C3-Cloud Grand Finale Conference, 28 August 2020, Speakers’ Biographies

Theodoros N. Arvanitis

Theodoros N. Arvanitis

Professor of Digital Health Innovation, Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare, C3-Cloud Co-ordinator, Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, University of Warwick

Professor Theodoros N. Arvanitis holds the Chair of Digital Health Innovation and he is the Director of The Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, at University of Warwick. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham. He has been recently part of the newly MRC-Wellcome Trust funded €35 million Health Data Research UK Initiative, where he is the Associate Director of the Midlands Substantive Site of the UK-wide network. Within Warwick, he leads the Biomedical Informatics, Imaging and Healthcare Technologies Research Group.

Professor Arvanitis his RT (BSc) degree (medical radiological technology) in 1990, from TEI of Athens, Greece, and his DPhil (biomedical engineering) in 1997 from the University of Sussex, UK. Prior to joining the University of Warwick in 2013, he held various posts at the University of Sussex and the University of Birmingham. He has held the post of co-Director of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WM AHSN) Digital Theme (2014-2016).

His research interests span the areas of biomedical engineering, neuroimaging and health informatics (clinical systems interoperability and clinical decision support systems), with a strong academic and industrial experience in software engineering for healthcare applications. As a Research Leader, he has developed a substantial digital health team that encompasses experience across multiple disciplines, which brings together a rich and long pedigree of knowledge, in interconnectivity, interoperability and deployment of innovative solutions. He has delivered solutions at multiple maturity levels (from lab-based innovation to product deployment), and has established collaboration with major actors in the healthcare industry, including trusts, healthcare IT and medical device companies, as well as patient forums and regulators.

Professor Arvanitis is currently the coordinator of the €5 million C3-Cloud H2020 Project: A Federated Collaborative Care Cure Cloud Architecture for Addressing the Needs of Multi-morbidity and Managing Poly-pharmacy (PHC-25-2015: 689181).

Professor Arvanitis has a substantial academic publication record (Google Scholar Profile), while he has received research funding from national (UK), European and international governmental funding agencies, charities and industry. He has been involved in UK (BSI) and EU (CEN) standardisation work. He is a Charted Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM), Fellow of the Greek Biomedical Health Informatics Association (FGBHI) and a member of various scientific and professional groups (IET, AMIA, NYAS, RCS, ISMRM). He is also the Joint Editor-in-Chief at the Digital Health, open access peer-reviewed, journal, published by Sage Publications, UK.

Thomas Beale

Thomas Beale

Chief Architect, openEHR International

Thomas’s academic background is in Electrical Engineering (communications) and Computer Science. His earlier professional work was in real-time distributed control (SCADA) systems for power, gas and mining; investment management and finance, and document and software configuration management systems.

After participating in the GEHR project in 1994 with Prof David Ingram’s team at CHIME, UCL (UK), he worked since 1998 on EHR architectures, and participated in international standards work (OMG HDTF, HL7, CEN TC/251) for many years. He is one of the founders of the openEHR Foundation, and principal editor of the specifications. He designed the archetype formalism (ADL) and object model (AOM), now an ISO standard. He ran the Architecture Review Board 2005 – 2008.

This means Thomas has ample experience in E-health strategy, open platform economy for the e-Health sector; new approaches to the EHR; taming e-Health standards; how to run a national e-health programme; architecting languages and models. He has published a number of papers in health informatics and has also presented widely on EHRs, e-Health and archetypes.

Rong Chen

Rong Chen

CEO, Cambio CDS

Rong Chen, MD PhD, is the Chief Executive Officer of Cambio CDS, Sweden, a subsidiary of Cambio Group. Rong received his MD from Shanghai Medical University and holds a PhD degree in health informatics on the subject of EHR semantic interoperability from Linköping University. He is an associated researcher at the Health Informatics Centre at Karolinska Institutet, where he lectures and supervises PhD and master students. Rong has contributed to several core openEHR design specifications, including Guideline Definition Language (GDL), which is designed to express clinical logic for scalable decision support with openEHR underpinning. He contributed to the CDS implementation in the WP7: Coordinated Care and Cure Delivery Platform.

