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High-level conference on e-health 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health'

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO)

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'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' is organised by the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs as part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in collaboration with ECHAlliance and HIMSS Europe.

The high-level conference addresses how digital technologies and the wider use of health data are changing our lives and also methods of healthcare. Through a combination of educational sessions, interactive workshops, and valuable networking opportunities, the conference not only showcases already existing digital health solutions, but also uses cases and technologies to demonstrate that citizen-centric health services and systems are genuinely valuable.

European healthcare IT leaders and professionals gather in Tallinn from 16-18 October 2017. The conference focuses on three main topics:

  • building citizen-driven demand in e-health
  • e-health supporting value-driven and sustainable health and social services
  • e-health as a driver of innovation and economic development


Videos related to the event are available on our videos page and photos of events can be accessed on our photos page or on our Flickr account.

There will be opportunities on all three days for pre-arranged interviews and comments. Interviews with the speakers must be agreed upon in advance. In case of interest, please contact eva.lehtla@sm.ee.



Warmup session: National X-Road Workshop

  • Artur Novek, IT Architect, Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre, Estonia
  • Heiko Vainsalu, IT Architect, Information System Authority, Estonia


Guided tour of the exhibition area (VIPs & Media)


Official opening – introductory political address

  • Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister for Health and Labour, Estonia
  • Brian O'Connor, Chair, ECHAlliance
  • Hal Wolf, President & CEO, HIMSS

Moderators: Marjo Näkki, Journalist
Neeme Raud, Freelance journalist


Session: Digital Health Around the Globe

The panel will present you with the current status and trends around the world, across the USA, Australia, and China. The session will also inform you about these markets and how to engage with them.


  • Harsh Bhardwaj, Research Associate, PPRC (India)
  • Laurie Hawkins, Human Health Services Directories Advocate (Australia)
  • Joseph C. Kvedar, Vice President, Connected Health, Partners HealthCare (USA)
  • Jordi Serrano, GP, Founder and CEO, UniversalDoctor (Spain)

Moderator: Brian O'Connor, Chair, ECHAlliance


Coffee break and media interviews


Keynote address (video): European Citizens Deserve the Best in Health and the Economy. What Does Digital Society Have to Offer?

  • Toomas H. Ilves, the Former President of Estonia, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford


Session: Where Is the Money?

One of the main barrier for digital health deployment mentioned by European stakeholders is the financial capacity of healthcare systems in Europe. This panel session will describe alternative ways (public and private ones) to fund initiatives and projects until their implementation and scale-up.


  • Evert Jan Van Lente, Director EU-Affairs, AOK-Bundesverband
  • Brian O'Connor, Chair, ECHAlliance,
  • Felicitas Riedl, Head of the Life Sciences and Health Division, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank

Moderator: Paul Timmers, Independent Advisor - Digital Policy and Economy


Parallel sessions

mHealth: Toward Apps and Digital Therapy Prescriptions
This session will showcase policy makers and companies proposing a pathway toward the mHealth apps accreditation and integration in the system preserving safety, security and confidentiality for the citizen.


  • Carme Pratdepadua, mHealth manager, TicSalut Foundation
  • Liz Ashall-Payne, CEO at ORCHA
  • Taavi Einaste, Nortal Estonia

Moderator: Joan Cornet Prat, Director Barcelona HUB, ECHAlliance

Virtual Reality, a New Way to Train and Treat
Virtual Reality is the new technological platform. It is a new media through which content and experiences could be transfer to users. It revolutionizes the relation with the technology and offer new possibility to multiple sectors: gaming, education, journalism, etc. 


  • Cynthia Gálvez López, R&D Director, Exovite
  • Isabel Font, Product Manager, Psious
  • Kumar Jacod, Chief Executive Officer, Mindwave

Moderator: Julien Venne, Strategic Advisor, ECHAlliance

Innovation Showcasing Session #1
Discover the latest innovations and technologies for health and well-being with a series of short pitches by start-ups, companies and scientists. This session will focus on Takeda, MSD + 5 updates from Start-Ups and SMEs.


  • Meni Styliadou, VP Gov't Affairs & Public Policy, Europe and Canada, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG
  • Jonas Eriksson, Swedish Patient Association for Crohn’s and Colitis patients
  • David Earnshaw, Associate Vice President Public Policy Europe/Canada, MSD
  • Kim Baden-Kristensen, CEO, Co-founder, Brain +
  • Hans Danneels, Byteflies
  • Frédéric Destrebecq, Executive Director, European Brain Council
  • Steve Beet, Principal, R&D Director, Aculab

Moderator: Stefan Buttigieg, MD, Social Media Ambassador; Digital Health Scientific Advisor, HIMSS; European Public Health Alliance


Session: Digital Health Society Declaration

During the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia and the ECHAlliance have launched an initiative inviting all stakeholders (policy makers, citizens, researchers, health care providers and professionals, payers, industry and startups) to be part of a same movement, called the 'Digital Health Society' (DHS). The DHS and its Task forces aims to deploy at EU scale and in a cross-border mode, structuring projects to facilitate the free flow of data and the deployment of Digital health. 


  • Ain Aaviksoo, Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation, Ministry of Social Affairs Estonia
  • Angela Brand, Director, European Centre for Public Health Genomics (ECPHG)
  • Richard Corbridge, CIO, Health Service Executive, Ireland 
  • Erik Gerritsen, Secretary General, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands
  • Brian O'Connor, Chair, ECHAlliance
  • Bleddyn Rees, Digital Health Expert and Lawyer, Osbourne Clarke

Moderators: Marjo Näkki, Journalist
Neeme Raud, Freelance journalist


Coffee break


Keynote address: Reaping the Benefits of Digital Innovation in Health and Care

Digital technologies are already improving people’s health and are helping to address the challenges health systems face. What are we doing to maximise their potential? How do we work on the EU-level to make the best out of our cooperation in this field? What are the Commission and member states are doing to enable the cross-border exchange of patient summaries and ePrescriptions and to support European Reference Networks.

  • Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission


Delivering Health in the Digital Society. EU Member States Accelerating the Deployment of Digital Health

In this high-level political session, policy makers from the European Commission and EU member states will present their views on the opportunities and challenges related to digital health, how they see digital health supporting the health policy goals and what their priorities are in advancing digital innovation in health sector. The speakers will highlight some concrete examples of how digital health is being implemented across Europe. These case studies will then drive a discussion around the key success factors for the successful deployment of digital health.


  • Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister for Health and Labour, Estonia
  • Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
  • Agneta Karlsson, State Secretary to the Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport of Sweden, Ministry of Health, Sweden
  • Clemens Martin Auer, Director General, Federal Ministry of Health and Women's Affairs, Austria

Moderators: Marjo Näkki, Journalist
Neeme Raud, Freelance journalist


Parallel sessions

The Next Fountain of Youth? Rethinking Connected Health for Our Aging Population
Joseph C. Kvedar outlines the need to establish a different set of measures for older adults: sense of purpose, social connections and physical activity, and the need to design devices and apps specifically for this demographic and addresses what he calls 'The New Mobile Age'.

Speaker: Joseph C. Kvedar, Vice President, Connected Health, Partners HealthCare
Moderator: H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, President and CEO Emeritus, HIMSS

Innovation Showcasing Session #2
This session will focus on EU Project Updates: #1/i-PROGNOSIS: Intelligent Parkinson’s early detection guiding novel supportive interventions. #2/KRISTINA Project: An EU funded research project which aims at developing technologies for a human-like socially competent and communicative agent. It runs on mobile communication devices and serves for migrants with language and cultural barriers in the host country.


  • Charisis Vasilis, iPROGNOSIS
  • Leo Wanner, UPF
  • Pascal Lardier, Principal at [édito] and Editorial Director for Health 2.0 Europe/HIMSS Europe

Moderator: Stefan Buttigieg, Social Media Ambassador; Digital Health Scientific Advisor, HIMSS; European Public Health Alliance


Lunch for high-level representatives hosted by Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski


Session: Digital Innovation for Health and Economic Growth – a Strategic View from Europe and USA

Digital is deeply modifying the way people are behaving, consuming and living, creating opportunities for both improved health and economic growth. This session will be an opportunity to exchange views and compare approaches between Europe and the USA, on how to create an enabling environment for digital innovation in the health sector. We will hear about the recent developments in the implementation of the European digital single market strategy and the European approach to support digital health innovation. We will also hear about the strategy followed by Massachusetts (USA) to strengthen the local digital health ecosystem between healthcare providers, patients, administrations, companies and universities. 


