i~HD Annual Conference 2023

Joint Global Hybrid Summit 2023

Building Trust in Health Data

Together with the chairs, speakers and participants, a step forward has been made in building trust in the use and re-use of health data during the i~HD Annual conference in Ghent on 30/11 – 01/12.

i~HD also expresses a huge thank-you to the co-organisers, the City of Ghent, sponsors and strategic partners for their support in making this event a major success.


The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (i~HD) held its annual conference in its birthplace Ghent, Belgium on Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December this year. We were pleased to welcome over 200 people in person and approximately 100 people online participating in this event.

Conference Quick Facts

13 Keynote speakers

Thought-leaders and decision-makers from high-level institutions such as the World Health Organisation, the European Commission and the Belgian Federal Government

80 speakers

Experts representing various stakeholder groups and interests in the healthcare sector

5 Plenary Sessions and 12 Parallel Sessions

Covering a wide array of topics including trustworthy artificial intelligence in healthcare, patients in the driving seat, health data quality education and labels, the European Health Data Space and others 

300+ On-site and online participants

Coming from 27 countries from Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and South America

Organising partners

Keynote speakers

Dr. Emmanuel Bacry

Chief Scientific Officer,
French Health Data Hub

Sofie Bracke

Alderwoman for Economy, Trade, Sports and Ports,
City of Ghent

Frank Callewaert

Technology Officer,
Microsoft Belgium, Luxembourg & European Union Institutions

Magda Chlebus

Executive Director Science Policy and Regulatory Affairs,
European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations

Prof. Dipak Kalra


Dr. Steve MacFeely

Director of Data and Analytics,

Dr. Mavis Machirori

Senior Researcher,
Ada Lovelace Institute

Dr. Andrzej Ryś

Principal Scientific Adviser,
DG SANTE, European Commission

Dr. Bernardo Sousa-Pinto

Assistant Professor,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto

Anna Studman

Senior Researcher,
Ada Lovelace Institute

Anca Toma

Executive Director,
European Patients’ Forum

Dr. Frank Vandenbroucke

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health,
Belgian Federal Government

Kristof Vanfraechem

Founder and CEO,
Data for Patients

Making a comeback in i~HD conference is “Joining the Dots” where European funded projects tackling health data challenges will be brought together. Use cases, insights, successes and challenges will once again be front-and-centre as experts lead the sessions.

Strategic partners




Digital Health and Data Week Sponsors

Health data has proven to be a crucial enabler in the development of innovative health, care and research solutions.

This process was facilitated by new digital ways for collecting, storing, exchanging, and analysing health data, meaning it can be reused not just for a second time but even more, not only by the person who collected the information but also by other clinicians, researchers and health authorities. The benefits of secondary use of health data have been widely discussed and acknowledged/recognised and yet, the main challenge remains on how we can create trust in the health ecosystem for the reuse of this health data.

Coming fresh from the success of our last conference in 2022 Health Data Quality, a Dynamic Complexity”, i~HD is announcing its Annual Conference 2023. The emphasis of the conference in 2022 was to demonstrate the importance of Data Quality, an important condition for the trustworthy use and re-use of health data. Aside from taking off from the key points discussed during that conference, the 2023 conference will provide participants with a broader scope for enabling trust in the secondary use of health data. It is great to have and use and reuse health data, but what do we need so that all stakeholders can also trust the reuse of health data? i~HD will present its holistic view showing all important health data challenges to be solved in order to trustworthy use and reuse of high-quality data to continuously improve care and accelerate research.