Catherine Chronaki

Catherine Chronaki

Secretary General, HL7 Europe Foundation

Catherine Chronaki is General Secretary of HL7 Europe. She serves as EFMI Vice President for working groups (2018-2020) and is EFMI President Elect for 2020-22. She is a software engineer by training and early on was engaged in design and development of eHealth applications and services. Most recently, she is active in Digital Health Policy and Standardization projects with emphasis on interoperability. She led the European commission funded projects Trillium Bridge and Trillium II projects on International Patient Summary standards, and the eStandards roadmap for collaborative Standards development.  She is coauthor to more than 150 scientific in the area of digital health and standards. She serves on the European Commission eHealth Stakeholders group (2013-2022) and is part of the European Society of Cardiology Digital Health Group and eCardiology WG.
Esteban de Manuel Keenoy

Esteban de Manuel Keenoy

Kronikgune

Esteban de Manuel Keenoy obtained an MD at the University of Navarra and holds a Master degree in Community Health, University of London (LSHTM) and a Specialist degree in Family Medicine, Autonomous University of Madrid. He has a career in management in health and scientific institutions. From 1983 to 2002 he was in Andalucía, first as Regional Director of Primary Health Care and Health Promotion and later, as Academic Director of the Andalucian School of Public Health. From 2003 to 2011 he was CEO of the Institute of Health Sciences of Aragón, responsible for Health R&D and knowledge management in the Region of Aragon, in Northeast Spain. Since July 2011 he is the Director of the Institute for Health Services Research, Kronikgune, in the Basque Country, whose main aim is to generate new knowledge concerning the sustainable responses of healthcare and socio-healthcare systems to chronicity.

He has been involved in national and international projects advising public health and health systems development. His main expertise is on strategic management, human resources development and knowledge management in health services and research.

George Despotou

George Despotou

Associate Professor, Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, University of Warwick

George Despotou is an Associate Professor in digital health systems and assured IT systems at WMG, University of Warwick. He is and a Chartered Engineer (MIET) and a European Engineer (FEANI). Dr Despotou has background training as computer systems and software engineer, with specialisation and a PhD, which he obtained in 2008, in safety engineering of complex sociotechnical systems. Over the years, he has worked on numerous projects for companies and public organisations, including the Ministry of Defence, and the NHS Digital, NHS trusts, health IT companies, and the MHRA.  His work was applied in projects with significant involvement from the industry. His research interest focus on complex systems integration, safety and assurance cases, systems modelling, safety and security certification, information governance, and health informatics. He was a co-author of the safety assurance related GSN and the OMG ARM standards, and is a member of the UK BSI ISO/TC215 WG, working on the ISO 80001 and 81001 standards, on safety of health IT systems. He was the lead of the H2020 C3-Cloud (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/689181) architecture design work package, he is a co-investigator of the H2020 ADLIFE project (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/875209), and he has lead projects on application of new technologies in healthcare, such as an SBRI Healthcare evaluation of blockchain based digital consent, and the use of machine learning to generate synthetic datasets for certification, funded by MHRA and NHS Digital. Dr Despotou has published over 60 papers in international conferences and journals, as well as numerous private reports for industrial partners.

Orestis Kalliantzidis

Orestis Kalliantzidis

Policy/Programme Officer, European Commission

Orestis Kalliantzidis is currently an officer in the Communications Networks, Content and Technology Directorate General of the European Commission (DG CNECT). Among the key goals of DG CNECT is enabling trust in a digital society and Orestis’ work is focused on achieving this through dialogue, policies and funding programmes which promote and facilitate research, innovation and deployment of safe and interoperable, digital solutions for e-health, well-being and ageing in the European Union. He is also in charge of Innovation Procurement projects in the area of e-health and relevant funding priorities in his department. In his capacity as project officer for Horizon 2020 and related programmes, Orestis is supervising the implementation of C3-Cloud on behalf of the European Commission.

Dipak Kalra

Dipak Kalra

President of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (i~HD)

Dipak Kalra is President of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data and of the EuroRec Institute. He plays a leading international role in research and development of electronic health record interoperability standards, data and privacy protection, interoperability business models and the reuse of EHRs for research. He has led multiple European projects in these areas, including Horizon 2020 and the IMI programme alongside pharma companies, hospitals and ICT companies. He recently co-led a €16m project on the re-use of EHR information for clinical research, EHR4CR, alongside ten global pharma. He is a partner in another IMI project, EMIF, on the development of a European clinical research platform federating multiple population health and cohort studies. Dipak also led an EU Network of Excellence on semantic interoperability, and is a partner in other EU projects on the sustainability of interoperability assets, the transatlantic sharing patient summaries, multi-morbidity and quality labelling. Dipak is Clinical Professor of Health Informatics at University College London, visiting professor at the University of Gent, and a member of standards bodies including CEN, ISO and HL7.

