Programme

14:00 [1] Symposium Opening | Societal resilience and the importance of health data

Keynote speech by Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, Director of the Division of Country Health Policies and Systems, WHO Europe

Alongside the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a growing focus on citizens’ values associated with public goods and services. Health is seen by many people now as a commons. Digital technologies are the ideal ally for people to maintain a physical distance, keep up their economic activities, and implement Europe’s Green Deal. Hence, there are many relevant implications in the future for digital health technologies.

New voices are being widely heard: They call for massive changes, digital advances, and more flexible social and health solutions which should increase societal resilience. The public is today much more aware of the importance of data, whether for epidemiological and health protection reasons. So, resilience also means that data and knowledge must be shared and exploited much quicker than before.

There is now a new window of opportunity to take advantage of the existing tailwinds and scale up digital health services which support this new societal call. Taking action is no longer simply about promoting telemedicine or digital support for healthy aging. Now it is about creating the conditions for at-scale solutions which contribute to increasing resilience in health/social domains as well as in the economy – these solutions will need to address people’s needs, and to be distributed, socially equitable, and flexible.

Simona Abbro | EHTEL – Belgium
EHTEL President

Simona Abbro, born in Switzerland, is an Italian citizen with extensive experience in the Healthcare Industry. Ms. Abbro is currently the Director of UPMC International Marketing Communications. Stationed at UPMC’s Rome office, she is responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing internal/external communication strategies throughout the European Union and other international regions. Ms. Abbro also oversees the marketing communications efforts in the local countries where UPMC operates. Ms. Abbro has more 20 years’ experience in marketing communications, corporate communications and media relations developed in large national and international companies, both public and private, including Ferruzzi Group, Lottomatica/IGT, San Giovanni Rome Hospital. She has a strong interest in the transformation of healthcare using IT, and she is active in promoting eHealth and Telemedicine to stakeholders. She is member of the European Telemedicine Conference Organizing Committee and member of the AmCham Italy Life Sciences Committee. Ms. Abbro is also member of FERPI, Osservatorio.

Tamsin Rose | Friends of Europe, Belgium
Senior Fellow

Tamsin Rose is a facilitator, speaker and trainer with an interest in sparking new ideas to address big societal challenges.

With three decades of experience in communications, and advocacy and network building, her clients range from small non-profits to international institutions and everything in between.

She has led a European platform of public health NGOs, managed an EU programme to twin cities in west and eastern Europe , was a radio journalist and now connects citizens’ experiences with the Brussels policy bubble.

Marc Lange | EHTEL – Belgium
Secretary General Ehtel

Marc Lange has a 15+ years’ experience in Digital Health as Secretary General of EHTEL, the one multi-stakeholder organisation within Europe that brings together organisations and individuals engaged in all aspects of eHealth. Marc has 25+ experience in Project/Programme Management of international/European projects in social security, eID and eHealth. His experience covers domains such as (1) facilitating sharing good practices in a multi-disciplinary environment, (2) observing, analysing and synthesizing the progresses of this knowledge sharing process (3) contributing to policy definition for deploying innovative ICT services for the health care sector in particular and (4) supporting EU Member States and the European Commission in coordinating the deployment of their national projects.

Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat | WHO Europe – Belgium
Director of the Division of Country Health Policies and Systems

Dr Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat is a medical doctor, a specialist in public health, and the author of several publications in public health and European health policy.

Following her qualification as a medical doctor from the University of Malta in 1995, Dr Azzopardi-Muscat worked in various areas in the health sector in Malta, including maternal and child health, mental health, and primary care. Her transdisciplinary research bridging health policy, European studies and small states studies led to her PhD entitled “The Europeanisation of health systems: a small state perspective”.

Since 1999, Natasha has been a resident academic at the University of Malta, teaching in the department of health services management and public health. In 2003, she completed her specialization in public health medicine and obtained her membership in the Faculty of Public Health of the United Kingdom. Between 2001 and 2013, she occupied various senior positions in the Ministry of Health in Malta, including that of Chief Medical Officer.

