Keynote 1

Prof Nigel Lovell

Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering
University of New South Wales
UNSW Sydney NSW 2052 Australia

Nigel Lovell received the B.E. (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. He is currently at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering UNSW Sydney where he holds a position of Scientia Professor and Head of School. He has authored 250+ journal papers and been awarded over $80 million in R&D and infrastructure funding. He is a Fellow of seven learned academies throughout the world.

His research work has covered areas of expertise ranging from cardiac and retinal modeling, telehealth technologies, biological signal processing, and visual prosthesis design. Through a spin-out company from UNSW, TeleMedCare Pty. Ltd., he has commercialised a range of telehealth technologies for managing chronic disease and falls in the older population. He is also one of the key researchers leading an R&D program to develop in Australia a retinal neuroprosthesis or ‘bionic eye’.

He has been conference or scientific chair of half a dozen international conferences including the triennial World Congress of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in Sydney in 2003.

For 2017 and 2018 he is the President of the world’s largest biomedical engineering society – the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

Title: Biomedical meets eHealth

Keynote 2

Werner Leodolter

Chief Information Officer
Styrian Hospital Corporation mbH
Graz, Austria

Univ.Prof. for Applied Management Studies 
University of Graz

Author of the book "Digital Transformation Shaping the Subconscious Minds of Organizations – Innovative Organizations and Hybrid Intelligencies"

 Title: Trust - but Whom?

Thoughts on the digital transformation of the healthcare system

Decisions on health - in the future even more intensified by the possibilities of personalized medicine – face the enormous complexity of the human organism and its psyche, incredible amounts of available knowledge as well as the personal preferences of affected patients and the medical and nursing staff.

Trust generally helps us to manage complexity. Trust - and ultimately faith - helps us to make the decisions - be it as a doctor, pharmacist, caregiver or patient. But whom do we trust? Whom does the patient trust? Whom does the member of a health profession trust?

The advance of artificial intelligence, robotics, digital assistants etc. - is massively changing this "trust landscape" in healthcare. How can we handle this from the personal and the organizational perspective?

Keynote 3

Tapani Piha, European Commission

Head of Unit

European Reference Networks & Digital Health Unit

Health Systems, Medical Products and Innovation Directorate

European Commission



Tapani Piha works as Head of Unit in the European Commission since 2004. The European Reference Networks & Digital Health Unit develops the EU’s strategy for digital health, builds the networks of clinical centres specialised in rare diseases, builds cross-border exchange of e-prescriptions and patient summaries, and addresses data use and protection in healthcare, within the framework of the Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border health care.

In the Commission since 2001, he has been responsible for policy development on Health Technology Assessment (HTA), health strategy, health information, expert advice for health systems, health law, health research coordination, and managed human resources of the Directorate General.

After studying medicine and public health in the Turku University, he carried out epidemiological and intervention research on health behaviours and cardiovascular disease, then became a principal administrator in the field of health promotion and tobacco control. At the WHO Regional Office for Europe he was responsible for the Action Plan for a Tobacco-free Europe in 1989-94. After returning back to Finland, he worked in the Finnish Ministry of Health and coordinated Finland's EU policy in health.

Title: The EU Strategy for Digital Transformation in Cross-Border Healthcare