Originally aimed at identifying and bringing together the top 50 Healthcare IT leaders in Europe, this year Future50 by HIMSS is going international and expanding the reach to include the who’s who in Healthcare IT from Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
This global community will work alongside HIMSS and our partners to overcome current and future systemic health challenges by addressing gaps and needs at the local and regional levels.
The HIMSS Future50 is who we should look to for the future of healthcare today. They influence the potential of digital health to improve healthcare for all of us. The Future50 community will be encouraged to share expertise, collaborate over borders and foster innovation both individually and as a group.
HIMSS will provide the community with a platform to achieve this and with a mechanism to promote the eHealth agenda at an international level. The community members are expected to attend quarterly online meetings as well as occasional dedicated activities within the existing HIMSS framework. Community members receive recognition in HIMSS media and events. They also receive HIMSS Individual Membership for a year, as well as complimentary passes to various HIMSS events year- round.
Demographic: Government Officials, Civil Servants
Description: This award recognizes leaders within the public and civil service who have made a significant contribution in the development and implementation of healthcare policy, and have helped deliver results and steer change using information and technology within the public health sector. Their work will shape the future of care delivery on a national level.
Healthcare IT Leader
Demographic: Hospital/ Service Provider CEOs, CIOs, CMIOs, CNIOs, IT Directors
Description: This award recognizes leaders from healthcare provider organisations who are champions of health IT. These leaders have been able to identify and adopt the right digital strategy, and enablers to drive transformational change, leading to better and improved health outcomes for patients.
Demographic: CMOs, Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health, etc
Description: This award celebrates clinical professionals who have had significant contribution in the decision-making process to leverage technology and solutions. These individuals have also made exceptional contributions in the field of clinical work, supported by information and technology tools, which have led to improvements in care delivery and positive outcomes for the patient.
Demographic: Patient Advocates/Champions
Description: This award honors individuals who, from being personally involved in the healthcare journey as a patient, have been driven by passion to advocate for meaningful healthcare causes and have contributed significantly to improving care delivery in partnership with healthcare providers and policy makers.
Demographic: Start-ups, Scientists, Researchers
Description: This award celebrates the outstanding achievement of individuals, or organisations, that have developed innovative solutions by harnessing emerging, disruptive and cutting-edge technology to address healthcare pain points
HIMSS FUTURE50 Class of 2019 - Europe
We would like to thank everyone who submitted a nomination for the Future50 Class of 2019 - Europe. After a very competitive round of nominations and following a two-step selection process, we are proud to announce the make-up of the 2019 European cohort and welcome to the HIMSS Future50 Community the following leaders:
Government Leader Category
International Digital Health Co-coordinator
Ministry of Health, Netherlands
Herko Coomans is a digital health policy coordinator who builds international alliances and partnerships at the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in The Hague. He is an advocate of less talk and more action, challenging himself and those around him to go outside their comfort-zone. He spent 2013-2017 creating and enabling the National Health Information Council, the ‘whole system in the room’, public-private governance council setting the course for patient access, interoperability and health information exchange in The Netherlands. He has 15 years' experience with e-government development, but has found his heart is in digital health and innovation.
Chairman of the Innovation and Development Committee
Daniel Forslund is Chairman of the Innovation and Development Committee in Region Stockholm. In 2014, he was elected Commissioner for Innovation and eHealth, and became politically responsible for initiatives, policies and strategic investments related to digitalization, innovation, medical technologies, eHealth etc. Mr. Forslund holds a master’s degree in Political Science, and previously worked as Deputy Director at the Health Care Division of the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs from 2002 to 2011. He has also served as Chief Strategy Officer at VINNOVA, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation. He also serves as the official Swedish representative in the international standardization organizations CEN and ISO.
Maria Hassel is a Senior Advisor and International coordinator at the Swedish eHealth Agency.
In her role as an International coordinator, her mission is to make sure swedes can enjoy all the benefits as Europeans in cross-border health care through the engagement in the eHealth Network and all the great work that is being done there.
Initially a pharmacist, educated at Uppsala University, she has worked with requirements and business development in national IT-projects, that have had major impacts on both pharmacies and healthcare providers.
Vice President, Executive Director of the Information Technology Cluster
Graduated from the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics of Moscow State University Lomonosov in 1994 and the American Institute of Business and Economics (AIBEC), MBA in 2002. Before joining Skolkovo Foundation, he worked as Director for New Business Development, FGUP “ITAR-TASS”, where he was responsible for the development strategy of the agency in the system of government bodies, public organizations and big business, organized the development from scratch and successful launch of a startup, information and analytical products. He held various positions including the head of Xerox Eurasia in Moscow, Vice president for industry marketing in emerging markets, and General Director Xerox Israel.
Head of Digital Health,
The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions
Patrik Sundström is a lawyer with many years of experience in the field of digital health. He has been working with policy development on national level for 15 years and since 2014, he is Head of Digital Health at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. In that role, he is the national representative for all regions and municipalities in Sweden. He is also the architect behind the Swedish national strategy for digital health, where Sweden aims to be the leading country in the world by 2025.
