Developing and Promoting eHealth innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 320021

Advisory Board

Bleddyn REES, Digital Health Consultant and Lawyer at Osborne Clarke, Board Director at ECHAlliance.

Bleddyn is a vastly experienced commercial lawyer with 30 years' experience advising on outsourcings, privatisations, complex contracts and projects. 

He has unique experience for a private sector lawyer having spent 3 and a half years on secondment as the General Counsel of the Commercial Directorate of the UK Department of Health. Bleddyn then built an international healthcare legal practice for ten years at an international law firm gaining insight into a range of very different healthcare systems and cultures. In the last five years he has focussed on digital healthcare including disruptive technologies and innovation and the role they could play in creating sustainable health and social care systems.

Today Bleddyn's roles include:

  • A Director of the European Connected Health Alliance a not for profit organisation that promotes digital health internationally through a network of 30 regional and national "Ecosystems"
  • A Consultant with the Osborne Clarke LLP , an International law firm, helping to develop digital health services as part of Osborne  Clarke's Digital Business and the Connected Consumer campaign.
  • Chair of the Health Innovation Network ( South London )  Industry Advisory Board of one of the NHS Academic Health Science Networks.
  • A member of the eHealth Stakeholders Group formed by the European Commission.
  • A member of the Working Group preparing an EU Industry Voluntary Code of Conduct on health Apps.
  • Commercial Advisor to Guy's and St.Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust a leading NHS Tertiary Hospital in London and part of the Kings Health Partners( Academic Health Science Centre).

He provides extensive advice on healthcare regulations, commissioning and contracting for healthcare services, partnerships, collaborations and public private partnerships in the health sector. His Clients  have included the UK Department of Health, Strategic Health Authorities, NHS Hospitals & Commissioners as well as private healthcare providers, healthcare suppliers, technology businesses, banks and private equity funders.  Bleddyn has considerable experience of healthcare in the Middle East where he  advised a number of Countries on the development of their healthcare systems.  Bleddyn is a regular international speaker on digital health.”

Prof. Boris Magnusson, Professor in Computer Science - Software, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Lund University

Dr. Boris Magnusson has been a professor in Software at the Department of Computer Science, Lund University since 1999. He received an MSc of Engineering Physics in 1976 and a PhD in 1984, both from Lund University. In 1995 he received a Docent at Linköping University. In 1997 he spent half a year as guest professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. He has been serving as scientific leader in Computer Science at Lund University and has built up the group in Software Development and Environments. He also served as head of Computer Science, Lund University for seven years, and Director of LUCAS - Lund Centre for Applied Software Research.


Since he graduated in 1984 he has headed many research projects including the Mjølner project on a Nordic basis, 1986-1991, and EU FP6 IST Project Palcom 2005-2008, as well as many projects on the national level funded by VINNOVA and SSF.


Professor Magnusson has published more than 70 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences. One of his research interests is Object Orientation. He was involved in establishing ECOOP - European Conference on Object Oriented Programming as a scientifically leading conference in its field, as well as ACM OOPSLA Another field of interest is Configuration Management where he served as program chair for SCM - System Configuration Management Symposium 1998 ICSE - International Conference on Software Engineering, ESEC - European Software Engineering Conference, CC - Compiler Construction among others. These international missions have resulted in a large international contact net of persons from both academia and industry. He was invited to the ACM Workshop on Strategic Research Directions in Computing Research at MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, as well as Dagsthul and IFIP seminars. He has served in evaluation committees for PhDs numerous times in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.


Professor Magnusson is also active in the field of ubiquitous computing, a work that included participation in the EU project Palcom, resulting in a platform for building IoT applications. Another field of interest for professor Magnusson is Agile development methods, in particular XP, where the main objective has been to introduce these methods for industrial use and in Software Engineering education.


His current research interests include Pervasive Computing, aka ”Internet of Things”, its implications for software architectures and its applications in different fields, in Healthcare, home automation and robotics. He headed the recent project “it-support for Advanced Care at Home” one of the projects in the first batch supported by the VINNOVA program Experience Driven Innovation (UDI-Utmanings Driven Innovation) and involved in several other eHealth initiatives. He is also director of the newly formed spin-off company itACiH AB.


Christer Månsson, Start Up Specialist in Telecom, IT and Public Hub


Christer has vast and long experience in mobile telecommunications in the business sector, the public sector and to some extent in academia in disciplines such as entrepreneurship, management, engineering, product development, marketing and coaching for start-ups.

