Enriching knowledge and enhancing care through health data

i~HD speakers @ Life Science Live

Executive Director for Strategy and Healthcare Systems, EFPIA

Thomas Allvin is Executive Director for Strategy and Healthcare Systems at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), where his responsibilities includes developing EFPIA's policies for data-driven, outcomes-based and sustainable healthcare systems. Before joining EFPIA in 2015, Thomas was Health Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union, representing Sweden in the Council working parties for public health and pharmaceuticals & medical devices, and previously worked in several positions in the Swedish Ministry of Health and the Swedish Parliament.


Chief Physician, Turku University Hospital

Juuso Blomster, MD,. PhD is associate professor in cardiology and currently holds the position of chief physician, Medical assessments and Innovations, South-West Finland Hospital District. Dr. Blomster has several years of experience in pharmaceutical research and outcome studies. Dr. Blomster has been involved in EHR4CR network since 2014 and his research is focused on digital development in clinical and cardiovascular medicine.


Senior Director Health Information Sciences, Janssen

Bart Vannieuwenhuyse is Senior Director Health Information Sciences at Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson. He joined Janssen Pharmaceutica as a clinical trial monitor in 1985. In the course of his career with Janssen, Bart has held a variety of marketing and sales positions, both at local operating company level (e.g. the Netherlands) and at international level. While 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. Between 1999 and 2003, Bart spent 4 years in the IM department of Janssen Pharmaceutica in the US, where he was responsible for the e-business initiatives and for the overall IM technical architecture. Bart joined the EMEA CRM Center of Excellence in April 2003, where he prepared the CRM Roadmap for the short to mid-term. In 2009 Bart was instrumental in developing a new customer-orientation project for Janssen Europe. In 2011 Bart joined the Janssen R&D group to focus on external eHealth / Health Information projects with external partners. Currently, Bart is coordinator of the EMIF (European Medical Information Framework) project.


Patient representative

Pieter van Galen is from the Netherlands and studied Business & Management in Alkmaar. During his studies he traveled extensively doing various internships (Hungary, Spain, England and China). After his studies he started a consultancy company dealing with training (communication and software) and change management. He has now been living in Belgium for nearly 20 years and enjoys the international environment of Brussels. He was finally diagnosed with MS in 2006, after many unrecognized symptoms for over 15 years. He is now actively involved as a patient advocate and is member of various steering groups related to MS and Big Data.


Professor, Ghent University, Vice President for Research, The EuroRec Institute, Ghent, Belgium

Pascal Coorevits is Professor of Medical Informatics and Statistics at the Department of Public Health of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Ghent University (Belgium) and Vice President Research & Development of the European Institute for Health Records (EuroRec). He is also Director of RAMIT (Research in Advanced Medical Informatics and Telematics), an R&D spin-off platform of the Ghent University. He teaches several courses in biostatistics and eHealth related topics. His primary research interests lie in the domain of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and are oriented towards various aspects of quality labelling and certification of EHRs (quality criteria, data quality characteristics, quality labelling and certification models, tools/methodologies for EHR evaluation and conformance testing, semantic interoperability aspects, secondary use of EHR data). Through EuroRec, RAMIT and the Ghent University he has participated in several EU -, national - and transatlantic eHealth research projects (e.g. ASSIST, EHR-Implement, EHR-Q TN, ARGOS, HITCH, Antilope, EHR4CR, SemanticHealthNet, EURECA, EXPAND,...).


Director of Quality and Process Management, OLV Hospital Aalst-Asse-Ninove, Belgium

Frank Staelens is Director of Quality and Process Management at the OLV Hospital Aalst-Asse-Ninove (Belgium). He has a background in both nursing and clinical research in the field of cardiology and has extensive experience in hospital management. He has a Master's degree in Social Health Sciences (Medical-Social Science) and a postgraduate in Patient Safety. He holds a chair in the board of several healthcare related institutions, i.e. King Baudouin Foundation and OLV Robotic Surgery Institute (ORSI). More recently, he has built and shared his vision on using medical and hospital data to measure and improve quality of care in hospitals. Safeguarding quality of care and patient safety is his area of expertise.


Specialist, Human-Driven Data Economy (IHAN) SITRA, Finland

Saara promotes fair data economy and engage people across Europe to create a method for data exchange and to set up European level rules and guidelines for ethical use of data. Developing a general business model for a fair data economy and creating new open ecosystems (decentralised) across industries is at the core of my work.

Saara did business and strategic planning for the new national authority that combines and analyses social and healthcare data from various registers and sources. I succeeded in promoting public sector customer orientation by organising an innovative Service Design Program. Saara found and benchmarked best practices and models from other countries that fitted the national objectives and developed them further to make Finland the most attractive research environment for the secondary use of social and healthcare data.


University Hospital of Ghent, Belgium

Ing. Filip De Meyer, MSc. is a privacy expert of the medical informatics unit of the University Hospital of Ghent (Belgium). He is a former member of medical informatics security working groups (CEN-TC251, ISO-TC215 and co-author of ISO DTS 25237 on pseudonymisation). He has participated in several health informatics research projects, in which he focused on data-security and privacy enhancing technologies. He is involved in training programs of hospital information security officers and in privacy and security related courses of the university curriculum.