  • Michał Boni, Member, European Parliament
  • Xavier Prats Monné, Director-General, European Commission
  • Laurance Stuntz, Director, Massachussets eHealth Institute, USA
  • Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT or Maximilian Strotmann, Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Andrus Ansip

Moderator: Marjo Näkki, Journalist


Parallel sessions

Legal Framework Enabling the Free Flow and Secondary Use of Data
This session will analyse the opportunities and challenges related to the implementation of the the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the field of health, and how it could be an opportunity for the citizens and the Free Flow of Data in Europe. 


  • Antonio Dedeu, Director, Generalitat de Catalunya Agency for Health Quality and Assessment, Government of Catalonia
  • Konstantin Hyppönen, IT Architect, Social Insurance Institution (Kela), Finland
  • Petra Wilson, Managing Director, Health Connect Partners and Senior Advisor for Healthcare, FTI Consulting, Health Connect Partners and FTI Consulting
  • Siim Sikkut, Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia

Moderator: Bleddyn Rees, Digital Health Expert and Lawyer, Osbourne Clarke

Smart Healthy Cities
Number of cities around the world have developed a 'smart city agenda', developing more and more digital services for their citizens. This session will showcase some outstanding examples of smart healthy cities.


  • Maritta Perala-Heape, Director, Centre for Health and Technology
  • Kumar Jacod, Chief Executive Officer, Mindwave

Moderator: Neeme Raud, Freelance journalist


Parallel sessions

Citizen-Controlled Data Governance and Data Donors

The Digital Health Society will be possible if people are confident to share their data, either as a Donation, either as an asset hosted in a secured environment where they are able to control and use them as they want.


  • Angela Brand, Professor at Maastricht University
  • Antti Poikola, MyData programme, researcher, University of Helsinki
  • Francesca Cattarin, Health Policy Officer at BEUC European Consumer Organisation

Moderator: Robert Madelin, Chairman, Fipra International

Moving Toward Outcomes-Based Healthcare Thanks to Digital

This session will explore tools available or in development, privacy rules to be settled and security measures to be taken to operate this major change.


  • Madis Tiik, Senior Adviser at Sitra
  • Knut Mager, Head, Global Data Privacy, Novartis International AG
  • Kamel Gadouche, Director, CASD

Moderator: Monica Dietl, Senior Advisor, Science|Business

Convergence Roadmap on Interoperability Standards and a Digital Ttele Healthcare Protocol

The question of standards and interoperability in healthcare is a major challenge. Enabling the Free flow of health data across Europe will require a consensus between all stakeholders, not only policy makers, but also providers or industry, in order to create the conditions of exchange of these data. 


  • Erik Gerritsen, Secretary General, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands
  • Dipak Kalra, President, EuroRec
  • Jörn-Peter Halle, PhD, Head of External Innovation for Biopharma R&D, Merck KGaA
  • Tom Dawson, Founding Director, RESCON

Moderator: Agris Peedu, CEO, North Estonian Medical Center


Facebook Live with Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski and Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis


Coffee break


Parallel sessions

Empowering Citizens in the Digital Health Society

The WHO defines empowerment as “a process through which people gain greater control over decisions and actions affecting their health”. Whether we are healthy citizens or chronic patients, the Digital Health Society offers many solutions to monitor, prevent, and more generally improve our health and wellness.


  • Pierre-Mikaël Legris, CEO, Pryv
  • David Somekh, Futurist, Network Director, European Health Futures Forum (EHFF)
  • Kostas Aligiannis, Jr Policy Officer, European Patients Forum
  • Dee O'Sullivan, Director, myhealthapps.net at PatientView

Moderator: Sophia Schlette, Director, Health Policy Department, Bundesverband der Deutschen Dermatologen

Building the European Health Data Eco-system - the Role of Public-Private Partnerships

The panel, representing different stakeholder perspectives, will discuss how projects such as the European Health Data Network (EHDN) can help building a collaborative health data eco-system in Europe, to the benefit of patients, healthcare systems and the private sector.


  • Kristina Lidèn Mascher, Strategist International projects, Office for National Quality Registries, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)
  • Denis Lacombe, Director General at European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer
  • Liesbet Peeters, Project Manager / research, Hassfelt University
  • Bart Vannieuwenhuyse, Senior Director, Health Information Sciences, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Moderator: Cathy SMITH, Director, SpeakEasy Communications

Innovation Showcasing Session #3

This session will focus on Estonian startups.

Estonian innovation session presenters:

  • Jaan Murdia, Partner, Helmes
  • Andrus Altrov, CEO, Industry62
  • Margus Jäger, CEO, Quretec
  • Priit Kruus, CEO, Dermtest
  • Külle Tärnov, Manager, Estonian Connected Health Cluster, Estonia
  • Andres Mellik, CEO, Cognuse
  • Liis Kängsepp, Nortal

Moderator: Neeme Raud, Freelance journalist


Exhibition hall reception


Political address

  • Taavi Rõivas, Member, Estonian Parliament


Parallel sessions

My Medicine, My Way: The Role of Personalised Medicine and Genomics
In this session, we will explore how the field of personalised medicine is developing and the research findings that support the case for more individualised forms of treatment.


  • Ain Aaviksoo, Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation at the Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia
  • Tigran Arzumanov, Head of Sales, Clinerion
  • Andrus Paats, CEO, Estonian Medical Imaging Bank

Moderator: Helmut Brand, Professor, Maastricht University

Digital Transformation and Change Management in Health and Social Care Organisations
The digital transformation requires us to adapt our health and social care organisations. This session will showcase some solutions for what is, today, one of the main challenges for hospitals, national or regional health services, care centers, nursing homes, etc. in Europe and beyond.


  • Richard Corbridge, CIO at Health Service Executive and CEO of eHealth, Ireland
  • Ellen Schenk, Coordinator, EU Funding, Erasmus MC Research Development Office, The Netherlands

Moderator: Hille HINSBERG, Civil Society, Governance Expert, Praxis Center for Policy Studies

Cloud Computing for Patients' Privacy and Quality of Healthcare
This session will explore how the cloud could deliver the optimal combination of scale, flexibility and choice needed to truly maximise the benefit to patient care while minimising implementation effort and cost and promoting security and privacy


  • Anne Kallio, Head of Development, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
  • Mikk Lellsaar, Executive Officer, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication
  • Henrique Martins, Chairman of the Board, Digital Europe, Portugal

Moderator: Elena Bonfiglioli, Senior Director Health Industry, Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA), Microsoft


Coffee break


Parallel sessions

Integrated, Person-Centered Care Innovation for Ageing and Chronic Diseases
This session will provide the opportunity to discuss the strategies and tools that could be deployed in order to tackle the challenges of ageing and chronic diseases, from the industry point of view but also from the scope of the policy makers.


  • Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho, Head of Unit Health & Wellbeing, DG Connect, European Commission
  • Gilles Llitman, VP, Global Integrated Care
  • George Crooks, CEO of the Digital Health Institute of Scotland

Moderator: Veli Stroetmann, Head of eHealth Research and Policy, Empirica Communication & Technology Research

Continuity of Care Maturity Model (CCMM)
The HIMSS Analytics Continuity of Care Maturity Model (CCMM) is a roadmap that provides a strategic approach towards achieving true continuity of care for all healthcare delivery stakeholders. In this session speakers will present their view on continuity of care and discuss the role of clinical engagement, governance, change management and technology.


  • Uta Knöchel, CIO/CEO, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein
  • Ramon Lerchundi Goni, CIO, Osakidetza-Basque Health Service

Moderator: Frank Fritzsche, Research & Advisory Services Manager, HIMSS Europe GmbH

Cybersecurity: Protecting Digital Health Consumers and Patients
This session will explore how we can ensure the security of our IT systems and of the data held within them and how we can keep our organisations safe from cyber-attack.


