Register and join our webinar on OPEN CALL FOR SOLUTIONS this Thursday 11am CET !

Register and join our webinar on OPEN CALL FOR SOLUTIONS this Thursday 11am CET !

CHERRIES territories launched 3 calls for solutions that will be open for applications till April 15th 2021.

Territorial partner in Cyprus are looking for innovative solutions in the healthcare sector.

CHERRIES Cyprus is calling European companies and organisations to solve the “Provision of medical services to the Cypriot citizens that live in rural and remote areas and do not have easy access to healthcare services and prescribed medicines” challenge

CHERRIES will award one solution. Selected European innovators will:

Co-develop and validate the solution with the challenge promoter
Receive 50000€ to develop the solution over 10 months
Access mentoring support to ensure smooth development and implementation of the solution. During the webinar, CHERRIES partners will present the three specific challenges, the application and selection process, and will provide some highlights on the RRI dimension that applicants need to embed in their proposals – especially in terms of inclusive and participatory approaches.
Join our webinar on March 4th at 11am (CET) and clear all doubts about the CHERRIES open calls for solutions.

Aretaeio Hospital: Introduces Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate Platform

Aretaeio Hospital as one of the largest private hospitals in Cyprus, as well as a pioneer in the healthcare industry not only for Cyprus but for the whole of Europe, continues to invest once again in the era of digital transformation.

Following the integration of a platform that offers patients direct and secure access to their laboratory tests via mobile devices, it also incorporates the digital vaccination certificate for Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19.

As of 4/1/21, a significant number of doctors and staff of Aretaeio Hospital have received the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccination for COVID-19 and will receive the digital vaccination certificate on their mobile devices through the E-HCert mobile application.

Since the platform has already been established, it will be recognized by the whole world.

Later this month, the app will also be available to the general public in order to receive their digital certificates of laboratory results. The mobile app uses Vechain ‘s platform which is based on public blockchain security technology.



Aretaeio Hospital joins the digitalization and blockchainization Era by offering E-HCert to its patients/visitors

The clinical laboratories of Cyprus produce large volumes of data, including extensive paper trails relating to lab test results for patients. The system currently relies on ‘Laboratory Information Systems’ (LIS) that helps specialists manage data resulting from a series of complex tests and activities.

The current process contains multiple deficiencies. Firstly, the patient has to wait days for the completion of all tests prior to receiving results. In addition, the hospital laboratory has to contact the patient, deliver physical test results whilst the patient has to then maintain a hard copy of the results in good condition to ensure access to subsequent healthcare services.

As healthcare systems undergo rapid integration with new digital tools, the need for compliance with data privacy policies such as GDPR becomes increasingly vital. Conversely, patients need a legally compliant, private and secure method to view and share their own health information.

Blockchain technology represents the best opportunity to radically reshape the current paradigm and change the delivery of healthcare, test results, therapeutics, diagnostics as well as advance the process and security of information exchange between parties.

E-HCert and VeChain as an Instrument for Patient, Hospital & Government

E-HCert represents a new category of healthcare record system that combines interoperability, immutability, traceability and compliance. For Aretaeio Hospital, after the patient takes a lab test, results will be automatically uploaded to the E-HCert application and the VeChainThor public blockchain. Built on VeChain ToolChain™, the E-HCert wallet can be securely accessed using private credentials given to the patient after a registration process in the Hospital. Once complete, the data is readily accessible to its owner, available for use to prove his or her health status as required.

The solution also provides a blockchain-based Web Portal that allows doctors to request the medical records of patients, creating a trusted and transparent communication mechanism between physician and patient.

The platform maintains GDPR compliance by ensuring personal data remains under full control of the owner, granting access to government authorities, employers or other parties at the sole discretion of the owner whilst massively reducing the risk of accidental third party exposure.

From January 2021, The E-HCert App will be used by Aretaeio Hospital for all laboratory tests, from COVID-19 to routine blood work, predictably serving over 100,000 people a year. Together with I-Dante and VeChain will be a leading force in the transformation of the European healthcare sector.

