Enriching knowledge and enhancing care through health data


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 companies. 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.


Professor of Digital Health Innovation and Head of Research at Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH), WMG, University of Warwick

Theodoros N. Arvanitis is a Professor of Digital Health Innovation and Head of Research at The Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, at University of Warwick. He is also an Affiliate Professor at Warwick Medical School and Honorary Professor at the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham. Professor Arvanitis is currently one of the Associate Directors of the Midlands Health Data Research UK site. He is the co-ordinator of the C3-Cloud H2020 Project. Within WMG, he leads the Biomedical Informatics, Imaging and Healthcare Technologies Research Group. He received his RT (BSc) degree (medical radiological technology) in 1990, from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece, and his DPhil (biomedical engineering) in 1997 from the University of Sussex, UK. Prior to joining the University of Warwick in 2013, he held various posts at the University of Sussex and the University of Birmingham. His postdoctoral work at the University of Sussex included a lab director/research fellow post at the Trafford Centre for Medical Research (1995) and a full-time lectureship in the School of Cognitive and Computer Sciences (1995-1998). In 1998, he joined the School of Electronic, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK, as a full-time Lecturer (1998-2003), Senior Lecturer (2003-2007) and subsequently Reader in Biomedical Informatics, Signals and Systems (2007-2013). He has held the post of co-Director of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WM AHSN) Digital Theme (2014-2016). His research interests span the areas of biomedical engineering, neuroimaging and health informatics. Professor Arvanitis has a substantial academic publication record, while he has received research funding from national (UK), European and international governmental funding agencies, charities and industry. Theo has been involved in UK (BSI) and EU (CEN) standardisation work, while he has contributed work in various working groups of the US National Cancer Institute Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (CaBIG) effort. He is a Charted Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM and a member of various scientific and professional groups (IET, AMIA, NYAS, RCS, ISMRM). He is also the Joint Editor-in-Chief at the Digital Health, open access peer-reviewed, journal, published by Sage Publications, UK.


Researcher at empirica Communication and Technology Research

Strahil Birov is a researcher at empirica Communication and Technology Research in Bonn, Germany. His key work domains in empirica include policy development, development of innovative ICT solutions (technical specifications, piloting and testing), impact assessment/cost-benefit analysis, market research, business modelling, process model development, online survey design and administration.

Strahil was the study manager of Scale-AHA (Support to Scaling up of Innovation in Active and Healthy Ageing) which supported the EC in identifying 74 Reference Sites of the EIP on AHA, as well as in conducting subsequent 20 twinning activities among European regions wishing to transfer digital innovative services in active and healthy ageing.

He is currently managing two projects: the DigitalHealthEurope project, which supports three EC priorities for the digital transformation of health and care (citizens’ secure access to their health data, better data for research and personalised medicine, and person-centred digital health solutions); and the PCP project ProEmpower (Procuring innovative ICT for patient empowerment and self-management for type 2 diabetes mellitus, 2016-2020), where he leads the work on procurement needs identification (use cases and process models development), call for tenders support, dissemination and evaluation, and management.


General Secretary, HL7 Foundation

Catherine Chronaki is the Secretary General of the HL7 Foundation and is active in eHealth Policy and Standardization projects. Following the success of Trillium Bridge on the transatlantic exchange of patient summaries (2013-15), eStandards on a standards roadmap for large scale deployment of eHealth services (2015-2017), and Trillium II on the wide adoption of International Patient Summary Standards (2017-2019), where she was the scientific coordinator, she actively participates in the FAIR4Health which explores FAIR research data in healthcare and GateKeeper on smart living homes. Catherine also serves as vice president of the European Federation for Medical Informatics and has served on the eHealth Stakeholder Group of the European Commission (2012-2015, 2016-2018). 


Deputy Director of the Data and Digital Innovations Department at Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP)

Dr Christel DANIEL is a Pathologist specialist. She obtained her PhD degree in medical informatics from the Paris Descartes University. She is deputy director of the Data and Digital Innovations Department at Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), the largest hospital entity and first biomedical research center in Europe, in charge of the AP-HP Health Data Warehouse and Clinical Research Informatics. Researcher at the LIMICS, a research unit (UMRS 1142) of INSERM (The French National Institute of Health and Medical Research), her primary areas of research are real-world data, clinical research informatics, health data warehouses, clinical informatics, semantic interoperability and standards (IHE, HL7, FHIR, CDISC ODM), knowledge representation, bio-medical terminologies and ontologies. She has been teaching medical informatics in Paris Descartes University for 10 years. Past co-chair of IHE Anatomic Pathology domain and member of DICOM WG26, HL7 France, HL7 Pathology SIG and CDISC France, she has been involved in several national and EU funded interoperability projects, like EHR2EDC (EITHealth 2018-19), EHR4CR (IMI 2011-15), TeRSan (ANR 2012-14), Semantic HealthNet (FP7 2011-14), DebugIT (FP7-ICT-2007-11), NOE–Semantic Mining (FP6 2003-08).