  • Julio Vivero, Head of Section, GMV Innovating Solutions
  • Jorge Barrera, CTO, Seguru
  • Dimitra Liveri, Network and Information Security Expert, ENISA
  • Christine Brukhty, Identos

Moderator: Liisa Past, Cyber CRO, Estonian IT System Authority


Closing keynote

  • Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia

Closing the conference: Ain Aaviksoo

Moderator: Neeme Raud


Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja pst 27a, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia


Ain Aaviksoo

Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation, Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia

Ain Aaviksoo, is the Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation at the Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia. Ain Aaviksoo oversees the digital transformation and innovation of the social security area in Estonia, including health, labour and social matters. Currently, he also chairs the mHealth working group of the European Commission's eHealth Network.

Ain Aaviksoo obtained an MD from the University of Tartu and an MPH from Harvard University. He has earlier work experience as a physician, senior level civil servant, and international-level consultant on large system transformation and technology adoption in healthcare. He is also a health policy researcher and CEO of public policy think-tank Praxis, and a health-tech entrepreneur. Ain Aaviksoo is a regularly invited keynote speaker of e-services and e-society at international healthcare or public policy events, and has also published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and contributed to several book chapters on health policy and e-health.

Vytenis Andriukaitis

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis was appointed the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety in November 2014. From 2012 to 2014, Vytenis Andriukaitis was the Minister for Health in the Lithuanian Government. Andriukaitis has been a Member of the Lithuanian Parliament for six terms. During that time he served, among other things, as the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs and as the Deputy Speaker of Parliament. The Commissioner has also led the Lithuanian delegation to the Convention on the Future of Europe.

Vytenis Andriukaitis graduated from medical school in 1975. He also holds a degree in History from Vilnius University that he acquired in 1984. In 1990, Vytenis Andriukaitis was elected to the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania that preceded Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament), and was a co-author and signatory of the Independence Act of Lithuania on 11 March 1990. Vytenis Andriukaitis was also one of the co-authors of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted in 1992, and one of the founders of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party.

Tigran Arzumanov

Head of sales, Clinerion

Tigran Arzumanov, has been working in the area of clinical research, sales and marketing since 2004 and has extensive experience in the commercial aspects of both pharmaceutical research services and eClinical solutions. His aim is to introduce the innovative PRS platform of Clinerion to the wider public.

Liz Ashall-Payne


As a founder and CEO of ORCHA, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Application, Liz Ashall-Payne is passionate about the opportunities that technology, and particularly apps, can bring to the health and care sector. Liz is determined to present a way to offer much needed guidance to app developers to help raise app quality, as well as help professionals and the public to confidently find and apply apps that improve public, patient and organisational outcomes. Interested in digital innovations in health and care, she is motivated to continuously transform the sector, utilising resources most effectively with the opportunities these innovations offer.

Liz has almost 20 years of experience in the NHS and she has successfully led innovative change and service transformation in complex health economies to deliver transformational shift, working collaboratively with the public sector, industry and academia.

Jorge Barrera

CTO, Seguru

Jorge Barrera is a security expert and software development professional specialising in high volume, international e-commerce applications. His latest venture is an Estonian-based mobile security company that has created a mobile application to provide security awareness to smartphone users. Jorge is also an inventor and led the development of a patented medical hardware device.

Harsh Bhardwaj

Research Associate, PPRC

Harsh Bhardwaj is a medical doctor from India, currently working with Government of India. He is posted in a very low socio-economic area of New Delhi, which drew his interest towards basic accessibility and affordability of healthcare.

Elena Bonfiglioli

Senior Director Health Industry, Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA), Microsoft

A moderator of the 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' conference, Elena Bonfiglioli currently leads Microsoft’s Health Industry business across Europe, Middle East and Africa, reporting into the World-Wide GM for Health, and is a part of the EMEA Public Sector Leadership Team.

Prior to her current appointment, Elena Bonfiglioli was the Director of Corporate Citizenship within Microsoft's Legal & Corporate Affairs and EU Affairs team in Brussels, where she focused on advancing Microsoft's skills, employ-ability and healthcare initiatives. This included working with academic leaders and stakeholders at the EU and global level to create government and public sector partners. Elena. Bonfiglioli is also the co-founder of the Women in Leadership Network (WiL).

Michał Boni

Member of European Parliament

Michał Boni is a Member of the European Parliament; a Member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE); and a Supplement Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

Before being elected to EP, he was the Minister for Administration and Digitisation of Poland from 2011 until 2013. He has also hosted the Congress of Freedom on the Internet, been the organiser of the consultation on digital privacy and data protection, creator of the Governmental Operational Programme 'Digital Poland, 2014-2020', which aims to foster internet development in Poland. Michał Boni has also written the report 'State 2.0 - a new start for e-administration' and many other strategic government documents.

Angela Brand

Director, European Centre for Public Health Genomics (ECPHG)

Angela Brand, is the Director of the European Centre for Public Health Genomics (ECPHG). She holds a Dr. T.M. Pai Endowed Chair on Public Health Genomics and is also an adjunct professor at the School of Life Sciences, Manipal University, India. She has been a pioneer of Public Health Genomics in Europe and successfully established this field in more than 15 European member states within the last several years.

She is also a professor at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), as well as a professorial fellow at MERIT (Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology), Maastricht Graduate School of Governance of Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Prior to her exceptional achievements in the industry and academia, she worked in the clinics of various academic institutions and in governmental bodies in the USA and Germany.

Francesca Cattarin

Health Policy Officer, BEUC

Francesca Cattarin joined the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) in February 2016. As a Health Policy Officer, she provides BEUC and its members with information and advice on access to medicines, eHealth policies and regulatory aspects. She is a member of the European Medicines Agency patients and consumers working party and represents BEUC at the EU health policy forum.

She previously worked for the Italian Ministry of Health as a policy advisor, after a collaboration with the European Social Observatory (ESO) where she investigated the directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare. Francesca graduated in European studies at Cesare Alfieri University in Florence.

Richard Corbridge

CIO, Health Service Executive, Ireland

Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and technology, with over 20 years’ experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Since December 2014, Richard has been the chief information officer for the Health Service Executive in Ireland and the chief executive officer for eHealth Ireland.

In these three years, Richard has implemented a unique identifier for health, fully digitised the referral process, put in place Ireland's first clinical information officers council, began the first epilepsy genomic sequencing programme globally, and started the implementation of a national lab system and a national maternity EHR. He has also brought a focus to the delivery of a number of key strategic programmes, including the beginning of ePharmacy for Ireland, digital cancer care and a cloud first strategy. He has also managed a reform of the Irish healthcare technology system that has seen a plethora of awards and recognitions for the team.

Joan Cornet Prat

Director of Barcelona HUB, ECHAlliance

A moderator of the 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' conference, Joan Cornet Prat is currently the director of the European Connected Health Alliance Barcelona Hub, the director of Digital Transformation at AIS Channel, and works with the European Institute of Technology-Health (Munich).

After working as a clinical psychologist in a general hospital in 1979, he was elected the mayor of Manresa (Spain). In 1988, he began to work as a high-level civil servant in the European Commission in Brussels where, among other projects, he lead the EURES employment network. In June of 2004, he became the General Secretary of the Department of Health of the Government of Catalonia. In September 2005 the Government of Catalonia entrusted him to start up the 'Bioregion of Catalonia' (Biotechnology), and during January 2007 to May 2013 was the CEO of TicSalut Foundation (ICT Health). From then and until April 2017, he was the director of the 'mHealth Competence Center' at Mobile World Capital Barcelona.

George Crooks

Medical Director, NHS 24

George Crooks is currently the medical director of NHS 24 and the director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare. He is responsible for the quality, safety, and effectiveness of all clinical services, and the development of new services in partnership with other NHS organisations. George Crooks was the president of the European Health Telematics Association from 2012 to 2016 and is a Board member of the European Connected Health Alliance. He leads the Integrated Care Action Group on behalf of the European Commission within the European Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing.

He chairs the Scottish Digital Health and Care Innovation Programme Board, leading on the at-scale delivery of telehealth and telecare services. In addition, he acts as the chairman of the Digital Health Institute in Scotland, a partnership between academia, industry, and health and care delivery organisations, delivering innovation in technology and design that can provide safe, effective and sustainable health and care solutions resulting in economic growth in Scotland.

