Digitisation of healthcare debated in Oradea at Eastern Europe’s largest healthcare technology conference

Mihai-Alexandru Cristea 02/09/2022 | 16:28

Hospital digitisation, robotic surgery and future medicine based on artificial intelligence are among the topics to be debated for almost a week at the SSIMA RE:Imagine Healthcare International Medical Technology Conference, the largest event of its kind in Eastern Europe, which will take place in Oradea from 5 to 9 September. The 6th edition brings together renowned doctors and professors from prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Oxford, John Hopkins, Stanford, Israel, as well as ministers, secretaries of state, hospital chiefs, academics and business leaders.


Also included in the event’s programme are two panels dedicated to emergency management in hospitals and investment in the Romanian healthcare system, the latter being organised in the format of a round table with the participation of heads of Public Health Directorates, hospital managers and healthcare institutions.

Among the experts who will be present in Oradea are Dr. Marco Zenati, professor at Harvard Medical School and cardiovascular surgeon who performed the first surgery with a surgical robot in the US; Natalia Trayanova, professor at Johns Hopkins University, who developed the only algorithm that determines the risk of sudden death in people suffering from cardiovascular disease, using artificial intelligence; Dr. Dorin Comaniciu, global vice president of Siemens Health Division; Professor Michael Halberthal, CEO of Rambam Hospital, the largest hospital in northern Israel.

“Innovation in healthcare in Romania, as well as digitisation of the healthcare system, is in its infancy. Although Romanian IT-technologists and doctors are internationally appreciated, we win prizes after prizes in the mathematics, physics and computer science Olympiads, in terms of the innovation ecosystem in medical technology, Romania is decades behind other countries. This is also reflected in the level of digitisation of our healthcare system, which is also lagging behind. Since 2015, the SSIMA Re:Imagine Healthcare international conference has been helping to bridge this gap, facilitating collaborations between the academic and business community at home and abroad and drawing the attention of international leaders in the field to the potential of this country”, says Dr Elena Ovreiu, Founder of SSIMA – International School on Imaging for Medical Applications.

The event is organized in partnership with the City of Oradea, with the support of the Politehnica University of Bucharest, the Romanian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (SRATI), the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization and the Association of Doctors for Romania. The SSIMA RE:Imagine Healthcare Conference enjoys the High Patronage of the Romanian Presidency. The founders and organizers of the event are Elena Ovreiu, PhD in medical technology, the renowned Romanian-born Israeli professor Alfred Bruckstein and entrepreneur George Haber, a native of Oradea and one of the most successful Romanians in the US.

From the outset, the conference has benefited from a partnership with Israel’s Technion University, considered one of the best universities in the world.

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