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The smartHEALTH European Digital Innovation Hub Annual Forum 2024 recently concluded, leaving participants thrilled and inspired by the innovative advancements showcased. This event not only highlighted the significant role of European Digital Innovation Hubs but also underscored their potential impact on enhancing healthcare ecosystems, particularly in Greece.

One of the standout moments of the forum was the panel discussions, where esteemed speakers provided invaluable insights into the transformative possibilities within the healthcare sector. The welcoming speech by Mr. Aris Angelis, General Secretary for Strategic Planning of the Greek Ministry of Health, set the tone for the event, while the surprise visit of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis added an extra layer of significance, emphasizing the government's support for digital innovation in healthcare.

The Hellenic Digital Health Cluster (HDHC) organized a dynamic pitching session featuring innovative companies presenting cutting-edge initiatives. These presentations received feedback from a distinguished panel of experts including Mr. Omiros D. Sarikas of Brookstreet Equity Partners, Ms. Dora Trachana of Uni.Fund, Mr. Thanasis Tsiodras from Genesis Ventures, Mr. Iraklis K. Karantonis of PRAXI Network, and Mr. Panos Stafylas from HealThink.

The presentations included:

  • i\embryo, presented by Mr. George Tsomidis, aiming to fully digitalize IVF laboratories to expedite procedures securely and efficiently.
  • "BONVITA: Enabling Integrated Self-Care for Improving Chronic Patient’s Wellbeing" presented by Dr. Angelina Kouroubali, of CeHA Center for eHealth Applications & Services.
  • "STARLIT," a suite of Digital Solutions for Health & Wellness integrating IoT, 5G, and AI technologies, presented by WINGS ICT Solutions and Mr. Nikos Kastrinios.
  • The HYUNDAI disinfection robot showcased by SMART BEE ROBOTICS (powered by SMART TRAVELER), presented by Mr. Dimitrios Ioannidis, offering an innovative solution for hospitality and healthcare.
  • "Antiochis," an application offering a clinical diagnosis of mouth cancer in just 5 minutes, presented by CureCancer and Ms. Dimitra Galiti.

The forum also provided an opportunity to connect with members of our cluster, including BIOEMTECH, CeHA Center for eHealth Applications & Services, CureCancer, Ergobyte Informatics S.A., HealThink, HERADO, JOIST, MEDIS. S.A., and Michalopoulou & Associates, fostering collaboration and networking within the healthcare innovation community.

A special acknowledgment goes to the smartHEALTH European Digital Innovation Hub team and NCSR "DEMOKRITOS" for organizing such a fantastic event that brought together innovators, experts, and stakeholders in the pursuit of advancing digital health solutions.


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