Gunnar O. Klein

Gunnar O. Klein

Prof. of Health Informatics, Örebro University and chairperson of the C3-Cloud Ethics Committee

Gunnar Klein has an M.D. and a Ph.D. from the Karolinska Insitutet in Stockholm. He also studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Uppsala University 1972-73. Klein is now a professor of Informatics/eHealth at Örebro University in Sweden since 2014 where he teaches in an international masters programme in Information Security Management and conducts various research projects. He has also been a professor at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway and has had multiple roles at Karolinska Insitutet and in government institutes as well as health IT industry and in the 1980ies for Biotech.

Klein has had a long interest in information security being a pioneer in introducing public key encryption and smart cards in the 1990ies, now used globally by health care personnel. He has led a number of EU R&D projects in the field of security and electronic health records and has led various standardization groups, the European and global ISO working groups for information security of health informatics and during nine years he was the chairman of the European Standardization of health informatics in CEN. During the last 4 years Klein has worked for the C3-Cloud project as a leader of the Ethics Committee with responsibility for legal compliance, ethics and information security.

Gokce Banu Laleci Erturkmen

Gokce Banu Laleci Erturkmen

R&D Director - SRDC A.S.

Gökçe has received her BSc, MSc, PhD from the Computer Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University. She has finalized her PhD study on Intelligent Healthcare Monitoring Systems based on Semantically Enriched Clinical Guidelines in June 2008. She has coordinated ICT-287800 SALUS project, which addresses standards based semantic interoperability in pharmacovigilance domain. She has worked as the principal researcher in many IST and ICT projects, including IST-027074-STP SAPHIRE, ICT-213031 iSURF, ICT-248240 iCARDEA, and as a researcher in many others. She has acted as the technical co-chair of IHE QRPH domain between 2013-2015, which is a standardization initiative in the field of quality reporting and public health domain. Currently she is giving a lecture on “Electronic Health Records: Representation, Standards and Coding” in the Medical Informatics Graduate Program of the Middle East Technical University.

In C3-Cloud Project, she acted as one of the main architects of C3-Cloud integrated architecture and as the leader of WP3: Requirement Specification and Design of C3-Cloud Architecture. She has been strongly involved in WP6: Interoperability Middleware and WP7: Coordinated Care and Cure Delivery Platform.

Nathan Lea

Nathan Lea

DPO @ i~HD, Senior Research Fellow @ University College London

Nathan (PhD) is an independent consultant who is working with i~HD as their data protection officer and on the development of adaptive codes of practice and standard operating procedures to govern and secure the use of health and genetic data for research purposes and digital health innovation. He has focused his work on operational security and design implementation and he has an interest in understanding the legal, ethical and societal impacts and concerns around novel health data uses, particularly in the area of Artificial Intelligence for health management and genomics research.

Nathan is the Information Governance Lead for the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Clinical Research Informatics Unit and a Senior Research Fellow at UCL where his research and teaching focuses on understanding legal, ethical and security requirements for Big Data driven clinical research. Nathan has worked with the UCL European Institute to examine the implications of No Deal Brexit on EU Data Flows and reviewing transatlantic data flows in the light of Privacy Shield and the Schrems II Case. He is an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Population Data Science

Mikael Lilja

Mikael Lilja

Region Jämtland Härjedalen

Mikael Lilja, Assistant Professor, MD, specialist in Family medicine, PhD, lecturer at the Department of Family Medicine, Umeå University. Head physician for seven years at a palliative care unit of Östersund municipality. Previous member of the boards of the Swedish Society for Diabetology. Previously worked as head of primary care centres in the counties of Västernorrland and Jämtland, Sweden, and as Medical Director at the regional level in the County of Västernorrland. Ongoing research within various fields of Family Medicine. Active in Horizon 2020 projects C3-Cloud, HsMonitor and ADLIFE as well as Interreg funded projects.

