Speakers - HIMSS Liège 2019

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Charles Alessi

Charles Alessi, Chief Clinical Officer, HIMSS International, UK

Dr Charles Alessi has recently joined HIMSS as the organisation's first Chief Clinical Officer, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of clinical practice. He will also be continuing in his current role as Senior Advisor and Lead for Preventable Dementia with Public Health England, an executive agency sponsored by the UK Government’s Department of Health and Social Care, aiming to address health inequalities and improve wellbeing. Dr Alessi is a Visiting Professor of Psychology and Language Studies at University College London.


Dr Betton

Dr. Victoria Betton, Founder and Director, mHabitat, UK

Victoria is founder and director of mHabitat, an NHS hosted organisation which supports people-centred digital innovation in health and care. She is a qualified social worker and coach with over twenty years of experience in local government, third sector and the NHS. She has Masters degrees in Women’s Studies, Social Work and a Diploma in Public Sector Relations. Her doctoral research was on the theme of mental health and online social networks. She is an Improvement Fellow at the Y&H Improvement Academy, an RSA fellow and a visiting research fellow at the University of Cumbria. She is a member of the HIMSS UK Advisory Board and a trustee for Solace, a refugee and asylum seeker charity. You can find her blog at www.codesigndigitalhealth.co.uk and on Twitter @VictoriaBetton.


Christophe Boutin

Christophe Boutin, CEO, Maincare, France

Christophe Boutin is the CEO of Maincare Solutions since 2007 when he joined McKesson as International VP in charge of France and the Netherlands. He is an INSA engineer and holds a post-graduate diploma (DESS) in computer science. He is also a member of the board of directors of the LESSIS (Les Entreprises des Systèmes d'Information Sanitaires et Sociaux – a French Health IT Companies Association).


Mark Brown

Mark Brown, Development Director Social Spider CIC, UK

Mark is development director of UK social enterprise Social Spider CIC, ex-editor of One in Four magazine, one of Nursing Times/Health Service Journal Social Media Pioneers 2014, mental health writer and doer. One of the people behind the regular We Mental Health Nurses chats on Twitter. His digital work includes: the Leeds Mental Health and Wellbeing Innovation Lab, supporting the development of young people’s mental health app Doc Ready, Step Up CAMHS platform, and A Day in the Life funded by Public Health England. He is currently supporting Hearing Voices Network in their development of a digital project to collect the lived experience of voice hearing.

Mark has been involved in various work around coproduction and collaboration in social sector spaces and has worked with Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the former National Mental Health Development Unit and others. He has been working with National Survivor User Network on strategy and development. Mark is currently working on a National Lottery Funded project exploring coproduction.

Mark regularly writes and speaks on health, innovation and technology. He is @markoneinfour on twitter. His writing has appeared in the i-paper, Mental Health Today, The Guardian, Prospect, Shortlist, New Statesman and The Independent amongst others.


Shawna Butler

Shawna Butler, RN, MBA
REshape Innovation Center, Radboud University; Exponential Medicine, Singularity University, The Netherlands

Shawna brings the clinical, practical, and human sensibilities of a nurse to work with early-stage ventures, large-scale enterprises, and emerging and converging technologies. She listens, learns, finds, and activates the mavericks and projects with a serious chance of delivering better health outcomes and making society stronger.

At Exponential Medicine, the focus is on the opportunities presented by robotics, AI, VR, machine learning, supercomputing, genetic sequencing, blockchain, 3D printing, drones, crowd + cloud solutions, and other technology advances; convene the community experimenting with them; and accelerate the distribution of adoption and impact.

Projects Shawna has shaped and launched include the EntrepreNURSE-in-Residence role in the Netherlands, an enterprise-wide digital radiology solution, an international emergency medicine training rotation between a US medical school and a New Zealand hospital system, and the Cancer XPRIZE focused on early detection. Her clinical nursing experience includes emergency, cardiac, critical care, international medical flight transport, and workplace wellness.She serves as an advisor to a variety of local, national, and global initiatives including Food+City, End Well, Dutch Health Innovation School, SXSW Accelerator, MassChallenge Texas, Impact Pediatric Health, Nursing Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University, and Austin Chamber Music Center. Her talent is scanning the horizon for game-changing patterns and identifying + connecting the thought leaders provoking them. Shawna brings sharp wit, common sense, and deep caring to projects worth doing and ideas worth spreading.




