Summer School: innovative interventions for chronic diseases

To change the future of healthcare: this was the ambitious challenge for the 35 PhDs, Master students and young professionals who joined the euVENTION Summer School from July 21st till August 2nd in Heidelberg, Germany. After a successful edition in Leiden in 2018, this year’s EIT Health Summer School was aimed at developing innovative interventions for chronic diseases. In a challenging 2-week course, teams of students learned to shape their rough idea into viable business models, in close cooperation with their (older) target audiences.

Creating music with eyetracking glasses
On Friday August 2nd, the teams pitched their ideas to an expert jury. The innovations ranged from creating music with smart eyetracking glasses to apps that enable the smart use of electronic patient records. One team presented an intervention using artificial intelligence to prevent mental health issues, another team chose to develop software and wearables that assist older people and their families with independent ageing.

Participants from all over the globe
The 35 participants formed a very diverse group. Their academic backgrounds ranged from Computer Science to Medicine, and from Biomedical engineering to Rheumatology. The students joined the Summer School from all over the world: from various EU-countries, and from counties like Brazil, China, Ecuador, Lebanon and India. What all participants had in common was an incredible drive to learn and succeed.

euVENTION 2019 was an EIT Health Summer School, organised by Universität Heidelberg, Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg, Leyden Academy, SAP and Universidade de Coimbra.