Innovation Leader Category
Academic Clinical Lecturer, Oxford University
Sofia Cerdeira is a Clinician Scientist with a focused interest in preeclampsia and angiogenic factors. Sofia graduated in Medicine (University of Porto, Portugal) in 2003 and moved to Harvard Medical School to pursue research in preeclampsia. After completing her PhD in 2014, Sofia joined the University of Oxford in a combined academic and clinical position conducting research in angiogenic biomarkers test and pioneered the introduction of the diagnostic test in clinical practice. The Oxford group is supporting its implementation in hospitals throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. Sofia has published more than 35 basic science and clinical papers on preeclampsia.
Founder & CEO, Kanteron
Jorge Cortell is the founder & CEO of Kanteron Systems. His educational background includes studies at several universities: Oxford (Computing), MIT (EDP), Harvard (first Neurobiology), ESADE (Int. Business), University of Valencia (Medical Genomics). He has been Visiting Professor in two universities, guest Lecturer in 60 universities, pro basketball player and member of the European Commission Expert Group on Venture Philanthropy and Social Investments. Some awards he has received include "Microsoft Healthcare Digital Heroes", “IBM Healthcare & Lifesciences Worldwide Beacon”, "Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award", “Wall Street Journal Academic Achievement”, or "Best Clinical Scientific presentation at DPA".
Marianna Imenokhoeva has 20 years of experience in IT including regional sales, marketing and operations director roles within Xerox, where she also acted as a Member of the Board of Directors for Xerox EurAsia since 2011.In 2017 Marianna founded LinktoMedicine, an IT consulting company focused on deployment of digital health solutions. In 2018, she joined HIMSS as an Ambassador for Eurasia and facilitated HIMSS engagement with two new countries - Russia and Kazakhstan. She is a member of HIMSS Innovation Committee. Marianna hold a Master’s degree in Technical cybernetics and various certifications in IP networks/ telephony, Lean Six Sigma and project management.
CEO Farma Trust
London, United Kingdom
Raja is the Founder and CEO of FarmaTrust, and is driving the company’s vision and mission of creating innovative solutions for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries to protect consumers of medicines and create efficiencies in the industry. Raja is a UK qualified barrister; he has been General Counsel and Board Member of number European companies, with over 20 years business experience in the global media and technology companies.
Patient Leader Category
Chief Patient Officer,
MD Healthcare Consultants
Manchester, United Kingdom.
Mark Duman MRPharmS is a rare blend of clinician, management consultant and patient advocate. He works with organisations to help them better realise the full benefit of their services and products, especially through the oft-untapped potential of patients and the public. This includes application of the HaloGEN tool, which assesses patient engagement. He developed a range of behavioral change interventions to improve people’s health and lifestyle. He installed the pharmacy component of a Cerner Electronic Health Record at Health Care International, Scotland in 1994. Most recently, Mark was invited to join the Strategy Committee of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.
Patient Engagement Consultant
Marie Ennis-O’Connor is a Stanford Medicine X e-Patient scholar and an external advisory board member of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network and the Beryl Institute Global Patient and Family Advisory Board.
Marie’s work is focused on developing ways for healthcare stakeholders to work in partnership with patients to co-create a more person-centered model of care.
Urging healthcare to move beyond the rhetoric of patient engagement to operational implementation, she brings key industry stakeholders together to engage with each other in meaningful ways. Her work is informed by a passion for embedding the patient voice at the heart of healthcare systems.
Director, World Bladder Cancer Coalition
Alex Filicevas is an Executive Director of the World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition, fostering an international community of people affected by bladder cancer to advance cancer information, treatment, and care. Before that, Alex led advocacy, stakeholder partnerships and capacity building of patient organisations as Head of EU Affairs at the European Cancer Patient Coalition. Recently he served on the Steering Committee of the multi-stakeholder initiative All.Can International and comes from a consulting background in healthcare and technology. Having lived in five countries, Alex believes in the strength of the international collaboration of a variety of stakeholders to bring healthcare innovation to cancer patients.
CEO at Pryv
A Swiss-French computer engineer who launched his consulting company. His adventures in entrepreneurship took a pause as he was diagnosed with severe leukemia. The next 6 years were mostly fighting for recovery. It was then that he realized he was tracking many important things. Not able to find a satisfactory solution, he decided to get into Pryv, providing a tracking solution. Now, Pryv.io powers all the value chain of personal health data management.
Michael is the founder of 11Health, the world’s first smart care platform for focused on patients with long term chronic conditions who are connected to medical bags. He is one of the two people in the world to have survived a small bowel transplant and subsequent bone marrow transplant. Michael started blogging about his journey and is a published author and patient mentor. He was the co-Chair of NHS Digital Services User Council & helped implement the first skype clinics in UK. In 2015 he was announced as Stanford Medicine X first Patient-in-Residence and is an Executive Board member. He in on the HIMMS UK Advisory Panel and part of US Health & Human Services advisory board in to data accessibility.
Mitchell is CEO and co-founder of Esperity. By providing technology to understand patient profiles better, Esperity personalises education that suits patients' needs better. Based on his experience by working with various stakeholders in the health system, Mitchell co-authored a book on patient engagement for the life science industry. He also is a patient expert, participating in and organising patient partnership programs aiming at including patient input during the design phase of new services or medicines for patients. Mitchell is also the chair of the Belgian EUPATI national platform. He has a PhD in bio-engineering from the KULeuven.