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

Nigel Hughes has a thirty-five year career spanning the NHS in the UK (16 years), NGOs and patient organisations (10 years) and within the pharmaceutical industry (17 years). He has worked clinically in HIV and viral hepatitis, liver disease, and in sales & marketing, medical affairs, market access and health economics, R&D, precision medicine, advanced diagnostics, health IT and Real World Data/Real World Medicine. His experience covers clinical, education, as an advisor, consulting, communications and lobbying over the years. He is currently the Project Lead for the IMI2 European Health Data & Evidence Network (EHDEN), and was Platform Co-Lead for the IMI1 European Medical Information Framework (EMIF), as well as consulting on numerous projects and programmes in the domain of RWD/RWE.


Zoi Kolitsi

Zoi Kolitsi,  PhD Med. Phys., is a Senior Consultant and member of the EuroRec  DHE team.  She has a long record of eHealth policy support including a decade in the Greek Public Health Administration as a senior policy advisor. Over the last 15 years, she has lead work in national and  EU eHealth projects on eHealth interoperability, legal and regulatory, eHealth governance, business planning and sustainability domains. Particular contribution has been to cross-border eHealth and cross sectorial  aspects of electronic identification and authentication, while she sustains active involvement in eGov activities.



Senior Fellow, EIPonAHA Chair B3 Action Group, Bevan Commission Innovation Hubs & International Lead, International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

Leo was welcomed to the International Foundation for Integrated Care Team in early 2013 as a Senior Fellow leading IFIC’s work in a number of EU funded ICT enabled eHealth and integrated care projects. In January 2019, Leo became Head of R&D and leads the organisation’s involvement in a number of EU funded projects.  In 2012, Leo became a member of the EIPonAHA B3 Action Group on Integrated Care and Digital Solutions, was appointed as Promoter of the AG under the ProEIPAHA project in February 2016 and elected as Chair of the Group in June 2018.  Leo is an expert adviser in the EU ProACT, WE4AHA and C3-Cloud projects.  Most recently, Leo has been seconded part time, to the Bevan Commission, Swansea University to lead, support and strengthen Wales’ international collaborations.

Leo is an experienced programme manager having worked in academia, the NHS and Welsh Government leading eHealth, chronic conditions management service improvement and research projects over the last 25 years and was responsible for the development and testing of NHS Wales’ predictive risk modelling (Prism) tool.  Through the building of strong relationships with stakeholders, Leo works with others to bring her knowledge, skills and expertise together to co-design new transformational change approaches for delivering ICT-enabled integrated care solutions to meet the needs of different populations. 


Ava Lloyd
Director, Healthcare & Life Sciences, FTI Consulting

Ava is a Director in FTI Consulting’s Healthcare and Life Sciences practice in Brussels, where she advises leading players across the healthcare industry on their EU digital health policy strategies, spanning the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, medical device and digital sectors. Before joining FTI, Ava was Policy Manager responsible for healthcare policy at the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) and prior to that worked at the European Commission. Ava holds a joint MSc. from the London School of Economics (LSE) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Health Policy, Planning and Financing, and a BSc. in Psychology from University College London (UCL).



Director and Co-founder of Open Evidence

Prof. Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva's research field is concerned with the social, economic, cultural and policy issues associated with information and communication technologies, including the use of Real World Data and Big Data. Next to his position as the Director and Co-founder of Open Evidence, Francisco is also Professor at Open University of Catalonia. Francisco has authored a broad range of scientific papers in the area of Digital Health Care, and has a long-standing experience in successfully delivering European projects in this area, including the last four eHeatlh benchmakings conducted by the EC and the Monitoring and Assessment Framework for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (MAFEIP).



