4th European Connected Health Leadership Summit 2012
(part of European Connected Health Week 2012)
“Delivering Permanent MHealth Ecosystems”
23 May 2012, Montjuïc Exhibition Centre. Barcelona, Spain
Speakers Short Profiles
Dr Andrew McCormick, Permanent Secretary,
Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)
The DHSSPS has a UK£4.4 billion annual budget and employs over 70,000 people delivering services through five healthcare trusts.
Andrew was Chief Executive of Health and Social Care since August 2005.
Read Geology at University College, Oxford and completed a doctorate in geochemistry at Queen’s University Belfast in 1980.
Joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 1980.
Andrew worked in the Department of Finance & Personnel from 1980 to 1993, apart from secondments to the office of the Head of the NI Civil Service and to the NI Housing Executive.
Head of Finance and Strategic Planning in the Department of Education for Northern Ireland from 1993 to 1998. Director, Central Finance Group, DFP, and then Second Permanent Secretary, DFP between 1998 and 2002.
Andrew has recently joined the European Connected Health Alliance Board of Directors.
Head of Healthcare, Wragge & Co, London - UK
Bleddyn is a vastly experienced commercial lawyer with 25 years advising on outsourcings, privatisations, complex contracts and projects.
Bleddyn leads the Healthcare practice at International law firm Wragge & Co. and has unique experience for private sector lawyer having spent 3 and a half years on secondment as the General Counsel of the Commercial Directorate of the UK Department of Health.
Bleddyn has advised Health Ministers, the Secretary of State for Health, the Prime Minister and Special Health Advisors during his time on secondment. He has spoken at International Health conferences and visited International Health facilities and systems on behalf of the NHS.
Bleddyn is an active member of the Manchester MHealth Ecosystem and a Director of ECHAlliance.
Managing Director - CNR-Santé - France
Bruno Charrat is the managing director of the
This center is funded by the French Minister of Industry and has a mission to help the development and the uses of solution for home care and cure.
Before joining the CNR-Sante he was working for the Laboratory of Electronics and Information Technology (CEA-LETI).
Prior to this position, Bruno Charrat spent eight years in ATMEL, the last three years as the director of the Biometrics Business Unit.
Before that he held various management positions within operations at Philips Semiconductors (now NXP), GERFLEX and ADER.
Carlos Gallego Perez
Director of the Office of Standards and Interoperability of TicSalut Foundation
Born in 1969, computer scientist by profession, has directed the health projects, of the mutual Asepeyo (a company of accidents and occupational diseases) from 1992 to 2009 where projects are outstanding single electronic medical record of the mutual and the corporate PACS. Recent years has focused on regulatory activity and development and adoption of standards where has been a founding member of IHE and HL7 Spain where he was technical director from 2004 to 2007.
He is currently a Board Member of IHE Spain, President of HL7 Spain, Member of the AENOR Technical Committee for the Standardization139, Secretary of the Group II of CT139 (Terminology) of AENOR, AENOR Representative in the European TC/251 CEN and ISO member 215, advisory Group Member of semantic interoperability of the Ministry of Health and Social Policies, interoperability coordinator of the Technology Platform eVIA and Member of the Continua Alliance.
He is currently Director of the Office of Standards and Interoperability of TicSalut Foundation where carries out projects interoperability and standardization among which are the Shared Clinical History of Catalonia, Central Cancer Registry, electronic Prescription , medical imaging Plan and epSOS.
Business Development Manager - Intel Healthcare - Spain
Carlos Piqueras is an Engineer specialist in electronics and has more than 16 years of experience in the Spanish Healthcare IT-Market as a Sales Professional for Software, Hardware & Services.
Before he joined the Intel Digital Health in 2005 as a Business Development for new Healthcare Platforms, Carlos developed and sold the complete portfolio of Hospital Information- and Electronic Medical Records Systems in Spanish Hospitals.
In his current role as a Business Development Manager for Intel´s Digital Health, Carlos is responsible for client and partner relations and the Go to market strategy for Intel Health in Spain.