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.

Hans Danneels

Co-founder, Byteflies

Hans Danneels founded Byteflies, which helps you reshape healthcare and improve patient outcomes. Byteflies is making the development of health wearables quick and painless by introducing a complete platform for medical research and pharmaceutical applications. Byteflies' combination of medical expertise, in-house wearable technologies, and cloud infrastructure allows clients to rapidly explore, validate, and scale a solution tailored to their unique application.

Mirko De Maldè

COO, Lynkeus

A moderator of the 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' conference, Mirko De Maldè is the COO at Lynkeus, a company specialised in the conception and coordination of EU-funded research projects. Mirko has several years’ of experience in managing large collaborative projects, mainly in the field of eHealth, as well as providing support in the business development phase of implemented solutions.

At present, Mirko is in the management team of the MyHealthMyData project, which seeks to implement a blockchain-based platform for secure and transparent personal health data storage and exchange involving all key stakeholders (such as citizens, hospitals, and industry). His key interests are in blockchain, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies and ICOs, specifically for personal health data valorisation and citizen-controlled data exchange frameworks.

Pascal DeBacker

Integrated Partnerships Director - Global Patient Access, Novartis

As the Integrated Partnership director at Novartis, Pascal is responsible for developing a global vision and strategy around integrated, long-term partnerships with payers and healthcare systems with a focus on science-based innovation to deliver better patient outcomes. Pascal has pharma experience in both mass and specialty markets. He joined Novartis in 2001 in Belgium, and is currently a member of the Global Patient Access Team.

Antonio Dedeu

Director, Generalitat de Catalunya Agency for Health Quality and Assessment, Government of Catalonia

Antonio Dedeu is the Director of the Agency for Quality and Assessment (AQuAS) of the Regional Ministry of Health of Catalonia, Spain. Antonio Dedeu is a family medicine doctor and holds a diploma in urology. He has worked extensively on the design and implementation of primary healthcare reform, health services redesign and quality assurance in various Eastern European countries and Catalonia.

He has also been the chair of the European Regional and Local Health Authorities Association (EUREGHA), an association based in Brussels for 6 years and currently acts as the association's vice-chair.

Christian Dierks

Founding Partner, DIERKS + BOHLE - life science and healthcare law; Germany

Christian Dierks is a founding partner of DIERKS + BOHLE, a leading life science and healthcare law firm in Germany. DIERKS + BOHLE is a member of the legal council of the German Pharmaceutical Association (BPI); the Ethical Medicines Industry Group, UK; EUCOPE; and the International Bar Association – Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Committee.

Besides being a formally qualified attorney for medical and social law, Christian is a general practitioner as well. He leads the pharmaceutical and medical device practice group within the firm, focussing on legal advise in clinical trials, marketing authorisation, pricing and reimbursement, tender law, anti-trust issues and compliance. He is also professor of health services research at Charity Berlin.

Monica Dietl

Senior Advisor, Science|Business

A moderator of the 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' conference. Since June 2017, Monica Dietl has been the senior advisor for the Healthy Measures initiative at Science|Business. Before that, she was the director of the Brussels office of the National Centre for Scientific Research in France, served in the European Commission, and was the director of COST Association (European Cooperation for Science and Technology).

Monica Dietl is a biologist, specialising in neuroscience. She joined CNRS in 1990 as a researcher. Her research experience includes the Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris VI, France; at the Neurology Department in the Lainz Hospital in Vienna, Austria, the pharmaceutical company Sandoz in Basel, Switzerland, and the Inserm Institute of Neurosciences at the Collège de France in Paris, where she had, among others, collaborated with the pharma firm Rhône-Poulenc Santé.

David Earnshaw

Associate Vice President Public Policy Europe and Canada, Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD)

Taavi Einaste

Head of Digital Healthcare, Nortal

Taavi Einaste, head of digital healthcare in Nortal, is among the world’s top experts in digital healthcare transformation and analytics. During his more than 7 years at Nortal he has worked on numerous large scale projects and reforms, including national level transformation projects and healthcare providers’ efficiency targeting efforts.

Jonas Eriksson

Swedish Patient Association for Crohn’s & Colitis patients

Jonas Eriksson is the founder of Biosolens, company that aims to offer services in the fields of eHealth, applied enzymology, formulation technology and biological diagnostics. He has more than 25 years of experience in the analytical industry and in manufacturing. From 2009 until 2016, Jonas worked as an automation specialist at laboratories for chemical biology Umea LCBU.

In 2014, Jonas obtained his PhD in biotechnology from the Royal Institute of Technology, pyrosequencing.

Frank Fritzsche

Research & Advisory Services Manager, HIMSS Europe GmbH

A moderator of the 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' conference, Frank Fritzsche is the manager of the research and advisory services department within HIMSS Analytics in Europe. He is responsible for the execution of consulting engagements and the creation of market reports based on HIMSS Analytics Maturity Models (e.g. the EMR adoption model, continuity of care maturity model). Frank holds a master’s degree in health economics from the APOLLON University of Applied Science and he graduated in sociology and cultural science at Leipzig University.

Kamel Gadouche

Director, CASD

Kamel is the director of the French research data centre (CASD) hosted by the GENES Institution (French Groupe des Écoles Nationales d'Économie et Statistique). He is in charge of promoting the researchers’ use of very detailed data owned mainly by public administrations (statistical institutes, Ministry of Finance, health data) in a secure way. Before that he worked as an IT manager at GENES and as a project manager at INSEE (the French National Institute of Statistics).

Cynthia Gálvez-López

R&D Director, Exovite (Spain)

Erik Gerritsen

Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Netherlands

Erik Gerritsen was appointed the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in the Netherlands in June 2015. As the Secretary-General, he is not only in charge of the general governance of the Ministry, but he is also responsible for the macroeconomic issues and labour market department and the financial and economic affairs department of the Ministry.

In 1996, he was appointed the Director of 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 the City Clerk of Amsterdam, he was the primary advisor to the Mayor and College of Alderpersons.

Miguel González-Sancho

Head of Health and Wellbeing Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Miguel González-Sancho has been the Head of the eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing Unit at the European Commission, within the Directorate General ’Communication Networks, Content and Technology’ since July 2016.

Miguel previously held a number of different positions in DG CONNECT, including the Head of Unit for Administration and Finance; Deputy Head of Unit for Policy Coordination; and Deputy Head of Unit for 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 a Cabinet Member of the European Commission’s Vice-President responsible for the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes. He also worked as a legal officer on telecommunications regulation, and as a handler of trade defence investigations in DG TRADE.

Alexandre Grutman

Founder, Inno-Fuel

Alexandre Grutman kicked off his career working for the big four (Deloitte & Andersen) where, during his time in the mergers and acquisitions departments, he developed his first passion for growth financing and innovation. For the following 8 years of his career he was in charge of the financial and organisational deployment for the hedge fund administrator and custodian of the world, Citco Group Ltd.

Over the years, Alexandre has built a solid background in designing and executing (innovation) strategies for corporates. He is the managing director of Tantum Group Switzerland where he currently advises companies on their innovation strategies with direct and indirect clients and suppliers. At the same time, he has developed a strong vision and commitment towards value creation through building innovation processes, people networks and value models on the principles of co-creation and open innovation. Given that external innovation strategies in collaboration with startup companies requires a specific skill set, a highly specialised network of experts as well as a more hybrid business model, Alexandre has established a joint venture between Tantum and Inno-Fuel.

Joern-Peter Halle

Head of External Innovation for Biopharma R&D, Merck KGaA

Joern-Peter Halle leads the translational innovation platform immuno-oncology of EMD Serono, known outside of the USA as Merck KGaA, with global responsibility for the research, discovery, and translational aspects of EMD Serono’s IO portfolio. As the global head for external innovation, he oversees the search for and evaluation of external opportunities in all therapeutic areas ranging from academic collaborations to clinical assets. He is also responsible for innovation initiatives of the healthcare business and a member of the investment committee of EMD Serono’s corporate venture fund.

