Speakers

Alexander Britz

Alexander Britz

Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Munich, Germany

As General Manager Europe of the Microsoft Health Solutions Group (HSG) Alexander Britz is responsible for driving the activities of HSG in the European markets.
Before joining Microsoft in August 2010 Britz held various management positions at Philips. He was leading the commercial activities of Philips Healthcare’s MRI business in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America and also served as head for the company’s Healthcare IT division in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Henning Bruun-Schmidt

Henning Bruun-Schmidt

Cetrea - clinical logistics, Aarhus, Denmark

Henning Bruun-Schmidt is an economist from Copenhagen University. Throughout his career he focused on applying modern technology to benefit quality of life for end-users and employed. He was acting as lecturer at High School of Social Work, Esbjerg, as planner of Social Service in the County of Ribe and later as deputy of Administration of Hospitals in the same county. The ICT possibilities were opened in his next position as Head of Health County of Viborg; for 10 years he held several national positions on ICT. Afterwards Henning Bruun-Schmidt was Head of ICT, Region of Northern Jutland until he has been asked by IBM to join and work as Business Development Executive in  Healthcare-ICT. Since 2011 he is working for Cetrea - Clinical Logistics as VP International Sales.Henning Bruun-Schmidt has a long time experience from international cooperation on eHealth as well as from national boards on eHealth.

Nora Eisemann

Nora Eisemann

Institute for Cancer Epidemiology, University of Lübeck, Germany

In 2010, Nora Eisemann graduated from university with a diploma in statistics. Since then, she is working at the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology as a Research Assistant. The main focus of her scientific work in research is cancer epidemiology, for example cancer survival, early detection, or quality of life in cancer patients.

Nena Georgantzi

Nena Georgantzi

Age Platform Europe, Brussels, Belgium

As a Legal and Research Officer Nena Georgantzi is contributing with legal expertise to AGE policy and research work. She is in charge of AGE's work towards a better protection of older people’s rights at EU, UN and Council of Europe levels, where she represents AGE in relevant working groups. She follows AGE projects on eHealth, ICT, accessibility and independent living and has coordinated several AGE publications on the above issues, including the involvement of older people in research activities. Nena Georgantzi studied law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds two masters degrees on human rights and on European social protection.

Jaakko Hallila

Jaakko Hallila

Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia, Seinäjoki, Finland

Specialized on international EU funded projects Jaakko Hallila has also research, teaching and incubator background in health care entrepreneurship. His career in the Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia started in 2007 where his first occupation was a Regional Planning Officer. During the time he worked in the Regional Council he has written the Internationalization Strategy for the Region in co-operation with the main regional actors. He has experience in applying funds from various international financing sources and has worked as a project manager for several Interreg funded projects. Jaakko Hallila has a M. Sc. degree in EU administration.

Holger Holst

Holger Holst

Hässleholm Hospital, Hässleholm, Sweden

Holger Holst, who has made his PhD in “Decision support systems in medicine” at Lund University, Sweden, was responsible for the Swedish part of the EU-project “eHealth for Regions” from 2005 to 2007. After that, in 2010 he specialized in Internal medicine and takes care of the patient monitoring in the Swedish part of the “ICT for Health” project. Since 2012 he is Specialist in Cardiology and senior consultant at the Hässleholm Hospital in Sweden.

Maria Iglesia-Gomez

Maria Iglesia-Gomez

DG Health and Consumers, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

As Head of the Innovation for Health and Consumers Unit she is leading the team responsible of developing adequate strategies reporting directly to the DG of Health and Consumers. Her team is responsible to develop and run the ‘Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing’ as well for economic analysis for the legislative initiatives in Health, Consumers and Food Safety policies.

Since 1993 Maria Iglesias Gomez works in the European Commission. Before coming to Brussels she worked at the Public Health department of the Ministry of Health and Consumers in Madrid. She studied Veterinary Sciences and Political Sciences.

Neringa Karvelytė

Neringa Karvelytė

Vilnius University Hospital Santariškių Klinikos, Vilnius, Lithuania

Neringa Karvelytė is an ICT for Health project specialist responsible for patient monitoring and project activity coordination with international partners. During the project she was actively researching the reception of user interface by patients. Neringa Karvelytė received her MD degree from Vilnius University in 2008. Since 2007 she has been on the organizational board of Lithuanian Heart Association. Since 2008 she is working as a doctor within the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit and does research focused on acute cardiac conditions.

Helli Kitinoja

Helli Kitinoja

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Seinäjoki, Finland

Helli Kitinoja made her Master of Health Sciences and Nursing Science on the University of Kuopio. First, she worked as a registered nurse, later she became Nurse Teacher at Seinäjoki School of Health Care. From 1990 until 1998 she holds the position of Vice Dean at the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, School of Health Care. Until 1998, since 14 years, Helli Kitinoja is Manager of International Affairs at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.

Romualdas Kizlaitis

Romualdas Kizlaitis

Vilnius University Hospital Santariškių Klinikos; Vilnius, Lithuania

During the last 12 years, Romualdas Jonas Kizlaitis is developing the information system in the leading lithuanian hospital – Vilnius University Hospital Santariskių klinikos as the Head of the Informatics and Development Centre. As a public initiative, he is member of the IT Development Strategic Board at the Ministry of Health of Lithuania, advisory body for preparing and implementing the National eHealth project. Further he was a key person in several EU funded and international projects such as the Eastern Lithuania Cardiology project, Electronic Patient Appointment Reservation System, Baltic eHealth and R-Bay Project. He is promoter of filmless Radiology and paperless health care in Lithuania, successful EPR – PACS integrator and Telemedicine activist.

