eHealth Week 2017

eHealth Week 2017 Speakers

Ain Aaviksoo
Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation
Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia
Ain Aaviksoo, MD MPH is Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation at the Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia overseeing the digital transformation and innovation of social security area in Estonia, including health, labour and social matters. Mr Aaviksoo is currently chairing mHealth working group of the European Commission's eHealth Network. He is lecturing at Tallinn University of Technology and Medical Faculty of University of Tartu. Dr Aaviksoo obtained MD from University of Tartu and MPH from Harvard University. He has earlier work experience as a physician, senior level civil servant, international level consultant on large system transformation and technology adoption in healthcare, health policy researcher and CEO of public policy think-tank Praxis, and health-tech entrepreneur. Dr Aaviksoo has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and contributed into several book chapters on health policy and e-health, he is also regularly presenting as invited keynote speaker on e-services and e-society at international health care or public policy events.
Dr. Hugo Agius Muscat
Consultant Public Health Physician
Ministry for Health, Malta
Hugo Agius-Muscat is a consultant public health physician who has worked in Health IT for more than 25 years. His current activity in Malta’s Ministry for Health includes management of the myHealth service, development of cross-border eHealth services, technical coordination of national eHealth services, and management of eHealth activities during the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Dr Agius-Muscat is a visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta.
Stuart Anderson
Deputy Head
School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
Stuart is Professor of Dependable Systems. He works on resilience of socio-technical systems, and how Social Science and Informatics provide a unique perspective on the conception, design, deployment and operation of computer-based systems. He is active in the EIP on AHA B3 group on health and care integration and works with EHTEL on Service Innovation in Health. He led the development of the Scottish Digital Health Institute proposal. Currently he works on the SCIROCCO project tools.
Hans Andersson
Swedish eHealth Agency
Hans Andersson has in the last ten years worked in the pharmacy and pharmaceutical industries on a Swedish, Nordic and European level. Hans now coordinates the national and international work regarding cross-border eHealth services at the Swedish eHealth Agency.
Vytenis Andriukaitis
Commissioner for Health & Food Safety
European Commission
Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis was appointed European commissioner for Health and Food Safety in November 2014. He was born on August 9 in Siberia where his family was deported in 1941. He returned in 1959 together with his mother and two brothers. His father was allowed to return only when year later. Vytenis Andriukaitis graduated in medicine in 1975 and has been practicing surgeon, specialising in cardiovascular surgery in 1989, for more than 20 years. He also holds a degree in History from Vilnius University acquired in 1984. As of 1969 he was active in the anti-Soviet movement. His political engagement started already in 1976. He was one of the founders of the Lithuanian social-democrat party. In 1990 he was elected to the supreme the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania which preceded Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament) and was one of the co-authors of Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted in 1992 as well as a signatory of independence act of Lithuania. Andriukaitis was a Member of Parliament for six mandates. During that period he has been the Deputy Chairman of Committee on European Affairs, the member of Foreign Affairs Committee and Vice-President of Social-Democrat party. The Commissioner has also led the Lithuanian delegation to the Convention on the Future of Europe. From 2012 to 2014 Vytenis Andriukaitis was minister for Health.
Dr. Marta Aymerich
Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Marta Aymerich holds a PhD in Medicine and Surgery (2002; MD degree in 1993) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and a Master in Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard University (1999). She is currently the Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Previously she has been the Head of Health Research and Innovation at the Ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia (2011-2013) and earlier the Director of the Catalan Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Research (2006-2008), where she developed her professional career as a researcher since 1995. From 2004 to 2006 she was appointed Director of the Interministerial Council for Research and Technological Innovation by the Government of Catalonia. She founded the research group Translational Medicine and Decision Science Lab (TransLab) of the University of Girona, where she was assistant professor at the School of Medicine from 2008 to 2014. Currently she is member of the eHealth Center at the UOC. She has published several papers on scientific journals on the areas of health services research, evidence based medicine and research policy. She is reviewer for scientific journals, as well as evaluator for some scientific organizations, the Spanish Health Research Funds and the European Framework Program of R&D.
Moderation: Natasha Azzopardi Muscat
European Public Health Assocation
Moderation: Nick Batey
Head of European & International Funding
Welsh Government
European and International engagement at Health and Social Care Department in Welsh Government. He has worked extensively in driving technology enabled change in regional government, health & local government and was seconded to the European Commission for 5 years to help drive European policies and programmes in eHealth, eInclusion and eGovernment. He has delivered successful regional digital strategies and implementation programmes ranging from setting up a new regional assembly to implementing large scale hospital and community systems. In 2016, he led the Welsh bid for EIPonAHA Reference Site which was awarded 4 stars. He is chair of the European Regional and Local Health Authorities network (EUREGHA) and vice-chair of the EIPonAHA Reference Site Collaborative Network (RSCN).
Nicola Bedlington
Secretary General
European Patients' Forum
Nicola Bedlington studied business and HR management in the UK and France. She is EPF’s Secretary General since September 2014 and was the Executive Director since the setting up of the EPF Secretariat in June 2006. From 2004 to 2006, she worked for the Swiss Government, leading an international government-based network set up by OECD focussing on innovation, action research and policy development in the field of Education for Sustainable Development. She worked as an external expert for the European Commission on disability policy and NGO cooperation. During the 90s was the first Director of the European Disability Forum.
Prof. Marion Bennie
Professor of Pharmacy, University of Strathclyde and Co-lead
Farr Institute@Scotland Pharmacoepidemiology Program
Marion is Chief Pharmacist, Public Health & Intelligence, NHS National Services Scotland and Professor of Pharmacy, University of Strathclyde. This post synergies science and practice through collaborative research on the use of medicines focused on real-world clinical data and the design and testing of healthcare interventions. Leadership roles include: the Scottish FARR Institute’s Pharmacoepidemiology program and the NHS Scotland Cancer Medicines Outcome Study.
Christine Bienvenu
Board of Trustees
Patient Empowerment Foundation Europe, Switzerland
Christine Bienvenu is a 3 time breast cancer survivor & mother of a child with Asperger's Syndrome who campaigns for better collaboration between patients & healthcare professionals by raising awareness on the benefits of being an ePatient. In 2008 she launched Aspie Romandie & Seinplement Romand(e)s platforms dedicated to offering information & support to Swiss Francophones through social media. Christine teaches ePatient culture & HSCM to staff & students at Lausanne & Geneva University Hospitals. Christine became a Board Member for the European Patient Empowerment Foundation in 2015.
Stefan Biesdorf
McKinsey & Co, Germany
Dr. Stefan Biesdorf is a Partner based in Munich. He is a member of McKinsey's Business Technology Office and serves clients from the Healthcare sector on IT and technology related topics. His passion is to help health systems extracting insights from their large data pools of patient data, to improve cost and quality of care. Stefan Biesdorf holds a Graduate degree in Physics (1995) from the University of Munich and a PhD in Neuroscience (1998).
Rachelle Blake
CEO/President/Managing Director
Omni Micro Systems/Omni Med Solutions
Rachelle Blake, PA MHA is a global strategic healthcare IT leader. She is Founder, CEO and Managing Director of Omni Micro Systems-Omni Med Solutions GmbH and Inc. Ms. Blake also leads a Horizon 2020 project in eHealth workforce development, entitled EU*US eHealth Work. Ms. Blake has served in clinical, consulting, and administrative roles in eHealth for over 30 years, including working as a Physician Assistant. In December 2016 she was named one of HIMSS’ Most Influential Women in Health IT.
Moderation: Richard Bloss
Managing Editor
The Professional Forum
With a background in multilingual european business, Richard has been commenting on healthcare linked to business alliances, for the past 30 years. As Managing Editor of The Professional Forum,, Richard has developed the "ProfoMedia" brand as a key source of insightful views. As a Member of PACT Philadelphia, and formerly an export Promoter for the UK Government - Richard brings to the table a level of experience and unique thinking.
François Boissel
Chief Executive Officer
François-Henri holds an MSc in Finance and Economics from ESSEC Business School. Prior to founding NOVADISCOVERY, he spent 4 years with the investment bank Lehman Brothers in London and Tokyo where he has developed an expertise in financial engineering, deal structuring & execution. François-Henri has participated in securitization deals across a wide range of assets representing total completed financings in excess of US$ 500 million in Europe and Asia.
