THE WIRED EVENT DEDICATED TO DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY’S TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT ON THE HEALTH SECTOR
15 March 2022
Milan, 7 March 2022 – For the fifth consecutive year, Wired Health – the Wired event sponsored by the City of Milan and dedicated to digital technology’s transformative impact on the health sector – will return on the 15th of March at Milan’s BASE Cultural Centre.
The theme of Wired Health’s 2022 edition will be TOGETHER; a day filled with meetings, talks, interviews and debates, all aimed at exploring innovative solutions and processes in order to develop an effective, efficient, sustainable and fair health system. A need – highlighted more than ever by the pandemic and post-pandemic situation – which can only be answered by means of a collaboration of all the stakeholders involved and the development of new solutions and processed based on the use of digital technologies.
An event that probes deep into current and future healthcare – and whose scope ranges from robotic surgery to artificial intelligence, frontiers in genetics and digital therapies – in order to collectively discover the most recent and relevant innovations and trends at the intersection between medicine, technologies and new lifestyles.
Wired Health is a business conference during which both Italian and international speakers will take turns outlining the main trends in the field of Health. An initiative aimed at managers, public administrators, scientists and researchers, professionals, policy-makers and end users who want to be kept up to date on how and to what extent digital technology is impacting and profoundly changing the healthcare sector, from its sustainability models to new research and services, and consequently the options made available to patients, managers, doctors and citizens.
“Over the past two years, the pandemic has once again demonstrated that healthcare systems are very complex. In order to work like a well-oiled machine, an overall vision is required and everyone must play their part: institutions, policy-makers, companies and patients. We cannot downplay the importance of digital technology in facilitating talks between the various stakeholders, solving problems and giving rise to new relationships and businesses. Therefore, we would like to use Wired Health as an opportunity to restore this complexity and the need to work together (by means of scientific-technological innovation) for the common good of the healthcare sector,” stated Federico Ferrazza, Editor-in-Chief of Wired Italia.
On the actual day that Wired Health 2022 will take place, 5 mention-worthy macro themes will be addressed, as testament to the many trends towards which the healthcare sector is moving. The first puts people at the centre and focuses on patient empowerment; a trend that is linked to the territoriality of medicine and the need for healthcare that is both widespread and fit for purpose. This will be followed by healthcare system governance, which in this so-called new “normal” we are experiencing, requires updated models adapted to emerging needs. The third involves the most innovative and virtuous healthcare sector-related business models, which are linked to the new-found awareness and attention on the part of investment companies and venture capitalists. The fourth macro theme – digital therapies – is an emerging frontier between treatment options and demonstrating how the digital world, in addition to therapeutic aids, can constitute the active principle of therapy itself. The final topic will focus on the world of technology transfer between scientific research and development; an indispensable link between medical science, the business world and healthcare applications.
These central themes are also discussed in March’s print issue of Wired, which is celebrating its triple-figure milestone with its 100th issue. Amongst the 100 things that represent the best of today’s world and which, according to Wired, will help us build a better future, the frontiers of medicine and healthcare-oriented digital technology play a leading role, together with predictive medicine, pharmacological research-focused supercomputing platforms, advances in digital therapies and the bionic body perspective. Furthermore, Wired 100 also references scientific strands of diagnosis-useful vocal biomarkers, gadgets that can change our lifestyle habits (for the better) and empathy that becomes an added value in the field of robotics.
The Wired Health day will be kicked off by Bart De Witte, Founder of the HIPPO AI Foundation, who will focus on the democratisation of artificial intelligence in medicine by means of open data strategies, whilst CEO of Mediately.co, Blaz Triglav, will home in on the importance of medical data to improve our scientific knowledge. Continuing in the same vein of data in healthcare settings, Andrea Celli, CEO of Philips Italy, Israel and Greece and, such as Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) and statistics, Nino Cartabellotta, President of Fondazione Gimbe, will take to the stage, by introducing the health system governance theme, which will also be explored by Marco Baccanti, Director of Enea Tech e Biomedical, and Walter Ricciardi, Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and Chair of the EU’s Mission Board for Cancer. A large proportion of the day will be devoted to scientific research and its frontiers for health with guest speakers including: Rolf Apweiler, Director of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL-EBI) which hosts the 3D protein structure-developing AlphaFold database; Ian Postuma, INFN (Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics) researcher who will talk about Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT), an experimental radiotherapy that destroys cancer cells, whilst sparing healthy tissue; chemist, science populariser and author, Dario Bressanini; senator Paola Binetti; and the Co-founder and CEO of RareLab Francesco Macchia.