He started his career in EMD 12 years ago as a member of the corporate development team and was member of the Serono acquisition and integration team. Prior to joining EMD, he co-founded a biotech company focusing on R&D in dermatology where he was responsible for IP, bioinformatics, and technology development and served as the chief business officer.

Laurie Hawkins

Human/Health Services Directories Advocate (Australia)

Laurie Hawkins is an experienced ICT healthcare professional with 20 years’ of experience working for the National Health Service in the UK, and Tasmanian and Victorian health departments. He is currently a project manager for the Human Services Directory (HSD), which receives over 1.3 million hits per month. He is credited with the significant achievement of gaining support from all states, territories and the Federal government for the creation of a National Health Services Directory (NHSD) based on the Victorian HSD. The NHSD has now been established and is a major piece of health ICT infrastructure for e-health and the Personal Electronic Controlled Health Records (PCEHR) in Australia.

He has worked with the Better Health Channel team in the creation of an award-winning app, which enables consumers to find health/human services from the HSD using the ‘Find a Service’ facility. He has facilitated the supply of data from the HSD for the ‘Arthritismap’ (via an API) created by Arthritis Victoria for consumers and health planners. This is believed to be a world first and has unique functionality such as planning circles, geographic bar charts, and more. The website won the prestigious Don Walker Award - Access at the 2012 Health Informatics Conference (HIC) in August 2012.

Hille Hinsberg

Expert, Governance and Civil Society Programme, Praxis Center for Policy Studies

Working with the highly respected Estonian think tank Praxis, Hille has a solid list of research topics in her portfolio. Her research topics include foresight (trend analysis) for non-profits, impact assessment of social enterprises and evaluation of government-provided e-services. Hille also serves on the International Expert Panel of the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM). The IRM is the research arm of the Estonian Open Government Partnership (OGP) and carries out the review of implementing national action plans in 70 countries.

Hille’s mission is in promoting civic engagement, and building dialogue between the governing and the governed. Her expertise is valued by government and by civil society organisations, she advises civil servants on citizen engagement and good governance in Estonia, Armenia, Georgia and Moldova.

Konstantin Hyppönen

IT Architect, Social Insurance Institution, Kela

Konstantin Hyppönen is an IT architect for Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland), working on the technical architecture of the Finnish e-Health hub, Kanta. He is also a co-chair of IHE Finland. Konstantin has been active in the development of the Finnish national health and social care IT infrastructure, and has participated in international projects (epSOS and eHealth DSI). He is enthusiastic about security and the use of eHealth standards, especially HL7 FHIR and IHE profiles.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Former President of Estonia, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, USA

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is a global thought leader in the crucial and fast-emerging areas of e-government and cybersecurity. As one of the key individuals driving Estonia's world-renowned programme of digital public policy, Ilves is an expert on how to bridge the gap between the technical and policy-making worlds, and the link between digital and economic development.

Kumar Jacob

Chief Executive Officer, Mindwave

Kumar is the CEO of Mindwave Ventures, a healthtech based in London that develops digital products and services for health and care with a positive impact on people. He is the chair of the Age Exchange charity and is on the court of the University of Greenwich. He has also been an executive and consultant in game development for 20 years, working with many senior teams and advising on strategy and leadership.

Margus Jäger

CEO, Quretec

Sebastian Judez

Wellbeing & Prevention, AXA Global Health

Kersti Kaljulaid

President of Estonia

Kersti Kaljulaid became the first female president of Estonia in 2016. From 2004-2016 Kersti Kaljulaid was a Member of the European Court of Auditors. She has previously worked as the CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of state-owned energy company Eesti Energia and as an economic advisor to Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar. She graduated from the University of Tartu in the field of genetics and completed her master’s studies in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

Anne Kallio

Head of Development, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland

As the Head of Development at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Anne Kallio is responsible for national eHealth and eSocial development strategies in Finland. She has worked on eHealth issues first on local and regional since 1999 and on the national level in the Ministry for Social Affairs and Health since 2009.

Anne Kallio is a medical doctor specialising in ENT and government with an experience within specialised care

Dipak Kalra

President, EuroRec

Dipak Kalra, is the President of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data and of the European Institute for Health Records (EuroRec). He plays an international leading role in the research and development of electronic health record architectures and systems, and in the development of ISO standards on EHR interoperability, personal health records, EHR requirements, EHR security, and confidentiality standards.

He has led multiple European projects in these areas, including Horizon 2020 and the IMI programme alongside pharma companies, hospitals and ICT companies. Dipak Kalra is the clinical professor of Health Informatics at University College London, and a visiting professor at the University of Gent.

Agneta Karlsson

State Secretary to the Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport of the Swedish Ministry of Health

Agneta Karlsson has worked as a State Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs for the Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sports since 2014.

Agneta Karlsson started her career as a political adviser at the Prime Minister’s Office in 1989. Since then she has worked in various positions in the Swedish public sector, she also has outstanding experience in private sector companies, including in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Uta Knöchel

CIO/CEO, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein

Uta Knöchel is a CIO with a clear vision of the role of IT within the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein’s (UKSH) overall operation. She communicates the added value that IT can generate for the various stakeholders and firmly believes in periodical third-party assessments of IT strategy execution to ensure the momentum for change is sustained.

She heads the UKSH IT department, with UKSH being one of the largest university medical centres in Europe. She not only manages its 136 IT staff, but is also in charge of all of the hospital’s 13 000 employees’ IT needs. On top of this, Knöchel is the executive director of UKSH’s two IT companies, UKSH Gesellschaft für Informationstechnologie (UKSH GfIT) and UKSH Gesellschaft für IT Services mbH (UKSH ITSG).

She has been a member of the HIMSS Europe Governing Council since 2017.

Priit Kruus

CEO, Dermtest

Joseph C. Kvedar

Vice President, Connected Health Partners HealthCare

Joseph C. Kvedar, is creating a new model of healthcare delivery, developing innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients. He authored ‘The Internet of Healthy Things’, describing how everyday objects will capture and use real-time biometric data to change behaviour to improve health. The popular cHealth blog provides his insights and vision for connected health.

Under his leadership, Partners Connected Health has launched innovative mobile health, virtual care and clinical research programs, to better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness, and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes.

Denis Lacombe

Director General, European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)

Denis Lacombe rose to the position of the Director of the EORTC in 2010, and in April 2015, he was appointed the EORTC Director General. In his current position, Denis Lacombe is involved in the coordination and administration of all EORTC activities in order to promote the EORTC as a major European organisation in cancer clinical and translational research. He is also responsible for the organisation of scientific activities, public relations and medium-term strategies as defined by the EORTC Board as well as for internal and external communications.

Denis Lacombe is the author of well over 100 peer reviewed publications and communications that have had a positive impact on the future of cancer therapy.

Pierre-Mikaël Legris

CEO, Pryv

Pierre-Mikaël co-founded Pryv, a company that delivers data privacy management in healthcare, after spending 6 years in hospitals as a Leukemia patient.

Mikk Lellsaar

Executive Officer, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication of Estonia

Mikk Lellsaar is the executive officer of the Estonian Government cloud. He has worked for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications on implementing cloud technology within the public sector since 2014. He is responsible for the development of the Estonian Government hybrid cloud solution and data embassies. He has been working with enhancing the digital continuity of the Estonian information systems and mitigating the IT risks of government information systems. Mikk Lellsaar has managed several processes of migrating public information systems into the cloud and led the creation of policy guidelines for cloud usage on a national level.

Ramon Lerchundi Goni

CIO, Osakidetza-Basque Health Service (Spain)

Ramon Lerchundi Goni is currently the CIO of Hospital Universitario Donostia (a stage 6 hospital) and primary care in the surrounding area of the Osakidetza-Basque Health Service in Spain. His previous experience is in banking, telecoms and the consultancy sector. He likes to share best practices, drawing on his experience from different sectors.

Kristina Lidèn Mascher

Strategist International projects, Office for National Quality Registries, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)

H. Stephen Lieber, CAE

President and CEO Emeritus, HIMSS

A moderator of the 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' conference, H. Stephen Lieber is the President and CEO, Emeritus of HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organisation focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimise health engagement and care outcomes through information technology.

A seasoned healthcare management executive, Stephen Lieber brings over 30 years’ experience in healthcare, primarily in healthcare association management to HIMSS. Since 2000, Stephen Lieber has served as the President and CEO of HIMSS. Stephen 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.