Michał Boni
European Parliament
Member of the European Parliament since 2014, Vice-Chair of Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee, Member of Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, Substitute Member to Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee. Michal Boni holds a PhD from the University of Warsaw where he lectured in the Department of Polish Culture for many years. Involved in the ‘Solidarity’ underground movement since 1980 and a member of the national authorities of ‘Solidarity’ since 1989, he became Chairman of the Mazowsze Region Management Board in 1990. He served as Minister of Labour and Social Policy in 1991 and from 1992 until 1993 as Secretary of State in the same ministry responsible for labour market policy. Between 1998 and 2001 he was the Chief Advisor to the Minister of Labour and Social Policy. From 2008 he served as Minister- Head of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister Donald Tusk and from 2011 until 2013 as Minister of Administration and Digitisation of Poland. In 2016 Michal Boni was awarded a MEP award in category research and innovation.
Elena Bonifiglioli
Board Member
European Network for Women in Leadership
Niels Boye
Chief Physician in Endocrinology
Aleris-Hamlet Hospital, Denmark
Niels Boye is a senior clinician currently involved projects with the public Danish healthcare portal on insilico methods to support 5P’s medicine (Personalised, Predictive, Preventive, Participatory and Point-of-care (everywhere)). These projects also aim to build new business and servicemodels which are complementary and augmenting to the New Public Management/ Evidence Based Medicine framework in current healthcare (non-disruptive disruptive innovation).
Margo Brands
Policy Advisor
Dutch Patient Federation
Margo has a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology and Non Western Sociology (University of Amsterdam). She has been working in healthcare for over 15 years, both in longterm care and innovation of the healthcare system. Currently she works for the MedMij programme, aiming to provide everyone in The Netherlands with a personal health record. This is a national programme involving a change in health care and the use of data by both patients and their health care providers..
Morten Bruun-Rasmussen
Morten Bruun-Rasmussen, BEng, MS is CEO in MEDIQ. He has been working with medical informatics and quality development for more than 25 years within it-strategies, procurement, regional and national health care networks, standards quality management and interoperability testing.
Moderation: Gertrude Buttigieg
Malta Health Network
Gertrude A. Buttigieg is a qualified SLP with a broad professional experience in community services, rehabilitation and mental health sector. Ms Buttigieg contributes extensively to the Civil Society sector primarily in Health area. Gertrude has participated as speaker and participant in several conferences locally and abroad. Over the years she has become a patient adovcate and has contributed to raise awareness on the national level of Patients' Rights.
Moderation: Dr. Sandra C. Buttigieg
Head of Department, Health Services Management
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta
Prof. Sandra C. Buttigieg is Associate Professor and Head of Department, Health Services Management, University of Malta. She is also Consultant in Public Health Medicine at Mater Dei Hospital Malta.
Antoinette Calleja
Director International Affairs and Policy Development
Ministry for Health, Malta
Moderator: Neville Calleja
Director (Health Information & Research)
Ministry for Health
Dr Neville Calleja qualified as a medical doctor in 1999 and proceeded to study Medical Statistics and Public Health after his medical training. He qualified as a specialist in public health medicine in 2006 and was awarded Membership of the Faculty of Public Health in the UK in 2011. In 2013, Neville completed his PhD studies on the statistical correction of misclassification of disease status between self-reported and examined health surveys. He has been employed at the Directorate for Health Information and Statistics within the Ministry responsible for Health since 2001, taking on its helm in 2007, and also served as Acting Chief Medical Officer during 2014. DHIR is responsible for the collation of national health statistics on behalf of the National Statistics Office. Since 2007, the Directorate took on a research role, conducting a series of epidemiological surveys on a national scale, including two Health Interview Surveys, a survey on Elderly Needs Assessment, and a Sexual Health survey. Dr Calleja has fifteen years of experience lecturing medical statistics, epidemiology and public health to all health care professionals, together with ethical and scientific review of projects at local and international level. He is also active at European level in the field of Health Information for both the European Commission and WHO (Europe), particularly as chair of the Small Countries Health Information Network.
Dr. Josip Car
Director of the Global eHealth Unit / Founding Director
Imperial College London / Centre for Population Health Sciences (CePHaS) at LKC Medicine
Administrative Legal Area at Consorzio Arsenàl.IT - Veneto Research and Innovation Center for Digital Health. Contact person for privacy issues in regional, national and European initiatives and representative of Arsenàl.IT in privacy working group for the Italian EHR project. Coordinator of the Privacy Working Group in regional EHR project (Veneto Region), composed of privacy representatives of all Local Health Authorities and Hospital Trusts of Veneto region.
Josep Carbo
Director Global Business Development
Josep is an Industrial Engineer with 18+ years of international experience in Management Consulting and 12+ years of experience in Health & Life Science. From 2010 to 2015 Josep led Accenture’s Health Management Business in Europe, Africa and LATAM. In that role Josep led projects and initiatives which aim was improving health services delivery particularly for chronic patients. In October 2015, Josep joined MEDIKTOR as Global Business Development Director & Partner.
Eleonora Carrer
Administrative Legal Area at Consorzio Arsenàl.IT - Veneto Research and Innovation Center for Digital Health. Contact person for privacy issues in regional, national and European initiatives and representative of Arsenàl.IT in privacy working group for the Italian EHR project. Coordinator of the Privacy Working Group in regional EHR project (Veneto Region), composed of privacy representatives of all Local Health Authorities and Hospital Trusts of Veneto region.
Catherine Chronaki
Secretary General
Catherine Chronaki is the General Secretary for the HL7 Foundation. She is active in eHealth Policy and Standardization projects. Following the success of Trillium Bridge project on the transatlantic exchange of patient summaries, Catherine now leads the Trillium II to scale up adoption of patient summaries in an innovative global community. She is also coordinator of the eStandards project which develops a roadmap for collaborative standards development in large scale eHealth deployment. Catherine serves on the eHealth Stakeholders group of the European Commission and the board of the European Federation of Medical Informatics and she is member of the eHealth Unit of the European Society of Cardiology, and founding member of the HIMSS community of women in Healthcare Information Technology.
Richard Corbridge
Office of The Chief Information Officer, HSE
Richard Corbridge is the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive & Chief Officer for eHealth Ireland. In this role, Richard has delivered a number of key strategic programmes & managed a reform of the Irish healthcare technology system. Previously, he led the implementation of a range of systems & processes in the NHS to aid the provision of healthcare & clinical research. Over the last 3 years, Richard has been recognised internationally for his work, culminating in topping the CIO 100 list this year.
Dr. Yolima Cossio Gil
Coordinator of Information and innovation Department
Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron, Spain
Clinical Medical Doctor specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health and Masters in Public Health. Research background in epidemiology, vaccines, quality and patient safety and HIV. Experience working in social projects, health management and policies, clinical research and epidemiology in Colombia, UK, Spain, South Africa and Southeast-Asia Currently clinical coordinator of the department of information and innovation of the Vall d'Hebron hospital.
George Crooks
Medical Director
NHS 24
Prof George Crooks is the Medical Director for NHS 24. He is Chairman of Scotland's Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre. He leads the Integrated Care Action Group of the European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing. He is on the Board of the European Connected Health Alliance, EHTEL and the European Critical Care Foundation. He was awarded an OBE in the Queens New Years Honors List 2011 for services to healthcare.
Scott Cunningham
Dr. E Bethan Davies
Research Fellow
Bethan Davies is a Research Fellow based in the NIHR MindTech HTC group at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests relate to mental health-related help-seeking and helping behaviours, children and young people’s mental health, and how digital technologies can support mental health and mental wellbeing.
Esteban de Manuel Keenoy
Asociación Kronikqune
Esteban is MD (University of Navarra),holds a Master degree in Community Health(University of London (LSHTM)and a Specialist degree in Family Medicine(Autonomous University of Madrid).From 1983-2002 was Regional Director of Primary Health Care and Health Promotion in Andalusia(Spain).Later,Academic Director of the Andalusian School of Public Health.From 2003-2011 has been CEO of the Institute of Health Sciences of Aragón(Spain),responsible for Health R&D and knowledge management in the Region of Aragon.Since July 2011,is in charge of Kronikgune,the Research Center on Chronicity of the Basque Country(Spain).He has experience in national and international projects about public health and health systems development.Has a broad expertise on strategic management,human resources development and knowledge management in health services and research.