Founder and Director
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, 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.' that is all about health awareness, advocacy and empowerment. As a motivational speaker, storyteller and incubator for innovative projects in the healthcare she is promoting patient-driven-innovation and human-centered-design-thinking.
Healthcare IT Leader
Lead of eHealth Services, Helsinki University Hospital,
Sirpa Arvonen is the director responsible for eHealth services and the Digital Health Village concept at the Helsinki University Hospital (HUS). The project created Health Village, an online service for specialized medical healthcare that has been jointly developed by experts and patients. Health Village is revolutionizing health and well-being services by providing a global digital, customizable service platform that brings together the best professionals, the latest information and improved digital and local care for patients. Sirpa has over 35 years of experience of service management provided with an excellent foundation for working with an innovative multidisciplinary network that aims to reform healthcare services.
ORCHA Founding CEO,
Bolton, United Kingdom.
Initially a Speech and Language Therapist, Liz is leading National and European change programmes and networks to deliver transformational shift. Liz founded ORCHA, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Application in 2015, determined to present a way to offer much needed guidance to app developers to help raise app quality, as well as helping the public and professionals to confidently find and apply apps that could genuinely improve public, patient and organisational outcomes. Liz holds a number of other roles including being a National Innovation Accelerator Fellow with NHS England, and Associate vice Chair for standards for British Computing Society.
Head of Nursing (Informatics)/ Chief Nursing Information Officer
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Helen is CNIO, a strategic role working across Cambridge University Hospitals, a large university teaching hospital in the East of England, providing clinical leadership for all aspects of informatics, including implementation and use of the electronic patient record, Epic. Helen is passionate about using technology to support the delivery of high quality, evidenced based nursing care and empower patients in managing their own health.
IT & Business Development Director
Pohjola Hospital, Finland
Päivi Salo is IT and Business Development Director and leads digital transformation initiatives at Pohjola Hospital in Finland. She has a solid record of accomplishment in creating digital services that improve patient experience and increase seamless collaboration between patients and care providers throughout the patient journey. She drives innovation and adaptation of digital technology by working in the conjunction of people, processes and technology. She has proven that the potential in digital technology can be best unleashed only by rethinking the care processes and by involving the patients and the care providers in the planning and design phase of the digital services.
Clinical Leader Category
Consultant Surgeon, Barts Health, NHS Trust
London, United Kingdom
Professor Shafi Ahmed is a multi-award winning cancer surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator and entrepreneur. He is faculty at Harvard University and Singularity University where he teaches on innovation and health. He has delivered over 250 keynotes in 30 countries and 3 TEDx talks. He works with governments, universities and global blue chip companies on the digital transformation of healthcare and medical education. He is an advisor to DOH Abu Dhabi for health technology and innovation. He is a member of the NHS assembly and was awarded The Future NHS award by members of parliament.
Chief Innovation Officer,
Helsinki University Hospital
Miikka Korja has researched in various fields: medical biochemistry, genetics and clinical research. In 2003, he pursued his neurosurgical career. During his neurosurgical training. Korja has been a visiting doctor in Netherlands, New York, Geneva and Sydney. He received a Diploma in Healthcare Management from the Finnish Medical Association in 2012. Currently, Dr Korja is appointed as a Cerebrovascular Consultant and Head of Section at the Department of Neurosurgery, Helsinki University Hospital. He also works as a CIO for the Joint Authority of Helsinki University Hospital. Dr Korja’s focus is specifically on artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented/mixed reality solutions and startup companies.
CCIO, Lusiadas Saude Health Group,
Ana Prado MD is CCIO of the Lusiadas Saude Health group and CMIO at Cascais Hospital in Portugal, an EMRAM stage 7 and JCI Hospital Program accredited hospital. She has 16 years public and private healthcare experience and has been involved in the EMRAM adoption and maturity (having also contributed as external auditor in stage 7 EMRAM evaluation of 4 international hospitals). She also contributes as external advisor in the National Portuguese Trauma Fast Track. Clinical activity is divided between Internal Medicine Department and Emergency Room as medical leader where she also teaches students from the clinical years of Lisbon University.
Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
Leena Soininen MD, PhD from Helsinki specialized in anesthesia and intensive care. She have also done an MBA in order to develop strategic and business skills.
Her current position in Helsinki University Hospital is the director and chief physician at Finnish Poison Information Center (FPIC) and Medical Helpline 116117. She was hired in 2017 to lead the change and modernization of FPIC and lead the planning, development and operations of Medical Helpline service for Uusimaa. Her work include close collaboration of ministry of social and health affairs, SoteDigi Oy and Finnish hospital districts and communities.
Gabriëlle Speijer, MD is working as a Radiation Oncologist at the Hagahospital (RHG group) in the Hague, the Netherlands. She received her medical degree from the University of Leuven, Belgium. She completed her residency training in the Netherlands Cancer Institute – Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is a Data Driven Doctor, taking responsibility to guide the growing health and care landscape based upon our core values of the human trust relationship. Gabrielle is a catalyst in several fora (e.g. Society of Radiation Oncology, Federation of Medical Specialists, Patient Association, ICT&health Platform) for innovation in general, interoperability, e-health and artificial intelligence in particular.
