Women in Health IT Community

Do you feel that women executives get adequate recognition in our industry? Would you find value in a resource recognising the contributions of women - and providing resources and support?

Following the success of HIMSS’ Women in Health IT Community in the US, the Women in HIT Europe Community – HIMSS Europe’s newest community – seeks to engage women across the entire health IT ecosystem.

We’ve made it our priority to address the gender gap within the industry, to drive awareness of gender-related issues and to provide professional resources and greater recognition to women leaders making significant contributions to the field.

Most Influential European Women in Health IT

Catherine Chronaki

Catherine Chronaki

Secretary General
HL7
Belgium

Catherine Chronaki is Secretary General, HL7 Foundation, and representative of non-profit institutional members to the EFMI Council. Catherine promotes interoperability standards to drive large-scale eHealth deployment, innovation, quality and patient safety globally. A computer engineer by training, over the years Catherine has been involved in numerous health Information Technology-related national and EC Health informatics projects.

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Nicole Denjoy

Secretary General
COCIR
Belgium

Nicole Denjoy is the COCIR Secretary General since 2005 and is based in Brussels. She has gathered more than 30 years of experience in the medical technology industry, working for companies including L’air Liquide, Ohmeda, Boston Scientific and Baxter. Nicole has a Masters in Organisation and Change Management.

Nicole represents COCIR in a variety of influential fora at European Level as well as at international level. Nicole is also Vice-Chair of DITTA, the Global Trade Association representing Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy and Healthcare IT Industry (www.globalditta.org) and leads the DITTA Industry in official relationships with WHO since DITTA was granted a NGO status. In addition and since May 2010, Nicole is Chair of the BIAC Committee on Health Care Policy representing the private business sector in front of the OECD Health Committee.

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Jacqueline de Leeuw PhD RN

CNIO
Radboudumc
The Netherlands

Jacqueline de Leeuw is the Chief Nursing Information Officer at Radboud university medical center - one of the leading academic centers for patient care, education and research in the Netherlands. Jacqueline has over 25 years of nursing experience in different healthcare settings, holds a PhD in medical sciences, and currently focuses on the way nurses are adopting digital opportunities to further improve patient care. She feels challenged by finding a balance between a myriad of technology innovations in healthcare and a nursing work force who wants to stay ‘in contact’ with patients. Nursing care and the nursing profession is always at the heart of Jacquelines’ work.

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Line Linstad

Head of Department
Norwegian Centre for E-health Research
Norway

Line Linstad has worked at the Norwegian Centre for E-health since 2002. She obtained a master in Political Science from the University of Oslo in 1994. Line has served on the EHTEL Board of Directors from 2011-2015, she is a member of the HIMSS Europe Governing Council and advisor to the Barcelona Mobile World mHealth Centre. She previously worked as a health planner for the Regional Health and Social Care Board in the Northern Norway Regional Health Authority and as researcher in the Norwegian Federation of Organizations of Disabled People (FFO). Line has a long-standing experience within telemedicine, mobile health and eHealth. Her focus has been on facilitating processes for financing and finding innovative approaches to healthcare provision by the use of ICT.

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Maxine Mackintosh

Chair
Health Tech Women UK
United Kingdom

Maxine is the Chair of HealthTech Women UK – an international professional network which aims to support and promote women to be the future leaders of medical innovation. She does this alongside a data science PhD at UCL where she mining electronic medical records for early detection of dementia. Maxine has also completed an MSc in Health Policy and Economics at the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her professional work has led her to the Royal Society, Roche, L’Oreal, and the NHS. She is a Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum, a fellow of the Digital Health Forum, and an advisor to the Youth Health Parliament: Emerging tech. She is a digital health fanatic and continues to report and consult on medical innovation in the UK, central Europe and the Silicon Valley.

