The Digital Health Society (DHS) movement was born during the Estonian EU Presidency in 2017, which focused on the development of a digital society in Europe, enabled by the free flow of data, as the fifth freedom right in the European Union. Launched by the Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia and the ECHAlliance as a call for action, the 1st objective of the DHS has been to bring together all stakeholders of the digital health ecosystem around the table to drive the agenda of the EU Presidency.


The Digital Health Society, an open multi-stakeholder movement, is both:
A Digital Health thought leadership platform, to generate innovative ideas, exchange knowledge, experiences, best practices, success stories and design a route for large-scale deployment. For this purpose we have created several Task Forces with international experts

An Innovation and Implementation Factory able to bring “on the ground” the innovations. With the DHS community, the “Coalition of the Doers”.

Angela Brand

Angela Brand

MD, PhD, MPH, Professor at the University of Maastrich

Angela Brand

Bleddyn Rees

Bleddyn Rees

Digital health expert and Lawyer at Osbourne Clarke

Bleddyn Rees

Brian O'Connor

Brian O’Connor

Chair at ECHAlliance

Brian O’Connor

Erik Gerritsen​

Erik Gerritsen

Secretary General at Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport of Netherlands

Erik Gerritsen

Priit Tohver

Priit Tohver

Advisor for E-Services Innovation, Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia

Priit Tohver

Richard Corbridge

Richard Corbridge

Chief Digital & Information Officer- Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Richard Corbridge


A vision for the future of health

The Digital Health Society movement has designed an ambitious research and innovation programme for health and wellbeing in Europe, enabled by key support activities and involving the EU citizens and the whole society.

Interoperability and standards

Knowledge exchange and dissemination of good practices to bolster standards’ adoption

Led by Catherine Chronaki, HL7 Foundation

Citizen-controlled Data governance & Data donors

Citizen-controlled Data Governance and Data Donors

Led by Angela Brand, Professor at the University of Maastricht.

Legal Framework

Legal Framework for the Free flow and the secondary use of data

Led by Bleddyn Rees, Deputy Chair at ECHAlliance

Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation and change management in health and social care organisations

Led by Jane Carolan, National Directorate Health Business Services (HSE) in Ireland.



  1. 4th Joint eHealth Ireland and Northern Ireland Ecosystem Gathering

    22 January
  2. Webinar: Building an Apps Library for people living with Dementia and their carers

    5 February @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. The Digital Health & Wellness Summit 2020 (DHWS)

    26 February - 27 February
  4. Digital Healthcare Show 2020

    24 June - 25 June



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