Digital therapies and technology that – something that is fast becoming a key component of doctor training and working methods – will be the starting point of the meetings held by: Simona Lodato, Head of the Neurodevelopmental Biology Lab at the Humanitas Research Centre and professor of Histology and Embryology at Humanitas University; Gianluca Crimella, Manager of Humanitas; Eugenio Santoro, Head of the Laboratory of Medical Informatics at the Mario Negri Institute; and Marco Francone, Head of Humanitas’ Cardiovascular Imagining Service and Professor of Radiology at Humanitas University. Innovative healthcare models, in addition to healthcare organisation and investments, will be discussed by: Davide Tavaniello, CEO e Co-founder of Hippocrates Holding S.p.A; Pierluigi Paracchi, Co-founder and CEO of Genenta Science; Paolo Fundarò, CEO of Genextra S.p.A.; Stavros Mercouris, KKR’s Private Equity Director; Mattia Perroni, Founder of Medicilio; Ilan Misano, Programme Manager of Google Israel’s Startup Growth Lab; and Rafaèle Tordjman, Founder & CEO of Jeito Capital and biotech ambassador for the French government.
Territoriality and patient centrality will instead be at the core of the discussions held by: Luca Puccioni, Founder & Italian CEO of MioDottore.it; Sumita Singha, Director of Ecologic Architects. Fabrizio Caranci, Global Digital Medicines Executive Director of Angelini Pharma will broach the topic of innovation aimed at improving patients’ quality of life and responding to their unmet needs. The theme of design for the future of healthcare will be covered by: Stefano Massaro, CEO of Cerba HealthCare; Noemi Porrello, Real World Evidence Leader at Roche Italy; Ennio Tasciotti, Scientist and Director of the Human Longevity Program at IRCCS San Raffaele in Rome; the President and CEO of MSD Italia Nicoletta Luppi; the CEO of Retelit Federico Protto; the Director General of Agenas (National Agency for Regional Health Services) Domenico Mantoan; the Country Head of Vree Health at MSD Matteo Moscatelli; the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Health Andrea Costa; the General Director of ASL Roma2 Giorgio Casati; Head of the Medical Informatics Laboratory at the Mario Negri Institute, Eugenio Santoro; and VP Customer and Digital Strategy – Commercial Excellence at Janssen EMEA Maria Raad.
Wired Health also serves as a networking opportunity, and throughout the event’s entire duration, guests will be able to touch and try out innovative devices, healthcare solutions and products in the exhibition area. Humanitas will be bringing along its vision of the future of healthcare, in the form of cardiac resuscitation and endoscopy-related demonstrative and participatory activities, whilst other innovative solutions will be presented to the public by Retelit, Cerba HealthCare, Roche and Vree Health. Furthermore, the life-saving systems developed by Turin-based startup AorticLab will be on show; these have been designed for those suffering from severe aortic stenosis, by helping prevent cerebral and peripheral risks. Other must-sees are the artificial intelligence-based predictive diagnosis and treatment solutions proposed by DeepTrace Technologies, and the organ-on-a-chip tool created by Genoa-based firm React4Life. Furthermore, the following innovations will be exhibited at the event: Heaxel’s upper limb-neurorehabilitating robot that can be used both for both hospital and non-hospital applications; the wearable Iuvo technology, which includes a back muscle-supporting passive exoskeleton; and the hybrid reality headset that Artiness has created to provide doctors and surgeons with a 3D holographic platform for both local and remote procedural support.
Wired Health is a free-to-attend event, provided you register at this link; it will also be
live-streamed on Wired.it and the dedicated social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter).
Sponsored by the City of Milan, Wired Health is also made possible thanks to the support of its partners:
Scientific partner: Humanitas;
Main Partners: Angelini Pharma, Cerba HealthCare, Generali, Gilead Sciences, Janssen Italia, MioDottore, MSD, Roche, Vree Health;
Partners: Philips, Retelit;
Networking Partner: HealthTech Europe;
Food Partner: Fooderapy;
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HUMANITAS is a highly specialised hospital, research and teaching centre that forms part of Humanitas University; a medical science-dedicated international university. Humanitas boasts 9 hospitals and 18 diagnostic centres throughout Italy.
Humanitas University is dedicated to Life Sciences. In addition to its international medicine course, there is the innovative Medtec School, in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Milan, and both nursing and physiotherapy degree courses are also offered. As far as post-graduate studies are concerned, there are currently 19 graduate schools, 2 PhD courses and several master’s degrees. The Simulation Lab – which houses the Mario Luzzatto Simulation Centre and an Anatomy Lab – is located within the campus: a high-tech space that covers over 2000 m2 – one of the biggest in Europe – and is made available to students, postgraduates and health professionals alike, who can train according to the various specialisation and complexity levels.