Professor Chris Taylor, FREng, OBE
MHealth Innovation Centre, University of Manchester - UK
In 2007 Professor Taylor founded Manchester Informatics, the University of Manchester’s strategic response to the challenges and opportunities of the Digital Revolution, bringing together multidisciplinary teams of academics to address how informatics can contribute to solving global problems.
Face recognition has emerged as an important technology with a broad range of potential applications and is an area in which his group is recognised as one of the leading groups internationally. Chris was a member of the IT and Electronics panel and of the Health and Life Sciences panel of the UK Foresight Programme. In recognition of his services to Health and Foresight, Chris was awarded an OBE in 2000.
Chris is Chair of UK Institute for Health Informatics UK-IHI, involving over 200 organisations from the NHS, academia and industry.
Claus F. Nielsen
International Manager Health & Welfare - DELTA - Denmark
Claus F. Nielsen is currently working as International Manager with responsibility for Health & Welfare technologies and International Relations in DELTA at the Business Development Department. DELTA is one of the 9 Danish Technological Service Institutes – A Research & Technology Organisation, based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
He has a long track record since 1991 in working at the national level in politics, ICT and running large national projects in the public sector within elderly and health care sector to develop and implement nation wide ICT & mobile solutions in elderly care. He has been Local Government Denmark’s member of the steering committee of MedCom, the National Health Portal and contributed to the Danish national ICT- strategies for eHealth and the ICT-strategy for the social Area.
He is the official Danish expert in the Ambient Assisted Living Joint programme (700 Mio. EUR), and is currently chairman of the AAL Forum 2010 Programme Committee and Co-chair in 2011 on behalf the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation.
He was the prime mover behind the launching of a national political discussion of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) services in Denmark. The term of Welfare technology was used instead of AAL. The national debate has resulted in large funding programme (425 mill. euro) from the Ministry of Finance.
Dr. Eero Punkka
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland - Finland
Eero is an entrepreneurial high-tech business professional with 27 years of experience.
Eero is currently heading the Centre of Knowledge Intensive Services at VTT in Espoo, Finland. The Centre focuses on creating new innovative ICT services for health, wellness and environment.
Eero has had various management positions in ICT industry ranging from semiconductor processing to wellness and sports products and services – also in start-up environment.
He has a research scientist (physics) background from Helsinki University of Technology, VTT and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
Hannu is currently working in the Ministry of Social Services and Health with the next generation innovative social and health care services using modern ICT-solutions. He is developing national and regional innovation environment for social and health domain.
Until 2011 he was Innovation Director and Senior Advisor of Innovations in National Institute for Health and Welfare and National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health. He has studied and published several articles and publications on innovations processes, social and public innovations. He has been active in national innovation programs and managed the development of national open innovation platform for social and health care - innovation village.
From 1990 to 2005 he has been working with the national development of social and health care ICT-solutions, national registers and statistics as director of division and development manager in National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health and program manager in Ministry for Social Services and Health . He has been chairing and as a member of several national committees and boards in innovations, eHealth and eWelfare.
He has been also active in several international committees, working groups, advisory boards in EC/SANCO, EC/DG INFSO, in the Board of Directors of European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) and Nordic Countries.
Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems
Divisional Director, Sales and Operations, United Kingdom
Ileana Welte is Divisional Director and leads Sales and Operations for the United Kingdom.
Ileana has over 25 years of executive leadership in the sales and marketing of healthcare services, technology and software. She has served as an Executive Sales and Business Development leader in national organizations whose primary mission is deployment of services and technologies for chronically ill and elderly populations.
Ileana had advanced certification in Geriatric Care management. She has lead teams of clinicians in providing care management and post acute management for senior populations in the US.
Ileana has been leading business development and sales teams in the EU and the UK for the past five years.
Dr Joan Cornet Prat - Executive Chairman
Joan Cornet Prat, born in Manresa in 1950. A Technical Engineer in Metallurgy, and graduate in Psychology. After working as a clinical psychologist in a General Hospital in 1979, he was elected mayor of Manresa.
In 1988 he became a civil servant in the European Commission in Brussels and was later appointed Secretary General of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament in 1994.