President of the Board of SPMS

Prof. Martins is an Internal Medicine Specialist. He obtained his PhD degree from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge with a thesis on “The use of Mobile ICT in clinical Settings”. He holds a Master in Management from the University of Cambridge on “How to teach Management and Leadership to Medical Students” and a Masters in HIV/AIDS from the University of Barcelona. He has several publications in the area of Mobile computing in healthcare and many conference presentations/keynotes in the area of eHealth.
He is the President of the Board of SPMS the Shared Services and eHealth/IT authority of the Ministry of Health, since April 2013 until present date, after having served for 2 years as Adjunct for Health IT to the Health Secretary of State of Portugal. He was responsible for setting up the Health Information Sharing Platform for Electronic Health Records in Portugal, Nationwide ePrescription/eDispensation, national vaccination records, and many other national ehealth projects. In the past he worked as CMIO – Chief Medical Information Officer at Hospital Fernando Fonseca for 5 years. He started and coordinated for 3 years the Center for Investigation and Creativity in Informatics, where he supervised projects in robotics, mobile computing and database exploration and intelligent systems. He is currently studying for Master in Administrative Law (Universidade Católica Portuguesa).
Since 2018 he was elected as co-chair of the eHealth Network, the EU body responsible for eHealth Policy in the Union, by Member-States and was Portugal representative since 2012. He has been participant in several EU funded interoperability projects, like epSOS and others and the coordinator of EXPAND thematic Network, and is presently the coordinator of the joint action from EC to work on fostering eHealth in Europe with more than 27 Members States (eHAction).
He has been teaching health professionals’ health management, leadership and medical informatics in Universidade at Beira Interior (UBI).



Programme Officer European Commission eHealth, Well-being and Ageing (DG Connect)

Birgit Morlion is an engineer (PhD) with a mission to make digital health come true. Over the last 15 years she has been actively involved in eHealth research and facilitating the adoption of digital innovation in health care in Belgium. She was part of the start-up team of the Flemish digital research and innovation institute iMinds; helping to bridge the gap between research and exploitation of results. She also occupied strategic advisory roles for the Flemish and the Belgian Ministers of health in the domain of medical data-exchange and patient access to his electronic medical records. In May 2017 she joined the eHealth, well-being and ageing unit of the European commission (DG Connect) where she works on the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market more specifically with a focus on mobile health (mHealth), integrated care and active and assisted living.


Researcher at empirica Communication and Technology Research

Sonja Müller is senior researcher at empirica. She holds a degree in geography, urban development, and economic sociology from Bonn University. Since joining empirica in 2001, her main fields of work are in the area of digital solutions for integrated care, health & social care and independent living. Her expertise relates to requirements research & needs analysis, service process development, evaluation as well as socio-economic impact assessment. Through her work in projects such as VIGOUR, SmartCare and BeyondSilos she can base her work on a multitude of successfully concluded and ongoing implementation activities. Her profile includes extensive publishing and conference activities, also encompassing organisation of small-scale workshops and large-scale conferences. Sonja is currently involved in the H2020 Coordination and Support action EURIPHI and in the project VIGOUR that is co-funded by the European Union’s Health Programme and designed to guide and support 15 care authorities across seven European countries in making progress towards the provision of sustainable models for care integration. Since 2016 she is one of the co-ordinators of the EIP AHA B3 Action Group.


Project Officer and Youth Group Coordinator, European Patients’ Forum (EPF)

Lyudmil Ninov - EPF Project Officer and EPF Youth Group Coordinator - joined EPF in April 2017. His focus is mainly on: the EC PRO-STEP tender project (EPF-led), Annual Summer Training for Young Patient Advocates Leadership Programme, contributing to H2020 project proposals/calls and day-to-day management of COMPAR-EU, DigitalHealthEurope & CHRODIS + projects. Lyudmil holds a bachelor degree in European Studies from the Sofia University in Bulgaria and a master degree in European Studies and EU Administration from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. Prior to joining EPF, Lyudmil spent most of his professional time working in the healthcare sector for the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) head office in Brussels, managing various diabetes-related international projects, such as WINGS (gestational diabetes in India) and IDF Diabetes Aware Cities (prevention of T2DM).


Director of empirica Communication and Technology Research

Veli Stroetmann, MD, PhD, is Director of empirica Communication and Technology Research in Bonn, Germany, and Head of Digital Health Research and Policy. Over the last 25 years, she has been coordinator and principal investigator for EU funded studies and projects on digital health policies and strategies, market research, business modelling, impact and regulatory assessment, socio-economic impact analysis and evaluation. Currently she is coordinating a large EU Support Action “DigitalHealthEurope: Support to enabling the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market”. She is also leading work to advance the European “Blueprint for Digital Transformation of Health and Care”, a key policy activity within the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. Dr. Stroetmann is editor and co-author of numerous European policy and research roadmaps and articles on digital health strategies of EU Member States, semantic interoperability, eHealth innovation and scaling up personalised health services, integrated care, in-silico medicine.


