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Editorial - December 2020

ESC Working Group on e-Cardiology



Dear members of the ESC Working Group on e-Cardiology,
It is with great pleasure that I send you an update on the activities of our working group (WG) along with a selection of recommended readings on various topics. Our clinical and scientific activities are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic which is still evolving. However, we remain at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic not only in the clinical grounds but also at the scientific level, as evidenced by the work published on the COVID-19 spatiotemporal evolution in the territory of the seriously affected Lombardy region.

The Digital Health Week 2020 (Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December) proved to be a unique digital experience with innovative documentaries on Best Practices in Digital Health accompanied by important Industry sessions.
Since all in-person European meeting are cancelled for at least the first months of 2021, EHRA 2021 is transformed to an online Congress which will take place from 23 to 25 April. All WG members are invited to submit (until Monday, 11 January) abstracts within the topic of e-Cardiology/ Digital Health. Best abstracts will be selected and presented during an online “Best oral e-Cardiology Award session”. All finalists will be granted a free congress registration for EHRA 2021 and EHRA 2022.
The first issue of our new European Heart Journal - Digital Health was officially released on Monday, November the 30th. This is an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal, with a specific focus on digital health in cardiovascular medicine, connecting physicians, researchers, and allied health professionals. The Journal advances excellence in digital health through the publication of high-quality original preclinical and clinical research, reviews, points of view, images and short reports. Attractive features such as video abstracts and audio commentaries are also effective. Submissions online via the following link.
On behalf of the entire WG Nucleus I would like to express the hope that despite the current difficult times we are going through, we can stay well and still be in touch with our loved ones during the Seasonal Holidays.

Polychronis Dilaveris, MD, PhD, FESC
Chairperson ESC WG on e-Cardiology 2020-2022