Bart Collet

Bart Collet, Founder, Hyper Advancer, Belgium

Bart manages a nursing home in Belgium since 1995. He has been developing software in healthcare as autodidact since 1990 and building expertise in digital health since 2005. He began organising intense healthcare initiatives in 2011 (Healthstartup & Advance.Healthcare & Hyperadvancer).

Currently, he is also working as system entrepreneur at In4Care, building an innovation engine for +400 care organisations.

Bart is a Community Lead for Belgium with HIMSS Europe and a Partner at Healthtech.Belgium. He is part of the Jury at eHealth Hub, SXSW, Rockstart, Interface Health and a Coach at the Health Innovation School.


Damien de Greef

Damien de Greef, Business Unit Director Integrated Care Solutions, Agfa, Belgium

Damien is a HealthTech executive with 20 years of International Business Executive experience in Healthcare IT, Medical Imaging and Cardiology. By joining Agfa Healthcare and taking the lead of its Integrated Care Solutions Business Unit, Damien found a way to cross the bridge in between his former experiences, both in the Hospital Imaging IT and in the Patient Chronic Heart Failure Remote Monitoring.


Ruben de Neef

Ruben de Neef, Evangelist at Luscii, The Netherlands

Ruben de Neef spreads his belief in the future, in which care is delivered at the best place and time, personalised according to the wishes of the patient. But what does that change mean for healthcare organisations and the health care professionals? From his experience with implementation and product development in eHealth, he shares critical lessons to get started with digital care.


Luc Hanssen

Luc Hanssen, CHU Liège Patient Committee

The mission of the Patients' Committee is to improve the information and treatment of ambulant and hospitalized patients at CHU Liège, including the medico-technical and hospitality aspects.


Koen Kas

Koen Kas, Healthcare Futurist, Belgium

Koen Kas is a health care futurist, entrepreneur, professor of molecular oncology, author, and international keynote speaker.

Koen is driven by the aim to make healthcare delightful, personalised & preventive. He published his vision in two books. 'Sick no more' and 'Your guide to Delight', a roadmap towards creating health, dealing with change, and introducing our personal Digital Twin.

He is founding CEO of HealthSkouts & Partner at HealthStartup.eu, a social network of novel health startups. With Healthskouts, he helps corporates to unlock unknown unknowns, via an expert-curated, self-learning newsletter with innovation and business development suggestions & insights. He is an expert combining Real World data with design & business model innovations into novel experiences redefining Health and in this way, he develops projects for global companies (Merck, UCB, Pfizer, Nutricia /Danone, Mitsubishi, McKesson, ABInbev) always dealing with personalised, predictive or preventive health and wellness.

Koen is guest professor of Oncology at Ghent University, Belgium, and chairs the scientific committee of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation. He is an ambassador for Health House (a healthcare technology experience zone). He serves on the Advisory Board of seven pioneering healthcare companies and a digital health investor. He is juror of the Prix Galien. He is Editor of the mHealth Journal and the European Journal of Cancer Prevention.

Koen was CSO Oncology at Thrombogenics where he spun out Oncurious, testing a novel drug for pediatric brain cancer. Before he was founder & CSO of Pronota, building a protein biomarker discovery platform and pipeline of four diagnostic programs. He was prior to that Director Drug discovery @Galapagos. Previously he set up & directed the Cancer drug discovery programme @Tibotec (now J&J). He started his career elucidating the molecular basis of two types of cancers.