Valentina Tageo
International Projects Director, ECHAlliance

Valentina graduated in Political Economics at the Catholic University of Milan and obtained a Master in European Project Management. Valentina has multiannual experience in international project management and proposal writing under several funding programmes (e.g. FP7, H2020, URBACT, INTERREG, among others). She has been working as Research Project Manager at different healthcare, research and industry organizations (e.g. Technical University of Milan, IESE Business School, Badalona Serveis Assistencials, Ab.Acus srl and Open Evidence). Since 11 years she provides grant preparation and management services as independent consultant to public administrations like Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment and Quality (AQuAS). For the latter, she authored the grant proposal which led to the implementation of the ICTUSnet project, devoted to exploit big data and innovative technologies to improve stroke care processes. Valentina's fields of interest and research are digital health and care, social innovation and digital transformation of public services with a specific focus on smart cities and urban wellbeing. She also authored the URBACT Implementation Network “URBINCLUSION” project led by Barcelona City Council.

At ECHAlliance she is the Director of the International Projects Unit and coordinates the operational activities of the Digital Health Society initiative. Among others, she is the Dissemination and Exploitation Leader of the H2020 projects SmartWork and PULSE.

In 2018 Valentina founded the research and consultancy company Wise Angle which has been recently awarded a contract by the European Economic and Social Committee to carry out a study on “How the Digital Transformation can put humans at the centre of robotics and automation – collaboration between humans and machines for better quality products and services”.


AGE Platform Europe

Nhu Tram is, since 2016, a research project officer at AGE Platform Europe, a European network of non-profit organisations of and for people aged 50+.  Its aim is to voice and promote the interests of the 200 million citizens aged 50+ in the European Union (Eurostat, 2018) and to raise awareness on the issues that concern them most. Before joining AGE, she worked as a project officer at the Council of European Municipalities and Regions on a EU-funded project on age-friendly environments. Currently, she is managing the day-to-day activities of 4 different EU-funded projects linked with healthy ageing and long-term care for older people: InAdvance (early provision of palliative care); Athlos (better understanding of ageing by identifying patterns of healthy ageing trajectories); Digital Health Europe (Support to enabling the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market); and Homes4Life (development of a European certification scheme for age-friendly housing).



Jose Usero has extensive experience as project coordinator of EU projects and several major European Studies on ICT. He participates as expert for different European initiatives. He is author of several books on ICT-related topics and a wide range of scientific publications. Since 2013, he holds the position of Responsible for European Projects at FUNKA. He is also coordinator of the H2020 Coordination and Support  Action called WE4AHA, supporting the EC in the management of the EIPonAHA and he is involved in many innovation and policy initiatives around digital transformation on health and care.


Principal eHealth Policy Consultant EHTEL, DigitalHealthEurope

Diane finds “joining the dots” to be a really important activity in digital health. She is Principal eHealth Policy Consultant at EHTEL (the European Health Telematics Association) (Brussels, Belgium). Today, the DigitalHealthEurope project, a project in which she is keenly involved, is geared towards how the European Union can scale-up digital health (2019-2020). Diane’s previous work experience (1998-2007) was in European policy development in the domains of digital health and accessibility at the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium). Awards include the HIMSS Europe eHealth Leadership Award (2017). Diane works on the policy, organisational, social, and ethical aspects of ICT and especially ICT for health. A 2013 co-edited book publication took as its core the legal, ethical and social challenges of eHealth, and Diane continues to work with colleagues from Middlesex University on these important issues.  


DigitalHealthEurope legal expert at Health Connect Partners

Petra Wilson is co-founder and managing director of Health Connect Partners, a boutique consultancy which focusses primarily on helping clients understand the European health policy environment. Current projects being undertaken by Health Connect Partners include the review of cross-border patient mobility for the European Commission, leading the development of an eHealth Governance Strategy for the Ministry of Health in Algeria, and the development of a new code of conduct for gene banking for the national gene bank in Spain. In addition, Petra is engaged as EU Programme Director for the Personal Connected Health Alliance (a HIMSS innovation company), and also acts a senior advisor on health and life sciences at FTI Consulting. Petra’s past experience includes eight years in the European Commission, where she focussed particularly on the use of information society technologies in healthcare; seven years as Senior Director of Connected Health at Cisco, where Petra’s team supported clients in making best use of new communications technologies to drive safer and more efficient access to healthcare. Petra also has deep experience of the health services sector, having worked on both the patient and provider side as CEO of the International Diabetes Federation. Petra holds a Doctorate in Public Health Law from Oxford University, she has British and Belgian nationality, has lived in Brussels for over 20 years and works in English, German and French.