Welcome to the IEEE Summit on Technology for Health

Transforming Healthcare and Wellbeing

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 | The Hotel | Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.


IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organisation dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its more than 423,000 members in over 160 countries, and its highly-cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe.

On Tuesday, 5 December 2017 in Brussels, we are delighted to be hosting a major European summit – Technology for Health: Transforming Healthcare and Wellbeing.

The IEEE Summit will bring together policymakers, leaders in the healthcare, medical technology and electronics industries as well as expert patients in order to facilitate a dialogue on healthcare enabled by connected technologies, including smart wearables, bio-sensors and implantable technologies.

The Summit will tackle the issue of digital innovation in healthcare from a distinctively IEEE perspective, focusing on innovative wearable, bio-sensing and implantable technologies and their impact in terms of societal transformation. The Summit will also address the resulting ethical concerns and behavioural challenges linked to these transformative technologies, and reflect on the key roles of R&D, standardization, as well as policy and regulatory actions, in creating the right conditions for bringing cutting-edge technology innovations to market for societal benefit

A high-level opening address will be delivered by Professor James A. Jefferies, the President-Elect of IEEE at start of the summit followed by  keynote addresses on the key issues at stake in the current debate about innovation in technology-enabled healthcare, from societal, policy and industry perspectives.

Summit keynotes include:

  • Robert Viola, Director General of DG CNECT.
  • Joost Felix – Global Head of Integrated Care Solutions, Agfa HealthCare.
  • Miguel González-Sancho – Head of Unit, eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing, DG CNECT, European Commission.
  • Ilias Iakovidis – Adviser on Societal Challenges DG CNECT, European Commission.

Three panel discussions will approach connected healthcare technologies from different perspectives, focusing on:

  1. The technological advances and the transformative role they play.
  2. The challenges around the resulting data deluge and how to protect and manage personal data.
  3. The need for a paradigm shift in how health and wellbeing is (self) managed at the human level to accommodate and derive benefits from these technological changes.

Why attend the IEEE Summit?

Overall, the Summit will provide a policy platform for discussion of the opportunities and challenges presented by technological advances in connected healthcare and wellbeing, and will stimulate debate on how best to overcome the challenges while fully leveraging the opportunities.

The Summit will provide participants with an opportunity to:

  1. Gain a broader understanding of the latest advances, potential applications and opportunities, and the ethical issues which connected healthcare technologies raise for our society.
  2. Benefit from latest insight into the current European policy landscape, as well as priorities for future policy.
  3. Learn about the important roles played by R&D, standardization, policy, and regulatory actions in creating the right conditions for bringing cutting-edge technology innovations to market for societal benefit.

2017 Keynote Speakers

Joost Feelix

Joost Felix

Miguel González-Sancho

Miguel González-Sancho

Ilias Iakovidis

Ilias Iakovidis