Marcel de Pender
Programma Manager
Slimmer Leven 2020 u.a.
Marcel de Pender has a background in electrical engineering and innovations sciences. For years he worked for the development agency of the South-east of the Netherlands, Brainport Development N.V. Marcel was involved in the founding of the cooperative Slimmer Leven 2020, where he currently holds the position of program director. The goal of this regional network is encouraging and developing technological innovations that intelligently react to the current challenges and changes that our society is facing.
Michael Dillhyon
Chief Commercial Officer
Entrepreneur Michael Dillhyon is the Chief Commercial Officer at Graftworx. He is also co-Founder of YouBase, a blockchain-based open source application focused on the life sciences and healthcare industry. From 2013 to 2015, he served as President of Vital Connect, an FDA-approved cardiometabolic biosensor company. Before joining VitalConnect as President, Michael Dillhyon was the Founder and CEO of Geneva-based healthbank, the world’s first citizen-owned, global open health data cooperative, where he still serves on the Board. Mr. Dillhyon is currently an Advisor for HealthXL & was recently nominated to the Top 50 in Health IT (JP Morgan) and the SXSW Accelerator Advisory Board.
Athanasios Drougkas
Officer in Network and Information Security
EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
Dr. Athanasios Drougkas is an Officer in Network and Information Security at the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). His domains of activity in ENISA currently include cybersecurity in eHealth, the Digital Single Market and NIS industry, Cyber-insurance and security in the Finance sector. In the past he has held various positions within the ICT industry in cross-functional domains, including Project Management, Presales, R&D and Technical Consulting.
Claus Duedal
Chief Consultant, Centre for Innovative Medical Technology
Odense University Hospital, Denmark
Brendan Dunleavy
Head of Java Development
Ergo group
Simon Dusauchoit
CEO | Co-founder
Bogi Eliasen
Associated Partner / Head of Denmark Unit
Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies / UNESCO Chair, Denmark
Bogi Eliasen is a knowledge broker whose expertise lies in combining various fields of knowledge. He was one of the initiators of the FarGen project of the Faroe Islands in 2009, which aims at whole genome sequencing the entire population of the Faroe Islands in order to research and develop opportunities in genetics. He is also an expert on the Future of Health at Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies where his focus in on healt of the future.
Clinton Farrugia
Chief Information Officer
Ministry for Health, Malta
Chris Fearne
Minister for Health
Government of Malta
Jamie Ferguson
Jamie Ferguson is vice president of health information technology strategy and policy for Kaiser Permanente and is a fellow at the Institute for Health Policy. He is responsible for health IT informatics standards, priorities, and policies, and government and industry relations for IT. Previously, Jamie was responsible for information strategy and managed the data systems for Kaiser Permanente’s clinical and administrative operations. Jamie serves on and supports health IT organizations including committees of Health Level Seven International (HL7), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the World Economic Forum. He is the immediate past chairman of the board of SNOMED International and has served on multiple advisory committees of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2005 to the present.
Mary Fitzsimons
Clinical Lead Programme Manager
Health Service Executive
Mary Fitzsimons is a medical physicist with extensive experience supporting clinical neuroscience. Her areas of expertise include advanced neuro-imaging, neurophysiology and health informatics to support the care of people with chronic conditions. She is a leader in the use of eHealth technologies to drive improvements in quality, safety, and access to healthcare services. Mary is currently, directing research in healthcare quality and patient safety and is leading the Epilepsy Lighthouse Project in Ireland. The Lighthouse Project is using eHealth technolgoes to create conditions for proactive, precision, and personalised epilepsy care. It is a nationwide project funded by the Health Service Executive to build an understanding of the benefits of electronic health records in the Irish Healthcare System.
Francesco Florindi
Head of EU Affairs
European Cancer Patient Coalition
Francesco joined ECPC in March 2014 as Public Affairs Coordinator. He obtained a cum laude Master in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Trieste-Gorizia with a thesis on EU enlargement. In Brussels, Francesco worked for regional representatives, NGOs, research centres and the European Commission (Joint Research Centre). His experience working on cancer dates back to 2013, when he joined ECCO and SIOPE Public Affairs team. This experience raised his awareness of the challenges faced by patients. Hence, he quickly moved to the side of patients, putting his policy and public affairs skills to ECPC’s service, helping the ECPC Board to produce a new policy strategy (“Europe of Disparities in Cancer”) and to deliver several high profile projects. Francesco is a fellow Young Gasteiner and a Member of the European Health Parliament.
Tom Fowler
Director of Public Health and Deputy Chief Scientist
Genomics England
Dr Tom Fowler is Genomics England’s Director of Public Health and Deputy Chief Scientist. In this capacity Tom works to support the science stream around rare diseases, infectious diseases and cancer. In particular, he has led the rare disease pilot phase of the 100,000 Genomes Project. He also coordinates the Project’s infectious disease strand, which is led primarily by Public Health England. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow in Public Health at the University of Birmingham.
Anna Cecilia Frellsen
Maternity Foundation, Denmark
Anna Cecilia Frellsen is the CEO of Maternity Foundation, a Danish development organization that aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in developing countries by developing sustainable and innovative maternal health solutions to be scaled up. One of these solutions is the Safe Delivery App, developed in collaboration with Copenhagen University and University of Southern Denmark.
Doug Fridsma
President and CEO
American Medical Informatics Association, US
Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AMIA, representing 5000 professional and student informaticians members and their interests and activities in academe, industry, government and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Fridsma was the Chief Science Officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, responsible for the portfolio of technical resources needed to support the meaningful use program and health information technology interoperability. While at ONC, he developed the standards and interoperability framework. In collaboration with the NIH and other federal agencies, he was instrumental in establishing the key priorities in the PCOR Trust fund. He has served as a board member of HL7 and the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) where he was instrumental in developing standards that bridge clinical care and clinical research.
Sebastian Gaiser
Senior Director Government Affairs & Policy Germany
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson - leading the Government Affairs & Policy function, across the Johnson & Johnson Enterprise, for Germany St. Jude Medical (now Abbott) - Director of Market Access EMEA in Brussels Heraeus - different leadership positions in sales, health economics and compliance
Moderation: Dr. Gauden Galea
Director of the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Life-course
Dr Gauden Galea is a public health physician, who has been at the European Regional Office of WHO since January 2011, but has worked for WHO since 1998. He has previously held posts in Suva, Manila, and Geneva in areas related to NCDs and Health Promotion. He has contributed to development of a formal method for developing nationa NCD plans, for linking NCDs with issues of development and poverty, and for the application of life-course approaches to public health practice.
Moderation: Loukianos Gatzoulis
Policy Officer
DG SANTE, European Commission
Loukianos Gatzoulis has a background in biomedical engineering and wireless communications. He received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh for work on intravascular ultrasound imaging. Loukianos joined the European Commission in 2005 and was responsible for research activities in eHealth. He was subsequently involved in the activities of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. His current activities concern innovations in health systems and new care models.
Moderation: Charmaine Gauci
Superintendent of Public Health
Ministry for Health, Malta
Moderation: Erik Gerritsen
Secretary General
Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands
Erik Gerritsen was appointed Secretary General at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in June 2015. As Secretary-General he is in charge of the general governance of the Ministry. In 1996 he was appointed Director Financial and Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he became deputy Secretary General in 1999. In 2000 he made the transition to the Municipality of Amsterdam. As City Clerk of Amsterdam he was the primary advisor to the College of Mayor and Alderpersons. In 2009 he became Chairman of the Amsterdam Regional Youth Protection Agency. Erik Gerritsen was born in The Hague in 1962 and studied Political Science and Public Administration and Information Management.
Rui Gomes
Head of Information Systems
Portuguese Ministry of Health, Shared Services (SPMS), Portugal
Head of Information Systems - Director, Portuguese Ministry of Health, Shared Services (SPMS). Graduated in Electronical Engineering by University of Coimbra and owns a master degree in Medical Informatics by University of Medicine of Porto. Professor of Strategic Management of Medical Information Systems, Regular Keynote Speaker IT Governance and Medical Informatics. Often participates in the management of national and European Research & Development projects.
