Smart data Forum Roadshow in the US

Smart Data Forum organized a roadshow with the theme of Smart Data and Digital Health in New York and Boston from Oct 9-14th, 2016.

A delegation consisting of representatives of health projects, research, industries and startups visited selected research centers and industries in the US from Oct 9-14th in New York and Boston. They discussed their current researches, regulatory hurdles in data-driven innovation projects as well as possible fields of cooperation. Both New York and Boston have invested heavily in health research and have become the hub for digital health research and business in the recent years.

The head of the delegation, Dr. Andreas Goerdeler from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, presented the results from some of the ongoing health projects in Germany; namely Clinical Data Intelligence (KDI) and Smart Analysis-Health Research Access (SAHRA) from Smart Data Projects and Medical Allround Care Service Solution (MACSS) from Smart Service Welt research programs.

As part of the roadshow, Smart data Forum and German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) co-hosted a panel discussion on Smart Data and Digital Health in German House in NYC. Around 100 participants from different sectors of digital health attended the event and panelists from both Germany and US discussed the biggest challenges in the field of digital health which included access to curated data, faster and more efficient analytics, and patients’ data privacy.

The other visits were at Data Science Center at NYU, Columbia University Data Science Institute, health accelerator Dreamit in NY and German accelerator in Boston, and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Google lab in NY and SAP lab in Boston were also among the visits.

The focus of the exchange between experts were discussions around the new research approaches in the field for:

  • Better monitoring and care for chronically ill patients through the use of new sensors
  • Evaluation of as many disease cases as possible for pattern recognition in disease progression and improvement of therapeutic possibilities with the help of artificial intelligence
  • Acceleration in the transfer of knowledge from research to medical practice
  • Opportunities through next generation sequencing, for a better understanding and also personalized treatment of genetically caused diseases.

The participants identified a number of similar research projects, identified similarities and differences, and were able to stablish numerous new contacts with their counterparts in the US.

The meeting in Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center to see a similar App evolving in the US was the most interesting visit. Additionally, the event with GCRI and SAP lab in Boston gave extremely valuable insights. The meetings in NYU, at Columbia, at Google and at the German accelerator in Boston were really interesting.

Prof. Dr. Klemens BuddeDirector Medical Department, Division of Nephrology, Charité, Berlin

The heterogeneity of the group enabled amazing exchange. I am sure that there will be some kind of cooperation in the future between the participants.

Christian LautnerCo-founder and CEO of Flying Health Incubator GmbH
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Panel discussion (l. to r.): Dr. Andreas Goerdeler (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy – BMWI), Prof. Dr. Klemens Budde (Charité, Universitätsmedizin Bremen), Dr. Joann Halpern (German Center for Research and Innovation), Dr. Sean Zhou (Siemens Medical Solutions) and Dr. Ashish Atreja (Responsive Health)

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Dr. Andreas Goerdeler (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy – BMWI) presented the brochure „Germany – Excellence in Big Data“


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Kristina Wilms presented her start-up ARYA APP in the Startup Safari in German Accelerator

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Meeting group in front of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire