Whiteside NHS Highland
Innovation Consultant
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Watch the DHWS 2019 Highlights video


Check DHWS 2019 edition:

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


Entrance and registration:

Hall 5, Fira Montjuïc

Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina s/n 08004 Barcelona
Venue DHWS20:

Hall 2 in Fira Montjuïc

(access for Hall 5)


ECHAlliance members have 50% discount, please contact heather@echalliance.com to get your code

Once you have purchased your 4YFN pass, please purchase the “Digital Health and Wellness summit add-on”


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