Digital Health Society Summit 2022
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Andrea Barbiero

 Digital Health & Social Innovation Expert Consultant in Co-Salud & Argentinian Ecosystem Coordinator TISAC

Andrea has a degree in Health Services Administration (UCES, Argentina) and a Master in Health Management (IESyBS, Spain). She is consulting professor in several Digital Health Masters from several Spanish and Latin American academic institutions.
Since her professional beginnings, Andrea has focused her activity on strategic consulting, accompanying the different agents of the health ecosystem in transiting their challenges related to digital transformation and innovation.
She has collaborated in process, technology and innovation consulting projects for different clients: International Organizations, Ministries of Health, Hospitals, Health Insurers, and others health Companies/StartUps, in Spain and in Latin America.
Since 2014, she is leading Co-Salud, a boutique consulting platform focused particularly on promoting open and collaborative innovation within the health sector.
She is OuiShare Connector, a global community and a think tank related to the digital and platform economy where she promotes the values ​​of a more collaborative and participatory health.
In 2016, a new project began in conjunction with referents innovation professionals, building SalusCoop, a citizen cooperative of health data for science.
Andrea is currently the promoter and the Leader of an Argentinian Digital Health community and also is the president of the civil association TISAC, where promotes the meeting of the different actors of digital health in Ibero-America.
Since 2022, she is one of the Barcelona Health Hub Ambassadors, a recognized European Digital Health Hub.


Andy Bleaden

Community Director, ECHAlliance

Andy Bleaden has had long career in both funding and social care going back over 25 years and has been recently working in Greater Manchester at Stockport where he specialised in Adult Social Care, Robotics, Telehealth and Telemedicine, Regeneration and Dementia. He also formed alliances with pan European groups most recently with the EIP-AHA, Coral and Covenant for Demographic Change.
In addition, he has also been working as an External Expert for the European Commission since 2013 and also with the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) on the new Health KIC and also working for the new Urban Innovation Actions as an expert.
He brings a wealth of experience and skills in securing and management of strategic external funding, procurement, innovation funding and forming and development large and complex partnerships across Europe.

Barbara Di Camillo

Barbara Di Camillo

Full Professor in Computer Science, Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova

Barbara Di Camillo is Full Professor in Computer Science at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova. Her research activity is centered in the development and application of advanced modeling, data mining and machine learning methods for high-throughput biological data analysis in the field of bioinformatics and digital health. She has been PI and WP leader of projects funded by the EU, Italy and industry and has received numerous awards in particular in the field of reverse-engineering and machine learning applied to clinical and biological data. Currently she is the technical and scientific manager of Brainteaser H2020 European project “Bringing Artificial Intelligence Home for a Better Care of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Multiple Sclerosis”

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Bleddyn Rees

Deputy Chair and Digital Health Society, ECHAlliance

Bleddyn is an experienced commercial and international healthcare lawyer with over 30 years’ experience advising on outsourcings, privatisations, complex contracting and projects. In healthcare he has advised on healthcare regulations, commissioning, procurement and contracting for healthcare services, partnerships, alliances and collaborations in the health and care sectors in the UK, Europe, Middle East and the US.

He has unique experience for a private sector lawyer having spent almost four years seconded to the Commercial Directorate of the UK Department of Health as General Counsel in the early 2000’s. Bleddyn has advised Health Ministers and through his secondment he has a detailed understanding of the NHS and the UK health sector.

Bleddyn is Deputy Chair of the European Connected Health Alliance and Chair of the Digital Health Society. Both these organisations are helping to transform health and care services internationally.  Bleddyn Chairs the Digital Working Group of All Policies for a Healthy Europe a think tank set up by Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Philips and Randstad based in Brussels. He has a special interest in Digital Health, health data and Medtech.

Brian O'Connor

Brian O’Connor

Chair, ECHAlliance

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Brian developed his career as a consultant, manager and investor. He has worked in the UK, US and Hong Kong and has significant experience as a company director in a variety of industries.