Philippe Kolh

Dr. Philippe Kolh, Professor, University of Liège and CIO, CHU Liège, Belgium

Philippe H. Kolh, cardio-vascular surgeon, is Professor of Physiology and Biochemistry at the University of Liège, Belgium. He is Chief Information Officer and Chairman of the Department of Medico-Economic Informations at the University Hospital of Liège. His background involves significant experience in funded scientific research, and he has served on several scientific advisory boards, mainly in life sciences. The author of more than 190 publications in peer-reviewed Journals, Pr. Kolh has given over 220 international lectures. He is Editor-in-Chief (2016-2019) of the European Journal of Vascular and EndoVascular Surgery (EJVES), Associate Editor (2013-2019) of the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, and Editorial Board member of the European Heart Journal. He was a member (2010-2016) of the Practice Guidelines Committee of the European Society of Cardiology and Chairman (2008-2013) of the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. He has been President of the Belgian Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (2011-2013) and of the Royal Belgian Society of Surgery (2013-2014).


Dee O’Sullivan

Dee O’Sullivan, Director, myhealthapps.net, UK

Since 2013, Dee has been director of myhealthapps.net: a curated web portal of health apps reviewed and tested by patient, carer and health consumer organisations worldwide. The site is published and maintained by PatientView, a UK-based data, research and publishing consultancy that canvasses and analyses patient perspectives on healthcare. It now has the capacity to reach out to about 80,000 patient groups across the globe.

In addition, she works with PatientView on related mHealth research projects and liaises on its behalf on relevant European public health policy initiatives. She was also PatientView’s representative on the recent EU Working Group on mHealth Assessment Guidelines.

Dee has more than 20 years’ experience of the political and policy-making arenas at both national (UK) and EU levels, having worked in the House of Commons and Dod’s in the UK and for the Economist Group and MCI Group in Brussels, among others. Her roles have encompassed editorial and publishing, advocacy, pan-European stakeholder engagement, strategic communications, and project management, primarily in the field of public health. After 15 years in Brussels, Dee returned to the UK in 2015.


Aki Puustjärvi

Aki Puustjärvi, Development manager at HUS IT management, Finland

Aki has been responsible of the technology choices and IT development methodology in the Finnish Virtual Hospital initiative lead by Helsinki University Hospital for the past two years. Earlier Aki has been involved in all sides of IT development in various industries ranging from programming and architecture to business management. Aki holds a Masters degree from Helsinki University of Technology, department of Technical Physics (currently Aalto! University)


Pierre-François Regamey

Pierre-François Regamey, CIO, CHUV, Switzerland 

Pierre-François Regamey is Chief Information Officer and member of the board at CHUV, a Swiss university hospital of 1’500 beds and 11’000 employees, annually treating more than 50'000 patients. He’s heading a department of 180 professionals in charge of elaborating the hospital IT strategy and ensuring the daily operations of both clinical and administrative hospital information systems, as well as the internal telecommunication infrastructure.

Previously, Mr Regamey was a senior executive in the IT departments of a large insurance company as well as in various Swiss and international IT consulting companies operating in the health care, insurance, banking and defence sectors.

He graduated from EPFL and has extensive experience in software and application development.


Laurens Rijpstra

Laurens Rijpstra, Advisor Digital Care, The Netherlands

Laurens Rijpstra works as an Advisor Digital Care at The Netherlands Patientfederation. Creation innovation that lasts and really change the way healthcare is provided are still scarce. A big part in this is due to the fact that an important group of users of those products, patients, are not involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of such products. Laurens Rijpstra spreads the word every day about the importance of working together with patients in creating new technologies that can help improve care. We are at a turning point and we need to make sure that we make the right choices.


Mitch Silva

Mitch Silva, CEO, Cofounder, Esperity, Belgium

Mitchell is CEO and one of the co-founders of Esperity. Mitchell has obtained a master's degree in Bio-Engineering and a PhD at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is also founder of Health2.0 Chapter Belgium, an organisation promoting innovation in the digital health sector. Mitchell also is a patient advocate for rare diseases.