Moderation: Jorge Gonzalez
Coordinator of eHealth Hub project that delivers free business support to eHealth companies. TICBioMed also participates in the ProEmpower project, that will procure a solution for population management of diabetes.
Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho
Head of Unit eHealth, Wellbeing & Ageing
DG CONNECT, European Commission, Belgium
Miguel González-Sancho is since July 2016 Head of the Unit "eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing" at the European Commission, within the Directorate General “Communication Networks, Content and Technology” (DG CNECT, Miguel previously held different positions in DG CONNECT, including Head of Unit for Administration and Finance, Deputy Head of Unit for Policy Coordination and Deputy Head of the Unit "ICT for Inclusion". During this period, he worked on successive policy strategies ("e-Europe", "i2010", "Digital Agenda") as well as policy initiatives and R&D&I projects on ICT for social inclusion, accessibility, public services and skills. Miguel was also Member of Cabinet of the European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes. He also worked as legal officer on telecommunications regulation, and as handler of trade defence investigations in DG TRADE. Miguel holds university degrees in Law (UNED, Spain) and International Relations (UCL, Belgium), and Master Degrees in Business Administration, European policies, Finance Management and Auditing.
Maria Renata Guarnieri
Project Manager
PEGASO Project
Maria Renata Guarneri is Project Manager at FPM. She is currently collaborating with the Department of Design of Politecnico di Milano. Before joining FPM she was Principal Technologist and Innovation Director at CREATE-NET. She has been involved in EU funded research since 1990. Currently she is Project Manager of FP7 Project PEGASO and participates in the H2020 project DECI, both in ICT for Health. In the same area she coordinated FP7 Project RT3S and participated in CIP-PSP-ICT Project PALANTE.
Moderation: Encarna Guillén Navarro
Minister of Health
Ministry of Health-Region of Murcia
Encarna Guillén is currently Health Minister in the Region of Murcia, Spain. She holds a PhD in Medicine, specialist in Pediatrics, and specialist in Clinical Genetics (Fellowship in Medical Genetics, Human Genetics Program, New York University Medical Center, School of Medicine, New York).
Dr. Charles Gutteridge
Clinical Engagement Lead EMEA
SNOMED International
Charles Gutteridge is the Chief Clinical Information Officer at Barts Health, a 5 hospital academic medical centre in East London. His interests are in the adoption of health IT by health professionals, patients and citizens and in the use of clincial analytics on large data sets to improve population health. Charles advocates for the use of clinical ontologies to facilitate diagnosis and treatment in supporting diagnosis and treatment for patients.
Moderation: Matthew Hein
International Trade Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce/ITA/I&A/MFG/OHIT
Since September 2005, Mr. Hein has tracked global developments in the Health Information Technology (Health IT) sector. He also follows medical device issues in Southeast Asia, India and China. In September 2016, he received a Silver Medal as part of a team addressing China medical device market access issues. Mr. Hein has also worked for Beer Institute (1994-2004) and National Automobile Dealers Association (2004-2005). He received an MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1988.
Moderation: Dr. Adriano Henney
Secretary General
Avicenna Alliance for Predictive Medicine
PhD in Medicine, researching cardiovascular disease as an academic and in industry, directing large, complex teams across disciplinary, cultural & geographic boundaries. Elected Executive Director of the Vitrual Physiological Humanb Institute, a not-for-profit organisation promoting the use of computational modeling & simlulation in healthcare.
Moderation: Ines Hernando
Senior eHealth Manager
Inés joined COCIR as eHealth Senior Manager in 2015. In this role, she coordinates all eHealth related activities, particularly the Digital Health Committee, Data Protection and Interoperability Focus Groups. Before joining COCIR, she worked for 8 years in the Spanish EHR initiative as eHealth Coordinator. Inés received her MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Mgmt. from the London School of Economics.
Hayley Hovious
Nashville Health Care Council, US
Hayley Hovious is the president of the Nashville Health Care Council. Prior to the Council, Hovious served as trade director at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. She worked as a marketing manager for software startup, Consensus Point and as a brand manager at E.J.Gallo Winery in Modesto, Calif. Hovious is a cum laude graduate of Smith College and has an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
Guido Iaccarino
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine and Surgery
Campania Reference Site
Guido Iaccarino is Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Salerno since 2011; Participates to the activities of the Reference Site of Campania since its first start; Has served on the Board of Director of EHTEL, has coordinated a pilot under the FP7-ICT-PIC "Beyond Silos"; is provider for the twinning of ADD Protection with the Asturia Regions, Spain and Region of Olomuc. Serves as a member of Editorial Board of several scientific Journals. Has authored more than 130 papers (HF 40)
Kumar Jacob
Mindwave Ventures
Kumar Jacob is the CEO of Mindwave, a healthtech based in London, that aims to make a social impact. Mindwave is a group of passionate designers working on technology and data solutions for healthcare and research. He held roles in a NHS Trust and national charities and been in games development and technology sectors at a senior level. Kumar was awarded MBE in the 2015 New Year's honours list. He is Chair of Age Exchange – a charity and is on the Court of the University of Greenwich.
Zsuzsanna Jakab
Regional Director for Europe
World Health Organization
Zsuzsanna Jakab took up her duties as Regional Director on 1 February 2010. In January 2015, the WHO Executive Board appointed her for a second term, which began on 1 February 2015. A native of Hungary, she has held a number of high-profile national and international public health policy positions in the last three decades.

Before her election as Regional Director, Dr Jakab served as the founding Director of the European Union's European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden. Between 2005 and 2010, she built ECDC into an internationally respected centre of excellence in the fight against infectious diseases.

Between 2002 and 2005, Dr Jakab was State Secretary at the Hungarian Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs, where she managed the country’s preparations for European Union accession in the area of public health. She played a key role in the negotiations leading up to the Fourth WHO Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, held in Budapest in June 2004.

Between 1991 and 2002, Zsuzsanna Jakab worked at the WHO/Europe in a range of senior management roles. As Director of Administration and Management Support, she managed strategic and operational planning for the Regional Office and guided the work of its governing bodies. Before this, as Director of Country Health Development, she was in charge of external relations and strategic partnerships: coordinating collaboration with the 51 Member States in the WHO European Region and international partners. During her long tenure with WHO/Europe, she also served as Director of the Division of Information, Evidence and Communication and Coordinator of the EUROHEALTH programme.

Born in 1951 in Hungary, Dr Jakab holds a PhD degree in Health Sciences from the University of Debrecen, Hungary; a Master’s degree from the Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest; a postgraduate degree from the University of Political Sciences, Budapest; a diploma in public health from the Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden; and a postgraduate diploma from the National Institute of Public Administration and Management, Hungary. She began her career in Hungary’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in 1975, being responsible for external affairs, including relations with WHO.
Moderator: Michael Janiashvili
Ministry of Labour, Health & Social Affairs of Republic of Georgia
Mikheil Janiashvili is works to Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia from 2004 on the Chief Information Officer possition and coordinate the following projects: 1. Social Information Management System 2. Electronic Prescription System 3. Central Electronic Medical Records (Nacional Level) 4. Health Information Management System 5. C-Hepatitis Screening Project 6. e-Government services from Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia 7. Tuberculosis program management system
Dr. Dipak Kalra
Dipak Kalra is President of EuroRec.
Dr. Maged N. Kamel Boulos MD
Professor and Chair of Digital Health
University of the Highlands and Islands
Prof Maged N Kamel Boulos, MBBCh, MSc (Dermatol), MSc (Med Inform), PhD, FHEA, SMIEEE, is Chair of Digital Health at University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, UK. See profile at
Lucien Kampijon
Mental Health Europe
Stephen Kay
Managing Director
I am the Vice-Chair of CEN/ TC 251 and a Convenor in ISO/ TC 215. My passion is to make a substantive, positive difference to the patient’s health through effective international standardization. It is therefore an amazing privilege to be the Team leader for the CEN International Patient Summary (IPS) standards project (CEN IPS), which commenced in 2016. The team is working closely with HL7 IPS to produce a coherent single solution.
Devi Kolli
AiSolve Limited
Devi heads pioneering VR specialist AiSolve, who strongly believes that VR is the ultimate technology platform for training to be delivered at its best. Devi has helped to conceptualise and deploy many skills based and procedural training simulations across industries and application platforms and remains on the forefront of e-learning, m-learning and v-learning development, plus VR simulation-based training driven by artificial intelligence.