For 20 years he has been involved in projects where mobile meets the Internet.



  • Engineering / Business
  • Identify and develop business in the combination/meeting between new ideas/concepts and market
  • Setting goals and strategies and develop and manage activities to measurable outcomes
  • Engage and stimulate teams towards common goals and strategies
  • Corporate / Business Development


Jarmo Reponen, Professor of Health Information Systems, University of Oulu, Finland

Jarmo Reponen, MD., PhD., is a professor of healthcare information systems at the University of Oulu, Finland. Also chief radiologist at Raahe hospital. He has more than 25 years experience with telemedicine and eHealth, especially with radiology and electronic patient records. His team build the first large scale teleradiology network in Finland and he served also as a project manager while developing the modular portal type multimedia electronic patient record for Oulu University Hospital. His team was first in Europe to develop a smartphone terminal for physicians in year 2000.

He has participated EU framework R&D projects MOMEDA, PROMODAS, TELEPLANS,RUBIS and IKAAS as well as Nordic and national research projects. He has published about telemedicine, eHealth, technology assessment, usability, teleradiology, mobile communication and patient record systems. He has served as the president of the Finnish Society of Telemedicine and eHealth, the president of European Society for Promoting Picture Archiving and Communicating Systems (Now European Society for Medical Imaging Informatics) and as a member of the board of International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth.

Javier Quiles, Manager of Health Innovation Programs Hospital 2050 & Innova Saúde at Servizo Galego de Saúde

Javier holds a Degree in Physical Sciences University of Santiago de Compostela. 1996 and MSc in Medical Imaging by the University of Santiago de Compostela. 1997. He has reached a M.Sc. degree on “Innovation Management on ITC in Public Organizations” National Institute of Public Administration. 2012.

He worked as researcher for University of Santiago de compostela since 1997 to 2005. He has participated in several national research projects and is the author of several papers in the field of in medical imaging and ICT in Health in the period 2005-2015.

In 2010 Javier becomes Head of IT Project Management Service with more than 15 years experience as IT Project Management at Galician Health Service. In the year 2000 he incorporates to the Galician Health Service, working in the Hospital Trust of Santiago de Compostela as project manager for 5 years. From 2005 to 2010 he works in the Galician Health Service Central IT department, coordinating the development and deployment of digital imaging project in 14 hospitals at SERGAS and he also coordinates development of Electronic Health Record system – IANUS. His work includes coordination of systems interoperability and standardization of medical applications.

In 2010 he contributes to the foundation of the Health Innovation Platform (multidisciplinary team where Galician Health Service and Galician Health Regional Ministry collaborate with the aim of fostering health innovation projects.)

Javier has coordinated two Innovation Programs at Galician Health Service: “Hospital 2050” and “Innova Saúde”. The two projects run from 2011 to 2015, with a total funding of 90 M€, including ERDF funding of 72M€ and he aligns this task with the position of Head of IT Project Management Service. More than 20 IT Projects were launched under Public Procuremetn of Innovation. (see

He is involved in AHA-EIP initiatives and participates in CIP ICT-PSP projects in Health related topics since 2010, such as: CIP-ICT-PSP-2012 UNITED4HEALTH, CIP-ICT-PSP-2013-7 MASTERMIND and H2020-PHC-27-2015 EMPATTICS. PPI ongoing Project: 2015-2017.

He has also participated in several ICT Health associations, he has been Foundation Member of Board IHE-Spain and he is member of ETHEL, European Health Telematics Association.

Jimmy Johansson, Founder and CEO at MedTech Öresund AB, Co-founder, Board Member and CTO at Lund Medical AB, Co-founder itACiH AB


Jimmy Johansson, B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering – specialization Computer Engineering and M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering – specialization Biomedical Engineering. He is Founder and CEO at MedTech Öresund AB who supports healthcare and medical device companies with strategic advice in development and implementation of new technology. He has ten years experience from health care sector working as clinical engineer, project manager and R&D manager at the IT and Clinical Engineering Department at Skåne University Hospital.

He has professional expertise in user-driven development and innovation management with focus at medical software system. He is also co-founder, board member and CTO at Lund Medical AB that develops a system for calculation and presentation of cerebral blood flow in real time and co-founder itACiH AB that develops and commercialize IT-support for Advanced Care in the Home.

