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Digital Health Society Summit “Connecting Digital Health & Data Initiatives in Europe”

11 December - 12 December


We are delighted to announce the

Digital Health Society Summit

“Connecting Digital Health & Data Initiatives in Europe”


It will provide a unique opportunity to participate, network and collaborate for anyone interested in digital health. The Summit is designed to be an open two-day forum for the many European initiatives and projects on the data-driven transformation of health and social care to converge and build collaboration bridges. The Summit is under the patronage of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and is supported by ECHAlliance.


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Connecting Digital Health and Data Initiatives in Europe – The time to Scale?

The Summit is under the patronage of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and is supported by ECHAlliance.

This is an outline agenda subject to change



11th December 2019


9:00 – 9:10 Welcome & Introduction


9:10 – 9:15 Welcome from the Ministry of Social Affairs &Health


9:15 – 9:45 The Finnish Presidency of the Council of Europe

  • Conclusions of the Finnish Presidency


9:45 – 10:15 The Finnish Digital Health Story

  • A summary and timeline of the development of Digital Health in Finland
  • Overview of Finland’s future plans and legislation for Digital Health


10:15 – 11:45 Why are we not making better use of real-world data for learning?

This panel discussion will explore the full spectrum of opportunity: from care pathway improvement to personalised medicine to public health strategy to research in drug and device development including the topic bellow.


  • Secondary Use of Data.
  • AI & algorithms

Moderator: Dipak Kalra, President at European Institute for Innovation through Health Data ( I~HD)

Rachel Dunscombe CEO at NHS Digital Academy & Director at Digital Health Society
Hannu Hamalainen, Senior Advisor at Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
Mathias Ekman, Director Industry Solutions for Healthcare at Microsoft Western Europe


11:45 – 13:00 Lunch & Networking


13:00 – 14:30 How do we capture and respect citizens’ preferences on data governance?

This panel is jointly promoted by Digital Health Society Task Force 2 & Digital Health Europe (DHE) and is the first step towards establishing a European Digital Forum of relevant (private and public) organizations that have developed citizen-controlled data governance and digital empowerment tools and can contribute with their input to the design of the final recommendations of DHE. We will investigate different models and approaches to reflect on how we engage with the public and transparently demonstrate that we can respect their wishes, either by consensus or as individuals.


  • Citizen controlled data governance innovative models (e.g. data cooperatives)
  • Data donation
  • The Finnish approach
  • Consent, Ethics & Trust

Moderator: Bleddyn Rees, Deputy Chair at ECHAlliance
Maritta Perala-Heape, Professor of practice at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland
Valentina Tageo, International Projects Director at ECHAlliance
Nicola Bedlington, Special Advisor at European Patients Forum
Jaana Sinipuro, Project Director at IHAN SITRA


14:30 – 15:00 Industry Keynote


15:00 – 15:30 Coffee & Networking


15:30 – 17:15 Health Data & Policy Initiatives across Europe: Who, What, Why & When?

  • EU Health Coalition, Roberta Savli, Senior Manager in the Healthcare Systems department at EFPIA
  • Digital Health Europe, Veli Stroetmann, Senior Research Fellow at empirica GmbH
  • The Digital Health Society, Bleddyn Rees, Director at the Digital Health Society
  • Data Saves Lives, Nicola Bedlington, Special Advisor European Patients Forum
  • EUREGHA, Nick Batey, Chair at EUREGHA
  • Innovative Medicines Initiative, Magda Chlebus, Executive Director Science Policy & Regulatory Affairs at EFPIA
  • “So what?” panel discussion


17:15 – 17:30 Conclusion to Day 1

Bleddyn Rees, Deputy Chair ECHAlliance


12th December 2019

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and key messages from Day 1


8:45 – 9:00 All Policies for Healthy Europe

  • Mary Harkin, Chair at All Policies for Healthy Europe


9:00 – 10:30 Digital Health Society Task Force 4 Digital Transformation & Change Examples

Moderator: Dr Joan Cornet, Director at Digital Health Observatory and Coalition of the Willing at ECHAlliance

Pritt Tohver, Advisor for digital services innovation and development at Ministry of Social Affairs – Learning from the Cross Border Collaboration between Finland and Estonia
Liz Ashall Payne, Founder CEO at ORCHA – Ambiguous advice, questionable quality: Determining, evaluating and distributing high quality Health Apps
Tomaz Gornik, CEO at Better
Chaloner Chute, Chief Technology officer at Digital Health &Care Institute Scotland – A digital circle of care: frailty
Prof Mark Van Gils, Research Professor at VTT and Rutger Zietsma, Chief Executive Officer at Manus Neurodynamica – Digital Solutions to diagnose and monitor neuromotor impairments


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break & Networking


11:00 – 12:30 – ECHAlliance International Gathering of Ecosystems – Including the Launch of the ECHAlliance Finnish Network


11:00 – 11:07 Opening of the ECHAlliance Ecosystem Gathering /Background and Progress with Finnish Ecosystem Network

  • Andy Bleaden, Director Ecosystems and Membership at ECHAlliance


11:07 – 11:10 Message from Sinikka Salo, Leader of Change, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health at Finnish Government


11:10 – 11:20 OuluHealth Ecosystem – Our ecosystem experience

Maritta Perala-Heape, Professor of practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland


11:25 – 11:45 Our new Ecosystem: Our key priorities

  • Central Finland Keho Ecosystem
  • Kuopio Health Cooperative
  • South Ostrobothnia Ecosystem, Sami Perälä, Developing Manager, Well Being Technology at Seinäjoki
  • Ostrobothnia Welfare Technology Ecosystem


11:50- 12:20 – Welcome to the wider ECHAlliance Network

  • Introduction by Andy Bleaden, Director Ecosystem Development at ECHAlliance

Recent Ecosystem launches:

Collaborating together

  • Collaborating together – Learning Expeditions by Gisela Garcia-Alvarez at Managing Director at Cluster Saúde (Galicia Ecosystem – Spain)
  • Collaborating together – Multi Ecosystems – Digital Health Ecosystem Wales

Collaboration across many borders

  • Scottish Ecosystem by Sanna Rimpiläinen, Research and Skills Manager at Digital Health & Care Institute


12:25 – 12:45  Connecting up with existing Finnish Health Ecosystems

Where are we – What’s next? by Marjaana Komi, VTT

Accelerating internationalization:

  • Health Innovation Village at GE by Village chief Mikko Kauppinen and René Coffeng, Engineering Manager for Mobile Digital Health at General Electric
  • Cognitive Healthcare Innovation Cluster by Miikka KiiskiBusiness Development Executive at IBM Finland


12:50 Formal Welcome and Signing of the ECHAlliance Finnish Network Ceremony and Pictures


12:55 – 13:15 Closing remarks


13:15 – 14:15 Lunch and networking


For more info about the speakers, visit the presentation site




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Finlandia Hall

Mannerheimintie 13e



(Room 7)

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Full registration 300€

ECHAlliance members 200€

+VAT at 24%, (Finnish rate)

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