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Anne Moen, RN, PhD, FACMI

Immediate past President of EFMI and EFMI-IMIA Vice President (2016-2018
Professor (full), Director UiO:eColab, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo
Norway

Anne Moen is the immediate Past President of EFMI (European Federation for Medical Informatics) and EFMI-IMIA Vice President (2016-2018). She is full professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. Her area of research is health informatics, ranging from design and deployment of clinical information systems to patient s facing apps. She directs UiO:eColab, a research lab supporting eCollaboration in primary care and homes. She is a registered nurse, holds a master degree in nursing science and PhD in social sciences – specialization in health informatics. Anne is founding member of the Norwegian Nurses Organisation’s special interest group on eHealth, past chair of the Norwegian Society for Medical Informatics and a member of the EFMI Council. She is also EFMI representative in the EU eHealth stakeholder group, and lead for their area “Citizens – health data”.  She maintains collaborative relationships with colleagues in the US, and was elected fellow of ACMI (American College of Medical Informatics) 2015. 

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Prof. dr. Heleen Riper

Full Professor eMental-Health/ clinical psychology,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Over the past 15 years Heleen Riper’s research focus has been on the development of eMental-Health interventions for common mental disorders including alcohol misuse and depression, the assessment of their clinical and cost-effectiveness and their implementation in routine practice. In addition, Heleen has examined the requirements and impact of eMental-Health on both national and European health service policy-levels. The scope of her current research activities includes the innovative use of mobile health, social media and blended care for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. New methodological challenges include the use of mobile ecological momentary assessments, serious gaming for mental health and predictive modeling. Heleen has opted for an international perspective and collaboration throughout her academic career. She has (co) authored over 120 international peer reviewed papers and book chapters within this domain and acts as PI on numerous large scale national and international grants such as from FP7 and Horizon 2020.

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Christina Roosen

VP, Public Affairs
HIMSS Europe
Spain

Christina is a Danish national living in Barcelona, Spain. She grew up in Greenland, Botswana, Denmark, the US and France and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. Christina had a background working in public affairs and marketing for major corporate companies and governments, before she joined HIMSS in 2009. She is the former Executive Director of HIMSS Europe and is now Vice President of Public Affairs. Christina manages all government and public stakeholder relations and she also manages the largest HIMSS events in Europe, namely eHealth Week and World of Health IT (WoHIT).
Christina is proud to have been one of four original members of HIMSS Europe and to have seen it grow to a company of more than 40 people.
 
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Nanna Skovgaard

Head of Division, Center for Health Economics
Ministry of Health
Denmark

Nanna Skovgaard received a Master’s degree in Political Science and she has been dedicated to policy development and change management ever since. Before joining the Ministry of Health, Nanna worked at the Ministry of Finance. She has knowledge and expertise in nationwide implementation of new technologies, eg. shared medication record and use of telemedicine for COPD-patients. Nanna's main focus is around implementation, benefit realization and steering mechanisms within health it and public sector governance in general. Nanna also works with the realization of hospitals reform in Denmark.

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Anna Sort

CEO, Co-founder and Engagement Design Expert
Play Benefit
Spain

Anna Sort is a blogger, gamer and motivational speaker. Anna studied nursing and later Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media to specialize in Health ICT. At PlayBenefit she leads the development of apps, the organization of gamification section in health events and engagement design projects with health organizations. Anna is an associate professor at various international universities and collaborates in international serious gaming projects.

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Petra Wilson

Director
Digital Health & Care Institute
Belgium

Dr. Petra Wilson has served in important leadership roles in Europe, and most recently, she served as CEO of the International Diabetes Federation. Prior to her appointment at IDF, Petra was Director of the European Healthcare and Life Sciences team in Cisco’s Consulting Services, focussing on helping health and care providers develop their strategies for making good use of communication and collaboration technology. Previously, she was deputy director of the European Health Management Association (EHMA) committed to improving healthcare in Europe by raising standards of managerial performance in the health and care sectors. Petra also worked for the European Commission in its eHealth Directorate. She worked specifically on the European eHealth Action Plan, which commits all Member States of the European Union to adopting road maps for the implementation of Connected Health solutions.