Committees

Digital Health Advisory Group for Europe

The Digital Health Advisory Group for Europe is a thought leadership platform for key decision-makers in Europe to identify synergies and nurture collaborations on digital health policies. The group was created by HIMSS in collaboration with the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. It builds on the work of the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference Advisory Council, whose goal was to create policy topics for its annual conference that were of national relevance for its member countries.

Participation in this group is by invitation only so is not included in the open call for volunteers.

The group’s first meeting in 2019 identified five underlying priorities for its member countries’ health systems:

  • Integrate health and social data
  • Create interoperability governance
  • Utilize data to create new services and increase product marketability
  • Expand AI-empowered healthcare
  • Increase digital skills in the workforce, patients and citizens

This year’s theme is building the common European response to the COVID-19 pandemic by:

  • Nurturing the ongoing digital transformation of healthcare sped up by the crisis
  • Creating digital tools for managing the pandemic and preparing for future health threats
  • Creating a framework for cross-border exchange of health and social data post-COVID-19

The Digital Health Advisory Group for Europe met on September 3, 2020 to review the acute priorities of managing and exiting from the pandemic.

Based on this, the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and HIMSS have published a report outlining the calls to action in building the common European response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Access the full report below.

Reports

Digital Health Advisory Group for Europe – call for action and cooperation in Europe

Chairs

Päivi Sillanaukee
Ambassador for Health and Wellbeing of Finland
Director-General, Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Bruce Steinberg
Executive Management
Managing Director and Executive Vice President, International

Participating Countries:

  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Russian Federation
  • Sweden

International Organisations:

  • Business Finland
  • European Commission
  • Nordic Council of Ministers
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • SITRA Innovation Fund of Finland
  • United Nations (UN)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)

Contact

Angela Velkova, Director of Communities and Strategic Relations, EMEA, HIMSS.

Tia-Maria Kirkonpelto, Specialist, Department for Safety, Security and Health, Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Organising Partners