Moderation: Ramesh Krishnamurthy
Senior Advisor
World Health Organization
Dr Ramesh S. Krishnamurthy currently serves as a Senior Advisor within the Health Systems and Innovation cluster of WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to this assignment, he had worked as Senior Advisor and Health Scientist and Informatics at the Coordinating Office of Global Health at U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. He also serves as Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at the University of Pacific in California. Dr Krishnamurthy holds a PhD degree in Physical Anthropology from University of Oregon with MPH in Health Services Management from University of California, Los Angeles in the United States. In addition, he holds two other Master of Science degrees in biological sciences from the United States.
Udai Kumar
Ohum Healthcare, India
Udai Kumar is highly successful serial entrepreneur, mentor and investor based out of the USA, with over 28 years of IT industry and entrepreneurial experience. A Founder of OHUM and cofounder of QUINNOX, Udai is specialized in Global Business development, Human capital Management, Finance, Software development, 6sigma, Systems & processes. He was engaged in Sales, design, development & deployment of the three largest IT projects in India - Railway Reservations, Bombay Stock Exchange & Nhava Sheva Port Trust. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from IIM, Ahmedabad, India and a BS in Engineering from Banaras Hindu University, India.
H. Stephen Lieber
President and CEO
Steve Lieber is President and CEO of HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. A seasoned healthcare management executive, Lieber brings to the HIMSS WorldWide over 30 years of experience in healthcare, primarily in healthcare association management. Since 2000, Lieber has served as President and CEO of HIMSS WorldWide and related organizations. HIMSS WorldWide consists of HIMSS and HIMSS International, cause-based, global membership societies; HIMSS Analytics, the market research and data services group; and HIMSS Media, the diversified media and publishing division—all focused on the optimal use of information technology and management systems for the betterment of health. Lieber not only serves on the Board of Directors of HIMSS and its related corporations, but he also serves on numerous other corporate, non-profit and coalition boards and groups. He was one of the founders of the Certification Commission for HIT and the Health Information Technology Standards Panel, two U.S. federally funded initiatives at the foundation of the U.S. interoperability effort. As a nationally recognized commentator on health policy, in general, and specifically on healthcare IT trends and issues, Lieber is a regular speaker and contributor to corporate strategic planning efforts, government-sponsored policy efforts, private sector initiatives and other non-profit organizations. Lieber was recognized between 2004 through 2012 as one of the Top 100 most influential people in US healthcare. In his strategic leadership role at HIMSS, Lieber has established the organization as a global leader on issues such as, electronic health records, interoperability, technology standards, IT adoption, and certification. He has also brought significant growth to HIMSS, more than quadrupling the organization’s size and expanding its scope to encompass ambulatory IT issues and healthcare business information systems, in addition to HIMSS leadership in the acute care clinical information systems arena. HIMSS annually hosts the world’s largest health IT educational conference and trade show, attracting over 35,000 healthcare professionals to its US-based event, as well as hosting similar conferences and exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the Mideast to promote HIT knowledge sharing and professional development worldwide. Lieber previously served as CEO of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) for nearly nine years before accepting a position with the American Hospital Association as Vice President, Division of Personal Membership Groups. Prior experience includes Vice President of Operations for the Illinois Hospital Association; Senior Budget Analyst for the Illinois Bureau of the Budget; and Assistant Administrator, Research and Statistics for Arkansas Social Services. Lieber holds an MA from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, a BA in Psychology from the University of Arkansas, and has completed additional course work at the graduate schools of business at both universities and at the Keller Graduate School of Management. Steve has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 1994, is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Association Forum of Chicagoland and has been awarded honorary life memberships at the American Hospital Association and the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management.
Andrea Limbourg
Andrea Limbourg has been living with type 1 diabetes and celiac disease for almost 2 decades. She is actively involved in the French Diabetes Association (AFD) and is a founding member and current Vice-President of the local Parisian chapter – AFD 75. She has developped peer support initiatives for people with diabetes both locally, moderating a monthly "Café Diabète", and on social media, co-founding the #FrDOC tweetchat.
Moderation: Dimitra Liveri
Expert in Network and Information Security
EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
Dimitra Liveri has been working in ENISA since March 2013 as a Networks and Information security expert, focusing on cloud computing supporting critical information infrastructures. In 2015 she launched the topic of eHealth cyber security and since then she is in charge of the eHealth security and resilience work under the Secure Infrastructures and Services unit. On the policy part she is dealing with the wider topic of cyber security strategies on national level and how the member states can enhance security in their network and information systems and CIIs. She holds a BSc and a MSc on Computer Science – with a focus on Information Security and CIIP, from the Athens University of Economics and Business.
John Mantas
EFMI Past President
University of Athens, Greece
John Mantas, PhD in Computer Science began his academic career firstly at the University of Manchester and then at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Professor Mantas is Director of the Laboratory of Health Informatics and Director of Postgraduate Studies. He was Vice President of the Cyprus University of Technology and Dean of the School of Health Sciences; during his deanship, he established in Cyprus the international Department of Public Health with the close collaboration of Harvard University. He has been President of EFMI for the period 2010-2012, and Vice President IMIA for the European Region from 2012 to 2014. As Working Group chair on Education, he led the initiative in revising the Educational Recommendations in Biomedical and Health Informatics. In 2016 he became Honorary Fellow of the European Federation for Medical Informatics.
Madelaine Marklund
Portfolio Responsible
Inera, Sweden
Sascha Marschang
Director of Membership
European Public Health Alliance
Sascha Marschang joined the European Public Health Alliance in 2009 and worked for several years as a Policy Manager, co-developing EPHA's Digital Health and Antimicrobial Resistance campaigns. For the European Commission's eHealth Stakeholder Group, he drafted a report on eHealth and health inequalities, which focused on digital inclusion and added value for patients and health professionals. A dual German and Canadian citizen, he worked in Toronto prior to moving to Brussels.
Sonia Martinez Arca
Director of the Galician Health Knowledge Agency
Axencia de Coñecemento en Saúde, ACIS
Sonia Martínez Arca, Phd, is the Director of the Health Knowledge Agency, ACIS, the entity in charge of comprehensively manage professionals' training, research, innovation and new technologies assessment in the public health sector in Galicia. Expert in research and innovation management at the international level, with a solid scientific background of more than 10 years academic research experience, she has occupied several research and management positions at the Institute Curie, the Vall d’Hebron Hospital, the Barcelona Science Park, the University of Santiago de Compostela and the main research hospital in Galicia. Before joining ACIS, she was the Director of Innovation and Management of Public Health in the Galician Health Ministry.
Henrique Martins
Chairmain of the Board
Digital Europe
Henrique Martins, MD, PhD. Studied Medicine and is an Internal Medicine Specialist. He obtained his PhD degree in Management from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has several publications in the area of management and informatics in healthcare. He currently works at SPMS as Chairman of the Board. SPMS is the Health Ministry Central Purchasing and IT authority. He was formerly the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) of the Hospital Prof Dr Fernando Fonseca and later Adjunct for Health IT to the Health Secretary of State. He is responsible for nationwide efforts on complete electronic prescription and new Health Information Platform Sharing for Electronic Health Records.
Ariadne Massa
PR Consultant
Media Insiders
Ariadne Massa is an award-winning journalist who worked with The Times of Malta for 20 years. She held the position of chief sub-editor, head of news and deputy editor of this long-established daily newspaper, before moving on to set up her own PR and media consultancy company, Media Insiders, in 2016.
Stephen McAdam
Global Healthcare Director
Stephen McAdam is currently Global Technical Director at DNV GL Healthcare. An immunologist by training, Stephen spent much of his early career in laboratories working with pathogens such as HIV and HCV in hospitals in the United States, Africa, and Europe. In 2001 Stephen moved to DNV GL’s Research department to head up the Healthcare and Biorisk program where he was responsible for exploring how systems-based approaches to management and risk assessment can be adapted and applied to areas related to patient safety and to biorisk. Stephen has collaborated many of the world’s leading organizations in the area of biorisk management, including the WHO, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the Canadian Science Centre, the UK health Protection Agency, and GSK.
Sara Meunier
Inera/Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions
Chief Technology Officer of Inera and Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Director of Architecture department. Sara holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from the institute of Technology at Linköping University.