Future50 - 2018 Cohort
We would like to thank everyone who submitted a nomination for the Future50 community. After reviewing a large number of nominations of high quality individuals and profiles, and taking into consideration a number of complex factors, we are proud to announce the make-up of the Future50 community - 2018 cohort.
Chief Information Officer
Goedele has 25 years of practical experience building and integrating software for electronic health records. She believes in a healthcare environment where seamless collaboration between the patient and all healthcare providers is enabled through mhealth, ehealth and cloud technologies.
eHealth Center, Open University of Catalonia
Manuel Armayones is Development Director in the eHealth Center at Open University of Catalonia and associated professor at Psychology and Education Sciences Faculty in the same University. Dr. Armayones is senior researcher in PSiNET research Group (Psychology, Internet and Health). His interest research is the increase of digital health literacy, strategies for patient empowerment and participation and the analysis of psychological factors related with the patients and citizens engagement in online health interventions.
Clalit Research Institute, Public Health Department, Clalit Health Services
Prof. Ran Balicer, MD, PhD, MPH serves as Founding Director of the Clalit Research Institute, a data-driven health innovation center that was designated as the WHO Collaborating Center on Non-Communicable Diseases Research, Prevention and Control. In Parallel, he serves as Director of Health Policy Planning for Clalit - Israel's largest healthcare organization. In these roles, he is responsible for strategic planning and the introduction of data-driven innovative tools into practice - predictive modeling, real-life effectiveness markers, decision support tools and proactive preventive care.
Chief Digital Officer
Juliet leads all patient-facing digital technology projects for NHS England. This includes the transformation of the NHS Choices website and the development of digital experiences that will help people to manage life-long conditions. Prior to joining NHS England, Juliet led similar technology programmes at a range of businesses from start-ups to major media companies. Learn more about Juliet’s role and background by listening to her podcast interview with Tech-Talks or reading her blog for The Guardian’s Healthcare Professionals Network.
Former head of development at Sclipo and Atrapalo, 2 award-winning Spanish tech companies, Victor Bautista is a self taught developer who has been active in the Barcelona startup scene for over 30 years.
Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008, he decided to develop his own digital tool to monitor his diabetes and improve his quality of life. He found out that there was a huge gap between what technology could do to improve his journey as a patient and what he was offered by the care team at the time. Paper logbooks seemed out of place in a world that was rapidly becoming digital.
Tom Coolen is director ICT, processes & quality at the hospital az groeninge in Belgium, a private hospital with over 1.000 beds. After 10 years in management consultancy building up expertise in process management, strategy & performance management & business/IT alignment, Tom switched in 2008 to the for him unexplored world of healthcare.
His first job in the az groeninge hospital was the job of quality coordinator. Inheriting a big binder of policies and procedures on his desk, he started building up a quality and safety culture throughout the hospital. Since 2013 Tom is also in charge of the ICT department and joined the executive committee. Process management serves as the bridge between quality & ICT. The integrated EHR of the hospital serves as an important enabler for clinical process management. Az groeninge also embarked on mHealth projects and promotes active use of their patient portal to further increase patient empowerment.
Professor / Founder
Politecnico di Milano / Observatory on Digital Innovation in Healthcare
Mariano Corso is Professor of Leadership and Innovation at Politecnico di Milano where he is co-founder and Scientific Officer of the Digital Innovation Observatories and responsible for many Observatories including Digital Innovation in Healthcare, Smart Working, HR Innovation Practice, Digital Agenda, ICT Security and Privacy and the Digital Transformation Academy. He is director of the Executive Master in Strategic Management of Digital Innovation and teaches Change Management, Digital Transformation and Organisations theory and Design in many postgraduate programs.
He is Scientific Director at P4I, the Advisory Company of Digital360, a company that he co-founded and that is today listed on the Milan Stock Exchange. As senior advisor he supervised projects for companies, Local Governments and Public Administrations.
Juan Luis Cruz
Chief Information Security Officer
Puerta de Hierro University Hospital
To make the patients’ lives better through technology. This is still Juan Luis Cruz’s objective after more than 15 years in health IT. Former CIO of Puerta de Hierro University Hospital in Madrid (Spain) for over 7 years, he holds a master degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid and an Executive Program from IESE Business School, among others. Member of the American College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and founder & member of the board of the HIMSS Iberian Community, at present he is pursuing a PhD in data analytics and clinical decision support in Oncology. Mr. Cruz has also extensive experience in the Healthcare sector, working as a healthcare IT consultant and leading many innovative projects related with the digital transformation of Healthcare, IT strategy and planning and developing and implementation of EMR and digital health solutions at hospitals.
Futurist & Special Advisor on Future of Health
Copenhagen Institute for Future Research
Bogi Eliasen is a knowledge broker whose expertise lies in combining various fields of knowledge. He was one of the initiators of the FarGen project of the Faroe Islands in 2009, which aims at whole genome sequencing the entire population of the Faroe Islands in order to research and develop opportunities in genomics. He is also an expert on the Future of Health at Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies and chair of the Danish UNESCO bioethical committee.
Currently, his work focuses on how genomics and data-driven health can be designed into the societal frames for personalized health. In particular, he is interested in how this can succeed in the Nordic context, under the heading The Nordic Way.