Joan Carles March, Director of the Andalusian School of Public Health - EASP (Granada, Spain) & Codirector Patients School of the Ministry of Equality, Health and Social Policy


Joan Carles MARCH, MD PhD MPH, is a Medical Doctor with focus on Preventive Medicine and Public Health and PhD in Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and Health Management from the University of Granada and the Andalusian School of Public Health (Spain). He also holds a Diploma in Statistics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.Currently he is the Director of the Andalusian School of Public Health - EASP (Granada, Spain).

Since 1989, he has worked as a lecturer, consultant and researcher for the Andalusian School of Public Health and he has held different positions throughout this period: Coordinator of the Health Promotion Department (1990-1996), Coordinator of the Research Area (1997-2000), Director of Training and Research (2001) and Coordinator of the Ethics, Citizens and Participation knowledge Area (2011-2013).His main area of work focuses on Health Promotion and Public Health. As a researcher, he has been the driver and principal investigator of the Experimental Programme Narcotics Prescription of Andalusia (PEPSA), a project based on the medical use of the heroin. PEPSA is the third project conducted in the world on this issue.

He was the first president of the management committee of the Network of Health Schools for Citizens from the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality. He’s responsible for the group in Public Health in professional and citizens of to the Institute of Bio-health Research of Granada (ibs-Granada) and he is part of the National Research network in Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBER-esp).

He has been a consultant and a coordinator in European Union projects, advisor to the PAHO, the WHO and the National Transplant Organisation of Spain and he was Director for Europe of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education from 1999 to 2001.

He has published more than 150 articles in the field of citizens, communication in health, narcotics or team work and leadership. He is author of the book “Liderar con Corazón (Leading with heart)”.

José Tomas Palma-Mendez, IEEE Senior Member & Dept. of Information and Communications Engineering Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering Group University of Murcia

José T. Palma received the B.Eng. degree in Computer Science from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Ph. D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Murcia, in 1990 and 1999 respectively. From 1990 to 1996, he has been developing his research and teaching activities in the Universities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and UNED (Spanish university for distance learning). In 1996 he joined the Department of Information Engineering and Communications, University of Murcia where he is currently a full time assistant professor. His main research interests include Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, including, knowledge-based systems, multiagent systems, medical knowledge management, semantic web technologies, ambient assisted living and intelligent data analysis. Dr. Palma have took an active role in national funded projects related to Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (Medici, Ideatio, AI-SENIOR). He has play an active role as main researcher in several national project related to Medical Informatics and research contracts in the field of Medical Knowledge Management, Intelligent data analysis and ambient intelligence. Currently, he is also member of several national networks of excellence devoted to semantic web and temporal reasoning, main researcher of a regional network related to the application of ICTs to Medicine and Biology and is member of the board of directors of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence.

Juan Coll, Head of Innovation and ICT at the Health Area of Barbastro

He holds a Degree in Medicine and a post-graduate diploma in Biostatistical Methodologies applied to Medicine, with a specialisation in Epidemiology and in Clinical Research. From 1190 until 2002 he is the Information and Systems Manager for the Barbastro Hospital. After this, he holds tenure as Admission Doctor of the centre. Since then, he is responsible for the medical innovation and is project manager for several national and European projects, mostly in the fields of telemedicine, telecare and new technologies. 

Pascal Lardier, Owner and Principal at [édito]

Pascal is the Owner and Principal at [édito] and a senior consultant for Health 2.0 Ltd., acting as the company’s Executive Director for all international activities – conferences and consulting. He is in charge of promoting health innovation ecosystems around the world and connecting key stakeholders including startups, payers, providers, health authorities and VCs. He is the lead producer and curator of the Health 2.0 Europe conference, and oversees the programmes for other conferences like Health 2.0 India, Health 2.0 Middle East, Health 2.0 Latin America, Health 2.0 Asia, and more - which gives him a broad and unique perspective on health entrepreneurship around the world. As such, he reviews and advises several hundred digital health companies every year, with a special focus on European SMEs and liaises with 90+ Health 2.0 Chapters around the world, including 28 in Europe. In 2013-2015, he managed the GET Funded service of the EU-sponsored project ‘GET’, designed to provide EU health SMEs looking for follow up funding with training, resources and networking opportunities with investors at the European level. In this role, he worked very closely with a pool of 50+ European eHealth investors, and advised health SMEs on how to align with their investment criteria. Pascal has a Bachelor in marketing from the Technology Institute of Paris and a Master’s in Philosophy from the Sorbonne. He is often invited to present as an expert on the European digital health industry and has a proprietary database of 10,000+ digital health contacts in Europe.