Stefan Lamme

Stefan Lamme

Region Skåne, Hässleholm Hospital, Hässleholm, Sweden

Stefan Lamme is medical doctor and specialist in internal medicine. From 2003 to 2011 he was head of the department of internal medicine in Hässleholm hospital. Since 2011 he works fulltime in politics as member of the county council of Region of Skåne.

Arūnas Lukoševičius

Arūnas Lukoševičius

Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania

Arūnas Lukoševičius, Professor and Dr. hab. is the Director of Biomedical Engineering Institute, of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania. Beside his position he is Member of Lithuanian Council for Evaluation of the Quality of Study and Research, of the Lithuanian Council for Evaluation of the Quality of Study and Research, President of Lithuanian Biomedical Engineering Society and Chairman of KTU Quality Assurance Committee.His research areas focus, amongst others, on the usage of health-care telematics for diagnostics and expertise, systems for precise biometry  and the organisation organisation of technical support of health care.

Abderrahman  Machraoui

Abderrahman Machraoui

Diakonissen-Hospital, Flensburg, Germany

Referring to his completed degree in Medicine studies he later specialized in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Angiology and operated as a professor in different universities. Aside from that he has been Representative of the Head of the Department of Cardiology and Angiology in Bochum, Germany. Nowadays Abderrahman Machraoui is Head of the Departement of Internal Medicine at the Diakonissenhospital in Flensburg, Germany, with Cardiology, Angiology and Nephrology sections and 34 physiciens. Remarkable are his numerous memberships in different associations, such as the Medical Association of Schleswig-Holstein, the German Society of Cardiology (DGK) and the caricative association Rotary Club Flensburg. Abderrahman Machraoui heads the Working Group Medecine and Health of the Network of the German-Moroccan Competences (DMK e.V.).

Aigars Miezitis

Aigars Miezitis

Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS)

Aigars Miezitis, economist and physicist at the University of Latvia, worked for ten years as Head of Department for Central Statistical Bureau, three years as Financial Director for a hospital. He participated in several projects: World Bank Health Reform project, Bureau of social service and Centre of Health Economics. Currently he is working on the improvement of payment methods for Health care services in Latvia (Development of Quality Bonus system for Primary Health Care and Introduction of DRG in Latvia for inpatient care and later for outpatient care).


Finn Olesen

Finn Olesen

Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

He has worked at Department of Information Studies, Aarhus University since 1996. His academic background is in philosophy combined with Information Studies. Finn Olesen pioneered in establishing a rich and viable Danish Science and Technology Studies environment. Olesen’s research interests comprise empirical and theoretical applications of postphenomenology and ANT analysis to healthcare practices, especially telemedical solutions and welfare technology. On a general level his research is concerned with practical application of philosophical thinking within the rich domain of sociotechnical practices.

Werner Smidt

Werner Smidt

European Forum for Telemedicine, Bad Segeberg, Germany

After working as business consultant in Spain and Germany Werner Smidt became 2000 Managing director of the Telemedicine Company TSGZ GmbH and six years later Head of Telemedicine Department of Segeberger Kliniken GmbH. Since 2010 he serves as a project leader for the European Forum for Telemedicine.

Dorte Stigaard

Dorte Stigaard

North Denmark Region, Aalborg, Denmark

Since 1994 she worked with ICT in the public sector at a strategic level. She has been part of top management since 2002 and has been a member of the ICT-advisory board at government level for 10 years. Dorte Stigaard has specific experience in large-scale cross-sector ICT-projects, for instance The Digital North Denmark program from 2000-2003 and the new full-scale project on ICT-enabled patient empowerment for people with chronic diseases, called TeleCare North. She is CEO for ICT / eHealth, communication, innovation, and regional development at North Denmark Region.

Roland Trill

Roland Trill

Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Flensburg, Germany

Since 1987 Prof Dr Trill is operating at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences. Over 100 publications were launched by him such as a manual certainly eHealth: From idea to implementation. At the University of Applied Sciences he focuses on the subject areas of organisation and planning, business administration and eHealth. 30 years experience in hospital environment and leader partner function in many international health projects for example “ICT for Health” or “Cross Border Breast Health” make him an expert in health relations.

Péteris Zilgalvis

Péteris Zilgalvis

European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Pēteris Zilgalvis is Head of Unit, Health and Well Being in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology in the European Commission. Beside his expierence in successfully leading the Unit of Governance and Ethics until 2010, he was also Deputy Head of the Bioethics Department of the Council of Europe in its Directorate General of Legal Affairs. In addition, he has held various positions in the Latvian civil service. He was Senior Environmental Law Advisor to the World Bank/Russian Federation Environmental Management Project and was Regional Environmental Specialist for the Baltic Countries at the World Bank. Zilgalvis studied political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, obtained his JD at the Law Center of the University of Southern California, received the Darling Foundation academic scholarship and completed the High Potentials Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.