Radboud Reshape Innovation Center
It is at the intersection of technology and patient empowerment, which is where Lucien Engelen (1962), director of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre REshape Center and advisor to the Board of Directors feels most at home. The two worlds combined into the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre and Singularity University in Silicon Valley & the Netherlands and in the Nordics he's modus operandi is always challenging, sometimes provocative but always techno-realistic. The objective is to keep Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre at the forefront of innovation and to have a soft landing in the future meanwhile creating a sustainable global health(care) for all.
Principal Lecturer / Course Leader MSc Health
University of Brighton/ School of Health Sciences
Dr Theo Fotis is Principal Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton/ UK. As a nursing futurist is an active researcher in the area of Digital Health and has conducted research in the UK and in Greece. He is also the Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Anaesthetic & Recovery Nursing. Dr Fotis holds an MSc and PhD, both on Health Care Management.
In 2015 he used the term ‘Digital Nursing’, to define a future workforce of health care practitioners with the special knowledge and skills to utilise digital technologies for patient benefit.
He is currently leading a Digital Health Living Lab, where citizens, health professionals and industry are working side by side on health innovation through co-creation.
Founder and Director
EUPATI & CML Advocates Network
Jan Geissler is founder and CEO of Patvocates, a think tank on patient advocacy, health policy and social media. From 2012-2017, he has been the Director of the 'European Patients Academy' (EUPATI), which has developed patient education about medicines development processes. He is now co-chairing the team that takes change of the evolution of the EU-wide EUPATI programme. He also manages the German EUPATI platform. Jan is also work package leader of the new IMI2-funded EU project HARMONY on big data for better outcomes in hematology, and is a patient representative in the EuroBloodNet ePAG.
Council of Clinical Information Officers-Management team / Clinical Practice Support Nurse
I am a highly motivated nurse with a passion and creative drive to contribute to the visibility of nursing practice within nursing documentation. As Ireland moves towards a National Electronic Health Record I aspire to contribute my expertise using the principles of the nursing process to prepare 'frontline' staff for the significant change and impact of electronic documentation on their workflow and mindset.
I am an active member of the Council of Clinical Information Officers(CCIO) and the Health Informatics Sociey of Ireland (HISINM) and am in awe of the potential that technology will bring to healthcare professionals. I am particularily interested in standardised language including the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP) and the Canadian-Healthcare Outcomes for Better Information and Care (C-HOBIC) in service delivery.
I have a closet addiction to 'Twitter' and would be delighted to connect with you @louisegeraghty5. I regularily tweet re #ehealth4all.
Chief Clinical Information Officer
Health Service Executive
Yvonne Goff is the Chief Clinical Information Officer of the Health Service Executive. A radiographer by background, she has over 18 years of experience in the Health Sector with five of these directly involved in Informatics. Having completed an MSc in Health Informatics (TCD) in 2010 she joined the national implementation team of the NIMIS project as both a project manager and subject matter expert. In this role Yvonne has driven the implementation of PACS/RIS systems into a large number of hospital with a broad range of complexities.
In 2015 Yvonne was appointed as Chief Clinical Information Officer for the Health Services Executive (Ireland). In this role, and previously, she has supported and driven the need for progression of eHealth solutions across Ireland. She has an inherent knowledge of the needs of the clinician and the patient, but sees the benefits in progressing aspects such as standardisation, quality and safety, and effective and efficient system implementation. She currently coordinates the Council of Clinical Information Officers (HSE) which provides clinical governance to the delivery of eHealth solutions and is proving to be a rapidly growing arena for the eHealth enthusiasts to share their views and thoughts openly.
Founder and Director
Imma Grau, knowledge and Information Society PhD, is founder and director of the iSYS Foundation, a non profit organisation with the aim to find the best practices in digital health communication. iSYS Foundation is the promoter of the anunally Top20 best health apps. Also drives a digital platform to help ePatients with breast cancer called Xemio.org.
She leads a mHealth appraisal project at the "Hospital Clínic de Barcelona", which will be the base of the "mHealth Observatory CLINIC",she also collaborates with the task force GTIET (about patient Education and information) and with the primary care IDIBAPS research group. In 2006 she was the creator and director of forumclinic, an interactive patient platform with the objective of increasing their autonomy in health through the use of new ICT and virtual communities of patients.
eHealth Regional Focal Point for the European Region
World Health Organisation
Mr. Clayton Hamilton leads the eHealth and Innovation portfolio of the WHO European Region, providing support and strategic guidance to eHealth development and capacity building initiatives as a component of Health Information management in the region’s 53 Member States. With a background in ICT development and business management within WHO that spans a 15 year period, Mr. Hamilton works on broadening the awareness and benefit of strategic implementation of eHealth in Europe, linking with major international partners to build capacity in low-middle income countries and as a contributor to major national eHealth strategy development initiatives.
