Joint EIT Health Germany & EIT Health Scandinavia Symposium

E-Health and Crisis –
How the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of digital solutions within European Healthcare Systems


Since spring 2020, the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus brought our way of life to a standstill. Throughout all areas of society and government, we had to walk new ways and redesign familiar structures to face previously unknown challenges.

All industries had to adjust to the changed situation, but hardly any other industry was as strongly challenged to adapt as the health sector. Hospitals and medical facilities were required to exhaust their capacities whilst simultaneously implementing the necessary changes brought upon them by the pandemic to protect healthcare workers as well as patients. Some of these adaptations have transformed the European health sector forever due to digital solutions having been adopted within European Healthcare Systems during the pandemic at a previously unimaginable pace and scale.


This Joint EIT Health Germany &EIT Health Scandinavia Symposium will provide EIT Health partners and associated organisations from across the D.A.CH. region as well as from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia with a cross-border platform to exchange experiences and learnings from the frontline of this transformation of the respective healthcare systems.

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Topics will include (non-exhaustive list):

  • Health authorities in focus: expansion of new structures and political decisions during the pandemic – what stays once the pandemic has passed?
  • Digitalisation of processes: Appointments, sick leave, prescriptions, referrals, coaching, diagnoses, etc.
  • Adjustments in rehabilitation management.
  • Reduction of inpatient stays: Approaches to mobilising patients.
  • Telehealth systems for patients: follow-up, appointment scheduling, data exchange, treatment.
  • New solutions for care services.
  • Visitor culture in clinics during the pandemic.
  • Operations on hold: economic impact on clinics.
  • Pandemic-independent research in times of Corona: financing and implementation.

Call for abstracts


Submissions of abstracts focussing on any of the above mentioned (and related) topics are invited from any EIT Health core, associate and network partner associated with either EIT Health Germany or EIT Health Scandinavia. We are also explicitly inviting all associated organisations from the respective local ecosystems in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, or Estonia to share their experiences.


Abstract submission deadline: 10-Sept-2021    

Please download the template here and email your completed abstract to by the due date. You will be informed in writing of whether your abstract has been selected for the programme and at what time your presentation is scheduled, no later than 3 weeks prior to the event.


Additional opportunity for start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs:

On Day 1 of the symposium, start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs associated with EIT Health Germany or EIT Health Scandinavia will have the opportunity to present their technologies and collaboration offers/needs as part of the innovation marketplace. Please use the abstract template to briefly describe your company, technology and collaboration offer/need and send this to by the abstract due date (see above). You will be informed in writing whether you will receive the opportunity to present at the innovation marketplace at least 2 weeks prior to the event.



Agenda (preliminary)

Day 1:

11:30-12:00 Welcome | Dr. Katharina Ladewig (EIT Health Germany), Erik Forsberg (EIT Health Scandinavia)

12:00-13:00 Keynote | tbd.

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-17:00 How the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of digital solutions – Learnings from across Europe (Abstract submission deadline: 31-Aug-2021. Please download the template here.)

17:30-18:30 Innovation Market Place

Day 2:

09:00-10:00 Starting future collaborations DACH & Scandinavia | National and European funding opportunities in the DACH Region, Scandinavia and Europe | Dr. Katharina Ladewig (EIT Health Germany), Erik Forsberg (EIT Health Scandinavia), multiple speakers tbc.

10:15 – 10:30 Morning Tea Break

10:30 – 12:45 Ideation & Project development Workshops (facilitated sessions)

12:45-13:00 Closing of Event & Next steps | Dr. Katharina Ladewig (EIT Health Germany), Erik Forsberg (EIT Health Scandinavia)

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-16:00 Closed Session | German Partner Meeting (German Partners only)

Looking back at EIT Health Germany joint Symposium with EIT Health Innostars 2020

In 2020, EIT Health Germany and EIT Health Innostars invited stakeholders and representatives from inside and outside of the EIT Health ecosystem to debate in the area of the very important and currently hotly discussed topic „Value-Based Health Care in Europe“. Are you interested in the presentations held and the outcomes of the workshops? Then click here for more detail.