President of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data

Dipak Kalra, PhD, FRCGP, FBCS, British, is President of The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (i~HD). He plays a leading international role in research and development of Electronic Health Records, including the requirements and models to ensure the robust long-term preservation of clinical meaning and protection of privacy. He leads the development of ISO standards on EHR interoperability, personal health records, EHR requirements, and has contributed to several EHR security and confidentiality standards. Dipak has led multiple European projects in these areas, including Horizon 2020 and the IMI programme alongside pharma companies, hospitals and ICT companies. He recently co-led a €16m project on the re-use of EHR information for clinical research, EHR4CR, alongside ten global pharma. He is a partner in another IMI project, EMIF, on the development of a European clinical research platform federating multiple population health and cohort studies. Dipak also led an EU Network of Excellence on semantic interoperability, and is a partner in other EU projects on the sustainability of interoperability assets, the transatlantic sharing of patient summaries and quality labelling. Dipak is Professor of Health Informatics at University College London and Visiting Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Gent.


Innovation and Partnership Patients & Sites, Transformation and Performance Office, Clinical Science & Operations, Sanofi R&D

Dr. Nadir Ammour began his career as an oral surgeon in public healthcare moving into clinical development. He is working to bring eHealth/Digital innovation in clinical development to deliver new medicines to patients faster. He led several projects in that space such as the Verkko remote trial, Connected Hospitals Network (EHRs); wearables trials, and on-line patient recruitment. Nadir is a member of the Executive Committee of the EHR4CR/InSite champion project. He is presently leading an EIT Health consortium project, EHR2EDC aiming at further developing capabilities to conduct trials using EHRs data to automatically prefill an eCRF. Dr. Ammour held various global positions previously at Wyeth, now at Sanofi. He is graduated in medical informatics, health economics and an MBA from Reims Management School, besides his Doctorate in Medical Dentistry.


Scientific Director of Real World Evidence, Janssen Scientific Director, Janssen Clinical Innovation Patient Data for Research (JCI-PDR), Janssen Pharm R&D.

A former UK NHS healthcare & voluntary sector professional working in the pharmaceutical and diagnostics industry with a 360° experience in the blood borne virus market based on a professional heritage in the viral hepatitis, liver disease & HIV fields spanning thirty years, inclusive of ten years in the voluntary sector and being a Dept. of Health advisor. Formerly working for Roche, Gilead, Novartis, and now Janssen, he has focused latterly on strategic marketing for new diagnostic solutions for personalized medicine via bio-informatic tools, health information technologies and biomarkers in infectious or chronic diseases, with a particular emphasis on real world data. He worked on the IMI1 European Medical Information Framework (EMIF), and will be the Project Leader and co-lead for the (IMI2) European Health Data Network project, as well as working on integration of real world evidence into Janssen programmes, around the creation of digital cohorts. Married with two adult siblings, he lives in Belgium, in the countryside with his wife and ten cats.


General Secretary, HL7 Foundation

Catherine Chronaki is the General Secretary of the HL7 Foundation and is active in eHealth Policy and Standardization projects. Following the success of Trillium Bridge project on the transatlantic exchange of patient summaries, she leads the Trillium-II to scale up adoption of patient summaries in an innovative global community of practice. 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. Her talk will be on the recently released eStandards roadmap for a digital health compass to support trust and flow in cost-effective and sustainable large-scale eHealth deployment, building on actions of co-creation, governance, and alignment throughout the eStandards lifecycle.


Head of eHealth & Research Policy - Jülich, Germany  

After his formative years in academic research, in the field of genetic engineering, Oliver worked at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), supporting EU-politics in the field of bioanalytics standardisation.

Since 2015 he is working in the Life Sciences and Health Research Division of the Project Management Jülich, a leading regional, national and international research funding agency within the Research Centre Jülich in Germany. As Scientific Project Manager, he supports the German Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF) in developing and implementing its strategic research agenda in the field of Life Sciences and Health Research, including through transnational research collaborations. Since the start of 2019, Oliver is partaking in the EU-project DigitalHealthEurope (DHE), which supports the European Commission in realising the Digital Transformation of Health and Care in the Digital Single Market. His particular focus in the project is on the secondary use of health data for research.



MD - Turku University Hospital and Abomics Ltd

MD. Jari Forsström is a specialized internist and a startup entrepreneur. Mr. Forsström has been intensively involved in pharmacological related issues and developing the methods of utilizing safe and effective pharmacological treatment in Scandinavia.

“Medicine is in the core of every physician’s work. Having the knowledge of how to treat patients individually is these days possible due to pharmacogenetic. Personalized medicine is here to stay.”



MD - Hospital Director of Turku University Hospital

Surgeon, Orthopedic Doctor, subspecialized in hip and knee total joint primary and revision arthroplasty. Special scientific interest on adult reconstructive surgery. Active member in various national and international orthopedic societys and expert groups. Past President of Finnish Orthopedic Association and Finnish Arthroplasty Society. Past member of Board of the Finnish Surgical Society, Nordic Orthopedic Federation Finnish Delegate of EFORT and UEMS (ortho section), member of various adviser boards. Special interest on data lakes and disease-specific registries that enables cost-effectiveness and value based medcine