What is it about?

The Digital Health Companions for Chronic Diseases Summer School will show how to bridge the gap between large sets of available health data and digital assistants, in order to improve medical outcomes in chronic diseases. Participants will learn about and apply digital assistant technologies to enhance the quality of life for chronic disease patients, support patients during acute flare-ups, and even prevent flare-ups – thereby reducing overnight stays in hospitals and supporting the shift of healthcare delivery from hospitals to primary and home care settings. Digital assistants enable remote monitoring and support patients in lifestyle intervention. Furthermore, digital assistants can evolve over time by using data to better understand patients.

Master’s students, PhD candidates, and professionals can take part in a two-week workshop in the summer of 2019. The Technical University of Munich, Philips and Gothaer jointly educate students in the intersection of digital assistant technologies, entrepreneurship, innovation and chronic-disease management. Participants will work together in teams, which will be coached by representatives from notable industry and hospital partners. Participants will also receive support from founders of EIT Health start-ups and Munich’s local ecosystem to refine their business models and the corresponding prototypes.

The summer scholl will take place from the 9th of September 2019 to the 20th of September 2019 in Munich, Germany. The application deadline is the 12th July 2019 .

Who we are

This Summer School is a project of EIT Health, a European Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), which was set up to transform our health ecosystem. By connecting consumers with businesses, start-ups, researchers and students from around Europe, EIT Health supports innovative and economically sustainable initiatives which improve our health.

This summer school is a joint project of the Technical University of Munich and its entrepreneurship education institute CDTM supported by EIT Health, Gothaer and Philips.

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Technical University of Munich (TUM) is a research university in Bavaria, Germany. TUM is ranked 4th overall in Reuters 2017 European Most Innovative University ranking. Its institute, the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM), is one of the leading institutions in Entrepreneurship Education in Germany. For this activity TUM closely collaborates with the city of Munich.

Gothaer Health Insurance

Gothaer Health Insurance is a private health insurance and a subsidiary of the Gothaer Group, which insures around 600,000 people in Germany. As a mutual insurance, Gothaer Krankenversicherung is partner of EURAPCO, a European alliance of eight mutual insurances, within which it sponsors and leads the digital health workstream.


Philips is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health community from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. In this activity, Philips brings in their expertise in healthcare product development, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health technologies.


A detailed program will be added at a later stage.

September 9th - September 20th, 2019 in Munich, Germany

Please arrive in Munich latest in the evening of Sunday, September 8th.

Start/ End: The official course program starts on Monday, September 9th at 09:00 a.m. and ends on Friday, September 20th at 05:00 p.m. in Munich.

Weekend: The program of the first week will finish on Friday, September 13th around 5:00 pm. There will be some optional weekend leisure activities in and around Munich organized by the Technical University Munich (non-mandatory).

Accommodation: Hostel rooms are booked for the entire time, including weekends.


Applications are now open!

Applications need to be submitted via the EIT Healths's application portal.