Tapani Piha works as Head of Cross-Border Healthcare & eHealth Unit in the European Commission, building also the European Reference Networks for rare diseases and addressing issues related to the use of data in healthcare. Previously he has been responsible for health information, health strategy and law, Health Technology Assessment, research coordination and human resources.
After medical studies he carried out epidemiological and health intervention research. He has held positions at the Finnish Ministry of Health, and coordinated Finnish position on EU health policy. At the WHO Regional Office for Europe in 1989-94 he led action for a Tobacco-free Europe.