Anne Moen
Oslo University / eHSG, citizens and data
Anne Moen, RN, PhD, FACMI is professor at the Institute for health and society, Department of Nursing Science, and the director of UiO:eColab. She is adjunct professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI and the University College of South east Norway. Her research activities combine in-depth insights in healthcare with design and deployment of accessible, user-empowering ICT-solutions. She served as President of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) 2014 - 2016, and is the current regional EFMI – IMIA Vice President (2016 – 2018). She is member of EU eHealth Stakeholder Group (2016 – 2019), and task leader of subarea “Citizen - Health Data”.
Prof. Edwin Morley-Fletcher
Lynkeus Srl, Italy
Edwin Morley-Fletcher, Prof, (MALE), is President of Lynkeus and former Professor of Administration Science and Public Policy at University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He was a member of the National Council for Economy and Labour (CNEL) and chairman of the CNEL Working Group on the Social Market from 1995 to 2000 and a Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the UCLA and former Jean Monnet Fellow at the EUI. He has been for several years advisor of the Gaslini Foundation, and has led the “Healthcare governance and technology” working group within the ASTRID Foundation. Project Manager within the FP6 Health-e-Child project (2006-20010) in the FP7 Sim-e-Child project (2010-2012). Author of over 100 publications, severaldedicated to eHealth and healthcare policy.
Mahad Mussa Huniche
Chief Operating Officer (COO) / Chairman of Board of Directors
Region Zealand / Innovation Fund, FIERS, Denmark
Education: Chemical Engineer, Technical University of DK; Public Administration, RUC; Business and Management Research, Henley Business School Experience: 10 years of experience as a management consultant with focus on enhancing the quality and productivity of mainly small and medium sized enterprise. 7 years as a partner in Nordic Consulting Group A/S. 9 years in Region Zealand with focus on process and business model innovation
Flora Musuamba Tshinanu
Belgian Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products
Flora Musuamba holds a Ph.D. in biomedical and pharmaceutical Sciences from Université Catholique de Louvain, specifically in the field of population pharmacokinetics of immunosuppressive drugs. She worked as a post doctoral researcher in PK/PD modelling and Simulations at Leiden university and at the University College London as a research associate. She has a role as associate Professor at University of Limoges in France since 2016. She is currently the vice-chair of the modelling and simulation working group (MSWG) at the European medicines agency (EMA) and a Pharmacometrics and Pharmacovigilance expert at the Belgian federal medicines agency (FAMHP).
Steve Mutkoski
Cloud in Health Advisory Council
Microsoft Corporation
Steve is a Government Policy Director for Microsoft’s Public Sector and Industry businesses, where he supports the global health sales business on legal, policy and regulatory matters. In that role, he works closely with customers and policymakers around the world to ensure that new cloud and mobile technologies can safely be adopted by the healthcare sector. He is well versed in global regulatory requirements for storage of patient health information in the cloud, as well as regulation of medical devices and manufacturing workloads common among life sciences and pharma customers.
Valerie Neirynck
AZ Sint-Lucas (Ghent)
Qualification Doctor of Medicine University of Leuven, Belgium (2006) Specialty training Internal Medicine and Nephrology at University of Leuven (2006-2012) special interest in Intensive Care Medicine (Dr M Malbrain) Hospital and Health Care Management at the University of Leuven (2010-2012) Lean Thinking model within organization of daily dialysis Nephrologist in Hyères France (2012-2013) Nephrologist at AZ St Lucas Ghent (2013 till now)
Moderation: Katja Neubauer
Team Leader eHealth
DG SANTE, European Commission
Katja Neubauer studied biology at the University of Konstanz and joined the European Commission as a civil servant shortly thereafter. In the European Commission, she first worked several years on food safety issues, to then move to the health area, where she dealt with health systems, patient safety and the health workforce. In September 2015 she started working on eHealth. The focus of her current work are the health aspects of the Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy, next to the eHealth Network and the eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure for the exchange of of health data between EU Member States.
Brian O'Connor
Brian has founded a number of companies in the healthcare services area in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong. He therefore has experience of the public and private health care systems in a number of countries and also an understanding of the often difficult balance between delivering care and making profit. He believes that overcoming the cultural and other barriers within healthcare is an interesting if sometimes frustrating challenge, but worthwhile if it leads to better patient care. Brian is Chair of the European Connected Health Alliance organisation.
Dr. Kjartan Olafsson
Vice President
UEMO/eHealth Stakeholdergroup
Kjartan Olafsson vice president of UEMO - the European General Practitioners Union, Member of eHealth Stakeholdergroup of EU. Leader WG group "New Balances - side effects of eHealth initiatives" under eHSG.
Annika Ostergren
Policy Officer Digital Skills
Annika Östergren Pofantis is a Policy Officer for Digital Skills and EU Code Week at the European Commission DG CONNECT.
Moderation: Dr. Claudia Pagliari
Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, Programme Director (MSc in Global eHealth)
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Claudia Pagliari, BSc, PhD, FRCPE is a senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Edinburgh (UK), where she leads the eHealth Interdisciplinary Research Network and directs the masters programme in Global eHealth.
Marco Pantera
Head of Business Unit eHealth Governance and Shared Services
Lombardia Informatica S.p.A
Marco Pantera, graduate in Information Science, has been working for more than twenty years in the field of digital transformation in healthcare. In Lombardia Informatica is actually responsible, of the eHealth governance and IT enabled reengineering /innovation of processes and services for the actors of the Health System in Lombardy. He is also in charge as the Director of the Regional Healthcare Contact Center Service.
Moderation: Terje Peetso
Head of Sector
DG CONNECT, European Commission
Dr Terje Peetso is the head of the eHealth and ageing policy sector in the Unit on eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing in the European Commission’s DG CONNECT. She is responsible for the implementation of the EU’s eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 and coordination of eHealth policy activities within the Unit, in her DG, thought the Commission and with external stakeholders. Dr Peetso has been working in the European Commission since 2003 and holds a diploma in medicine from the University of Tartu, Estonia.
Maritta Perala-Heapa
Director of Centre for Health and Technology
Centre for Health and Technology
Maritta Perälä-Heape, PhD, Director at Centre for Health and Technology (CHT; University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. CHT is driving innovations in the data driven healthcare and paradigm change towards person centric care. She is managing the strategic R&D&I collaboration between academia, business and public healthcare sector in the OuluHealth ecosystem (
Moderation: Tapani Piha
Head of Unit
European Commission
Tapani Piha works as Head of Unit for Cross-Border Healthcare & eHealth in the European Commission. His tasks include implementation of the Directive on Patients’ rights in cross-border health care, setting up the European Reference Network for rare diseases and creating a cross-border exchange for e-prescription and patient data. The Unit also covers data management and protection in healthcare. Since 2001 in the Commission, he has been responsible for policy on Health Technology Assessment (HTA), health strategy, health information, expert advice for health systems, health law, health research coordination, and - managed human resources in DG Health and Consumers. After completing the MD in 1980, he studied epidemiology and interventions on health behaviours and cardiovascular disease. He served the Finnish Ministry of Health, and coordinated Finland's EU policies in health in 1995-2001. At the WHO Regional Office for Europe in 1989-94 he was responsible for the Action Plan for a Tobacco-free Europe.
Steve Posnack
Director Office of Standards and Technology
Steven Posnack joined the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in July 2005. As the Director of the Office of Standards and Technology, Steve advises the National Coordinator, leads the ONC Health IT Certification Program, and directs ONC’s standards and technology investments through the ONC Tech Lab, which organizes its work into four focus areas: pilots, standards coordination, testing and utilities, and innovation.
Xavier Prats Monné
DG SANTE, European Commission
Xavier Prats Monné is the Director-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission since September 2015. He previously served as Director-General for education and culture and as Director for employment policy. He holds degrees in Social Anthropology from the Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain) in Development Cooperation from the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (Paris, France) and in European Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium)
Sameer Pujari
Leader, Be Healthy, Be Mobile Initiative
World Health Organization
Currently with WHO, he is managing the mHEALTH and Digitla Health for NCDs program as part of the secretariat for the flagship WHO and ITU joint program ; Be He@lthy Be Mobile. The program was coveted with the first ever WHO DG’s Award for excellence for 2016. With WHO since 2008, he has also provided technical advise and support to over 50 countries in the development of digital health systems, innnovation, and implementaion of sustainable and scalable digital health programs. He is also a core member of the Health Data Forum at WHO and the co-chair of the WHO mHEALTH working group. He has delivered courses at University of Cambridge, Oxford and various other technology schools in digital health and has spoken at several global conferences on the topic. Before coming to WHO, he worked with the US Governments health agency helping various countries build informatics systems for immunization and vaccination programs in Asia Europe and Africa. He started his career working with WHO's National Polio Surveillance Project in India for 7 years, where he led the development and implementation of various information management systems for surveillance across the country. He holds bachelor degrees in business and software engineering and a master's degree with a gold medal in management, he also has an earned fellowship in public health informatics from the US government health and human services.
