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SMEs in the health sector are facing challenges of medical diagnostics

Business Upper Austria organised the third sectoral workshop within the framework of the DIGI-B-CUBE project

Digitisation has become an integral part of our daily lives and is playing an increasingly important role. The digital transformation of products and processes in health and medicine is becoming increasingly important - faster and more efficient diagnostic and treatment methods are more in demand than ever. The Horizon 2020 project DIGI-B-CUBE also pursues this goal.

The workshop titled "Biobanking. Biosensing. Bioimaging. - How digitalization impacts on the Medical Diagnostics Value Chain" was organised on November 7, 2019, in Linz, Austria at the afo – architekturforum Linz, by the Medical Technology Cluster of Business Upper Austria. The event aimed to establish a cross-border and cross-sector ecosystem that combines digital innovations from the IT sector with three key industries (bioimaging, biosensors, and biobanking) in the healthcare sector. Participants from various sectors including diagnostics, IT, biotechnology, bioinformatics, and hybrid were present.


The guest lectures given by Christoph Rampetsreiter (Greiner Bio One International GmbH) and Michael Mayrhofer-Reinhartshuber (KML Vision GmbH) made the participants aware of the extent to which digitisation can improve laboratory processes and the analysis of microscope images. As part of the discussion session, the medical diagnostic value chain was adapted with the participants to enable identification of challenges, strength fields and main working fields.

The main findings reflected that the challenges of medical diagnostics are manifold and above all, decisive for an improved and even more patient-oriented treatment. The digitalisation of quality assurance of patient data and diagnostic products, but also data acquisition, data storage and security are important topics that can be achieved by means of artificial intelligence, deep learning, automation and adaptation to regulations. Project DIGI-B-CUBE offers SMEs the opportunity to meet these challenges and solve them in international cooperation projects.