Before joining WHO, Dr Azzopardi-Muscat served as President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) from 2016 to 2020, where she was actively involved in health advocacy at the European level.

14:30 [2] Developing Health Data Ecosystems

With the financial support of SITRA (Finland)

📃 Health data ecosystems are vital. This session explores what are these new health data ecosystems, and explains how they can be developed and sustained to untap their potential benefits for health innovation. It delves into how technical, legal, ethical, and cultural challenges have been addressed in data ecosystems in other sectors in order to identify transferable lessons.

The main raw material for health innovations is data. Data is currently located in silos and in different sectors. It is hard to exchange, combine and use in new innovative services for the benefit of citizens, society, and organisations (see Sitra’s working paper “Towards Trustworthy Health Data Ecosystems”). Health data ecosystems have a substantial potential for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health research and development, healthcare delivery, and health systems.

With the data produced by individuals and generated by mobile health applications and medical devices, the ecosystem of health data is growing. Future health data ecosystems will need more and more data from other sectors such as trade, transport, manufacturing, agriculture, and energy.

This session aims to explore what are these new health data ecosystems and how they can be developed and sustained to untap their potential benefits for health innovation. It will also delve into how technical, legal, ethical, and cultural challenges have been addressed in data ecosystems to identify transferable lessons, and what can be learned from other sectors.

Jaana Sinipuro | SITRA – Finland
Project Director

Jaana Sinipuro is an experienced ICT professional who works as Project Director responsible for the IHAN® – Human-driven data economy focus area and also sees to the final stages of the Digital Health HUB projects. The aim of Isaacus – the Digital Health HUB is to put Finland’s poorly managed and forgotten data reserves to better use to serve the needs of research, product development and leadership. The new IHAN® project expands the opportunities of data economy to develop a sector-neutral standard for consent-based exchange of information between various operators.

Jaana has more than 17 years’ experience in analytics, big data and business intelligence. If you have questions about the challenges business intelligence faces in the field of social welfare and healthcare, matters related to ICT or networks, give Jaana a call. The development of the dialogue between ICT professionals and substance specialists is the top priority for Jaana – she is happy to talk about this topic in both domestic and international events.

She is an accountancy professional and has worked in consulting, sales and sales support in an international company in the software industry. She has condensed her professional expertise in enterprise architecture and business intelligence in her book Tiedolla johtaminen toimialan murroksessa (Business intelligence in a transforming industry), published in 2013.

Michael Rebhan | Novartis – Switzerland
Senior Principal Scientist

Michael Rebhan is a scientist with experience in biology, bioinformatics, disease profiling, pathway analysis, biomarker discovery and interdisciplinary teams.

As Senior Investigator at the ‪Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research he is involved in next-generation Precision Medicine approaches, biomarker discovery, translational research, and the development of a cross-functional community in this area.

Saara Malkamäki | SITRA – Finland
Specialist, Human-Driven Data Economy

Saara Malkamäki builds a fair data economy and engages people across Europe to create a common concept for data sharing and to set up European level rules and guidelines for ethical use of data. Saara’s goal is to make data move across organisations with the consent of the individual. Saara’s work covers a variety of sectors and different countries with the aim of generating smart services that could make everyone’s life easier. Saara focuses on developing innovations and business ideas in the healthcare and social welfare sector.

Saara has expertise in planning customer-oriented services, business development and customer and stakeholder co-operation. During the past year, she has also worked with communications, new funding and co-operation models, social marketing and impact. She has successfully expanded networking activities and developed co-operation between the public, private and third sectors.

