As AI continues to play a leading role in transforming healthcare across Europe, this deep dive breakfast briefing takes a detailed look at how Switzerland's largest healthcare organisation - University Hospital of Bern (part of the Insel Group) - is making advances in the application of AI in medicine.

These breakfast briefings, bought to you by AIMed, are for those interested in the biggest paradigm shift in healthcare and medicine: Artificial Intelligence. This latest edition has been designed to connect clinicians, medical-technologists with those leading the transformation across Switzerland.

Join our panel of experts and innovators as they discuss the realities, lessons learned and successes of AI deployment as well as insights into new findings as they continue their journey into this uncharted territory.

Current State of AI in Medicine in Switzerland

  • The AI Landscape in the Switzerland: What’s hot and what’s not
  • The Healthcare System in the Switzerland: Major issues
  • Present /Future of AI in medicine: What are key issues and future vision?

Recent Applications of AI in Medicine

  • Machine and Deep Learning in medicine and healthcare
  • Cognitive Computing and NLP in medicine and healthcare
  • Augmented/Virtual Reality in medicine
  • Robotic Process Automation in healthcare organizations

Issues in AI in Medicine and Healthcare

  • AI vs Physicians: What AI and physicians each do better and how to have synergy
  • Ethics of AI in medicine: Issues of equity, bias, and finance
  • Cybersecurity and Blockchain in AI in medicine: Issues of data security and privacy



Dr Fried-Michael Dahlweid

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern

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Dr Fried-Michael Dahlweid serves as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at the “Insel Group”, the largest Swiss healthcare organization. Previously, Michael did work for global companies in executive roles, such as chief medical officer for GE Healthcare, CSC Healthcare, and AGFA. Additionally, he was running international large-scale software operations in healthcare, too. Michael received his M.D., Ph.D. in Germany, and his business education in the U.K. While still seeing patients in emergency care, he also teaches healthcare information management and design thinking. His current academic focus deals with healthcare related artificial intelligence topics.




Prof. Dr Roland Wiest

Professor of Advanced Neuro-Imaging, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern

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Prof. Roland Wiest’s principal line of research focuses on the implementation of neuroimaging techniques related to the diagnosis of epilepsy. In 2010, he was appointed as Research Director of the Support Center for Advanced Neuroimaging (SCAN) and in 2012 elected as first professor for advanced neuroimaging in neuroradiology. By this, he extended his focus of research towards computer-assisted neuroimage analysis. Within the framework of the Bernese Stroke Center, Prof. Wiest established a third line of research by using advanced imaging such as tensor-based morphometry and arterial spin labelling to track motor recovery after an ischemic stroke. This line of research is currently complemented by studies on effects of drug-enhancement in stroke patients. 


Dr Ursula Widmer

Partner, Widmer & Partners

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Dr Ursula Widmer studied law at the University of Bern. She’s a founding member of the law firm Widmer & Partners, specializing in computer science, internet and telecommunications law. Dr Widmer has lectured on computer science and internet law at the University of Bern and on information security law at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). She is a former member of the Swiss Federal Data Protection Commission, former member of the Advisory Board of the Information Security Forum (ISF), past President of the Information Security Society Switzerland (ISSS) and past President of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw). Member of the Institute Council METAS (Federal Institute of Metrology). She is also a member of the Commission of Experts on the "Future of Data Processing and Data Security" appointed by the Federal Council, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the German Foundation for Law and Computer Science (DSRI) and member of the Administrative Board of the fmi AG hospitals.


Dr Christian B. Westermann

Leader Data & Analytics, Partner, PwC Switzerland

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As a Partner, Dr Christian Westermann leads the Data & Analytics team of PwC Switzerland. He has been working for PwC since 2005. He has a doctoral degree from the University of Bern in Physics (Dr, phil, nat.), specialising on space research. In his career he has managed a number of large-scaled projects in various industries, on national and international level and together with his team applies hands-on experience in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, Process Intelligence, Customer Analytics, Predictive Analytics, Advanced Risk & Compliance Analytics, Audit Analytics, Trusted Data. His work helps organizations to accelerate their data-driven innovation, to solve business problems with apps and solutions and to develop and implement the right data analytics strategy. His team has the ability to apply advanced methods, to program and build tools and apps, but also to translate insights and engage with senior stakeholders in dedicated industries: Banking, Insurance, Pharma & Life Sciences.

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