Enriching knowledge and enhancing care through health data

i~HD speakers @ Vitalis

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.


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.


Ole Fröbert
Adjunct Professor and invasive consultant cardiologist at Örebro University Hospital, Sweden

Ole Fröbert, MD, PhD, adjunct Professor and invasive consultant cardiologist at Örebro University Hospital, Sweden. Ole graduated from Aarhus University in Denmark 1992 and he defended his PhD thesis on the role of the esophagus in angina-like chest pain at Aarhus University in 1996. Ole received his cardiology training in Aarhus and Aalborg University Hospitals in Denmark and at Hammersmith Hospital (London) and Catarina Hospital in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). His research and teaching focus on ischemic heart disease in a broad clinical perspective and he has published more than 150 original, peer-reviewed research papers. Ole Fröbert was primary investigator in the first registry – based randomized clinical trial – the 7000 patient TASTE trial and he is chairing or involved in a number of ongoing trials based on the same concept. Other research interests: translational research on brown bears.


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,...).


Principal Scientist in Global Medicine Development, AstraZeneca R&D.

Mats Sundgren, PhD, MSc, is a Principal Scientist in Global Medicine Development, AstraZeneca R&D. He is based in AstraZeneca R&D Mõlndal Sweden and has more than 29 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry (Discovery, Development, IT, Marketing, and Patents). He is currently working within Biometrics & Information Science function in the area of R&D strategy focusing on implementing strategies and pilots for bridging Health Information Technology with clinical research. He has leaded the EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Association) EHR (Electronic Health Records) task force, and has been the AZ representative in developing the IMI (Innovative Medicine Initiative) Knowledge Management research pillar. Mats is Coordinator for the on-going IMI EHR4CR research project (www.ehr4cr.eu) aiming to development of business models for getting sustainable and scalable solutions for re-using health data for clinical research across Europe. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Chalmers University of Technology & IT University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in areas of Innovation Management, Medical Informatics and eHealth, and a member of evaluation board for VINNOVA (The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems). In this area he recently co-published a book Venturing into the Bioeconomy (Palgrave, 2011) based from three case studies in the pharmaceutical industry, the biotechnology industry and the domain of academic research. New technoscientific frameworks that have not yet translated into new therapies, in the future, may play a more central role in the late-modern society.