Dimitra Liveri

Networks and Information Security Expert, ENISA

Dimitra Liveri has been working in the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) since March 2013 as a networks and information security expert focusing on cloud computing that supports critical information infrastructures. In 2015 she launched the topic of eHealth cybersecurity and since then she has been in charge of eHealth security and resilience work under the secure infrastructures and services unit. On the policy part she is dealing with the wider topic of cybersecurity strategies on the national level and how member states can enhance security in their network and information systems and CIIs. She holds a BSc and a MSc in computer science – with a focus on information security and CIIP, from the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Henrique Martins

Chairman of the Board, Digital Europe (Portugal)

Henrique Martins, studied medicine and is an internal medicine specialist. He obtained his PhD 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 the 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.

Andres Mellik

CEO, Cognuse

Dolors Montserrat

Minister for Health and Social Services and Equality of Spain

Catherine Mulligan

Research Fellow and Co-Director, Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering

Catherine Mulligan is a research fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London with a joint appointment to the Department of Computing where she is the co-director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering. Catherine Mulligan has worked extensively with catalysing IoT and blockchain solutions to market. She is an advisor to several governments and multinational corporations globally about the role of digitalisation on economic growth and prior to her academic career gained 15 years of international experience in the mobile telecommunications industry.

She has authored five books covering both the technology and economics of the mobile communications industries. Catherine is a member of the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) Task Force, where she leads standardisation activities around ETSI, ISO, ITU, 5G and Open APIs. She is the vice chairman of the ETSI ISG on context information management. In addition, she is a fellow and expert member of the World Economic Forum’s blockchain council.

Jaan Murdia

Partner, Helmes

Marjo Nakki

Moscow Correspondent, Yle

Marjo Näkki is the Moscow correspondent for the Finnish broadcasting company Yle. Previously, she worked as a correspondent for the Baltic Sea region and as a press counsellor at the Finnish embassy in Tallinn. Marjo Näkki has written two books on correspondence and security policy of the region. Despite being Finnish, Marjo Näkki loves the Estonian innovative energy and calls Tallinn her home town.

Artur Novek

IT Architect, Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre (Estonia)

Currently working as IT architect in the Health and Welfare Information Systems Center (HWISC) with a focus on health information system and bound components architecture. Previously, he has worked as architect and implementation manager in the Estonian eHealth Foundation and before that as development director and programmer in a health and social care software producing company. In total, he has around 20 years of health related software development and maintenance experience.

Brian O'Connor

Chair, ECHAlliance

Brian O'Connor is the Chair of the European Connected Health Alliance organisation, the rapidly expanding not-for-profit membership organisation. Brian has founded a number of companies in the healthcare services area in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong, gaining experience in the public and private healthcare systems in a number of countries and an understanding of the often difficult balance between delivering care and making profit.

He has raised significant sums for companies through both private equity and structures and exchange listings. Through his long-established consultancy company, Corporate Direction Ltd, he currently provides strategic advice to governments, international organisations and companies on the challenges facing healthcare in general and specifically on the connected health opportunity.

Jevgeni Ossinovski

Minister for Health and Labour of Estonia

Jevgeni Ossinovski has been the Minister for Health and Labour of Estonia since 2016 and is the leader of the Estonian Social Democratic Party. He is working to improve the healthcare system and the working environment of Estonia in an innovative way. His main fields of expertise are healthcare, modernising education to fit the needs of the labour market, improving the labour environment, and the promotion of the equal treatment of all people. Previously, he was the Minister for Education and Research.

He has a Master’s degree (cum laude) in philosophy from Warwick University (UK) as well as a Master’s degree (cum laude) in politology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Xavier Palomer

CEO, Psious

Liisa Past

Cyber CRO, Estonian IT System Authority

A moderator of the 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' conference, Liisa Past is the Chief Research Officer of the cybersecurity branch of the Estonian Information System Authority. She is a cyber-defence and strategic communication professional with proven track record in consulting, training and research across sectors induces a variety of commercial, NGO and corporate clients.

The highlights of her current work include teaching at several universities and leading two teams at the world’s largest international technical cyber defence exercise Locked Shields.

Agris Peedu

CEO, North Estonian Medical Centre, Estonia

A moderator of the 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' conference, Agris Peedu is Chairman of the Management Board Of the North Estonia Medical Centre, one of the top health care providers in Estonia. Agris Peedu holds a degree in Law magister iuris from Tartu University. He has worked as Deputy Secretary General for Public Governance Policy in the Ministry of Finance and as Lawyer in Chief of Estonian Tax and Customs Board. Peedu has been a member of supervisory board and a member of audit committee in several state owned companies, like the Port of Tallinn and Tallinn Airport. The Medical Centre has about 4000 employees. Over 500 of them are doctors and over 100 medical residents are also based at the hospital at any given time. The hospital consists of seven clinics and 32 specialist centres. Similarly to European university hospitals, the North Estonia Medical Centre offers medical care in all specialist fields other than ophthalmology and obstetrics. Each year, around 145,000 patients receive specialist medical care at the North Estonia Medical Centre. The Medical Centre has 3 subsidiary hospitals located in other counties.

Liesbet Peeters

Project Manager and researcher at Hassfelt University (Belgium)

Liesbet's dream as a researcher is that one day data will achieve maximal impact and researchers think and communicate without restrictions. Therefore, she is investigating safe and efficient ways to share publicly funded data. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the biomedical research institute at Hasselt University (Belgium) and the project manager of MS DataConnect. We aim to transform the management of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) into an individualized and precision level management.

Maritta Perala-Heape

Director of Centre for health and Technology

Maritta Perälä-Heape, PhD, is the Director of Center for Health and Technology at University of Oulu, coordinating the strategic R&D collaboration between academia, business and public healthcare sector in the Oulu Innovation Alliance (OIA) concept. Her focus in R&D is personalized health and care, service innovations and business development.

She is leading the Digital Health Revolution initiative, and involved in several international projects. Her expertise areas are R&D and innovation management, research to business, business development, RDI funding, innovation politics and international network building.

Antti Poikola

MyData Researcher, Aalto University

Antti Poikola is a Researcher at Aalto University, founding member of the MyData Global Network and Open Knowledge Finland association. He is an advocate and experimenter of openness in society. Antti Poikola has expertise is in developing solutions for the open collaboration between citizens, companies and the public sector organisations. He is active and well connected in MyData and Open Data movements in Finland and internationally. His research focuses around questions on how to utilize personal data for the benefit of individuals.

He is the main author for the guidebook “My Data - Human Centric Way to Organize Personal Data”, published by the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications and one of the main organisers of the international MyData conferences that take place in Helsinki and Tallinn.

Carme Pratdepadua

mHealth manager, TicSalut Foundation

As an Industrial Engineer responsible of mHealth.cat Office in TicSalut Foundation, Carme manages and coordinates this office, which promotes the use of mobile technologies within the Catalan Healthcare System. One of these strategies is the development of the mHealth hub, an accreditation model for mobile applications, aiming to promote the usage of secure and high-quality apps by patients and professionals.

The mHealth hub relays in the AppSalut website, which is a showroom of applications that have already passed an accreditation process and are ready to be advised by professionals to their patients through the Information Systems.

Xavier Prats Monné

Director-General, European Commission

Xavier Prats Monné is the Director-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission since September 2015. He is responsible for EU policies and programmes in health and food safety, including the promotion of public health, the assessment of national healthcare systems' performance, pharmaceutical legislation, animal health and welfare, as well as the strengthening of Europe's capacity to deal with crisis situations in human health and the food sector.

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).

Jaan Priisalu

Researcher, Tallinn University of Technology

Jaan Priisalu is named one of the leading cyber security experts in the world. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and a researcher in Tallinn University of Technology. He is the co-founder and former Head of Tallinn's Department of the Estonian Defence League’s Cyber Unit, an organisation that defends the Estonian cyber space and unites voluntary IT-specialists, and a member of the Estonian Information Systems Audit Association.