Theme-Specialist, Capacity for Renewal
Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund
Hospital Pharmacist Pharmacy Informatics
St Jansdal Hospital
Pieter Helmons graduated from Utrecht University School of Pharmacy and completed his residency at Catharina Hospital Eindhoven in The Netherlands. Pieter moved to California in 2007 and investigated the effects of bar-coding technology on medication safety at UCSD Health System in San Diego. Pieter was appointed Pharmacist Specialist Pharmacoeconomics and specialized in benchmarking UCSDs drug use patterns with other similar hospitals. Pieter completed a Masters Program in clinical research. In 2011, Pieter returned to the Netherlands and started in his current position. In 2014, Pieter obtained his PhD at the University of Groningen. The title of his thesis is: "Medication safety through information technology: a focus on medication prescribing and administering".
He is the chair of the P&T committee and a member of the IT Steering Committee. Pieter leads the Pharmacy Informatics team and is an active member of both the Dutch and European Societies Hospital Pharmacists.
Chief Medical Officer
Prof Rowland Illing is Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Affidea, the largest independent provider of medical imaging and outpatient services in Europe, with responsibility for the clinical governance framework and clinical business development for 235 clinical departments across 16 countries. He also leads the disruptive digital strategy for the group.
Rowland is a visiting Professor of Radiology at both the University of Semmelweis in Budapest and the Faculty of Medical Sciences in Banja Luka, Bosnia. He remains an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science in University College London (UCL). He is an extraordinary member of the International Society for Strategic Studies in Radiology and is the only European member of the IBM Watson Medical Imaging Advisory Board. He maintains an active research portfolio with interests in interventional oncology and data science.
Head of Efficiency and Continuous Improvement
Hospital de Cascais - Lusíadas Saúde
Rita Kadic is the Head of the Efficiency and Continuous Improvement Department at Hospital de Cascais (Portugal) since 2015. She worked as a nurse for 10 years and had the opportunity to lead an Emergency Room Team, collaborate as an Internal Auditor for ISO and JCI in the Quality and Patient Safety Department and be a Nursing Teaching Assistant. In 2014 she became part of the management team of the Hospital and has embraced several challenges in this area, like Bed Management and Project Manager. She led the EMRAM Stage 7 project.
Ramon Lerchundi Goñi
Chief Information Officer
Osakidetza - Hospital Universitario Donostia
Since 2013, Ramon Lerchundi has been the CIO of Hospital Universitario Donostia (Osakidetza-Basque Country Public Health Service). His primary background is Information Technology. In his 30 years of professional experience, he has worked in several Telecom, Banking, Consultancy and Health companies. His aim is to borrow from and use proven approaches between different business sectors.
He has developed abilities in Change Management, Leadership, Big Data, Innovation and Finance, pursuing several Master Degrees in different Spanish and US Universities. He is also Quality consultant in Euskalit, member of SEIS (Spanish Health IT Society) and CHIME CHCIO. He spearheaded the adoption of EMRAM Stage 6 for a private hospital (Onkologikoa) and for a major public hospital (Hospital Universitario Donostia).
iCEE.health Event Director, Digital Health Consultant and Advisor
UK / Romania
Lorena Macnaughtan, MA, MBA and PhD candidate, heads up ICEEhealth, the healthcare stream at the Interactive Central and Eastern European Festival (ICEEfest), the biggest digital festival in CEE. She is a digital economist, a digital health advocate and connector, with professional and academic interest in innovation, interdisciplinarity and leadership in healthcare. Lorena is advising and mentoring digital health start-ups, and she is one of the Romanian national juries for the Central European Startup Awards.
Joan Carles March à
Andalusian School of Public Health
Professor at Andalusian School of Public Health (lecturer, consultant and researcher) and Codirector of the Andalusian School of Patients. Medical Doctor with focus on Preventive Medicine and Public Health and PhD in Medicine; Master’s degree in Public Health and Health Management and Expert in Statistics.
I was the Director of the Andalusian School of Public Health until end of September 2017 (formulating and implementing company policy, developing strategic operating plans that reflect the longer-term objectives and priorities established by the board, maintaining the operational performance of the company; representing the company to major customers and professional associations; building and maintaining an effective executive team).
Consultant and a coordinator in EU projects, Advisor to the PAHO, the WHO and the National Transplant Organisation, Research Director of the regional Minister in Andalusia, Director for Europe of the IUHPE and the first President of the Network of Health Schools for Citizens. I have published more than 150 articles (citizens, communication in health, narcotics or teamwork and leadership).
The Medical Futurist Institute
Dr. Bertalan Mesko, PhD is the Director of The Medical Futurist Institute analyzing how science fiction technologies can become reality in medicine and healthcare. As a geek physician with a PhD in genomics, he is also an Amazon Top 100 author.
With 500+ presentations including courses at Harvard, Stanford and Yale, and organizations including the biggest pharmaceutical companies, he is one of the top voices globally on healthcare technology.
Dr. Mesko was featured by dozens of publications, including CNN, the World Health Organization, National Geographic, Forbes, TIME magazine, BBC, and the New York Times. He publishes his analyses on medicalfuturist.com.
Chief Executive Officer
Norway Health Tech
Kathrine Myhre established the health cluster Oslo Medtech in 2009 and has since then been the CEO of the organization. Before that she was part of the startup team that established the TTO for the University of Oslo, now called Inven2. Oslo Medtech was awarded NCE (Norwegian Centre of Expertise) by Innovation Norway’s cluster program in 2015 and received Gold Label-status by the European cluster organization in 2016.
