Title: How smart systems, bio & med tech enable pHealth? Present and future developments through the European FP7 and H2020 programmes
Andreas Lymberis, is a physicist, post-graduated with a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and sciences (1990, Paris, France). He worked for more than 20 years as researcher/engineer and R&D manager in biomedical technology and health telematics. In 1999 he joined the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) as a scientific officer in eHealth where he initiated R&D activities on “smart wearable health systems and biomedical clothing”.
Since 2004 he is research program officer first in microsystems and recently in electronic components and systems. He is member of the EC team in charge of the drafting and monitoring the EU research, development & innovation programs for ICT and coordinates two thematic areas: "micro-nano-bio systems (MNBS)" and "e-textile & wearable" systems. He is Senior IEEE Member and chaired the IEEE-EMBS Technical Committee on Wearable Biomedical Sensors and Systems (2004-2007). He published over 30 articles in journals and books and (co) edited 2 books on wearable health systems.
Title: The Importance of Architectures for Interoperability
The paradigm changes health systems are faced with result in highly complex and distributed systems and require flexibility, autonomy, but first of all advanced interoperability. In that context, understanding the architecture of the system to be supported as well as the solution to meet the intended business objectives is crucial. Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion around the term architecture, which doesn’t facilitate the integration of systems. Using a reference architecture model and framework, existing architectural approaches are analyzed, compared and critically discussed, but also harmonized.
Bernd Blobel, PhD, FACMI, FACHI, FHL7, Professor, trained in mathematics, technical cybernetics and electrical engineering, physics, theoretical medicine, informatics and medical informatics, was Founder and Head of the Medical Informatics Department as well as Director of the Institute for Biometry and Medical Informatics at the Magdeburg University. In 2004, he moved as Founder and Head of the Health Telematics Project Group to the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen, before he was appointed in 2006 as Head of the German eHealth Competence Center (eHCC)at the University Hospital Regensburg.
Bernd Blobel is Chair of EFMI WGs “EHR” and “Security, Safety and Ethics” and Past-Chair of IMIA WG "Standards in Health Care Informatics". He is Past-Chair of HL7 Germany and has been Chair of the CEN/ISSS eHealth Standardization Focus Group, Chair of the German Health Informatics Standards Body as well as Head of the German Delegation to ISO TC215 and CEN TC251. He provides research and education on EHR, personal health, architectures, ontologies, modeling, interoperability, security, privacy, safety, and bioinformatics issues at universities in many countries around the world.
Title: Technology ready to be launched, but is there a payer?
Anna Lefevre Skjöldebrand is since 2006 chief executive of Swedish Medtech, the association for medical technology, which gathers 170 member companies within the medtech field. She has expertise in medical technology and the Swedish healthcare system and in depth knowledge in medical device regulations and on the eHealth development in Europe.
Ms Lefevre Skjöldebrand has a degree in law and in economy and has previously worked as an attorney at the law firm Delphi & Co, at Ernst & Young and Front Capital Systems. Her areas of expertise within law are public procurement and intellectual property.
She is since 2011 also chairman of Eucomed’s National Associations Network and a member of the Eucomed board. Eucomed is the European Medical Device Association. Ms Lefevre Skjöldebrand is also a member of the Cocir board. Cocir is the European trade association for the manufacturers of imaging and IT solutions for the healthcare.
In Sweden Ms Lefevre Skjöldebrand is a member of the board of the Swedish eHealth Agency and a member of the senior advisory board of the Medical Products Agency. She is also a board member of the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) and Swecare.
Mälardalen University, SE-721 23 Västerås, Sweden