Noora Jansson, Program Director of OuluHealth


Noora Jansson, Dr., heads OuluHealth ecosystem strategy and collaboration – bringing partners together, seeking enablers for innovation and identifying business opportunities. She also leads nationally the Innovative Cities Future Health program by the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The program consists of multiple projects that focus on business development opportunities related to health data digitalization, IoT in hospitals and homes, biobanks, new business models in healthcare and future health service models. Prior to BusinessOulu, Dr. Jansson was the Chief Development Officer of HUS (Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District), the biggest specialized healthcare organization in Finland with 21 hospitals. In this role, she was in charge of the organization’s operational improvement activities and the strategy process.

Prior to HUS, she worked in Nokia Networks and Nokia Multimedia in different quality management, business development and product management roles in R&D, production and customer interface. Dr. Jansson has gained international experience by various study exchange programs in the UK, France and Australia, and by working in Canada, France and Belgium. The doctoral thesis in 2014 from the University of Oulu is from the field of management, and focuses on organizational change in the healthcare sector. Dr. Jansson has published 4 refereed articles in international scientific journals.

Teemupekka Virtanen, Senior adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland


Dr. Tech, is working as the head of new electronic services for citizens -program at the ministry of Social Affairs and health. He is also the chairman of the national committee for healthcare informatics standardization. The program puts together several national projects to build new patient and human centric electronic services to people including the nation PHR and set of new services based on that.

Before the current position he was the head of national eHealth services including the national patient records repository and electronic prescription. Before coming to the ministry Teemupekka Virtanen worked as a professor of internet based systems and their security for a 5 years term. During this time he supervised almost 80 theses in this area and published about 75 referee papers.

Timo Alalääkkölä, Project Manager, OYS TestLab, Oulu University Hospital, Finland

Timo Alalääkkölä, M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration, is working in Oulu University Hospital as Project Manager of the OYS TestLab. He is organizing and managing services of this unique, integrated health test and development environment. Timo has strong hands-on experience in innovation procurement and PCP project management in specialized health care environment. He has professional expertise in planning and execution of innovation, testing and development platform projects in health care sector.

He has experience in international business creation and has acted as a global sourcing professional in the SW and HW development programs. Timo also has 10+ years of international experience in software licensing, supplier relationship management, new supplier scouting and evaluation, frame agreement negotiations, supplier development, open source software licensing, semiconductor purchasing, process and strategy development, interfacing and operating global supplier and stakeholder networks.

PhD. Vicente Traver, Director of the Technologies for Health & Wellbeing  (TSB) at the ITACA Institute.  Assistant Professor at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia


Vicente Traver has Bachelor (1998) and Ph.D. (2004) in Telecommunications Engineering by Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Director of the Technologies for Health & Wellbeing (TSB) at the ITACA Institute. Assistant Professor at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Member of the Academic Board for the interuniversity Master on Biomedical Engineering at Valencia. Coordinator of the cluster Healthy Living, which combines six different R&D university groups working in the field from different approaches. Since 1998, his research focus is telemedicine, e-health and e-inclusion, especially on the provision of home health care services through telematic media and the concepts of the patient empowerment and the citizen as health co-producer. He has participated in more than 30 EU funded projects (from IV till VII FP), Spanish funded projects and taken part in multiple research agreements with companies, dealing most of them with health care and social services making use of Information Communication Technologies.

He has been cooperating with University of Tromsø (UiT) and the Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine since 2003 with common R&D activities, including co-supervision of junior/senior researchers in this field.

He has published more than 50 technical papers in national and international journals and has participated in several seminars and conferences as invited speaker. Member of international scientific congresses committees. Member of the Editorial Board of IET – Networks. Keynote Lecturer in BIOSTEC 2010. Chairman and organizer of pHealth 2008 and the four editions of the International Workshop on Technology for Healthcare and Healthy Lifestyle (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) Conference co-chair of the IEEE Biomedical Health Informatics 2014. Cofounder of 2 SME IT health related companies, hiring currently more than 40 people. Full list of publications available here

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