He is currently providing strategic advice to Governments, International organizations and companies on the challenges facing healthcare in general and specifically on the Connected Health opportunity. He created the European Connected Health Alliance, a not for profit organisation which connects Governments, Industry,Research Institutes, Health Services, Patient Groups etc through a Global Network of Ecosystems.

He is Chair of a number of innovative companies and an investor in start ups.

Dipak Kalra

Dipak Kalra

President, European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (I~HD)

Professor Dipak Kalra, PhD, FRCGP, FBCS, plays a leading international role in research and development of Electronic Health Records, including the reuse of EHRs for research. A former London general practitioner, he has over the past 25 years led the development of standards on EHR interoperability, personal health records and data protection, and leads multiple EU Horizon 2020 and IMI projects in these areas. Dipak is President of The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (www.i-hd.eu). This is a multi-stakeholder not for profit body that supports healthcare and research organisations, and patients, to capture and reuse better quality health data. Dipak is Professor of Health Informatics at University College London, and Visiting Professor at the University of Gent.

George Valiotis

George Valiotis

Executive Director, EHMA

George is the Executive Director of EHMA. He represents the voice of health management to many European and international bodies including the European Parliament, the European Commission, the World Health Organisation, Industry bodies, and community groups. He has an active role in all of EHMA’s projects by providing high level advice on health management matters. He Chairs EHMA’s webinar series, guides the coordination of the annual conference, and executive training programmes. George has worked in executive roles specializing in health management, policy, research, systems thinking, human rights, education and training.


Before joining EHMA, he was the Chief Executive Officer of a Scottish policy agency focusing on blood borne viruses and sexual infections. He has managed multiple strategic policy and education collaborations with diverse stakeholders. Earlier he was an education specialist for the International AIDS Society, developing global initiatives for pre and post-doctoral researchers in prevention, clinical and biomedical research. He also served on the Board of Diabetes Australia and as an Advisor on its Medical Education and Science Council. In these roles he helped govern the National Diabetes Services Scheme which was a €550 million government contract to supply medical products, education, and services. He was also engaged as a consultant on various projects including: as the Principal Strategic Advisory to the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland), and; as an associate on biomedical citizen projects with the Medical School of the University of Edinburgh.

Giovanna Ferrari

Giovanna Ferrari

Regional Labeling Lead, Pfizer

Project Lead, Gravitate Health project

After completing a PhD in molecular biology at University College London, and a period of post-doctoral research at Kings College London, Giovanna moved into the regulatory sector of the pharmaceutical industry, specialising in the area of labelling and product information since 2009; she currently works within International Labeling Group at Pfizer with regional responsibility for Europe. Giovanna has extensive experience in the field of local labelling across the wider European region, and through this has developed a broad understanding of current regulatory requirements and trends impacting labelling. A particular area of interest of relevance to Gravitate Health is electronic labelling and in connection with this topic Giovanna is also active in a range of regional industry activities/forums. She has been involved from the earliest stages of the development of the Gravitate-Health initiative in coordinating the group of industry partners which developed the original concept and call for an IMI integrated digital health information project, intended to transform the way in which patients access, understand and apply health information in managing their health. She is now the industry Project Lead for Gravitate Health and is at the heart of strategic and project planning for this patient-focussed digital health initiative.

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Hrvoje Belani

Head of Sector for Information Systems Implementation and Improvement, Directorate for e-Health, Ministry of Health, Croatia

Hrvoje Belani acts as a head of Sector for Information Systems Implementation and Improvement at the Directorate for e-Health in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia. He is experienced software engineer, ICT expert and project manager in e-health, representing Croatia in eHealth Network, as well as various international, EU-funded projects, like epSOS, INCA, EXPAND and ASSESS CT. He is a member of eHealth Security Experts Group within ENISA and a full member of HL7 Croatia and Croatian Medical Informatics Society. He gained his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, majoring in telecommunications and informatics, from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. He has finished Academy for Political Development of the Council of Europe, the UN Academy and Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education. He is also an adjunct senior lecturer at VERN’ University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb teaching IT project management and an adjunct associate at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, teaching medical informatics at postgraduate specialist study of epidemiology.

