Digitaleurope event

Europe's Digital Health Future – From Sharing to Empowering

24 Jun 2020
09:00-12:30 CET


Digital transformation plays an important role in the sustainability of health services. It provides efficiencies of healthcare systems, accelerates research for diseases such as cancer and new health technologies. Health data and data management are crucial when it comes to empowering citizens and building a healthier society.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of digital tools in healthcare has increased drastically, from teleconsultations to utilization of chatbots, AI assistants, mHealth apps, ePrescription tools, data sharing solutions and many others.

Following the announcement of the Digital Strategy: Shaping Europe’s Digital Future Strategy and in expectation of Council Conclusions, this event will share the EU’s best practices and navigate future digital policies and initiatives with regards to artificial intelligence, mHealth Apps, telehealth, and a Common European Health Data Space.

Recalling commitments undertaken in the EPSCO Council conclusions on COVID-19 from February and April, information-sharing and cooperation between Member States in the field of health, in particular on public health surveillance, risk assessment, risk management and countermeasures to COVID-19 remains essential. The disruption from the digital transformation and eHealth can bring value to proposed measures and EU strategies.

The event will also have a particular focus on vulnerable communities to the virus, in this case, people living with cancer. We’ll highlight what has been done to ensure those suffering from life-threatening diseases are not side-lined during a crisis.


  • 09:00-10:00 Keynote Speeches
    • Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl – Director-General, DIGITALEUROPE
    • Luka Burilović – President Croatian Chamber of Economy
    • Ioana-Maria Gligor – Head of Unit, European Reference Networks and Digital Health, European Commission
    • Bernard Gršić – State Secretary of the Central State Office for the Development of Digital Society
  • 10:00-10:45 Best Practices
    • Ivan Malenica – Croatian Minister of the Ministry of Administration, presenting “Andrija” – Croatian Chatbot, digital assistant during Covid-19
    • Jean-Pol Detiffe – CEO and Founder, OncoDNA
    • Ivica Belina, President of Coalition of Associations in Healthcare of Croatia
  • 10:45-12:00 Role of Digital Tools: Oncology - the reality on the ground
    • Antonella Cardone – Director, European Cancer Patient Coalition
    • Mike Holmes – Associate Vice President, Global Oncology Medical Affairs at MSD – tackling challenges for continuity of cancer care
    • Darine Ghanem – Global Head of Personalised Healthcare and Patient Access at ROCHE – virtual Clinical Trials
    • Bryce Olson –  Global Strategist, Intel Health and Life Sciences Group
    • Susana Solís Pérez, Member of the European Parliament (ES, RE)

    Moderated by Antonija Mandić, Journalist, TV & Radio host

  • 12:00-12:30 Conclusions
    • Nikolina BrnjacState Secretary, Ministry Foreign and European Affairs, Croatia
Speaker bios

Registration will be confirmed with the connection details on June 23rd.

* The session will be recorded and shared.

For more information, please contact:
Kivanç Akil
Associate Director for Events & Executive Coordination
Ray Pinto
Senior Director for Digital Transformation Policy
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