In June of 2004 he was appointed General Secretary of the Department of Health of the Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya. In September 2005 the Government entrusted him to start up the “Bioregió of Catalonia” (Biotechnology) and since January 2007 he has been Executive Chairman of the Ticsalut Foundation. www.ticsalut.cat
He is also a Professor of the UOC (Catalunya Open University) and IL3 (International Long-Learning -University of Barcelona)
Joan Guanyabens - General coordinator of Health ICT, Catalan Health Ministry,
CEO Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment and Quality (CAHIAQ) - Spain
Joan Guanyabens is currently running the Catalan strategic plan for health ICT deployment at the Catalan Health Systems which is composed - among others- by projects such as the Catalan shared electronic medical record, electronic prescription, personal health folder for citizens, medical digital imaging and telemedicine and telecare.
The mission of this Agency is to integrate the Information Technologies with the Health Technology Assessment. The CAHIAQ provides and manages the information, generates knowledge and evaluates the Catalan healthcare system.
His professional career has always been related to the utilization and application of information and communication technologies in the health care sector, where he has taken on many different roles in public and private entities.
For 6 years Joan was Director at UDIAT of the Organizational Development and of Information Technologies Diagnostic Center (Parc Taulí’s Sanitary Corporation). He also served as the Secretary of Strategy and Coordination of the Health Department of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia in 2007.
Joan Guanyabens has also participated as an assessor and expert in healthcare information systems in the European Union ICT and Information Society Programs, from the first I+D framework program (AIM - Advanced Informatics in Medicine). He is a founding member of the Catalan Information and Healthcare Forum, as well as of the IHE-Spain initiative, and the HL7-Spain Association, where he served as President until March 2007.
Associate Director, Partners HealthCare - Center for Connected Health (Boston) USA
Joe is associate director of Partners HealthCare’s Center for Connected Health and on the Northeastern University Health Informatics faculty.Joe is founder and organizing chair of the annual Connected Health Symposium, a preeminent international event for innovators operating at the crossroads of the Internet, mobile communications and health.
Joe advises the US Commerce Dept. on international trade and the X PRIZE Foundation on its $10M Tricorder Competition for transforming healthcare. He sits on the review panel for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s One-in-a-Million-Hearts Challenge and serves on the Mass Technology Leadership Council, Mass. Health Quality Partners and Harvard Club of the North Shore boards.
A co-founder of Continua Health Alliance, Joe holds degrees from BC, Bentley, BU and Harvard. He can be reached at jternullo(at)post.harvard.edu.
Dr Maritta Perälä-Heape
Director, Centre for Health and Technology (CHT), Oulu, Finland
Dr. Maritta Perälä-Heape is Director of Centre for Health and Technology (CHT) in the city of Oulu, Finland.
Prior to this appointment, Maritta worked as a director of the Innovation and international business unit (Centre for Economic development, transport and the environment). She was responsible for implementing the national innovation strategy, regional R&D and innovation development and internationalization activities. In addition, she worked as a research program manager and as a senior life science advisor in Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation ) .
Before her employment by Tekes, she was a R&D and business development manager in a Finnish-based, American biotechnology company, Fibrogen Europe Ltd. Her Ph.D. in clinical biochemistry was carried out in collaboration with a Finnish pharmaceutical company, Orion Corporation Farmos Ltd.
She is a member of several regional, national and international Advisory boards, like Finnode Business Models for Health IT, Centers of expertise program (Ministry of employment and economy) and Oulu Innovation alliance. She has been active in promoting the growth ventures as a chairperson of regional growth entrepreneurship and heading the internationalization strategy work for the city of Oulu.
Programme Manager Europe, Continua Health Alliance - Belgium
Michael is responsible for outreach and coordination of Continua’s activities in Europe, and for managing Continua’s responsibilities under European Commission-funded projects.
Before joining Continua in 2010, Michael worked for a number of Brussels-based organisations in the connected health field. He served as first Director of the Brussels office of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and has held various roles at the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), the European Health Management Association (EHMA), and the European Association of Healthcare IT Managers (EAHITM).