Call for Needs

Would you like to contribute in an innovative and exciting project involving eHealth in the framework of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)?

The needs inventory is an important part of the project as it determines the direction of the pilot project that will be launched later in the project. Do you see a need that needs to be met? Take your chance to influence and contribute in the project!
The CHERRIES project aims to find new, innovative solutions to meet health challenges. Right now, we are investigating what needs are linked to the eHealth solutions for remote and rural areas patients especially in the period of the pandemic.

Why eHealth solutions for health and medical professionals? 

Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean boasts of a plethora of rural and remote idyllic landscapes with villages and communities spread in mountainous areas and seashores. A significant amount of the population of the island lives in these areas whilst the majority of them are adults or elderly. Their healthcare needs are growing over time and the commute for even simple diagnostics or basic medical treatment is becoming increasingly demanding and difficult, especially in the pandemic era where restriction measures and social distancing are strict and inevitable. 

Health care in the Republic of Cyprus has been improving substantially with the recent long-anticipated implementation of a comprehensive National Health -care System, which is set to make the sector more streamlined and cost effective.

Major challenges face today’s health care system for which health professionals including public and private hospitals and clinics, must be prepared. There is an immense need for better coordination, communication, and more efficient processes within the hospital but also with the patient experience as well as other key stakeholders of the health care ecosystem. In addition, we have both a culture and organization of care that separate our care into distinct systems such as hospitals, home care, skilled nursing facilities, with little formal communication, relationships, or collaboration between and among those settings

We are looking for specific eHealth needs that clearly define the problems and hurdles that individuals or organizations are currently facing in providing high quality medical and health care services. Transforming systems in a way that would give patients and health professionals more of an active role, as users of new technology in the care continuum, is a priority.

The main territorial support actors of the business and innovation ecosystem are CyRIC-the certified EU|BIC of Cyprus and Aretaeion Private Hospital (AIK)

What is a need in this project?

Needs in project CHERRIES can be defined as requirements linked to people feeling good and functioning in their daily lives. Needs are challenges or shortcomings that we can change for the better and thus affect people’s health, at group or societal level. What we are looking for is therefore not the needs of individuals but needs that affect several people.

However, the identified need should also lead to increased quality and/or reduced cost in healthcare. For example, it may be that the situation of the target group will be better if the need is met with some type of intervention, inside or outside the health care system. This can also reduce the cost of care.

Why should we identify needs?

In the CHERRIES project, a pilot project will be carried out. The pilot project aims to test an innovative solution to meet an identified need. So we first want to find out the needs to know what the pilot project will try to solve.

Who can report a need?

The CHERRIES project takes a clear bottom-up perspective when developing new solutions to meet health challenges. This means that we want organizations as well as individuals and professionals who are directly or indirectly concerned by an issue to be involved in influencing. The opportunity to describe a need is therefore open to healthcare organizations, healthcare individuals and professionals and healthcare stakeholder organizations, private individuals, persons involved in civil society and officials within, for example, the municipality or region. 

How do I report a need? 

The form contains a number of questions to fill out, which are essentially about:

  • Description of the need, its causes and effects
  • Which individuals/groups in society are affected
  • What a possible solution could lead to 

A good and detailed description will make it easier for us to understand what is at stake and thus assess the need.

Send us your entry by email by 30 November.

Submit a need

What happens next?

All needs reported via the form will be analysed and assessed. The assessment team will look, among other things, at the importance of the need, whether it affects many people, and whether it is possible to develop solutions and carry out a pilot project within the framework of the CHERRIES.

Any needs reported will help us increase our understanding of this issue, so even if the very need you report if not is the subject of a pilot project, it is valuable information for us in other work outside of this project!

I have more questions, who should I get in touch with?