Prior to that, Mr. Priisalu worked as the former General Director of the Estonian Information System’s Authority and has almost two decades of practical experience on the matter of preventing and defending against cyber-attacks. Before entering the public sector, Mr. Priisalu worked at Guardtime, Ühispank, Cybernetica and served as the head of SIRT (Security Incidents Response Team) at Swedbank, having worked through the 2007 cyber-attacks in Estonia.

Neeme Raud

Freelance journalist

A moderator of the 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' conference, Neeme Raud is a journalist, news anchor and international correspondent with over 30 years of experience. He has worked for TV, Radio and Print-media in the US, Russia, and Estonia, making him an experienced host of international conferences and discussion-panels.

Neeme Raud has obtained his Master’s degree in Foreign Affairs from Columbia University, New York. B.A, degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Organisational Behavior and Communications from New York University. He is a recipient of Valgetähe Teenetemärk (White Star Orden) IV Class from the President of Estonia.

Bleddyn Rees

Digital Health Expert and Lawyer, Osbourne Clarke

Bleddyn Rees is a vastly experienced commercial lawyer with 25 years’ advising on outsourcings, privatisations, complex contracts and projects. Bleddyn leads the Healthcare practice at International law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co and has unique experience for private sector lawyer having spent 3 and a half years on secondment as the General Counsel of the Commercial Directorate of the UK Department of Health.

Bleddyn is an expert in International Connected Health (digital, eHealth, mHealth, telecare and telemedicine) and is the Non-Executive Director of the European Connected Health Alliance, Europe’s largest membership organisation promoting connected health. The ECHAlliance will have, by the end of 2015, 25 permanent international ecosystems using digital health to transform the health and social care services of regions and countries around the world. These ecosystems are in Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, New York, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Spain. New ecosystems are being developed for Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, The Netherlands and Poland.

Herb Riband

Vice President Value, Access & Policy Amgen (Europe) GmbH, (Switzerland)

Herb Riband joined Amgen in 2012, based at the company’s European headquarters. He leads Amgen’s Value, Access & Policy function in Europe, and its Policy & Government Affairs work in regions outside of the United States. He is responsible for anticipating and addressing the company’s market access and policy needs across multiple jurisdictions, serving as a Senior Leader of a Global Function and a member of Amgen’s European Management Committee. He also co-leads Amgen’s value-based healthcare program in Europe, which includes developing innovative “beyond the drug” approaches to healthcare delivery and promoting outcomes-focused healthcare policies.

Mr. Riband serves on the Board of Directors of EBE (European Biopharmaceutical Enterprises) and the International Committee of EFPIA, the Brussels-based European federation of research-based pharmaceutical industries and associations. He is also a member of the Global Health Council of Geneva-based IFPMA, the international federation that represents pharmaceutical manufacturers and associations from around the world.

Taavi Rõivas

Member, Estonian Parliament

Taavi Rõivas was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia from 2014 to 2016 and is currently serving as the Vice-President of the Estonian Parliament. Prior to this, he was the Minister of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia from 2012 to 2014.Taavi was a member of the 11th and 12th Riigikogu: he has chaired the European Union Affairs Committee, and been a member of the Social Affairs Committee as well as the Finance Committee of the Riigikogu. He was the leader of the Reform Party from 6 April 2014 to 7 January 2017.

Taavi has also served as an adviser to Märt Rask, Minister of Justice; Paul-Eerik Rummo, Minister of Population; and to Prime Minister Andrus Ansip as well as the elder of the Haabersti city district of Tallinn.

Khalil Rouhana

Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT

Pilar Saura

CEO, Badalona Serveis Assistencials, Spain

Pilar Saura works as the CEO of Badalona Serveis Assistencials. She has ten years of experience in clinical practice and clinical research, in addition to years of experience in management of clinical services (Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit) and as a Medical Director of a general hospital (Hospital de Granollers).

She has obtained a PhD in medicine for the U.A.B. Specialized in Critical Care Medicine. Executive-MBA for E.A.D.A. and Master’s degree in health’s economy and healthcare management for the U.P.F. Now, she is undertaking a Master’s Programme of BI and big data by the Open University of Catalonia.

Sophia Schlette

Director, Health Policy Department, Bundesverband der Deutschen Dermatologen

A moderator of the 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' conference, Sophia Schlette, MPH, presently serves as the Director of the Health Policy Department of the Federal Association of Dermatologists in Germany. With an extensive track record of advising foundations, ministries, providers, insurers and international organisations, both domestically and abroad. Her areas of expertise range from integrated delivery systems to patient empowerment to HIT to health services research in support of better care. Sophia also facilitates health policy exchanges and enjoys tweeting from health care events.

Jordi Serrano

GP, Founder and CEO, UniversalDoctor

Jordi Serrano Pons is a General Practitioner and the founder and CEO of UniversalDoctor, a social enterprise developing award-winning applications to facilitate multilingual communication between health care professionals and patients that don’t share a common language. Most recently UniversalDoctor won the United Nations World Summit Award for Global Champion of the mHealth category. Jordi is also the Co Founder of Zero Mothers Die, an innovative global public-private partnership initiative focused on reducing maternal mortality through the systematic use of ICTs and mobile health solutions. Jordi is a widely recognized and active participant in the digital health and innovation field, both in Europe and abroad. He currently serves as a Health and Innovation Consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO), where he has coordinated the development and implementation of a multilingual mobile data collection application in Guatemala, Egypt and China.

He has also delivered Innovation Seminars within WHO, most recently to the Global Malaria Programme. Jordi is currently supporting the Mental Health department in the development of a mobile clinical decision-support tool. In addition, Jordi serves as Innovation Consultant for various entities, including Fira Barcelona (host of the annual Mobile World Congress) and healthcare organisations in Spain, and is now a Grand Jury member of the World Summit Award. Through his work, Jordi collaborates with a number of regional and national governments at the European level and has been a Speaker at notable events specifically focusing on health and technology, including Health 2.0, Convergence Summit, MIHealth, Mobile World Congress and more. Jordi studied medicine and specialized in Family Medicine. He also holds a Master’s degree in Health and Environment and a Postgraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Barcelona. He currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland and Barcelona, Spain.

Siim Sikkut

Government CIO of Estonia

Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, also titled as Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom in Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. His role is to set strategy and policies, and to launch and steer strategic initiatives for the development of digital government and society in Estonia. Siim is one of the founders of Estonia’s groundbreaking e-Residency programme.

Cathy Smith

Director, SpeakEasy Communications

Cathy Smith is a founding partner of the Brussels communications company Speak-Easy. She is an experienced conference moderator as well as media and crisis trainer. The subject areas she cover can vary enormously: from health or consumer affairs to the European Investment Bank or innovation and entrepreneurship.

Cathy is a former Brussels-based news correspondent for both the BBC and Reuters TV, and was a main presenter of Channel Four News in the UK. She also presented European Journal for DeutscheWelle TV from Brussels.

David Somekh

Futurist, Network Director, European Health Futures Forum (EHFF)

David Somekh, M.A., M.B., B.Ch., PhD, FRCPsych is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and experienced clinician in management who retired from the UK NHS fourteen years ago. In 2009, he began a new career as a futurist, attending Said School of Business in Oxford to learn scenario planning. David and three of his colleagues set up EHFF, the European Health Futures Forum, as a not for profit network organisation in 2013 and he is currently working as the Network Director.

EHFF has served on the steering groups of both the EMPATHiE and PISCE tenders on patient empowerment and is now commencing, in partnership with EPF a further two year tender for DGSANTE on self-management in long term conditions, PROSTEP. EHFF has been active in the integrated care area (B3) of the EIP on AHA, the ChrodisJA joint action and leads a WP in a H2020 consortium on ICT enabled empowerment (PCP), EMPATICCS. Recently EHFF, with funding from the Bosch Foundation held a two-day seminar in Berlin with 30 stakeholder representatives on issues related to early stage end-user involvement in eHealth product design.

Mart Soonik

Consultant and Trainer, MSMedia OÜ

A moderator of the 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' conference, Mart Soonik has been a journalist for seven years and since 1998, a communication manager in different organisations. Today he works as an entrepreneur and trainer in the field of communication. Mart has communication and managing experience in the public, private and non-profit sector, and is a member of Editorial Board, Handbook of PR since 2011.