He is based in Brussels, Belgium.
Natalia Botana Rey
Innovation Health Platform Galician Regional Health Ministry /Galician Health Service (SERGAS)
Natalia is Coordinator of the Innovation Health Platform of the Galician Regional Health Ministry and Galician Health Service (SERGAS) of the Autonomous Government of Galicia (Xunta de Galicia), Spain.
Natalia is a civil servant of the Xunta de Galicia. During last eleven years she worked as an official veterinary inspector at the Galician Regional Health Ministry and Galician Regional Agriculture Ministry.
She was Spanish representative of the Autonomous Governments of Spain at SCoFCAH (Standing Committee of the Food Chain and Animal Health) in Brussels in 2009 and she worked in DG Mare in 2008 as a National Expert in Professional Training Program of the European Commission.
Since June 2011 she is a National Expert to support Union Controls in the EU & Third Countries on Fish and Aquaculture at the European Food and Veterinary Office.
Natalia has been a member of the Innovation Health Platform since February 2011; her role is coordinating all its activities to promote health innovation culture among professionals as a tool to improve efficiency and sustainability of the Public Health System.
The Innovation Health Platform is a professionals’ initiative, its main goal is to transform and turn the knowledge inherent in the health organization and the skills of the different agents into value following an open innovation model, helping health professionals to become promoters of improvement and innovation projects.
H2050 and INNOVA-SAÚDE projects were the principal achievement of the innovation platform in 2011; our multidisciplinary team worked in order to develop the H2050 and Innova-saúde proposals and finally obtained more than 60 million Euros from European Regional Development Fund, ERDF. These projects promote another 23 Innovative Projects aimed to transform health service models articulated around the hospital of the future with a new structural and functional design, as well as leveraging industry productivity, internationalization of new models and products and innovative public procurement.
Dr Oliver Harrison
Director of Public Health and Policy, Director of Strategy - Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD)
Since joining the team in 2006, Oliver has built a high-quality, impact-focused public health department with a particular focus on non-communicable disease (particularly diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer). In addition, he has led the drafting of pioneering simple, flexible regulations for healthcare in the emirate; these are now under consideration by a range of other emerging markets. Oliver is the inaugural chairman of the Abu Dhabi Health Research Council, helping to establish a range of health-related R&D in the emirate.
Oliver also leads the HAAD Strategy Department which is responsible for Abu Dhabi’s innovative health informatics systems, and ensuring quality, access and cost efficiency across the health system. In this ground-breaking health system performance improvement is enabled through remarkable data transparency (see www.haad.ae/statistics) with open, secure data flows built around a unique, low-cost centralised health data clearing house that was developed in-house (https://www.shafafiya.org).
Before joining HAAD, Oliver worked on healthcare reform and R&D globally with McKinsey. He is a medical doctor (Psychiatry), a Foundation Scholar at Jesus College – Cambridge, an Honorary Lecturer at Imperial College London, Principal Investigator of the Abu Dhabi partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a member of both the UK Global Health Forum, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on The Brain and Cognitive Science.
Pamela Goldberg - Chief Executive Officer
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative - USA
Pamela Goldberg is CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, an economic development organization focused on catalyzing technology innovation throughout the state. The Mass Tech Collaborative brings together leaders from industry, government, and academia to advance solutions to improve healthcare IT, expand broadband access, strengthen regional economies, and enhance the state’s global competitiveness.
An experienced leader, Goldberg has an extensive background in entrepreneurship, innovation and finance, and is the first woman to lead the Mass Tech Collaborative in its 30 year history. Goldberg works closely with leading public officials and senior executives in Massachusetts to support critical economic development initiatives that unlock private investment and create jobs for state residents.
Passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship, Goldberg most recently served as the Director of The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Tufts University, a program she launched to drive innovation for the university. Her background includes 25 years of experience in the worlds of start-up ventures, academia, finance and strategic planning.
Pamela received her BA from Tufts University and MBA from Stanford University.
