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Editorial - October 2021

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.

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2021 outperformed all previous Digital Events and proved to be an outstanding Digital Experience, a record-breaking event that opened ongoing conversation in ESC Cardio Talk and Social Media. Among all the interesting and important sessions on Digital Health, we note the WG awards given to the two top-ranked abstracts on the e-Cardiology topic. Congratulations to Matthew Hammond-Haley, Fathima Aaysha Cader and their respective groups for the excellent abstracts on e-Cardiology.

Doctor Matthew Hammond-Haley (London, GB): Trends in infective endocarditis mortality in the United Kingdom and EU 15+ countries between 1990-2019: an analysis of the Global Burden of Diseases database

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Doctor Fathima Aaysha Cader (Dhaka, BD): Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cardiology services at a tertiary cardiac centre in a low- & middle-income country in Asia (watch her video below)


Also, we witnessed a very successful Computing in Cardiology (CinC) conference that was organized in a unique, hybrid format in Brno, Czech Republic. Like every year, we awarded the Computational needs Translational Award (CTA), a joint ESC-CinC award for the promotion of clinical translation of computational cardiology research. Hereby, I congratulate this year’s winning team represented at CinC2021 by Dr. Deborah Nairn.

Dr. Deborah Nairn (Karlsruhe, DE): Optimal regional voltage tresholds for identifying ablation targets in patients with atrial fibrilation

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((Photo: Prof. P. Platonov presents the CTA award to Dr. D. Nairn).

The ESC Digital Summit 2021 will be organized in hybrid format from 22 to 24 October. A high-quality educational program with interactive workshops, technology and clinical research presentations as well as updates on the digital transformation and implementation in practice will be presented. The ESC WG on e-Cardiology contributes to the program with two important sessions: The evolution of electrocardiography from paper printouts to artificial intelligence analysis (22 October – 17:35) & The use of instant messaging and social media in clinical practice: between the hammer and the anvil (24 October – 10:50).

The European Heart Journal - Digital Health is an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal, with a specific focus on digital health in cardiovascular medicine, connecting physicians with biomedical engineers, researchers, and allied health professionals. Submit online.

On behalf of the entire WG Nucleus I wish you all the best,


Polychronis Dilaveris, MD, PhD, FESC

Chairperson ESC WG on e-Cardiology 2020-2022


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