The Challenges of Implementing Healthcare Technology and Innovation across Europe and Beyond

Plenary session being run as part of the DPH 2019 conference

Friday 22nd November 2019 at 11:10 – 12:10, Les Goudes 1


Public Health in the European Union is mainly a formal competence of the Member States. EU Treaties and Regulations have given EU gradually more mandate in past decades on issues of surveillance, epidemic intelligence, early warning and cross-border response coordination. In this context, sharing timely information on public health threats (fast and slow) to inform interventions at national and EU level, remains of great added value for all Member States. This depends on common standards, compatibility and interoperability of information systems. In this session, panellists with share their experience and recent digital health developments from the perspective of regional, national and international public health and discuss this in the light of developments in digital technology.


Arnold Bosman (Chair)


Heli Laarmann

Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia

Rodolphe Thiebaut

University of Bordeaux

Carrie Peterson

World Health Organisation – Europe

Umair A. Shah

Harris County Public Health