For questions and information, please contact

Mr. Moyses Moyseos (EUBIC CyRIC): 22282895

Mr. Stylianos Yiallouros (Aretaeion Private Hospital) : 22200602

World Obesity Day 2020

Message by Dr. Marios Pedonomou

The World Obesity Federation predicts that by 2025 over 1 billion people will have obesity and 177 million adults will have severe obesity, but the disease still carries substantial misconceptions and stigma, representing significant barriers to its prevention and treatment. Many still consider obesity a lifestyle choice, often blaming it on a lack of will power or inactivity that is best treated with diet and exercise alone.

However, obesity is now recognized by most major medical groups as a complex chronic disease caused by interactions between genetic, behavioral, socioeconomic and environmental factors. The rising global epidemic of obesity demands a global response that breaks down the barriers to effective prevention and treatment. That’s why a coalition of medical organizations that spans the world have come together for a new unified World Obesity Day on March 4, 2020.

This year’s theme for World Obesity Day is “the roots of obesity,” focusing on eliminating stigma and improving understanding of obesity so that more patients have greater access to safe and effective treatments.

Patients with obesity deserve to feel supported by their healthcare providers with treatments that give them the best chance at improved health outcomes. Michelle Vicari, bariatric surgery patient and advocate, asks healthcare providers to “explain to us the science of obesity, give us understanding and support, help us build a team and provide us with resources.”

Many healthcare providers are more willing to address the consequences of obesity rather than the disease of obesity itself, despite the availability of safe and effective treatments. Multiple clinical guidelines recommend involvement of a physician and treatment that goes beyond diet and exercise alone for obesity, and particularly for severe obesity where bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment available, yet is rarely utilized. Research shows 80-90% of people with obesity who lose weight with diet and exercise regain it. For severe obesity, it’s even worse—men only have a 1 in 1,290 chance of reaching a healthy body weight without bariatric surgery while women have a 1 in 677 chance. Despite these realities, obesity patients still face significant challenges to receiving more effective long-term treatments.

We are committed to fight the stigma and to improve access to education around bariatric surgery for patients with obesity. Our aim is through a multidimensional approach to help obese or morbidly obese people and demonstrate the benefits of bariatric surgery for those who have the indication for surgery.

Marios Pedonomou MD, MSc, PhD, FASMBS
Consultant Surgeon
Associate Professor of Surgery
Aretaeio Hospital Nicosia
T +357 22 200 412 | F +357 22 512 372

Aretaeio Hospital
55-57 Andreas Avraamides Street, 2024 Strovolos,
Nicosia, Cyprus

Newsletter form the American Board of Internal Medicine

Dr Themis Komodromos Achieves American Board of Internal Medicine Certification in INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY and CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

He joins a community of more than 200,000 internists and subspecialists upholding the highest standards in medicine

ARETAEIO HOSPITAL is proud to recognize Dr. THEMIS KOMODROMOS for passing the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) certification exam in INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY and CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Dr Komodromos completed his Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at University of Illinois at Chicago and his Interventional cardiology Fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center/ Miami Heart Institute in Florida.

Since its founding in 1936 to answer a public call to establish more uniform standards for physicians, board certification by ABIM has stood for the highest standard in internal medicine and its 20 subspecialties.

Achieving initial certification means that Interventionalists and Cardiologists have demonstrated – to their peers and to the public – that they have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. Research suggests that Board Certification is associated with better care.

Innovative minimally invasive bowel procedure in Aretaeio Hospital – Dr. Georgios Markides

Removal of early rectal cancer without external scars by using Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS)

Recently, a patient with early rectal cancer has been treated with a minimally invasive technique avoiding the potential need for a stoma or more major surgery such as colectomy. The patient underwent the procedure successfully under the care of Dr Georgios Markides and his team using a technique called Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS). The cancer was entirely removed from the bowel and the defect was sutured closed, with all steps performed inside the bowel without any external scars. The patient was discharged home the next day.

This is probably the first time in Cyprus that such a procedure has taken place, avoiding the requirement for a major bowel resection and its potential complications, with much faster recovery, minimal pain and enabling a complete treatment of the cancer by preserving the rectum.

