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ESC Congress 2017 to host a dedicated digital health area

An ESC initiative in collaboration with 4YFN, a Mobile World Capital programme

Barcelona, 24 August 2017: The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in collaboration with 4YFN, a Mobile World Capital programme, will highlight the growing array of digital resources to support and  improve the healthcare sector during its upcoming ESC Congress in Barcelona, taking place in Fira Gran Via, Barcelona.

The Digital Health Area will be open to visitors at the congress from Saturday 26 August until Wednesday 30 August. The space will host 15 digital health-related startups, selected by ESC and 4YFN, who will display their solutions throughout the five days, all with the aim to improve people’s lives in the areas of: eHealth, telemedicine, prevention, genetics, therapy and rehabilitation. Apart from exhibiting their solutions from a booth, the entrepreneurs will perform live demonstrations on stage for the audience attending the ESC Congress.

“The ESC is committed to informing, educating and preparing the cardiology community for the eHealth revolution. We intend to play a leading role in this promising sector and we are very happy and excited to have this collaboration with 4YFN, a Mobile World Capital programme,” says Isabel Bardinet, CEO of the European Society of Cardiology.

“Giving our delegates this unique opportunity to discover the Digital Health Area during the ESC Congress allows them to find out in greater depth, various innovative companies, who are developing pioneering healthcare solutions. This marks an important step forward for us to promote eTechnology to further improve cardiovascular outcomes,” adds Isabel Bardinet.

Over the five days, the ESC Congress aims to attract over 30,000 attendees from 140 countries, with more than 200 exhibitors showcasing their projects and 500 presentations taking place. This year, with the Digital Health Area added, ESC and 4YFN plan to bridge the gap and connect healthcare professionals with the digital entrepreneurial ecosystem.

An ESC initiative and a priority
Digital health is expanding rapidly and is now the third largest industry in the European health sector, after pharmaceuticals and medical devices.  

From digital medical records to big data and self-monitoring on smart phones, digital health is dramatically changing healthcare and the ways in which doctors and their patients both deal with a growing list of medical conditions. The European Society of Cardiology is playing an ever-increasing role in all aspects of the eHealth agenda by helping to develop, assess and implement effective innovation in order to support and improve cardiovascular health.

The ESC is also part of the conversation on a policy and regulatory level, with ESC representatives working alongside the European Commission's expert groups on eHealth to ensure the interests of cardiovascular professionals and their patients are fully represented.

Many solutions supported or initiated by the ESC are already available: ESC Pocket Guidelines App; ESC online education; the CATCH ME Apps first ESC and CE certified tools to better manage AFib patients, EHRA First Responder App to save lives in the context of sudden cardiac death or ESC online education including webinars on the online General Cardiology Learning Module. ESC is also a consortium partner in the EU-IMI funded “Big Data for Better Hearts” project.

Start-ups presented in the digital health area at ESC Congress 2017:

-   Qoolife (Alicante, Spain): a web service that uses technology to improve care, the self-management of health and doctor-patient communication.

-    Dubitat (Madrid and Barcelona, Spain): the first mobile platform that allows the user to resolve medical questions remotely without needing to travel.

-    LifeVit (Barcelona, Spain): a platform that diagnoses, anticipates controls and monitors the user’s vital signs. It also stores patient data and medical histories to produce patient progress statistics.  

-   DNA Family Book (Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain): offers a personalised medical service focused on hereditary conditions.

Copcar (Murcia, Spain): an application that monitors parameters predefined by a specialist sensor incorporated into a t-shirt.

-   iCardio (Barcelona): a company that designs, develops and manufactures telemedicine medical devices and software applications to provide diagnosis.

Cardiomatrics (Krakow, Poland): has been developed by Consonance  and offers a cloud-driven tool for ECG analysis.

-   Eodyne Systems SL (Barcelona, Spain): has created the Rehabilitation Gaming System (RGS), a platform focused on neuropathological, cognitive and motor rehabilitation.

-   Medopad (London, UK): a platform that monitors applications, mobile technologies and advanced analytics to offer personalised and efficient medical attention.

-   DiA Imaging Analysis (Beersheba, Israel): is a medical image analysis software company that provides processes that facilitate quick and precise image interpretations, focused mainly on cardiac ultrasounds (echocardiography).

-   AmgenCare (Switzerland): a pioneering biotechnology company that discovers, develops and produces innovative human treatments.

-   CardioSecur (Germany): is a mobile application that provides a 360º view of the heart. It is a clinically proven product that allows the monitoring and analysis of cardiac rhythms and circulation as well as offering feedback to the user.

-   ContinUse Biometrics (Israel): a platform that, via a remote bio-sensor (contactless) continuously monitors and assesses the psychological state of the user.

-   FibriCheck (Belgium): offers software that detects irregular cardiac rhythms, such as atrial fibrillation. By placing a finger on the smartphone camera, the application automatically analyses the state of the user and shares it with a medical professional.

-   Preventicus GmbH (Germany): is a company that implements mobile applications and programmes focused on AF screening for the prevention of strokes.


Notes to editor

About the European Society of Cardiology
The European Society of Cardiology brings together healthcare professionals from more than 140 countries, working to advance cardiovascular medicine and help people lead longer, healthier lives.

More information on the ESC supporting eHealth in cardiology and the ESC Position Paper on eHealth (published in the European Heart Journal August 2015). And the ESC working group on e-cardiology.

About ESC Congress 2017
ESC Congress is the world’s largest and most influential cardiovascular event contributing to global awareness of the latest clinical trials and breakthrough discoveries. ESC Congress 2017 takes place from 26 to 30 August at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain.

More information on the Digital Health Area

Disclaimer: The Digital Health solutions presented at ESC Congress 2017; in collaboration with 4YFN, a Mobile World Capital programme, are currently in production or still in development and not endorsed by the ESC.

The 4YFN (4 Years From Now) initiative by Mobile World Capital Barcelona is the meeting point for the growing community of global technology startups. This business platform brings together startups, investors and large companies, in order to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem that positions Barcelona as a leader in digital entrepreneurship.

Throughout the year, 4YFN's team deploys a full spectrum of activities aimed at building tech startup communities. The highlight of the programme is 4YFN Barcelona, held alongside Mobile World Congress, in partnership with the GSMA. This event has become the world’s most influential startup event devoted to innovation in the digital ecosystem.

Mobile World Capital Barcelona
Mobile World Capital Barcelona is an initiative driving the mobile and digital transformation of society while helping improve people’s lives globally.

With support of the public and private sector throughout Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, MWCapital focuses on three areas: the empowerment on the use of digital technologies, the digital transformation of industries, and the acceleration of innovation through digital-based entrepreneurship.

Collectively, our programmes are positively transforming education, industry and the economy.
MWCapital hosts the Mobile World Congress and delivers 4 Years From Now [4YFN], a business platform for the startup community.


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