On August 9th 2017 Oslo Medtech changed name to Norway Health Tech to take a more national role. The cluster has more than 200 members and works to improve quality in treatment and care by developing and industrializing world class health solutions though members and eco-system.
Chief Information Officer
Tire State Hospital
Born in Turkey in 1970 , I graduated from medical university in 1993, where I specialized in Clinical Biochemistry. Since 2005, I work as co-director of Tire public hospital. Starting in 2014, I have become CIO of Tire Public Hospital. During this period Tire Hospital achieved EMRAM Stage 6 in 2014 and Stage 7 in 2016.
Manuel Perez Vallina
Chief Information Officer
Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón
Manuel Pérez Vallina is the CIO of the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón in Madrid. Vallina has more than 25 years of experience as CIO in different hospitals in Spain, including the Hospital Universitario Rio Hortega in Valladolid or Hospital Universitario La Paz in Madrid. He also served as Associate CIO for Castilla y León Region Healthcare Authority.
He used to work as private strategy advisor in the eHealth field for different companies and non-profit organizations, as well as served in different Management Boards at National and International Level, like HL7Spain and specially SNOMED International being very active in the interoperability and terminology fields.
Chief Medical Information Officer
Ronald Petru MD, is the Chief Medical Information Officer of the Radboud University Medical Center since April 2014. He combines this with his work as pediatric intensivist. He is also an experienced programmer in several programming languages and is certified as inpatient application specialist for the Epic EMR system.
Ronald Petru (Prague, 1967) studied Medicine at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (Cum Laude, 1994), Pediatrics (2002) and Pediatric Intensive Care (2004) in Nijmegen. His main areas of professional interest are artificial ventilation, traumatic brain injury, clinical pharmacology and the innovative use of information technology to enhance patient care. He is a guest lecturer and member of the advisory council for Clinical Informatics at the School of Medical Physics and member of the advisory committee for quality registration and information at the Netherlands’ Federation of Medical Specialists.
Chief Information Officer
East London NHS
As Chief Information Officer, Luke is responsible for the strategic direction of informatics. In particular, joint work across the health and care system to develop shared electronic health records across partners, and driving population health function development to deliver real-time health insight.
Luke focuses on informatics to drive up clinical quality of care and support professional practice, using relevant, timely, and accurate clinical data to improve patient outcomes in East London.
Previously, he held roles as Chief Information Officer at Barts Health NHS Trust, Director of Informatics at the Wirral University NHS Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, and Acting Executive Director of Planning at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
A Radiographer by background, Luke brings combined clinical, managerial, and executive experience.
Project Chief Executive
New North Zealand Hospital
Henrik Schødts is Project Chief Executive of the New North Zealand Hospital responsible for the planning and construction of a new acute hospital in Denmark with service of 310.000 citizens and a budget of $745 million. He is also Deputy CEO of North Zealand Hospital, responsible for innovation.
He holds a Master in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen (2003) and a graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School. Henrik has executive education in Innovation and leadership from UC Berkeley and Columbia Business School. Schødts is also a guest lecturer at Said Business School (Oxford University) on the complexity of mega projects.
Dr. Jordi Serrano-Pons,
Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons is a General Practitioner and the Founder and CEO of UniversalDoctor, a social enterprise developing award- winning applications to facilitate multilingual communication between health care professionals and patients that don’t share a common language. Most recently UniversalDoctor won the United Nations World Summit Award for Global Champion of the mHealth category. UniversalDoctor collaborates right now with different International Organisations in the development of innovative digital health projects.
Jordi is also the Co-Founder of Zero Mothers Die, an innovative global public-private partnership initiative focused on reducing maternal mortality through the systematic use of ICTs and mobile health solutions. He has been consulting as an Innovation Consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO), where he has coordinated the development and implementation of different mobile health applications and supporting the World Health Organisation Innovation Group.
In addition, Jordi serves as Innovation Health Consultant for various heath research organisations like Idibell, ISGlobal... Through his work, Jordi also collaborates with a number of regional and national governments and speaks very frequently at notable events specifically focusing on health and technology, including Health 2.0, Convergence Summit, Mobile World Congress and many more. Recently Jordi co-founded with la Fira of Barcelona : HEALTHIO : Where Patients, Health Professionals and Innovators Meet.
Jordi studied medicine and specialised in Family Medicine. He also holds a Master’s degree in Health and Environment and a Postgraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Barcelona. He currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland.
Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer
Dr Harpreet Sood is the Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) at NHS England and a practicing NHS doctor at University College Hospital (UCH), London.
As Associate CCIO, Harpreet is involved in implementing the NHS England technology strategy including the launch of the NHS Digital Academy and providing clinical leadership to the key digital health programmes.
Harpreet was formerly Senior Fellow to the CEO of NHS England where his portfolio of work included advising on NHS policy, the launch and implementation of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, innovation and health technology policy including the innovation and technology tariff and leading on the Wachter Review, which focused on digitisation across the NHS.
Prior to NHS England, Harpreet was a Deland Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston where he focused on diffusing innovation through complex organisations with the launch of the iHub, service care redesign and researching the impact of health information technology on healthcare. Whilst in Boston, Harpreet also co-founded a digital health start-up in paediatric asthma adherence, which was funded by Harvard Medical School.