 

Oscar Lazaro | Innovalia – Spain
Managing Director

Oscar Lazaro is Managing Director of Innovalia Association, the Associated Research Lab founded by the Innovalia Alliance. Oscar Lazaro has been one of the 3 expert in the high level group supporting the EC in the analysis of the 15 national initiatives in Digitising European Industry (DEI). He is supporting the activities of the I4MS (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs) Programme since its very beginning and leads the establishment of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Advanced Manufacturing HUB (AMHUB) in the Basque Country and the development of the IDSA Hub Spain ecosystem. He is board member of the EIT Digital Spanish CLC. He is also part of the Smart Industry Committee of the FIWARE Foundation, board member of the ECSEL joint undertaking Industry4.E LIASE (Lighthouse Initiative Advisory Service) and representative of Innovalia at 5TONIC, the Spanish experimental facility for 5G communications. Since January 2018 he is coordinating the European lighthouse initiative BOOST 4.0 on Big Data Platforms for Industry 4.0 setting up the foundations for a common European industrial data space.

Oliver Gröne | OptiMedis – Germany
Vice Chairman of the Board

Dr Oliver Gröne, PhD MSc, is Vice Chairman of the Board at OptiMedis AG, responsible for the areas Analytics, Research & Innovation and Organization. He is also Co-Founder and Director Population Health of OptiMedis-COBIC UK.

From 2011 to 2015 he was Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Health Services Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he obtained competitive grants as principal investigator to develop new methods for assessing and improving the quality of care. In addition, he worked for many years for the World Health Organization in Barcelona, Copenhagen and Geneva, where he led the “Quality of Health Systems” Programme. He publishes regularly in high-ranking journals and is Deputy Editor of the International Journal for Quality in Health Care.

Oliver Gröne obtained a first degree in medical sociology at the University of Bielefeld, followed by a Master of Science Degree in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (supported by a full scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Services) and a PhD in Public Health at the University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Tino Marti | EHTEL – Spain
Project Officer

Since 2001, Tino Marti has developed an extended experience in the field of eHealth and integrated health services delivery, holding varied technical and executive positions in the Catalan health system (TicSalut, Department of Health, CASAP, ICS, Mutua de Terrassa) and the World Health Organization. He has participated in the EU-funded projects Telemedicine Momentum, ASSEHS and SmartCare. Between 2016 and early 2019, he was Technical Officer at the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care in Almaty, Kazakhstan, providing technical assistance to strengthening the health delivery systems of Bulgaria, Serbia, North Macedonia, Romania, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

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16:00 [3] Bringing together digital therapeutics and mHealth: An innovation journey

Prepared with IBM

📃 The innovation journey of digital health is an influence on several technologies. The session starts from the widespread use of a diabetes app. It then investigates opportunities for mobile apps that are supported by digital therapeutics, backed by business and new economic models, and have the potential for introduction throughout Europe and beyond.

Today, Europe has many opportunities to scale-up digital innovation in the fields of health and care.

Digital therapeutics deliver evidence-based therapeutic interventions to patients. Driven by high quality software programs, including artificial intelligence (AI), they help to prevent, manage, or treat medical disorders or diseases. They can be used independently or together with medications, devices, or other therapies to optimise patient care and health outcomes. Brought together, technologies can help tackle many pressing, contemporary, serious health conditions. These new medical interventions can help manage many serious health conditions, including diabetes, Parkinson’s and various lung conditions.

In a world affected by severe infectious diseases, time is of the essence in finding reliable support for care. Building initiatives based on rapid responses, while ensuring reliable, resilient services, is key. mHealth is really coming to the fore.

This session will introduce the innovation journey of digital health. Starting with a focus on the widespread use of a diabetes app, it will explore opportunities for mobile apps as well as digital therapeutics, backed by business and new economic models, and with the potential for introduction throughout Europe and beyond. An in-depth discussion with the audience will follow. Among the key current and upcoming challenges is the question about what kinds of partnerships and communities can help to provide patients in Europe with digital therapeutics and safe healthcare options through mHealth.

Andrew Fried | IBM – United Kingdom
Healthcare and Life Sciences, Industry Leader, IBM Europe

Andrew Fried is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the Consulting Industry.  His specific industry focus is on Life Sciences and Healthcare.  He has strong professional skills in management, digital, AI, IT strategy, business transformation, mergers & acquisitions, and start-ups.  Andrew has been IBM’s European Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Leader since April 2019.  He is an advocate of sport and fitness as a gateway to good health.  He is passionate about the role of genomics in identifying both the cause of disease and personalised solutions.