Sarah N. Lim Choi Keung

Sarah N. Lim Choi Keung

Senior Research Fellow, University of Warwick

Dr Sarah N. Lim Choi Keung is a Senior Research Fellow in Health Informatics at the Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, University of Warwick. She works on several research projects in the area of health informatics, particularly looking into semantic interoperability challenges in the health domain, the participatory requirements gathering process for stakeholders in clinical information systems, and the standardisation in health informatics. Sarah has experience of assessing technological solutions and considering requirements and needs of a range of stakeholders, in clinical, research and the public. She is the Project Manager and part of the Project Coordinating Team; also strongly involved in  WP3: Design of the C3-Cloud Architecture and WP7: Coordinated Care and Cure Delivery Platform.

Pontus Lindman

Pontus Lindman

Medixine

Pontus is a healthcare IT professional with experience from product management, product development, project management and enterprise system and software development for healthcare industry at Medixine Oy 2000-present and for paper industry at Tieto Oy from 1995 to 2000.
Chris Marguerie

Chris Marguerie

Consultant rheumatologist, Director Medical education and Director of Research and Innovation at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Christopher Marguerie trained in the Imperial College School of Medicine graduating in 1983 as the Golding medalist. Postgraduate training was at The Hammersmith Hospital in the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and the West London group of teaching hospitals.  A  consultant rheumatologist in Warwick hospital from 1995-.  Director of Studies for Warwick Medical School from 1999-.  Research interests in auto antibodies and connective tissue diseases particularly the tRNA synthetase syndrome.  Associate medical Director Warwick Hospital for research and innovation 2004-. Director of Studies University Buckingham medical School 2016-.  In addition to clinical duties as a consultant rheumatologist, Dr Marguerie is the director of medical research and innovation in The South Warwickshire group of hospitals.  He leads research in the rheumatology unit including clinical trials, genetics of vasculitis and the safety of biological treatments.  Dr Marguerie is currently developing a Digital health research team in SWFT collaborating with Oxford, Warwick and Buckingham Universities. South Warwickshire Foundation trust has opened its health innovation research hub in collaboration with The Rigby Foundation and industry partners in July 2020. In the C3-Cloud project, Chris is the chief investigator for the South Warwickshire technology trial and part of the project’s ethics committee.

Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins

PhD Candidate, Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, University of Warwick; Clinical Research Fellow, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust; Topol Digital Health Fellow, Heath Education England

Dr Tim Robbins is a PhD Candidate with the Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, University of Warwick. He is also a Diabetes, Endocrinology & General Medicine trainee at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and sits on the Faculty of Clinical Informatics Early Careers Group Committee. He has completed a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to the United States and an EFSD Albert Renold Fellowship to the Basque Country considering Digital Approaches to Diabetes & Integrated Care. He is an Inaugural Topol Digital Health Fellow and sits on the Topol Digital Health Steering Group. He has practiced clinically throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and led a research team considering the impact of the pandemic on both digital and diabetes care processes.

Marie Sherman

Marie Sherman

Strategist / Manager of the RJH / R&D Project Centre, Region Jämtland Härjedalen

Marie Sherman is the  Strategist / Manager of the RJH / R&D Project Centre. Marie leads the work of the Grants and Operations Development ProjectCentre in health promotion and healthcare with focus on innovation, digital transformation and regional development on the basis of R&D. Has initiated and developed collaboration works with research institutes, healthcare organisations and businesses in Sweden and Europe. This has resulted in RJH’s active participation in projects within Horizon 2020, ERDF, and Interreg Norway/Sweden. Previous positions in RJH include Director of the Medical Department that included developmental work addressing multimorbidity, geriatrics and integrated care. Has an LLM degree from Uppsala School of Law, under- and graduate courses in Sociology, Social Psychology and Biology from Uppsala and Yale universities. Has worked as an executive in Sweden and the USA for twelve years, in healthcare, the business and not-for-profit sectors. She is senior project coordinator and functions as manager of Horizon 2020 projects such as C3-Cloud, mHealth Hub, HSMonitor and ADLIFE, as well as the ERDF project Regional Resource Centre for Horizon 2020/2030. She has previous experience in major developmental projects on regional, national, and international levels.