Katoesja van der Hoeven

Katoesja van der Hoeven, Communication Manager Healthcare IT, Agfa, Belgium

Katoesja is a Health IT Professional with over 20 years of experience in implementing healthcare IT solutions around the world. She holds a master’s in health management and policy and her research domain was on the theme of patient portals. She is working at the intersection of communication and information technology to improve the health of people with a focus on solutions that address integrated and continuity of patient care.


Stefanie Veraghtert

Stefanie Veraghtert, Founder, The Big C, Belgium

Stefanie is a social entrepreneur that has a bachelor's degree in Social Work and a master's degree in European Comparative Social Studies. Diagnosed with a stadium 4 Cervical Cancer at the age of 26 she was a young adolescent (AYA) cancer patient. After her treatment and healing she decided to make a big career shift and inspire others with her story. She worked with the Flemish Cancer League and is running her own social enterprise 'The Big C. (Coffee for Cancer)' that is all about health awareness and empowerment. As a motivational speaker, storyteller and incubator for innovative projects in the healthcare she is promoting cancer awareness.


Melchior Wathelet

Melchior Wathelet, CEO, Xperthis, Belgium

Melchior Wathelet Jr. started his career in politics in 2003. He was successively a member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, State Secretary for Environment, Energy, Mobility and Institutional reforms, Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister of Internal Affairs and Equal Opportunities. In 2015, Wathelet retired from politics and became CEO of Xperthis, Belgian leader in digital solutions for hospitals.


Petra Wilson

Petra Wilson, EU Programme Manager, Personal Connected Health Alliance and co-founder/Managing Director, Connected Health Partners, UK

Petra Wilson is serving as the EU Programme Manager for the Personal Connected Health Alliance, a HIMSS company. She is also co-founder and managing director of Health Connect Partners, a boutique consultancy which focusses primarily on helping clients understand the European health policy environment. 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 and works in English, German and French.


Hal Wolf

Harold F. Wolf III, President & CEO, HIMSS, United States

Harold (Hal) Wolf III is the President and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). HIMSS consists of HIMSS North America, HIMSS International, cause-based, global membership societies; HIMSS Analytics, the market research and data services group; HIMSS Media, the diversified media and publishing division; PCHAlliance, the Personal Connected Health Alliance; and Health 2.0 the Digital Health Conference—all focused on better health through information technology.

With nearly 35 years of experience, Wolf is respected internationally as a healthcare and informatics executive with areas of expertise in mhealth, product development, integrated care models, marketing, distribution, information technology and innovation implementation. He has helped health systems and providers across the world with end-to-end operations, commissioning, data and architectural design. Before Joining HIMSS, Wolf served at The Chartis Group as Director, Practice Leader of Information and Digital Health Strategy. As the key architect in the development of content, research and user interface for video on demand and broadband, Mr. Wolf is a pioneer in consumer engagement. He has contributed his unique approach and insights to the birth of the digital health era, combining the traditional enterprise strategy with an end-to-end organizational view while keeping the patient as the central focus.

Mr. Wolf also served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Permanente’s Permanente Federation representing more than 16,000 physicians. There he was responsible for the development and implementation of critical care delivery strategies, data management and governance, population care management environments and the implementation of unique innovations and large-scale programs that impacted end-to-end operations. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Mr. Wolf worked as Vice President E-Business, Chief Information Officer for the Corporate Systems and Wholesale divisions of Qwest Communications/USWest. Previous endeavors include working internationally in the deployment of interactive television services in operations, content and business development; senior business management positions with Time Warner and MTV Networks; and Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company and ADVI, LLC.

Mr. Wolf is a former Vice-Chair of HIMSS Enterprise Board, a Board member of the International Care Delivery Alliance and of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. He is a visiting professor for Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute at the University of South Denmark, the Center for Innovative Medical Technology at the Odense University Hospital in Denmark and Windsor University Odette School of Business, Canada. He also served as a board advisor for the Patient@Home European Union initiative that develops new products for home care while supporting the end-to-end acute care continuum.

Mr. Wolf holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Textile Management from North Carolina State University.