Scott Cunningham | My Way Digital Health – United Kingdom
Chief Technical Officer

Scott is Chief Technical Officer at MyWay Digital Health and Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee. He has over twenty years’ experience in software architecture, development and project management within healthcare. He was technical lead for NHS Scotland’s shared electronic record for diabetes: SCI Diabetes Collaboration. He also leads NHS Scotland’s diabetes patient information service: My Diabetes My Way. MyWay Digital Health is taking this experience into new markets across the UK and internationally, delivering complete diabetes management solutions

Jessica Shull | Digital Therapeutics Alliance – Spain
European Lead, Consultant

Jessica Shull is European Lead for the Digital Therapeutics Alliance, shaping advocacy and organizational engagement for the DTx industry in European countries. She is also manager of clinical trials and big data projects for respiratory disease at Bellvitge Hospital in Barcelona. She worked on 3D interfaces for surgical simulators in Washington DC and consulted 11+ years with the WHO on digital health projects for health system strengthening and epidemics. For the last 5 years she has worked on mHealth app evaluation guidelines for Europe, and EU regulatory processes for digital diagnostics and digital therapeutics. She has a MSc from the Medical College of Georgia, an MA in Political Science from the University of Trento (Italy) and is completing a PhD in BioMedicine at the University of Barcelona.

Julia Hagen | Health Innovation Hub – Germany
Director Regulatory & Politics at health innovation hub of the Federal Ministry of Health

Until May 2019, Julia Hagen was responsible for the Health & Pharma division of the digital association Bitkom, where her main focus was on the regulatory framework for digital health. She studied Public Management & Governance at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen and Sciences Po Paris. Working on numerous topics on rural health care and communal welfare she came into contact with telemedicine and connected health. After being active for 2.5 years in the field of European Affairs, she completed her Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics.

Javier Ferrero Álvarez-Rementería |European Innovation and Knowledge mHealth Hub – Spain
CIO ACSA – mHealth Hub Director

Javier Ferrero Álvarez-Rementería works as CIO for the Andalusian Agency for Healthcare Quality, a public foundation of the Health Department of Andalusia. He coordinates the Andalusian mHealth strategy, being responsible of the App certification program (www.calidadappsalud.com/en). He is the director of the European mHealth Innovation and Knowledge hub (https://mhealth-hub.org ), a joint collaboration with WHO and ITU, funded by EC. Master Degree in Telecommunication Engineering (Seville, Spain) and Master in Networks and Telecom (Lyon, France), has 20 years of experience in IT. 

Diane Whitehouse | EHTEL – United Kingdom
Principal eHealth Policy Consultant

Diane is the Principal eHealth Policy Consultant at the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), Brussels, Belgium. Current involvement in European Commission-supported projects include e.g., SCIROCCO https://www.scirocco-project.eu and WE4AHA.

Diane has applied practical experience of European policy development in the domains of digital health and accessibility at the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) (1998-2007). She has degrees in European Studies (political science) and information systems, and in the 1980s researched and taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science in organisational theory and behaviour. Her latest (2018) co-authored book on Slow Tech and ICT focuses on how to make technologies good, fair, and clean.

16:50 [4] Mainstreaming virtual healthcare encounters: Towards new care models

Prepared with Assuta Medicals Centers  (Israel)

📃 Contactless healthcare encounters are essential for resilient healthcare in the current pandemic. This session examines sustainable transformations of care by virtual hospitals and “blended” healthcare.

Contactless healthcare encounters have proven to be essential in providing resilient healthcare in the current pandemic. The necessary technology, secure and reliable communication tools, digital transactions and shared electronic health records, was already quite mature before the COVID-19 crisis.