A first for Aretaeio hospital and Cyprus – Removal of advanced metastatic bowel cancer to the liver entirely by using minimally invasive techniques

For the first time a Cypriot patient with advanced metastatic bowel cancer to the liver has been treated entirely by using minimally invasive techniques. The patient originally underwent a laparoscopic colectomy and removal of the large bowel cancer by Dr Georgios Markides and his team, and returned home only two days following his surgery. A few days later he underwent radiological embolization of half of his liver by the interventional radiologists Dr Nikolas Charalambous and Dr Nektarios Poullos and returned back to his home on the same day. Six weeks later he underwent laparoscopic removal of the biggest part (60-70%) of his liver (laparoscopic extended hepatectomy) by Dr Georgios Markides and his team, with the removal of all the liver metastases, and was discharged home 4 days later.

This is the first time in Cyprus that such a complicated case is treated successfully using entirely minimally invasive procedures through small scars, reducing the risk of post-operative complications, with less pain and faster recovery for the patient while he is near his family.


We are pleased to inform you that ARETAEIO hospital is now offering ESWL services.

The center staffed with the newest kind of mechanical equipment, as well as our specialized medical and nursing staff, is offering comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for patients with urinary lithiasis. The whole process is quick, painless, does not require hospitalization and patients can return immediately to their everyday activities.

The extracorporeal Lithotripter uses shock waves to break the stones without surgery. The success is related to the anatomical structure of each kidney, the size and chemical composition of the blocks. The urologist focuses the shock wave lithotripter at the point of the stone, while the patient is lying down. By the hardness and the position of the stone, which has been identified fluoroscopically using ultrasound, regulates the frequency and energy of the shock wave. The gritty debris resulting from the stone breaking are being eliminated by the smooth urine flow. It is likely, in order for the stone to be shattered to be required more than one and up to three sessions of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy.

Health and Prevention Packages

The various economic problems plaguing the citizens of our island and the island itself pushed us to create some competitive packages named “Health and Prevention” which have attractive prices and relate to a series of tests of various specialties. Taking into consideration that prevention is the best cure, ARETAEIO Hospital has advanced the preparation of the following packages, through which each person can purchase according to their needs and requirements:

  • Women check up: This package includes the standard blood test a woman should make. It shows iron, ferritin and THS (thyroid).
  • Men check up: This package includes the main blood test a man should make. It also includes PSA and FREE PSA test which is a test for prostate cancer.
  • Immigration Test: This package includes analysis that is required from immigrants for residence permit and work in Cyprus.
  • Athletes Health Statement: This package is usually requested from CSO by athletes enrolled in associations.
  • Pregnancy Panel: This package includes all necessary analysis for the mother and the embryo at the beginning of her pregnancy.
  • General check up: This package includes all the standard blood test for general examination. It’s recommended to be done annually.
  • General check up B
  • Prostate examination
  • Liver Enzymes
  • Cardio check up 1: An examination prescribed by cardiologists. Clinical examination and cardiogram.
  • Cardio check up 2: An examination prescribed by cardiologists and shows heart function. Clinical examination, cardiogram and stress test.
  • Women check up 1: This package includes mammography and DEXA
  • Women check up 2: This package includes mammography, DEXA and breast ultrasound.  Is usually made once a year for women over 40 (not always – depends on risk).
  • Women check up 3: This package includes mammography, DEXA and chest X-ray usually made for women which smoke (not always – depends on risk). Recommended once a year.
  • Women check up 4: This package is a combination of the above three packages. It includes mammography, DEXA, chest X-ray and breast ultrasound. Is usually made once a year for women over 40 (not always – depends on risk).
  • Women check up 5: This package should be done by all women above 40 (not always – depends on risk).
  • Bone Densitometry Examination: Examination which in mainly aimed at women over 45 years usually after menopause.

Each examination depending on the package takes place at ARETAEIO Hospital by experienced medical and paramedical staff with full high-tech equipment.

Anyone interested to receive the relevant package from Health and Prevention” set can contact Ms. Sophia Theophilou.

Phone Number: 77776900