He graduated as Magister Artium of Communication in the Department of Journalism and Communication in the University of Tartu. He has been a lecturer of communication management since 2001 and since autumn 2006, he has worked as a lecturer in Tallinn University.

Veli Stroetmann

Head of eHealth Research and Policy, Empirica Communication & Technology Research, Germany

A moderator of the 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' conference, Veli Stroetmann (MD, PhD) is Head of eHealth Research & Policy with Empirica Communication & Technology Research in Bonn, Germany. Over the last 25 years, she has been project coordinator or principal investigator for European Commission funded studies on eHealth policies, strategies, market research, business modelling, validation and evaluation of eHealth applications, semantic interoperability, patient empowerment and safety. Currently, she leads Scale-AHA: Support to Scaling up of Innovations in Active and Healthy Ageing – a study commissioned by the EC, DG CNECT.

She was a co-leader of the recently finalised H2020 project ASSESS CT: Assessing SNOMED CT for Large Scale eHealth Deployments in the EU, and is co-leading the work on adoption in VALUeHEALTH: Establishing the value and business model for sustainable eHealth services in Europe. Another topic of interest for her is the uptake and sustainability of ICT supported integrated care (EU pilots SmartCare and CareWell).

Laurance Stuntz

Director, Massachussets eHealth Institute (USA)

Prior to joining the eHealth Institute, Mr. Stuntz worked for private industry and has over 20 years of experience in the product development of healthcare information technology, systems integration and management consulting. He was the Senior Vice President responsible for product development for NaviNet and was a Partner at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) with responsibility for CSC’s Collaborative Communities solution area.

He has led, worked on and contributed to some of the most significant health information exchange efforts in the United States, including the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), MA-SHARE ePrescribing and Clinical Exchanges, the Metro Chicago HIE, and the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE) project.

Meni Styliadou

VP Government Affairs and Public Policy, Europe and Canada, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG

Külle Tärnov

Manager, Estonian Connected Health Cluster, Estonia

Christoph Thalheim

Director, External Affairs, European Multiple Sclerosis Platform

Christoph started working with EMSP in 2000 as the Secretary General. At the start of 2000, he took on the role of the EU Affairs Consultant, working mainly as the Secretary General of the European Multiple Sclerosis-Platform (EMSP). The EMSP represents the interests of 34 national MS Societies and more than 500,000 people affected by MS. From 2000-2009, the EMSP has emerged from an unknown “kitchen table business” starting with 21 member organisations, one sponsor, no major projects, very limited funds and one “multi-purpose” part time staff to one of the key players in European patient advocacy.

He has been active on the Brussels stage since early 1990s; Christoph set up and ran the EU-liaison office in Brussels, for a major international non-governmental organisation, focussing on intercultural learning and international youth exchange programmes for 10 years.

Madis Tiik

Senior Advisor, Servive operator for well-being, Sitra

Madis Tiik is a serial entrepreneur and healthcare visionary. Since 2012, Madis Tiik has been working as a Senior Adviser in the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, focusing on self-care services and eHealth integrations. Due to his extensive experience and foresight, Madis Tiik is actively counselling various foreign e-health projects and related institutions.

Madis Tiik is a Medical Doctor with a diploma in Public Health and PhD in Healthcare Engineering. He was the Chairman of The Estonian Society of Family doctors from 2001 to 2008. From 2007 until 2011, he was the CEO of Estonian eHealth Foundation and responsible of developing the first countrywide EHR and other eHealth services.

Paul Timmers

Independent Advisor - Digital Policy and Economy (former Director EU Commission Digital Society), EC

Paul Timmers is working as an academic, entrepreneur and advisor in digital policy and on business models. As the former Director of the Sustainable & Secure Society Directorate in the European Commission Communications Networks, Content and Technologies Directorate General (DG CONNECT), he addressed topics of e-health & active ageing, e-government, e-ID, smart cities, cybersecurity and digital privacy.

Paul Timmers has been a manager in product marketing and head of software development in a large IT company and has co-founded a software start-up. He has widely published in the field of technology and policy, including a book on electronic commerce strategies and business models, and has been a visiting professor and lecturer at several universities and business schools across the world.

Evert Jan van Lente

Director EU-Affairs, AOK-Bundesverband

Evert Jan van Lente is the Director of EU-Affairs at the AOK, the leading statutory health insurance group with 25 Million insured people across Germany. He is involved in developments in the health sector on European level, especially in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, e- and mHealth.

Prior to joining the AOK, he was a management consultant in the Netherlands, serving as a deputy director of a company specialized on IT-Services for health funds in Germany and headed the AOK contracting department in Hannover (Lower Saxony).

Bart Vannieuwenhuyse

Senior Director, Health Information Sciences, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

In 1985, Bart Vannieuwenhuyse joined Janssen Pharmaceutica as a clinical trial monitor. During the course of his career with Janssen, Dr. Vannieuwenhuyse has held a variety of marketing and sales positions, both at local and international level, currently working as the Senior Director.

Whilst in the Netherlands, he was one of the pioneers that started Healthy Solutions, a J&J daughter company that focused on developing integrated services in the healthcare field. Later, he was in the core team that developed the initial CRM approach for Janssen EMEA. Dr. Vannieuwenhuyse was instrumental in developing a new customer-orientation project for Janssen Europe. Currently, he is the coordinator of the EMIF (European Medical Information Framework) project, an IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiative) funded project.

Charisis Vasilis


Cesar Velasco Munoz

Specialist in Preventive Medicine & Public Health, M.D., MPH, PhD, Vall d'Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus, Universitat de Barcelona

Cesar Velasco Munoz is a Clinical Medical is a Specialist in the Preventive Medicine & Public Health with a focus in Global Health and Innovation. Cesar is interested in social projects, health management and policies, clinical research and big data epidemiology. His research background in epidemiology, vaccines, migrant health & HIV and Masters in Public Health. With his international Public Health experiences in USA, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, Cesar aims to work with people driven by common goals to improve global health and human development.

Julien Venne

Strategic Advisor, ECHAlliance

A moderator of the 'Health in the digital society. The digital society for health' conference, Julien is the Strategic Advisor of the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance). His role is to support companies in their business development in Europe, and policy-makers and public authorities in several European Countries. His expertise covers innovation development, business models design and ecosystem creation within the Connected Health sector. He has a multi-disciplinary academic background, with economics, sociology, political sciences and complex systemic. In the past Julien has worked for different health and social care providers and has driven several projects and eHealth clinical trials.

Julio Vivero

Head of Section, GMV Innovating Solutions

Julio Vivero is Head of Section at GMV Innovating Solutions, a company providing integrated systems, specialized products and services covering the whole life cycle. He is currently head of the consulting and infrastructure area in GMV Barcelona from where cybersecurity services and solutions are offered over Europe. He also chairs the European Cybersecurity Organisation subWorking Group SWG3.6 in Healthcare.

Leo Wanner

Professor, UPF

Petra Wilson

Managing Director, Health Connect Partners and Senior Advisor for Healthcare, FTI Consulting Health Connect Partners

Petra’s experience in eHealth spans more than 20 years and covers academia, civil service, corporate and NGO sectors. Petra has recently established Connected Health Partners, a conultancy pracitce focudsing 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. Petra has previously held the posts of CEO of the International Diabetes Federation, Senior Director Connected Health at Cisco and scientific officer in the eHealth Unit at the European Commission. Petra originally trained as a public health lawyer in the UK.

Hal Wolf

President and CEO, HIMSS

Hal Wolf has served HIMSS for four years, including two years as an advisor to the board and two years as a member of the board of directors, before being appointed the President and CEO of HIMSS. Prior to that, he has worked as the Director of Information and Digital Health Strategy at The Chartis Group, where he helped health systems in the development of integrated information, operations, digital health and precision medicine strategies, and spent 10 years as the Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Permanente's Federation.

Hal Wolf has more than three decades of experience working in healthcare and technology, with deep expertise in integrated care models, consumer engagement, broadband and other IT innovation.





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Karin Volmer

Ministry of Social Affairs / Head of Communication


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Ministry of Social Affairs / General Enquiries

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Eva Lehtla

Ministry of Social Affairs / Spokesperson (health policy)


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European Connected Health Alliance / Strategic Adviser

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