The crisis has dramatically changed provider and patient attitudes towards virtual healthcare. Virtual healthcare encounters are being established in mainstream care – resulting in a 100-fold or more increase in virtual encounters, particular in outpatient care. Reimbursement and administrative endorsements have been achieved within days.

The sustainable integration of virtual encounters in usual care will require additional changes in clinical, technical, economic and societal conditions, including guaranteed reliability, ease of use and integration with electronic health records. It will also mean assuring the necessary skills for everyone in the healthcare workforce.

Clearly, clinical needs as well as patients’ preferences for face2face encounters must be recognised. Moreover, lessons learned during the COVID-19 waves on systematic underuse of timely inpatient interventions for e.g. stroke and myocardial infarctions will need further investigation and reflections.

This session explores what models of care will bring together the best of face2face and virtual care, and what is needed to make meaningful transformations of care sustainable.

Donna Henderson | Scottish Government, United Kingdom
Head of International Engagement

As Head of International Engagement, Donna leads the Scottish Government’s Digital Health and Care Directorate’s International Engagement Team.  The Team’s objectives are to enhance Scotland’s reputation as a leader in digital health and care, facilitate knowledge exchange between other regions, and promote economic opportunities for Scotland.

She is Project Co-ordinator for the EU project SCIROCCO Exchange which has developed an online self-assessment tool for regions to assess the maturity of their health and care systems for the adoption of integrated care.

Her areas of expertise are in digital health, telecare and integrated care.

Rachelle Kaye | Assuta – Israël
Project Coordinator

Dr. Rachelle Kaye, PhD is the International Projects Coordinator for Assuta Medical Centers, as well as a member of the core team for implementing digitally enabled integrated care in Assuta Ashdod. Dr. Kaye is the Assuta manager of the CONNECARE project. Dr. Kaye was the Deputy Director of the Medical Department (1984-2003) of Maccabi Healthcare Sservices, Israel’s second largest HMO covering over 2 million people, and was the Medical Department Leader and counterpart to the IT department for the development and implementation of IT systems. Dr Kaye established The Maccabi Institute for Health Services Research in 2004 and was the Director of the Institute until 2013. The Institute was an active participant In European Framework Projects (FP7 and AAL) such as KSERA, HELP, REMPARK, USEFIL all of which involved remote monitoring and coaching of elderly people in their homes. Dr. Kaye is a member of the Board of Directors of EHTEL (the European Health Telematics Association)

Micaela Seemann Monteiro | José de Mello Saude, Lisbon, Portugal

 

Chief Medical Officer for digital transformation at CUF

Micaela is a physician, senior specialist in Internal Medicine. She graduated at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität in Düsseldorf and trained in Germany, Great Britain and Portugal. She was head of emergency departments for over 10 years. In this context, Micaela and her team won the Quality Award of Maria Amélia de Mello. She attended the Health Sector Senior Management Programme of AESE Business School and is postgraduate in Information Management and Business Intelligence in Healthcare by NOVA Information Management School. She worked at the Shared Services of the Portuguese Ministry of Health as Director of the National TeleHealth Center & NHS’ Contact Center, SNS 24. Among other projects, she led the conceptions of the National Strategic Plan for Telehealth and of the digital channel of SNS 24. Micaela participated in several projects exploring AI and Natural Language Processing in healthcare, among others with Fraunhofer Institute, and supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. She is member of WHO’s roster of experts for digital health. Since January 2020 she has held the position of Chief Medical Officer for digital transformation at CUF, Portugal’s largest private healthcare provider.