Pilar Raro-Garnes MD, MBA, PMP
IT Project Director
MD, MBA, PMP IT Project Director Hospital La Fe, Valencia, Spain HIMSS Governing Council
Moderation: Gisele Roesems-Kerremans
DG CONNECT, European Commission
Kyle Jacques Rose
Board Member
International Diabetes Federation Europe & mySugr
Kyle Jacques is a Board Member at IDF Europe working on technology & youth advocacy. He is faculty at INSEAD focusing on innovation in diabetes therapy, community collaboration & technology training. Kyle's primary interests are patient engagement & motivation for better outcomes. An example is his work at Austrian startup mySugr, approaching 1 million users of mySugr Logbook App. He has a B.S. Engineering from Cornell University in NY and MBA from INSEAD in France, and was formerly presenting faculty at Stanford School of Medicine. Other: INNODIA IMI, Patient-Medtech.
Magda Rosenmoller
Magda Rosenmoller holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy (University of London), a Medical Doctor (University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France), and an MBA from IESE. She teaches the MBA elective on health management at IESE, and in executive education in European, Asian, African and Latin American business schools. Her areas of interests are health management, managing innovation in health care & education, European health and research policies and global health issues.
Khalil Rouhana
Deputy Director-General
DG CONNECT, European Commission
Khalil Rouhana is the Deputy Director-General in DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content & Technology) since 1/12/2016. His responsibilities include the policies for digital economy and society and notably for research, innovation and industrial strategies, digital solution for societal challenges and governments as well as cybersecurity. Before that he was Director for "Digital Industry" in DG CONNECT.
Moderation: Ramon Sanmartin Sola
Policy and Project Officer
Ramon Sanmartin works at the "eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing" Unit. He has relevant experience monitoring R&I projects in the field of active and healthy ageing in areas such as falls detection and robotics. He is currently responsible for the topic of Digital Skills for both the Healthcare Workforce and Carers.
DDr. Thomas Schabetsberger
Head of Product Management eHealth
Siemens Healthineers
Dr. Thomas Schabetsberger is working in the field of eHealth since 2002. His has a background in Medicine and in Biomedical Informatics. After six years of researching and lecturing eHealth and Telemedicine he moved to Siemens. Since 2008 he is responsible for Siemens Healthineers eHealth Solutions, including IHE XDS compliant network infrastructure for Health Information Exchange and Software Applications supporting cooperative care workflows and patient engangement.
Robert Scharinger
Vice CIO
Ministry of Health, Austria
Vice Chief Information Officer of the Austrian Ministry of Health, manager of national and international eHealth projects.
Marina Schmidt
Representative Statutory Health Insurance
German Social Insurance European Representation
Marina Schmidt joined the European Representation of the German Social Insurance in Brussels in 2012. In her function as a Representative of the Statutory Health Insurance, Marina follows closely the developments in European health and social policy. She has also taken an interest in the digitization of health and social security and participated in several working groups of the European Commission. With her expertise, Marina Schmidt supports the work of the Health Committee of the European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP). She studied Health Economics and Health Management (B.Sc.), and holds a master's degree (MBA) in General Management.
Oliver Scicluna
Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability, Malta
Oliver was bron with Spina Bifida in Saint Luke's Hospital on the 14th July, 1986. Mr Scicluna attended Kalkara Primary School, then started attending De La Salle College. He graduated with a Degree in Software Programming from the University of Cambridge and is still pursuing a studying career. Olive Chaired the committee who drawn the National Disability Policy in 2014 and was appointed Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disability on June 2016.
Lorella Scorteccia
Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù
Lorella Scorteccia holds a BA in Mathematics obtained in 1988 at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". She has always worked in healthcare, initially as a programmer for the Ministry of Health and then as a consultant following Local Health Care. She has worked for many years in healthcare provider companies and since 2015 works as a CIO for healthcare organizations.
Moderation: Denise Silber
Basil Strategies, France
Denise Silber, CEO of Basil Strategies Paris, is a futurist, digital health communications consultant, and social media influencer, She promotes eHealth, digital transformation, and patient empowerment through the conception of events and workshops, public speaking, journalism, and social media.Denise was awarded the French Legion of Honor in 2011 for her pioneering work in eHealth and sits on the boards of the Patient Empowerment Foundation and Harvard Club of France.
Elena Sini
Humanitas Hospital, Italy
Elena Sini has been a member of the HIMSS Europe Governing Council since 2016 and the CIO of the IRCCS Istituto Clinico Humanitas since 2012. Previously, she held the position of CIO of the IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori for over 10 years. She holds courses on Healthcare Information Systems at the Humanitas University and at the LIUC University.
Moderation: Mikael Bay Skilbreid
Program Director
Sundhedsplatformen, Denmark
Program Manager at Sundhedsplatformen, Region Zealand, Denmark
Mette Marie Skjøtt
Project Manager, PhD, Centre for Innovative Medical Technology
Odense University Hospital, Denmark
Dr. Melek Somai
Imperial College London, UK
Melek is a physician, biostatistician, and public health professional with expertise in clinical informatics and global health innovation. Dr Melek Somai is a member of the Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering at Imperial College London; and is co-lead of the healthcare blockchain stream.
Moderation: Tove Sørensen
Head WHO Collaborating Centre for Telemedicine and eHealth
Norwegian centre for e-health research, University Hospital of North Norway
Tove Sørensen is head of the WHOCollaborating Centre for Telemedicine and e-health, Norwegian Centre for E-health research. She has been implementing patients’ online access to their hospital record and log data via the Norwegian national health portal. Her background is in Social planning and ICT. She has organized international telemedicine seminars and workshops, in addition to give guest lectures, and coach students. She has worked in several countries in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Claudia Stein
Director, Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation
Michael Strübin
European Programme Director
Personal Connected Health Alliance/Continua
Michael Strübin is European Programme Director for the Personal Connected Health Alliance, a non-profit organisation that works collaboratively with health, technology and life sciences, public policy, research and advocacy groups to achieve personal connected health for all. PCHA, a division of HIMSS, hosts the annual Connected Health Conference (formerly the mHealth Summit) and publishes the Continua Design Guidelines, the international standard for interoperability of personal connected health devices and systems. Michael leads PCHAlliance’s outreach, communication and advocacy activities in Europe, and oversees the involvement in EU-funded projects. Before PCHAlliance, Michael managed the European activities of the Continua Health Alliance and contributed to other associations in the health IT and social development field. Michael’s background is in strategic, programme and communications management. He studied liberal arts and political science at universities in Germany and the United States, and holds an M.A. degree in international relations from American University in Washington. He is based in Brussels, Belgium.
Miklós Szócska
Semmelweis University - Health Services Management Training Centre
Dr. Miklós Szócska graduated at the Semmelweis University (SU) of Medicine in 1989. He holds a MPA degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1998), and a Ph.D. from the SU in the field of change management (2003).Between 1995 and 2000 he served as the dep. director and since 2000 he has been the director of the Health Services Management Training Centre at the SU. Between 2010-2014 Dr. Szócska served as the Minister of State for Health of the Hungarian Government.
Anneli Taal
Head of health care resources management
Ministry of Social Affairs
Anneli Taal, is Head of Health Resources Management at the Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia being also responsible for health policy input into the e-health developments in Estonian health care system. Before this position she has been working for public Health Insurance Fund (HIF) of Estonia leading ca 4 years pricing of the HIF health care services (incl IT costs) and ca 4 years heading budgeting and contracting of all health care services that EHIF reimburses for the Estonian habitants. Earlier she has been working several years on the Ministry of Social Affairs as Head of Public Health Department and adviser to the Deputy Secretary General in health care planning area. She has Master of economics degree from Tartu University on macroeconomic modeling and she gives lectures in Tallinn University on health care financing.