Nhu Tram

Nhu Tram

Research Project Officer, AGE Platform Europe

Nhu Tram is, since 2016, a research project officer at AGE Platform Europe, a European network of non-profit organisations of and for people aged 50+.  Its aim is to voice and promote the interests of the 200 million citizens aged 50+ in the European Union (Eurostat, 2018) and to raise awareness on the issues that concern them most. Before joining AGE, she worked as a project officer at the Council of European Municipalities and Regions on a EU-funded project on age-friendly environments. Currently, she is managing the day-to-day activities of 4 different EU-funded projects linked with healthy ageing and long-term care for older people: InAdvance (early provision of palliative care); Athlos (better understanding of ageing by identifying patterns of healthy ageing trajectories); Digital Health Europe (Support to enabling the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market); and Homes4Life (development of a European certification scheme for age-friendly housing).
Robert Vander Stichele

Robert Vander Stichele

Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, Unit of Clinical Pharmacology, Ghent University; European Institute for innovation through health Data (I~HD)

Robert Vander Stichele is a certified clinical pharmacologist, and pharmaco-epidemiological researcher. He retired as a family physician in Ghent, Belgium in 2019, after 41 years of clinical practice, combined with research projects, since 1982.  He obtained his PhD (in medical sciences) in 2004, and was appointed as teaching professor in the department of Pharmacology in the University of Ghent. He became a certified clinical pharmacologist in 2009. His interest are on information on and use of medicines. He is member of the Special Interest Group on Drug Utilization in the International Society for Pharmaco-epidemiology (ISPE) . He is a senior-researcher in the research alliance on “End-of-Life Care”,  a consortium of the University of Ghent, Brussels, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

He is member of the Board of the International Society of Phthirapterists  (ISOP), and of the European Society for the study of Patient Adherence and Compliance (ESPACOMP).  He is founding member of the Board of the Belgian Centre for Evidence-Based -Medicine (CEBAM). He  is consultant for a Scientific Information Distribitor of a web portal for evidence based medicines directed to the health care professionals (IScientia).  Currently, he works as an expert in European projects and spinoffs (e.g. Ramit) of the Department of Medical Informatics of the University of Ghent. He has been appointed as work package leader for the UNICOM project on Identification of Medicinal Products, working on applications of the new ISO IDMP standards to clinical practice and medical clinical research. His publication list comprises more than 180 scientific papers (referenced in Medline and Web of Science).

Malte von Tottleben

Malte von Tottleben

Research Consultant - empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH

Malte specialises in business planning, evaluation and impact assessment of ICT-related healthcare services. He studied European Public Health (B.Sc.) as well as Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management at Maastricht University (M.Sc.) in the Netherlands. Malte was engaged in several H2020 health projects including “CareWell”, “Precise4Q”, “Back-UP” and “EarlyCause”. In the C3-Cloud project, Malte led the evaluation work of this including questionnaires, online surveys, expert and stakeholder interviews scale-up impact modelling. His work at empirica focuses on DigitalHealth and integrated care as well as exploitation and deployment plans with a systemic focus.
Mustafa Yüksel

Mustafa Yüksel

Principal Solutions Architect at SRDC

Mustafa has received his BSc, MSc, PhD from the Computer Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University. His research areas include eHealth, eBusiness, Interoperability, Big Data Analytics, Semantic Web, Interoperability Testing and Service Oriented Architectures. He has participated in many EC supported projects including C3-Cloud, ADLIFE, SALUS, WEB-RADR, epSOS, PALANTE, iCARDEA, iSURF, SAPHIRE and RIDE H2020/FP7/FP6 projects. In epSOS, he has developed the first and only open source implementation of the epSOS specifications for cross-border data exchange. He has provided consultancy services on the management of National Health Information System to the Ministry of Health, Turkey; as well as to Hospital Information System vendors for their standards-based implementation and testing activities. He finalized his MSc thesis entitled “Sharing Electronic Healthcare Records Across Country Borders” in 2008, and PhD thesis entitled “A Semantic Interoperability Framework for Reinforcing Post Market Safety Studies” in 2013.

Currently, he is a key member of the SRDC team implementing the National Chronic Disease Management Platform of Turkey. In C3-Cloud, he has led WP7: Coordinated Care and Cure Delivery Platform and has been strongly involved in WP3: Design of the C3-Cloud Architecture, WP6: Interoperability Middleware, and WP8: Pilot Application Development & Deployment.