Stephan Schug | EHTEL – Belgium
Chief Medical Officer

Dr Stephan Schug, MD, MPH, has a long track record in European eHealth and telemedicine with a focus on innovation, interoperability and integrated care. Since 2000, he supports the strategic development of EHTEL as a multi-stakeholder platform e.g. by acting as Editor-in-Chief and coordinating the programme of the yearly EHTEL symposium. Stephan engages in activities towards interoperable and patient driven eHealth services like e.g. CALLIOPE, eHealth Governance Initiative, SUSTAINS, Antilope in the past and currently JAseHN. Jointly with the ELO Network of eHealth Competence Centres, Stephan maintains links to EXPAND and other preparations of the Connecting for Europe Facility in the eHealth domain

17:30 Closing Day 1 by central moderator

14:00 [5] Day 2 Opening: Wrap-up of Day 1 by the central moderator

14:15 [6] Preparing the ground for a (European) Health Data Space

Prepared with MedCom and Sundhed.dk (Denmark)

📃 (European) Data Spaces are about sharing data in such a way that they can be used for many outcomes, by multiple actors, in a transparent and open way. This session meets head-on this ambitious European strategy with the views and realities of health and care professionals and public authorities. It also reflects on whether citizens can become key players in this space.

European Data Spaces are about sharing data in such a way that they can be potentially be used for several outcomes by multiple actors in a transparent and open way.

The emergence of data spaces requires ambitious actions at governance, legal, technological, semantic, organisational and educational levels. Guaranteeing trust is the overarching concept here. But there is more.

Establishing smooth communication between ‘man’ and machine-processed data is not a trivial issue. How to convince the key data producers, such as the healthcare professionals, that they need to look beyond their own clinical practices and contribute to the emergence of these data spaces? What are the incentives needed to convince them to undertake the supplementary efforts needed to provide machine-processable quality data? Can citizens/patients themselves become an active contributors to these data spaces?

This session will help people to confront this ambitious European strategy with the views and realities of clinicians and public authorities, and analyse whether citizens can also become key players in the initiative.

Janne Rasmussen | Medcom, Denmark
Chief Consultant

Janne Rasmussen has a MA in Languages and International Relations. She has worked with health technology, strategic innovation, implementation of digital services, project management and international networking and collaboration since she joined MedCom for the first time back in 2006.

She has also worked for OUH Odense University Hospital, Denmark and NHS 24 & Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare, UK.

She is now member of MedCom’s management team, DPO and manager of the administrative (incl. finance) and international teams.

In 2018 she became member of EHTEL’s Board of Directors.

Thierry Klein | CHR Haute Senne – Belgium

CMIO

I’m coordinator of medical information (Chief Medical Information Officer) and security advisor at CHR Haute Senne Hospital.

I work in the field and I serve as the bridge between medical and IT department. As such, I take care of the Minimum Basic Data Set, the computerization of the medical record, the medical management of stays, the security of information as an advisor (legal function)

As scientist collaborator at ULB Public School of Health, I ‘m also lecturer and coordinator of the teaching unit “Management of the medical information”.

Claus Duedal Pedersen | Sundhed, Denmark
Director of Sentinel Unit

Claus Duedal Pedersen has more than 20-years’ experience in development and implementation of innovative technologies in healthcare.

This experience goes from the implementation of the first EMR system in Denmark towards national implementation of standards for communication and the national Danish IT-infrastructure for healthcare. He is currently Director of the Sentinel Unit at sundhed.dk. sundhed.dk is the online portal to the healthcare system for citizens and clinicians within Denmark.

At sundhed.dk, Claus Pedersen is in charge of the development and implementation of a national quality and research infrastructure for the primary care sector in Denmark.

G Anthony (Tony) Reina, M.D. | Intel, United States
Chief Architect in Artificial Intelligence for the Health & Life Sciences

Tony is a physician with extensive experience in artificial intelligence, neurophysiology, telemedicine, and data science. His biggest claim to fame is spending 12 years as a stay-at-home dad to his two sons while his wife served as a psychiatrist in the U.S. Navy. His current work involves privacy-preserving, distributed training for 3D convolutional neural networks in medical imaging (which is much easier than raising two teenage boys). He previously worked on devices that allow paralyzed patients to control robotic arms and blind patients to regain sight.