Dr. Mimi Tatlow-Golden
Lecturer in Developmental Psychology and Childhoo, Faculty of Well-Being, Education, and Language Studies
The Open University, UK
Dr Tatlow-Golden researches food marketing to children in digital media among other topics relating to children's well-being. She has been invited to present her research to events for the EU, WHO, Safefood (Ireland), the Joint Nordic Countries, and the Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition Canada
Alan Thomas
Founder Ataxia / Rare Disease Patient group
Atacsia a Fi - Ataxia and Me
A patient with Ataxia, a 'life-limiting' rare disease, campaigning at many levels, including patient forums, local and regional health boards, Welsh/UK government organisations, as well as taking part in many global conferences, in person or via the internet. Ataxia means 'lack of order'. People with ataxia have problems with movement, balance and speech "Mission to bring the Order to the Lack of Order".
Moderation: Dr. Myra Tilney
Consultant Physician
Ministry for Health
Myra Tilney MD FRCP FRCP(Edin) FACP FEFIM MBA(Henley) focuses on cardiovascular disease and its prevention. She has a longstanding interest in quality improvement and ehealth,advocating patient safety and evidence-based implementation. Her current research interests include patient use of mobile telephony and intraprofessional communication. She has experience as expert evaluator in ehealth, leading to a keen appreciation of effective interdisciplinarity and strong end-user participation.
Moderation: Dr. Paul Timmers
Former Director
European Commission
Paul Timmers is working as academic, entrepreneur and advisor in digital policy and on business models. As former EC Director for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity he addressed e-health & active ageing, e-government, e-ID, smart cities, cybersecurity and digital privacy. He worked in IT industry, co-founded a software company, holds a PhD in physics and an MBA, studied sociology of ageing, was EU Research Fellow, and completed cybersecurity executive education.
Steven Tyler
Head of Strategy and Innovation
Royal National Institute of Blind People, UK
Steve Tyler is Head of Strategy and Innovation at The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the UK with responsibilities for developing services and products to ensure that blind and partially sighted people can take full advantage of new technical and business propositions. His academic background in Psychology, research in Artificial Intelligence and post-graduate management qualifications give him the ability to translate an idea into a sustainable and compelling service or product proposition.
Le Vallikivi
Member of Board
Estonian Family Doctor Association
Born in 1977, completed family medicine residency training 2005 and worked as a family doctor since 2003. At the moment full time GP and, member of board of Estonian Family Doctors Association and also national delegate in European Society for Quality and Safety in Family Practice.
Kors van Wyngaarden
Medical Officer Digital Health
Kors van Wyngaarden is medical officer digital healthcare at Philips. In this global role he is responsible for the awareness creation on the digital vision and strategy, with a specific focus on the linkage to the clinical and professional healthcare world, thereby empowering Philips to create meaningful healthcare solutions. Previous to this he has had several marketing roles at Philips, such as leading the customer driven downstream marketing for the imaging systems business internationally and leading the development and implementation of Philips’ digital healthcare strategy. He joined Philips in 2009 after 10 years in the Pharmaceutical industry in various roles including medical, marketing and online marketing. He Trained and worked throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the US. This includes several years working as a medical doctor.
Hans Vandewyngaerde
President EMEA / Member of Executive Committee
AGFA Healthcare
Mr. Hans Vandewyngaerde is, in his current position of President Agfa HealthCare EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) since 2009. Since 2004, when he joined AGFA Healthcare, he occupied several General Management functions in France, UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Nordics, Italy, Spain and Agfa Healthcare IT Sales worldwide in 2008. He also was President of the AGFA HCIS division, managing AGFA’s Electronic Medical Record portfolio, between 2014 and 2015. He is chairman of the board and board member of several AGFA Healthcare legal entities. Hans is also responsable within Agfa for the global business of integrated care and the competence center dealibg with Big Data, Business Analytics. Hans Vandewyngaerde holds several university degrees: Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (EEE), a master’s degree in Informatics and an Executive MBA. During his professional career, he became specialized in Medical and Hospital Management and in Hospital IT management and IT services management. Next to his Agfa HealthCare EMEA presidency, Hans holds also several external Board Memberships (e.g. HIMSS Europe, COCIR, Chairman COCIR e-Health) and is also co-founder and Board Member of IHE-NL.
Dr. Sinisa Varga
Former Minister of Health & Member
Croatian Parliament
Member of Parliament since 2016, Vice-president of the Health & Social Policy Committee. Expert consultant for WB, WHO & EC. Past positions: Minister of Health 2014-2016, Director Croatian Health Fund 2012-2014, Deputy Minister of Health 2002-2004 (incl. Health Informatics), Deputy Director Dubrava University Hospital 2000-2002 & others. He graduated dentistry from the Univ. of Zagreb, is a quality manager & auditor, completed postgraduate studies for Health Resources Management & Diplomacy.
Julien Venne
Strategic Advisor
European Connected Health Alliance
Julien is graduated in economics, political sciences, sociology and complex systems. His experience covers the management of innovative projects involving researchers, large industries, start-ups and public institutions. He is currently working across Europe for companies, hospitals and institutions, about the digital transformation in health, including big data, AI, mHealth, wearables, wellbeing, behaviour change, smart cities…
Deborah Wake
Director MSc Quality Diabetes Care Programme
NHS Scotland
Dr Wake (MBChB, PhD, Diploma Med Ed) works at University of Dundee/ NHS Tayside (Senior Lecturer/ Consultant Endocrinologist). Academic interests include: informatics/ digital technology in patient education, self management & care delivery, and clinical support for the MyDiabetesMyWay national platform. She is a Diabetes UK clinical champion, clinical lead for Kuwait Scotland e-Health Innovation Network, has developed a free Diabetes MOOCs (massive online courses) (>15,000 participants).
Mr. Alexander Whalen
Senior Policy Manager
Alexander leads DIGITALEUROPE’s work on all topics related to data privacy and cybersecurity, focusing specifically on issues such as cross border data flows, privacy law and network and information security. Prior to joining DIGITALEUROPE, Alexander worked as a public affairs consultant at Community Public Affairs and APCO Worldwide’s Brussels office where he advised companies on issues related to data privacy, security and cloud computing.
Moderation: Petra Wilson
Managing Director
Health Connect Partners, Belgium
After more than twenty years, Petra has recently established Health Connnect Partners, a conultancy pracitce focusing on legal, regulatory and policy issues in eHealth. She is also works as a Senior Advisor in the large international consultancy firm FTI Consulting, leading the healthcare team in Brussels. Her previous professional experience include CEO of the International Diabetes Federation, promoting better and more integrated care for people living with diabetes; a seven year period in eHealth technology with Cisco and eight years with the European Commission working on eHealth policy, and in particular use of patient data to drive better care. Petra has a doctorate in Public Health Law from Oxford University.
Co-Moderation: Peter Wintlev-Jensen
Senior Policy Officer
DG CONNECT, European Commission
Peter Wintlev-Jensen is working in the European Commission DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, responsible for development of policy and research strategy related to digital solutions for eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing. He has an Engineering degree in Electronic Systems from Aalborg University in Denmark.
Ashley Woolheater
Policy Associate
Ashley Woolheater is a Policy Associate at Oculus where she helps coordinate the company's work with governments around the world on virtual reality. Ashley was previously Policy Chief of Staff at Hillary for America, consulted with technology and health care companies on their public policy strategies, and served at the U.S. State Department on the Secretary of State’s Strategic Communications team. Ashley holds an MA from The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and a BA from Emory University.
Sharon Young
Director Health Informatics
Ministry for Health, Malta
Sofie Zetterström
Vice Director
Inera, Sweden
Natalia Zylinska-Puta
Policy Officer
European Commission
Natalia Zylinska-Puta is a Polish seconded national expert working for the European Commission DG SANTE in the unit Cross-border healthcare and eHealth since April 2016. She is part of the eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure Policy Link team. As a Business Manager of ePrescription and Patient Summary she manages the daily business side activities to facilitate the cross-border exchange of health data. She is further responsible for topics related to the long term financial and business sustainability of eHealth DSI. She is seconded from the Polish National Centre for Health Information Systems.