Health in the Digital Era. Our conference track “re:health” examines new avenues in health and healthcare. The various track sessions all focus on how society deals with the digitisation of everyday life, as well as the potential benefits – and potential risks – for people and their bodies. The track has been a fundamental part of re:publica conferences since 2009. In 2015 sessions included, for example, the use of 3D printers to create prosthetics in disaster areas, depression and the internet and handling sensitive medical data. Previous sessions also looked at digital developments in classic healthcare, therapies for autism and quality assurance for online healthcare information. Check out below for all sessions and news on re:health in the last couple of years.

In 2016 we offered interesting insights and ignited discourses on health in the digital era with topics such as the use and rights of health care data, digital menstrual cycle trackers, online therapy and other. Also we ventured into and experienced more about self-care. At the #rp17 we discussed data protection in the context of health 2.0, amongst other things. We were also considering the question of what democratic healthcare with DIY technologies could look like, as well as checking out genetic tests on the internet.

Our programme team was joined by the annual World Health Summit for global health matters, our long-serving co-curator Tobisa Neisecke and journalist and re:publica speaker Shari Langemak. This incredible team curated your submissions and put together a diverse and interesting event.

"re:publica has always been about the cutting edge and presenting innovative digital projects of tomorrow. Health and health care, from digital health care services to 3D printing in disaster areas, will be discussed with passion and insight by an international audience of scientists, business people, change makers, NGOs, hackers and journalists."
ANDREAS GEBHARD
, Founder and CEO, re:publica

"The quality of healthcare, its accessibility and delivery depends more than ever on effective medical devices. Technological innovation and especially digitalization will improve the state of health worldwide – from revolutionary discoveries to small but agile implementations. I am looking forward to new ideas and concepts at this year’s re:publica in May and the World Health Summit in October."  
PROFESSOR DR. DETLEV GANTEN
, Founding President of the World Health Summit (WHS)

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    Healthcare delivery in today’s pluralistic societies call for adjusted efforts in all dimensions of health. The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2017 in Montreal will therefore focus on the question of human diversity in the practice, education, research, and field of public policy as it pertains to global and public health. The live stream will feature Prof. Lise Gauvin, Vice-Dean for Research at the School of Public Health, University of Montreal, and World Health Summit President Prof. Detlev Ganten for a 30 minute Q&A on this matter.
  • 14 Tracks, 500 Stunden, 700 Speaker – hier den Überblick zu behalten, ist nicht leicht. Doch wir führen euch Stück für Stück heran. Das Programmteam stellt die #rp17 vor.

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    Wie kann man angstbedingtes Zögern und Prokrastination überwinden und Dinge bewegen? Diese Session erklärt den Hintergrund und Mechanik von anxiety related procrastination und wie wir trotzdem aufstehen, eingreifen, und für Dinge die uns am Herzen liegen einsetzen können.
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    Digital health reached a tipping point: apps track our diabetes, medications, keep track of our pregnancies or periods. On the other hand, they generate a massive amount of sensitive data that is extremely valuable both for advertising and hackers. Health 2.0 is coming with 200 new health startups funded last year and a massive consumer base that’s ready to go. How about privacy and security? Way behind. David Szabo, SVP of Tresorit joins talks about what’s coming up in the world of Health 2.0 & security.
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    Microfluidics is the physics behind moving fluids in small amounts. The applications of microfluidics are in sciences where 'little is plenty", such as biology, chemistry, medicine. Microfludics can save costs by reducing the fluidic amounts, and also time, as those tiny fluids have a flow of their own and can move around by themselves. We have developed portable microfluidic chips for measuring the quality of your environment: water, soil, and even of your health: semen, hormonal level.


    At this workshop, you will build such a chip yourself.
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    Eventually, we want the entire experience of pregnancy and birth to become a matter of joy and fulfilment – not pain and death. It is this common vision that we share across our network in Kenya, Germany, Tanzania and Cameroon and that forms the core of our innovations. mHealth solutions are often developed in “silos” in single island fashion, and while being successful, they don’t have the “collective and multiplicative” power to make significant and transformative change to our health systems or create synergies for joy and well-being of the citizens. We believe that only through pooling our collective intelligence, resources of all stakeholders, including policy makers, ICT specialist, medical staff, community health workers, private and public sector coming together, we can make a true positive and significant impact.
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    There are more than 285 mio. Visually handicapped people worldwide. For them, Social Media is a major instrument to interact with others. The problem: Social media communication gets more and more visually affected. We wanted to use technology to overcome this problem.

    Hence we create the first picture format that is accessible for all people and combines information and emotion: The photo App FotoOto.

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    E-Mental-Health-Anwendungen, also web-basierte Therapiemodelle und Selbsthilfe-Tools, werden aktuell als große Chance für die Verbesserung der psychischen Gesundheitsversorgung diskutiert. Das EU-Projekt eMEN hat das Ziel, die Qualität und die Nutzungsrate von E-Mental-Health-Technologien zu erhöhen und damit den ungedeckten Bedarf in der Prävention und Behandlung zu reduzieren. Wir möchten in diesem Workshop mit Euch über Nutzerfreundlichkeit und Qualitätsstandards diskutieren und das eMEN-Projekt sowie die deutschen Partner vorstellen.
  • Neues Jahr, neue Runde! Auf der #rp17 haben wir wieder den re:health Konferenz-Track. Wir suchen eure Ideen und Projekte, die sich mit der Digitalisierung der Gesundheit auseinandersetzen.

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    Es ist verlockend einfach: etwas Spucke genügt für einen "Direct-to-Consumer"-Gentest, der im Internet bestellt werden kann. Je nach Test werden unterschiedliche Krankheitsrisiken und genetische Veranlagungen untersucht. Die Hoffnungen sind groß, dass diese Technologie die Medizin (mit) revolutioniert, die üblichen Buzzwords in dem Zusammenhang sind Big Data, personalisierte Medizin, Empowerment. Wo liegen die Fallstricke? Und was hat Angelina Jolie mit all dem zu tun?
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    We want to speak about a future in which everybody creates his/her own technology in a way the lines between assistive technologies and body enhancements start to blurr.
    At the Maker Fair 2015 in Berlin the project "Made for my Wheelchair" with Raul Krauthausen started with workshops and ideas for objects for wheelchair created by the people who needs them.
    We discuss with participants and users of DIY body enhancement projects about their experiences.
  • Ob Crowdsourcing für kostengünstigere Medikamente oder Computerspiele gegen Demenz – der re:health-Track der re:publica TEN hat auch in diesem Jahr wieder viele Beispiele dafür gezeigt, wie die Digitalisierung das Gesundheitswesen nicht nur verändert, sondern auch verbessern kann.