Innovative Digital Technologies for Health

The e-health sector is growing fast due to the software / hardware advances and improved network connectivity. The World Health Organization (WHO) is promoting eHealth and urging member states to form a strategic plan for the deployment of digital health services. This scenario raises new needs for training and education in industry and university to develop the competences required to address the technological and design challenges. This summer school offers a unique opportunity to get a comprehensive overview on the technological potential and challenges of ICT in the health sector. In addition, the contents provided by this program address not only technological aspects, but also design and business aspects, as well as crucial issues related to end-users needs, ethics, and adoption.

Main Topics

This Summers School will train ICT young talents in Europe in the e-health sector, both from a technological perspective and an entrepreneurial/business perspective. It contributes to their professional profile, as employees in industrial R&D teams and as new entrepreneurs for new product ideas potentially emerging during the project work of the summer school. The format is based on team-building activities (workshop and social events), lessons, case studies and visits to e-health labs and e-health adopters. The program will introduce the participants to the following contents:

  • Advanced ICT for health: AI methods and tools for health data analysis.
  • Software / hardware technologies for health: biosensors for mental/physical monitoring, X-Reality for surgery/motor and cognitive rehab.
  • Surgical/Rehab/Assistive Robotics, Ecological telemonitoring and telemedicine; conversational tech and smart objects for speech therapy.
  • User centered design/evaluation of e-health.
  • Healthcare Innovation: Communication, Management & Entrepreneurship.

Speakers from Politecnico di Milano (ICT unit and bio-engineering unit) and speakers from health centers and industry will guarantee high quality lectures. The programme will benefit from the network connections of Politecnico di Milano with industrial partners - S&Ms and, startups and therapeutic centers, also thanks to the recent creation of a set of JRCs (Joint Research Centers) with the most important hospitals and rehabilitation institutions in Milan. Social events will include aperitifs in the 18th century cloister of the university main campus, and visits to major cultural attractions in Milan (e.g., Cathedral and Sforzesco Castle) and in the surrounding areas (e.g., Como Lake)

Preliminary Schedule

Intended Audience

The Summer School is open to young professionals as well as Bachelor, Master or PhD students, who want to deep-dive in emerging digital technologies and learn how to turn these technologies into business. This will enable them to become innovators with a deep understanding of many types of digital technologies that can be exploited in health services to maximize their usability, accessibility, and effectiveness.

As the programme has a focus on business innovation and entrepreneurship, there is no need to have specific technical backgrounds or any coding knowledge to join our Summer School.


The Summer School takes place at the Main Campus of Politecnico di Milano, in the facilities of the Department of Electronics, Information, and Bio-engineering. Politecnico di Milano is an Italian university institute of science and technology, founded in 1863. The fields of study and research include the three macro-areas of engineering, architecture, and design. In these areas, Politecnico di Milano is ranked 1st among the Italian universities; in the top 10 European technical universities, and in the top 20 world technical universities (

Milan is one of the largest cities in Italy, famous for its wealth of historical and modern sights, its vibrant atmosphere, its shopping, opera, nightlife, and cultural heritage ( REPETION - see previous section.

Milano is easily accessible by train from everywhere in Italy and from its 2 airports (Malpensa and Linate). Politecnico di Milano Main Campus is connected to airports and train stations by train and green metro. Its metro stop is PIOLA- Green Line. From Politecnico di Milano, the city center can be reached within about 20minutes via the subway M1 Red Line/M2 Green Line/M3 Yellow Line or by bus (


Accommodation for participants can be provided by the following hotels located at walking distance from the main Campus of Politecnico di Milano:

Local school organisers will provide you with all support and info you may need.

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