OCTOBER 16-18, 2019



October 17-19, 2018 | Boston, MA

Humanize Digital Health: towards the Digital Health Society

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Seaport World Trade Center 
Registration fee: $200

*Separate registration required. Add-on to registration through conference registration system.

Once again, ECHAlliance is partnering with Personal Connected Health Alliance for the Connected Health Conference 2018 (CHC18), which will be held on 17-19 October, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston (MA, USA). During CHC18, the ECHAlliance organizes a 1-day workshop on Wednesday 17th October (same venue).

The focus of this workshop is to create relationships, debates and cooperation between stakeholders coming from Europe with USA and Canada.

The event is designed for all stakeholders (policy-makers, large companies, start-ups, healthcare professionals, researchers, citizens and patients’ groups, insurers, investors, etc.) to:

  • Facilitate direct debates and discussions
  • Share ideas and building a common vision of the future of health
  • Showcase disruptive innovations
  • Generate projects, business deals and investment opportunities

2018 main focus is about the balance between the Technology and the Human element. In an era when digital technologies enable individuals to track health statistics such as daily activity and vital signs, and new applications of artificial intelligence, social robots and vocal biomarkers are creating new opportunities for health, we are now facing the next great challenge: integrating these technologies in healthcare delivery, wellness and daily living.

The societies across the globe are mostly eager to see happening the digitization of the health and care systems such as other services and sectors, but, at the same time, technologies need to serve the human and don’t compromise important values of health such as privacy or security.

In Europe, the Digital Health Society (DHS) movement has been launched in 2017 by EU players of the health and care sector in order to digital transform the health and care systems.

As a real multi-stakeholders ecosystem, this movement is focusing on citizens, in order to bring better health and care services, using technologies which preserve the fundamental human factor of care and important values such as privacy, safety and security. The DHS movement acts both as a thought leadership platform and an Innovation Factory to design and implement innovative solutions and new ways to provide care.

Out of the discussions between stakeholders, a common vision, the DHS moonshot, has emerged: “100 million Digitally Connected EU Citizens by 2027”. The event will be the opportunity to discuss the actions enabling this ambitious objective, but also similar and parallel initiatives in USA, Canada, China and other parts of the world.

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Focusing on 3 major elements required to fully develop a Digital Society for health and care, the sessions (thought leadership keynotes, panels or individual pitches) will invite the speakers to share their views, present their experiences and propose innovative solutions for:

  • Track 01: Building Trust
  • Track 02: Breaking down the Data silos for holistic health
  • Track 03: Humanizing technologies



Track 01: Building Trust

To truly express the potential of digital health, the users (clinicians and citizens), should trust the solutions. Current technologies, such as AI, machine learning and data analytics etc., bringing data-driven innovations are at the same time wonderful opportunities to deliver more personalized (and more relevant) care but could also raise concerns within the society or among the policy-makers given the recent stories relayed by mass media on the misuse of personal data. This is the privacy paradox for number of players in the digital health sector. Citizens wish to control their own data, decide who can and who cannot access them, and for which purpose. This for instance the spirit of the recent new EU regulation on data protection. On the health professional side, clinicians should trust the data and the systems in order to use them in their day-to-day practice and so transform the way they provide care. Also, the data should flow from an environment to another, from an organization to another, ensuring the perfect interoperability between systems and the (cyber)security of these very sensitive data.

Key topics: Data protection, Citizen data access, governance and control, Standards & interoperability, Ethical AI, Cybersecurity, blockchain, public policies


Track 02: Breaking down the Data silos for holistic health

Human health is determined by number of factors: recent studies show that genetics is playing for around 20%, behaviors and lifestyle for 40%, environment for 20% and access to care for 10%. Currently, the Data related to each of these factors and the interventions based on these data are isolated ones from the others, and we are often lacking of models and solutions allowing a comprehensive understanding of the components of the health status of an individuals. Additionally, health should be more and more cooperative between professionals and patients. Thus innovative solutions should overcome the data silos, utilize evidences-based models integrating all parameters and deliver personalized care and advices combining interventions, treatments and self-management.

Key topics: genetics, -omics technologies, personalized/precision medicine, high-performance computing, AI, digital twin, behavior change, nudging, healthy living and lifestyle, public health, prevention, environmental health, smart healthy cities, disease management, patient engagement and empowerment


Track 03: Humanizing technologies

By the past, some were claiming that technologies were not designed for all and that the “digital divide” was one of the main reasons for a slow deployment of digital health. The ways humans interact with technologies have greatly improved over the past few years. Voice-control, natural language, augmented and virtual reality are completely democratizing the access to new technologies and the capacity for each individual, educated or not, young or old, with disability or not, to benefit from it. We will explore several examples of these game-changing technologies in healthcare.

Key topics: Natural language, AI, voice-controlled devices, wearables, Augmented-, Virtual- and Mixed- Reality


Sajid Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, WISE Healthcare

Charles Aunger, Health 2047 Inc.

Angela Brand, Professor, Maastricht University

Ed Brown, Ontario Telemedicine Network

Arnaub Chatterjee, Senior Expert and Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Sean Cheng, Technologist and Biomedical Engineer, Philips Ventures

Neal Gomes, Chief Digital Officer and Senior Vice President, Technology Innovation and Consumer Experience

Laurie Hawkins, Advocate for Health/Human Services Directories and E-Resident of Estonia

Michelle Laflamme, CEO, Emovi

Jaakko Lahteenmaki, Principal Scientist, VTT

Bronwyn Le Grice, CEO, Co-Founder and Managing Director, ANDHealth

Mark Liber, Academy Manager, Startup Health

Matthew Lloyd, Project Manager, Digital Communities Wales

Brian O'Connor, Chair, European Connected Health Alliance

Jose Pagan, Director, Center for Innovation, New York Academy of Medicine

Tim Postema, Manager, Health Information Policy, Ministry of Health of Netherland

Bleddyn Rees, Digital Health Consultant, Osborne Clarke

Robert Stegwee, Trillium II WP5 leader and Chair, CEN TC251

Mark Stevens, Partner, EnagleHealth

Alex Szucs, President, Canada Integrated Health Alliance

Micky Tripathi, President & CEO, Massachusetts Digital Health Collaborative

Piet Weinreich, Senior Counsel, Osborne Clark

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About ECHAlliance

European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) is the trusted connector, facilitating multi-stakeholder connections around ecosystems, driving sustainable change and disruption in the delivery of health and social care.

Our community gathers 600+ member organisations and 16,500+ experts: governments, health & social care providers, leading companies and start-ups, researchers, insurances, patients & citizens, investors… through ecosystems meetings (100+ per year), international events and our online platform “Connector”.

Active in 50+ regions/countries (Europe, USA, Canada, China), the ECHAlliance members develop innovative solutions around mobile Health, chronic diseases, active & healthy ageing, Internet of Things, wearables, personalised medicine, genomics, Big Data, virtual reality, artificial intelligence…


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ECHAlliance invites its members and partners to propose speakers and topics for this conference. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Julien Venne.



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