Markus Kalliola |Project director, The Finnish innovation fund Sitra, Finland
Project Director

Markus Kalliola is a project director in Health data 2030 project in The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. Prior to Sitra he worked in the European Commission in DG Health and food safety where he was responsible of the cross-border healthcare IT projects. Markus has vast experience in data economy and in the next years he will work towards healthier and fairer data economy for Europe as well as towards more competitive health data ecosystem in Finland.

Luc Nicolas | EHTEL – Belgium
eHealth Project Officer

As eHealth expert, since 2005 Luc Nicolas has been directly involved in the making of all components necessary to create and maintain an open and generic eHealth infrastructure, be it at national, European and international levels.

 Luc’s academic background is mainly related to politics and economics. However, more than 30 years of work in direct contact with the medical sector in both strategic and operational positions have given him a deep understanding of the issues and challenges at stake.

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15:30 [7] Contributing to improved health and community resilience: The role of eMental health

Prepared with the Centre for Telepsychiatry (Denmark)

📃 Mental health is a key part of people’s health. Today, it is critical to improve and enhance this important aspect of citizens’ health. The session introduces and discusses the crucial role played by innovation and digital technologies in addressing mental illnesses and building resilience.

As one among the leading causes of the global burden of disease, mental health problems require action and innovation to improve the resilience of populations worldwide. Countries and regions all over Europe, and the rest of the world, have launched eMental health interventions and programmes to improve their service provision for common mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

While there was a great need for these services already and the field experienced momentum, there is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has put eMental health in the spotlight. The topic of eMental health is not only relevant to mental health service providers or researchers within the field.

The distinct separation between physical and mental healthcare delivery is today a reality in many regional and national setting. Bridging this gap is crucial for improving treatment of the many people experiencing health problems in both domains.

During this session, we will learn about the crucial role played by innovation and digital technologies in mental health. We will engage with a range of speakers on the great urgency and potential in the field of eMental health, including the transformations occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic and the connections of mental to physical healthcare.

Mette Atipei Craggs | Centre for Telepsychiatry, Denmark
Vice-President EHTEL & CIMT

Mette Atipei Craggs, Specialist Consultant and MA in International Business Communication, has worked in health innovation, eHealth, and eMental health since 2009. Mrs Craggs is currently employed by the Centre for Telepsychiatry in the Region of Southern Denmark. She is the Project and Communication Manager of the H2020 project ImpleMentAll (www.implementall.eu), working to improve implementation processes around eHealth initiatives, and carried out the same role in the MasterMind project (www.mastermind-project.eu), which focused on the large-scale implementation of eMental health interventions for depression. Mrs Craggs has a great interest in eHealth, with a special focus on eMental health, international collaboration, and the role of communication in the health domain.

Marie Paldam Folker | Centre for Telepsychiatry – Denmark
Head of Centre

Marie Paldam Folker is Head of Centre for Telepsychiatry. Marie has worked in the healthcare technology field for over 10 years specialising in technological interventions for mental health, incorporating service design, implementation and evaluation. Originally trained as an anthropologist, Marie is passionate about making a difference to people with mental illness and involving people with lived experience to inform and shape the development of digital services.

At Centre for Telepsychiatry, Marie is responsible for the development and implementation of digital mental health interventions in the Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern Denmark. Her role is also to identify and facilitate strategic partnerships to ensure that digital mental health services are developed and deployed in a way that maximizes benefits for end-users – both patients and mental health care providers.

Erik Van der Eycken | Gamian Europe – Belgium
EU Research Project Officer

As EU Research Project Officer and expert by experience, Erik is active in various EU funded Research projects in Mental Health. As a person with lived experience, he has a liaison position for many national patients organisations in Europe and participates in regular meetings of  the ‘MEP-Alliance for Mental Health’. He is board member of the Belgian patients association “Ups & Downs” (bipolar disorder & chronic depression) and sits in governmental steering committees on mental health care in Flanders with an advisory role on legislation for mental health care and training of experts by experience.

Graduated as Master-Engineering, for many years active in management of R&D projects in the industry.

