IEEE Summit on Technology for Health

Transforming Healthcare and Wellbeing

Time 08:45

Registration and Welcome Coffee

Time 09:20

Welcome: Marko Delimar  University of Zagreb – Chair, IEEE European Public Policy Initiative

Time 09:30

Opening by James A. Jefferies – IEEE President-Elect

Time 09:45

Keynote I: Opening Keynote – Ilias Iakovidis – Adviser on Societal Challenges DG CONNECT, European Commission

Time 10:05

Keynote II: Technology Keynote – A high-level industry representative

Time 10:25

Coffee Break

Time 11:00

Panel I: Introducing the technological revolution in health and wellbeing

This panel will discuss the opportunities created by advances in healthcare stemming from connected technologies such as bio-sensors, smart wearables and implantables. It will highlight these technologies’ transformative nature, and focus on how they can be fully leveraged, while also taking into account the ethical concerns raised by these advances. Panellists will be invited to reflect on the current EU policy landscape concerning the introduction of these innovative technologies into healthcare.


  • Andreas Lymberis  Head of Sector, Wearables and Bioelectronics, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Chris Van Hoof – Director, Wearable Health Solutions, imec
  • Trade association representative
  • Patient association representative
Time 12:30


Time 13:30

Keynote III: Policy Keynote – Miguel González-Sancho – Head of Unit, eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing, DG CNECT, European Commission

Time 13:45

Panel II: Managing the data deluge linked to connected technology in health

New technology, personalising the delivery and implementation of healthcare through the self-management of disease/ wellbeing, brings with it a data deluge. This panel will address the nature of the challenges of privacy and data protection, as well as issues related to the ownership, proper management and storage of data, in relation to advances in technology-enabled healthcare. The panel will discuss how policymakers and medical professionals can address these challenges.


  • Hadas Lewy – Co-founder CARE HIT and Director, Innovation & Business Development, CRI, Clalit Health Services
  • Aurelie Pols – Data Governance & Privacy Engineer, Mind Your Privacy
  • Günter Rauchegger – CEO, Austrian Electronic Healthcare Record (ELGA)
  • Miguel González-Sancho – Head of the Unit “eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing” at the European Commission, within the Directorate General “Communication Networks, Content and Technology”
Time 15:15

Coffee Break

Time 15:40

Panel III: The Human Touch – How technology enabled healthcare can change lives

Changes in healthcare delivery and the diagnostic power provided by connected technologies are transforming society. This panel will focus on the human impact of the digital transformation in healthcare, including how healthcare will be delivered and its impact on lifestyles, wellbeing, and wider society. It will consider the need for ensuring that citizens and patients are kept at the centre of the journey to technology-enabled health and wellbeing.


  • Ain Aaviksoo – Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation at Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia
  • Panos Bamidis – Associate Professor Medical Education Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Estelle Jobson – Patient Expert, European Patient’s Academy (EUPATI) Switzerland
  • Tapani Piha – Head of Unit, Cross border Healthcare & eHealth, DG SANTE, European Commission
Time 17:10

Wrap-up of session from Jacki Davis, Moderator

Time 17:20

Concluding Remarks: Professor Christopher James – University of Warwick – Chair, IEEE Summit Programme Committee

Time 17:30

Close of the Summit followed by Networking Cocktail – VISTA Foyer, 27th Floor