Ilias is currently an Adviser on Societal challenges at the DG CNECT, European Commission and working on the next Research and Innovation (R&I) Programme (FP9). Before that he was leading the eHealth and ICT for ageing units and contributed to the EU Agenda for eHealth and ICT for ageing including the past R&I Programmes for over 23 years.
Areas he pioneered include Active and Healthy Ageing and Integrated Care; ‘Virtual Physiological Human’; Personal Health Systems and Interoperable Electronic Health Records. Ilias was instrumental in setting up and managing the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing and the ‘Silver economy’ initiative. He co-authored the 1st eHealth Action Plan for Europe (2004), Communication on telemedicine (2008) and EC Recommendation on cross border interoperability of EHR (2008). He developed the EU-US Memorandum of Understanding in eHealth and promoted cooperation with other non EU countries.
Ilias has a PhD in Applied Math (USA) and postdoc in biomedical engineering (CA). In 2001 he was elected fellow of American College of Medical Informatics for his contribution to the field.