Paul Rice - Director of the Long Term Conditions
Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC) in Yorkshire -UK
Paul leads on Telehealth, as Director of the Long Term Conditions theme in the Health Innovation and Education Cluster in Yorkshire and Humber.
He has published and spoken widely on the challenges and opportunities to deliver high quality, efficient and effective service models utilising assistive technology/telehealth.
Paul has 15+ years experience in health policy, innovation and NHS management. He is also active on major European funded collaborative projects on assisted living.
Paul holds a first degree in Law and Accounting and a Doctorate in Medical Law and Bioethics.
The NHS in Yorkshire and Humber has been at the forefront of exploiting the benefits of using Telehealth to transform care and resources developed by the HIEC to spread the lessons and learning from this experience have been disseminated around the world.
Head of Unit, ICT for Health, Directorate - ICT addressing Social Challenges,
Information Society and Media Directorate General (INFSO) - Belgium
Pēteris Zilgalvis is Head of Unit, ICT for Health, Directorate - ICT addressing Social Challenges, Information Society and MediaDirectorate General (INFSO). Earlier, he was Head of the Unit, Infectious Diseases in the Health Research Directorate.
Until 2010, he was Head of the Governance and Ethics Unit, Directorate Science, Economy and Society at DG Research, European Commission.
From 1997 to 2005, he was Deputy Head of the Bioethics Department of the Council of Europe, in its Directorate General of Legal Affairs. In addition, he has held various positions in the Latvian civil service (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Environment). He was Senior Environmental Law Advisor to the World Bank/Russian Federation Environmental Management Project and was Regional Environmental Specialist for the Baltic Countries at the World Bank.
P. Zilgalvis studied political science (cum laude) at the
Secretary General for Health of the Government of Catalonia
Degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona (1986). Graduate of Health Economics and Health Services Management by University of Barcelona (1987). Graduate Public Sector Economics from the University of Barcelona (1990).
Roser has developed her professional activity in the areas of management and financial management, management services, strategic planning and dashboards and information systems in the public sector.
She began her career at the Catalan Institute of Health in 1987 and since 1991 at the Catalan Health Service (CatSalut) as Chief of Staff of the Directorate of CatSalut and as Manager of Economic Planning. From July 2004 until January 2007 she was Director of Strategy and Economic Analysis of the Barcelona Healthcare Region (RSB).
Since February 2008 director general of the Catalan Union of Hospitals. In December 2010 was appointed General Secretary of the Health Department of the Government of Catalonia.
Among other collaborations and representatives, she is member of the Standing Committee of the Health Economics Committee of the College of Economists of Catalonia and collaborator ESADE faculty. He has written several articles on the reform of public administration and public management, as well as in the field of health economics.
Chief Technology Officer - Kainos Software Ltd - Northern Ireland
Tom has over 20 years experience delivering large scale enterprise and system integration projects. As CTO of Kainos, Tom sets the company’s technical strategy and identifies and advocates ways to improve its effectiveness in solution design and implementation, and is responsible for the Kainos Quality Assurance function.
Tom also delivers valuable advice, guidance and thought leadership to clients on Enterprise Architecture and Applied Technology. His experience spans a number of industries including utilities, telecommunications, healthcare and financial services. Tom also manages the Research & Development and Innovations capabilities within Kainos.
He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast and holds a BSc. in Computer Science. Tom is currently studying Innovation Management at MITSloan.
Dr Vije Rajput MRCGP
General Practitioner, Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, UK
Vije Rajput is a General Practitioner with a special interest in quality management and information technology.
He is a GP Research Lead with Keele University, engaging GP practices in research and additionally tasked with encouraging primary and secondary care collaboration in research.
As an executive for a Clinical Commissioning Group(CCG) he is involved in commissioning services for the local population of over 150,000 patients and 90 GPs.
As Telehealthcare Lead, he has commenced a mobile diabetes telehealth evaluation and is involved in a COPD telehealth programme collaborating with social care.
As Long Term Conditions Lead, he chairs a diabetes multidisciplinary team network, leading a healthcare service redesign. He has also introduced an electronic prescribing decision support programme for clinicians and has been involved in providing a programme of education for GPs since 2004.