Harpreet is a Visiting Lecturer at Imperial College London Business School, sits on the Advisory Board for Digital Health.London and is Vice Chair of the British Computer Society Health Committee.
Chief Executive Officer
Marko Topalović is the CEO of Breathe, an artificial intelligence (AI)-based software company that helps doctors diagnose lung diseases faster and easier. Currently located in Leuven, Belgium.
During studies at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade (Serbia), Marko showed high interest in augmentation of healthcare using state-of-the-art technology. His work addressed machine learning in medicine while master thesis focused on medical imaging. In 2016, Marko obtained Ph.D. degree on the topic “Artificial intelligence for pulmonary function tests” in the Laboratory for respiratory disease, at the prestigious KU Leuven (Belgium). He continued improving decision-making process for diagnosing lung diseases, as a postdoctoral researcher in the University Hospital in Leuven (Belgium).
Bart Van Den Brosch
Chief Information Officer
I studied medicine, computer science and AI. Since 1994 I’m CIO of the university hospitals of the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium.
This hospital is a 2000 bed teaching hospital. We train 50% of all physicians in Flanders. We developed our own clinical workstation. This clinical workstation was rolled out in several other hospitals and in 2016 UZ Leuven formed a joint venture with CeGeKa called nexuzhealth to further develop and market it. This clinical workstation is currently being rolled out in 26 other hospitals totalling some 13.000 beds (43% of the Flemish market). There is only one medical file per patient, that is shared over all hospitals.
My main interests are clinical workstations, hospital workflow automation, integration, hospital information systems, and clinical decision support systems.
Lieke Van Kerkhoven
Lieke co-founded FLOOW2 Healthcare, the first sharing marketplace for healthcare organizations to share equipment, services, facilities, knowledge and skills within or between organizations.
Lieke has a professional background in healthcare. She studied medicine and has been working in several managerial and organizational positions in healthcare organizations in The Netherlands and abroad for 10 years. She experienced first-hand how much organizations can benefit from sharing their assets, in the first place financially, but certainly also socially and environmentally.
Chief Information Officer
Royal Liverpool NHS Trust
Currently the CIO of Liverpool Women's Hospital and at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital.
A determined, confident, self-motivated, target driven achiever who has both the ability to think and deliver strategically with significant experience in project, planning and Information management in Acute, Mental Health and Genomics.
An effective communicator at all levels with strong problem solving, analytical and facilitation skills.
Proven leadership skills, including managing and motivating other staff to achieve the organisational objectives, contracting and Trust performance management. Fully committed to realise own potential, maintaining excellence and adapting to changing environments. Demonstrable evidence of developing a transformative programme management approach which has delivered clinical benefits and financial savings.
National Centre for Healthcare Information Systems
Marcin Węgrzyniak graduated from the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science of the University of Warsaw (full-time, master’s degree courses) and the Warsaw School of Economics – internal audit and the public internal financial control (post-graduate studies). In 2007 he started his career in the Ministry of Economic Development. He participated in the EU negotiations as the member of the Managing Institution of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment. He was involved in the development of management and control system. Since January 2010 he has been employed in the National Centre for Healthcare Information Systems. First, he was a chief specialist for the financing of projects from the EU. Then he worked as the project manager of Platform for Sharing Services and Resources of Digital Medical Records with on-line Business. As the manager of the Project Management Office he was responsible for managing coordinators of informatization projects of healthcare system. His responsibilities included the development of projects: Domain Systems Supplementary to Health Information System, Improving the Quality of Healthcare Management through the Promotion of ICT Knowledge, Central Register of Pharmacists, Direct Import Service System, InVitro Register.
Group Professional Services Advancement Director
Specsavers Optical Group
I have a diverse background that includes clinical work in optometry and medicine, medical research, academia, small business ownership and expansive roles within a corporate environment.
I conceived and founded the Optometry degree program at Deakin University - which produced its first optometrists in 2015. Since that time, I have assisted in the development of programs at University of Canberra (Australia) and University of Highlands and Islands (Scotland).
As Director of Professional Services Advancement for the Specsavers Group, I am accountable for the evaluation of emerging technology, providing information and advice to the business's key stakeholders and decision makers. I apply my experience and skills in strategic planning, writing, public speaking, media, multimedia production, scientific analysis, optometry program design, among other things, to assist others within Specsavers to deliver their objectives.
Head of the Teleinformatics Department
Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne
Since 2006 Head of Department od Teleinformatics at University Clinical Center (UCC) in Gdańsk, Poland. Active member of numerous telemedical projects, both local and national scale (in collaboration with Healthcare Information Systems Center of Ministry of Health). Propagator of uniform standards used in hospital information systems. A member of the project team and supervision of the construction of the Noninvasive Medicine Center - one of the most technologically advanced medical facilities in Poland. Thanks to an innovative and comprehensive approach to digitalization of hospital main processes, the University Clinical Center came out with electronic services directly to patients, enabling electronic registration, checking the availability of medical records for reception or electronic collection of laboratory test results. In 2017 hospital reached the HIMSS Level 5 of digital maturity as one of two hospitals in Poland.
A graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry of the Gdańsk University of Technology, he received the PhD with honors, specializing in computer molecular modeling of anticancer drugs, proteins and DNA.