Ilias Iakovidis

Ilias Iakovidas

Adviser at DG CONNECT, European Commission

Ilias works on maximising the benefits of green digital transformation, in cooperation with several Commission services and external stakeholders. He also works on digitalisation for circular economy, e.g. on the digital product passport as introduced in the Eco-design for Sustainable Product Regulation. Ilias has initiated the European Green Digital Coalition that works together with the European Parliament Pilot project on science-based methods to estimate the net environmental impact of digital solutions and on guidelines for green digital transformation in different sectors. Before 2017 Ilias has contributed to the EU Agenda of eHealth and ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing for over 20 years. Areas he pioneered include digitally supported Integrated Care, ‘Virtual Physiological Human’, Personal Health Systems and Electronic Health Records.

Karolina Mackiewicz, Innovation Director at ECHAlliance

Karolina Mackiewicz

Innovation Director, ECHAlliance

Karolina Mackiewicz (MA Political Sciences, MA Futures Studies) has over 12 years of professional experience in international projects in the area of health and wellbeing.
She worked for the WHO European Healthy Cities network, leading the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Health in the Baltic Sea Region, and the Development Manager at MyData Global – an international non-for-profit advocating for a human-centric approach to personal data. When it comes to digital health, she is especially interested in how technology and data can support the sustainable health systems of tomorrow, health literacy and socio-economic determinants of health.

Karolina has developed and led numerous international projects and cooperated with the EC, OECD, World Bank and other key regional and national stakeholders.
Her professional mission is to bring bridges between the different sectors for a more just and sustainable future.


Oscar Zanutto

ISRAA-Fabbrica Europa Coordinator, Faber

Oscar Zanutto is a psychologist of work and organizations coordinating FABER www.fabbricaeuropa.eu an Innovation Hub dedicated to EU Projects on social innovation in older field. Senior Project Manager in several European Projects related to ageing, ICT innovation in care and seniors housing. His skills are devoted to networking, consortium building and project management with a focus on the design of innovative care services for older people.Trainer at the University Masters programmes for psychologists managed by Padua University. He is author of “La leadership in RSA” (2013), and “La Bussiness Intelligence in RSA” Maggioli Editore (2015), “SEFAC journey” edited by “Hein Raat, Stefania Macchione, Oscar Zanutto (2021), “DevOps for Trustworthy IoT Systems” Now Publisher (2021). Speaker in several events dedicated to longevity topics. Aging2.0 Network Treviso’s Chapter Ambassador; SAFE EU Network Coordinator, ECHAlliance Treviso’s Ecosystem Coordinator.

Rachel Dunscombe

Rachel Dunscombe

Board Director, the Digital Health Society

Rachel Dunscombe is CEO of the NHS Digital Academy and global lead for the KLAS Arch collaborative – a group of organisations creating academic quality evidence for Digitisation. She was formerly the CIO of the Salford Royal/NCA Group one of the 2 most digitally mature organisations in the NHS. She has worked across the health, care system as well as in the private sector and Europe. She is currently visiting professor at Imperial College London and a member of the UK government’s AI Council.

Tapani Piha

Tapani Piha

Special Adviser, Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health & Sitra

Tapani Piha worked in the European Commission from 2001, serving as Head of Unit for 14 years. Since 2019, he has advised the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra on digital health, use of health data and the EU. In the Commission he was responsible, inter alia, for digital transformation in health, the European Reference Networks for rare diseases, Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare, as well as developing policies on Health Technology Assessment (HTA). He has a medical specialist degree in public health. He served the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and coordinated Finland’s EU policies in health during 1995-2001. At the WHO Regional Office for Europe in 1989-94 he was responsible for the Action Plan for a Tobacco-Free Europe.