Digital Health Society Virtual Summit

17th & 18th November #DHSSummit20
Following the success of the 1st edition, we are delighted to announce our

2nd Digital Health Society Summit which will be held on the 17th & 18th November with the switch from onsite to virtual.


17th & 18th November

There will be much to discuss as the continuing effects of the pandemic emerge. The Digital Health Society’s work connecting digital health and data initiatives has never been more important. The German EU Presidency's focus is on “ Together for Europe’s Recovery “ and the European Commission’s focus on a Common Health Data Space provide a range of important subjects to discuss.

Day 1 - Tuesday, 17th November 2020

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome & scene setting

Bleddyn Rees, Director at the Digital Health Society


10:15 – 11:15 DHS & i~HD Recommendations

  • Presentation of the DHS & i~HD Recommendations from Round Table 1 “Acceptance Criteria for Societal Trust in the Use of Health Data”, Bleddyn Rees, Director at the Digital Health Society
  • Presentation of the DHS & i~HD Recommendations from Round Table 2 “A recipe for trustworthy digital health: standards, architecture and value”, Dipak Karla, President at European Institute for Innovation through Health Data
  • Debate on “Next steps: implementation of the DHS & i~HD Recommendations”


11:15 – 11:30 Data innovation showcase 1

Tomaž Gornik, CEO of Better, co-Chair of OpenEHR Foundation


11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break


11:45 – 12:30 All Policies for a Healthy Europe: presentation of the Digital Working Group Recommendations

All Policies for a Healthy Europe is an multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together a diverse group of NGOs, think-thanks, associations, companies, and individuals and promote a cross-sectoral policy making approach that takes all of the multi-dimensional determinants of health and well-being into account, including economic, social, environmental, commercial and political influences. The Digital Working Group has elaborated a 2020 Policy Paper, focusing on empowering citizens to reap the benefits of the digital transformation of health & wellbeing.

Michele Calabrò, Policy Adviser at European Patients’​ Forum


12:30 – 12:45 Data innovation showcase 2


12:45 – 13:45 Lunch break


13:45 – 14:45 Citizen controlled data sharing governance

Discussions on data sharing have multiple perspectives, interests and even biases and the only way forward is to acknowledge the tensions but search for the potential compromises that can be implemented in the short-term. It is essential to progressively improve the testing of new models, the amount of data being shared and the awareness of citizens – ultimately their trust. This session will aim to discuss (and agree on) the main next steps to be followed, in what concerns legal questions, societal issues and business models for successful citizen-centered data sharing models, based on 3 axis: transparency, information, awareness and trust.

Panel discussion moderated by Birgit Morlion, mHealth Programme and Policy at European Commission, DG CNECT

Panellists TBC:

  • Carina Dantas, Senior International Projects Manager at ECHAlliance


14:45 – 15:30 German Digital Health Ecosystems: initiatives for advanced health data sharing and better use

Panel discussion moderated by Andy Bleaden, Director of Ecosystems and Membership at ECHAlliance and Elisa Frenz, Ecosystem Developer Manager at ECHAlliance


15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break


15:45 – 16:00 Data innovation showcase 3


16:00 – 17:00 Balancing disruption and coordinated long term efforts: the role of EU Presidencies


17:00 – 17:15 Wrap up and take-home messages

Bleddyn Rees, Director at the Digital Health Society

Day 2 - Wednesday, 18th November 2020 / Satellite session “Accelerating the adoption of data-driven health solution for better health”

09:30 – 09:45 Welcome

Valentina Tageo, International Projects Director at CHAlliance


09:45 – 11:00 I2M Online training for digital health SMEs and Q&A

A stakeholder consultation run by the We4AHA I2M team revealed that there is still a strong need to facilitate European SMEs’ access to private investments (in such fields as venture capital, capital risk, private equity, and seed funding). SMEs point out the lack of capitalisation and funding as a key issue in the growth of European digital health SMEs and their internationalisation. This training session offered by I2M, an initiative co-led by ECHAlliance and TicBioMed, aims to provide SMEs directions and tips on how to assess the investment-readiness of their data-driven solution, design an attractive business proposition and pitch it convincingly in front of potential private investors.

Francesca Natali, Fund Managing director and Senior expert at META Group


11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break


11:15 – 12:00 Boosting investments on data-driven health and care solutions

The Session is thought to bring a broad perspective on the barriers that are preventing and delaying the adoption of person-centred digital solutions at scale, based on the lessons learnt from both the Innovation to Market (I2M) initiative raised in the frame of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing and the DigitalHealthEurope H2020 project. The panellists will discuss the potential solutions that may accelerate investments thus, paving the way to up-scaling.

Carina Dantas, Senior International Project Manager at ECHAlliance

John Brennan, CEO of WESTBIC- Ireland


12:00 – 13:00 Benefits and risks of AI for health and wellbeing in the workplace

Panel moderated by Karolina Mackiewicz, Senior International Project Manager at ECHAlliance

This session is promoted by the SmartWork project that is developing innovative solutions to sustain workability in office settings as workers age. Departing from the presentation of the SmartWork solution, the session will engage in a broader discussion with renowned experts about the implications for health and wellbeing of using digital developments, like artificial intelligence and ‘big data’ (such as for people analytics; AI-augmented robotics; chat-bots in support centres; or wearable technologies and IoT in a production assembly line, etc.), at the workplace.

Charalampos Vassiliou, Digital Strategy and Business Development Consultant at Byte Computer S.A.


13:00 – 13:10 Wrap up and event closure

Key benefits & opportunities

Explore the main current challenges

Learn from the best international experts

Meet the Global Digital Health Community

Discover innovative solutions, best practices and key success factors for implementation

Key stakeholders

The Summit will bring together national and regional policy makers, international experts, healthcare providers and professionals, researchers, insurers, leading industry, SMEs and startups, civil society organisations and patient groups.

Join the Digital Health Society

Become a partner to increase your networking and business opportunities and engage with and learn from the “Doers” of the health and care transformation across EU.


More details coming soon

Check out the 1st Digital Health Society Summit here

Please contact Beatriz Sanz for further questions