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Egmont Palace, Brussels

20 November 2018

Opening Session - European Future of Digital Health and Care

Vytenis Andriukaitis

European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

Clemens Auer

Director General Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Women's Affairs

Tom Parker


Panel 1 - Realising the Potential of Health Data

Digitisation and big data is a cornerstone in transforming our healthcare systems shaping a new trajectory characterised by high quality healthcare services at sustainable costs levels. However, challenges are abundant, from fragmented and non-standardised healthcare data not just between but also within Member States, over a lack of data to properly measure e.g. costs and outcomes to lacking incentives in the healthcare system to act on the insights provided by data.


Key questions:

  • How can patient data be more accessible for patients and more easily shared between national and international care units?
  • What are the barriers in the healthcare system to focus on outcome and not activity?
  • Do we need internationally standardised measures of patient reported outcomes (PRO)?
  • How important are closer public and private partnerships for the success of fostering cost-effective integrated patient pathways?


Despina Spanou

Director for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity in DG CNECT

Andrzej Ryś

Director for Health Systems, Medical Products and Innovation in DG SANTE

Christian Jervelund

CE Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences Services at CE

Tom Parker


Coffee Break and Meet the Expert Session on Virtual Reality

Panel 2 - Ethical and Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence

The application of artificial intelligence (AI) brings new opportunities for businesses and managers to improve efficiency, lower operational cost and optimise decision-making by better targeting customers. However, automation through AI will cause a large-scale digital transition that will affect the labour market across industries. As such, the benefits of the digital transformation are indisputable, but it also challenges our perception of social and ethical issues regarding wealth distribution, safety and e-privacy.


Key questions:

  • Is the regulatory framework of the European Commission evolving in a way that allow citizens to fulfil their digital potential and to build trust in the digital transformation?
  • To what extent is the EC proposed safeguard against ethical pitfalls, such as AI bias, sufficient and proportionate to achieve the aim to protect society from the unintended consequences of the increased use of AI?
  • How can European workers fully reap the benefits of the productivity growth that has historically been generated through technological innovations, such as AI?




Pilar del Castillo Vera

Member of European Parliament

Lucilla Sioli

Director for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry in DG CNECT

Thomas Boué

BSA Director General, Policy EMEA

Göran Karlsson

TCS AI Innovation Executive

Dave Keating


Networking Lunch and Meet the Expert Session on Digital Skills

Panel 3 - Fostering Trust in the Digital Era

In a world that is increasingly interconnected through digitisation, the growing threat from cybercrime is more tangible than ever. According to the World Economic Forum, the number of cyberattacks in businesses has doubled in the past five years in pace with the rising financial impact from successful attacks. Last year’s WannaCry attack alone caused sizable damages exceeding more than $4 billion for global companies.


Key questions:

  • How do we build a legal safeguard that maximises data protection and security without hampering technological innovation and the usability of digital services?
  • To what extent does the AMLD5 cover the entities on the crypto-market engaging in illegal activities such as money-laundering, tax-evasion and terror financing?
  • Are European businesses well-prepared to respond properly to cyberattacks and do they invest sufficiently in countering future threats?


Eva Maydell

Member of European Parliament

Karel Lannoo

CEPS Chief Executive

Steve Purser

Head of Core Operations Department at ENISA

Nicolas Arpagian

Orange Strategy & Public Affairs Director

Alberto Di Felice


Coffee Break and Meet the Expert session on the Impact of Blockchain

Panel 4 - How Digital Industry Can Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) carry a large potential by incentivising business leaders in taking on sustainable investments, without compromising the interests of their businesses. To fully realise this potential, the digital industry continues taking action to align their business conducts with the SDGs.

Key questions:

  • Is the global digital transformation evolving in a way that is aligned with the SDGs by allowing allcitizens to fulfil their digital potential?
  • To what extent is data flows restricted by enhanced cybersecurity, and which initiatives can limit the trade-offs between the two?
  • How do companies incorporate SDG-aligned conducts through digitisation that to the largest extent benefits both their business case and the global society?


Alexander De Croo

Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services

Antti Peltomäki

Deputy Director-General in DG GROW

Caleb Lee

GeSI Vice-Chairman

Aidan McClean


Jan Noterdaeme


Closing Session - European Digitalisation in 2019

Julian King

European Commissioner for the Security Union

Victor Negrescu

Minister-delegate for European Affairs at Romanian Government

Cocktail Reception powered by BSA The Software Alliance






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