Marc Lange | EHTEL – Belgium
Secretary General Ehtel

Marc Lange has a 15+ years’ experience in Digital Health as Secretary General of EHTEL, the one multi-stakeholder organisation within Europe that brings together organisations and individuals engaged in all aspects of eHealth. Marc has 25+ experience in Project/Programme Management of international/European projects in social security, eID and eHealth. His experience covers domains such as (1) facilitating sharing good practices in a multi-disciplinary environment, (2) observing, analysing and synthesizing the progresses of this knowledge sharing process (3) contributing to policy definition for deploying innovative ICT services for the health care sector in particular and (4) supporting EU Member States and the European Commission in coordinating the deployment of their national projects.

16:20 [8] Closing session with a European funding programmes perspective

Prepared with AReSS (Italy)

Giovanni Gorgonni | AReSS – Italy
Director General

Giovanni Gorgoni, born in 1971, is an economist with university degree in Business Economics at Milan Bocconi University, master’s degree in healthcare management at Milan Bocconi School of Management and master’s degree in Facility Management at Rome Campus Bio-Medico University. From December 2016 up till now is Chief Executive Officer of AReSS (Agenzia Regionale Strategica per la Salute e il Sociale Puglia), the Apulia government agency for strategic planning in health and social policies and for exploration in healthcare processes and technology. During current appointment he designed and developed four clinical networks (cancer, stroke, heart and trauma), implemented three valuebased labs for Apulian Health System (lean healthcare, activity-based funding, integrated clinical pathways) and started the regional project for chronic care (Care Puglia 3.0). Currently he’s member of Executive Board of National Program for Chronic Diseases and professor in Public Management at Bari LUM University. From February 2018 he’s included in national register of eligible Healthcare CEOs.

Diane Whitehouse | EHTEL – United Kingdom
Principal eHealth Policy Consultant

Diane is the Principal eHealth Policy Consultant at the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), Brussels, Belgium. Current involvement in European Commission-supported projects include e.g., SCIROCCO https://www.scirocco-project.eu and WE4AHA.

Diane has applied practical experience of European policy development in the domains of digital health and accessibility at the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) (1998-2007). She has degrees in European Studies (political science) and information systems, and in the 1980s researched and taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science in organisational theory and behaviour. Her latest (2018) co-authored book on Slow Tech and ICT focuses on how to make technologies good, fair, and clean.

Diane Whitehouse | EHTEL – United Kingdom
Principal eHealth Policy Consultant

Diane is the Principal eHealth Policy Consultant at the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), Brussels, Belgium. Current involvement in European Commission-supported projects include e.g., SCIROCCO https://www.scirocco-project.eu and WE4AHA.

Diane has applied practical experience of European policy development in the domains of digital health and accessibility at the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) (1998-2007). She has degrees in European Studies (political science) and information systems, and in the 1980s researched and taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science in organisational theory and behaviour. Her latest (2018) co-authored book on Slow Tech and ICT focuses on how to make technologies good, fair, and clean.

Ceri Thompson | DG CNECT, European Commission, Luxembourg
Deputy Head of Unit

Ceri Thompson is Deputy Head of the eHealth, Wellbeing and Aging unit at the European Commission’s DG CNECT. Within the European Commission, Ceri has previously worked for DG SANTE and Eurostat.  Prior to joining the Commission she worked on Global Health for DFID, and for KPMG’s international healthcare practice, conducting strategic reviews of national health systems. She graduated with a degree in Mathematics from Durham University in 1992, and she holds an MSc and a Doctorate in Public Health both from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

This session will close the Symposium by starting from an overview of what innovation in Europe means for regions and European Reference Sites. It will draw on some of the main messages that have emerged from the two days of Symposium sessions. It will offer insights into some of the latest policy directions emerging on the European scene: data strategies, data governance, data ecosystems, testing and experimentation facilities (TEFs), innovation hubs, cyber-security and IT security, recovery from COVID-19, and calls to the community. There could well in fact be reasons to look forward to 2021!

17:00 Closing Day 2 by central moderator