Saila Rinne is the Head of Sector for policy in the unit “eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing” at the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) of the European Commission. She joined the unit two years ago and has worked for different services of the Commission since 1997. Her unit’s mission is to support innovative digital health technologies, services and products that foster high quality and efficient health and care delivery as well as citizen empowerment in managing their own health.
Graduated in Mechanical Engineering. Holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering obtained on Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon) He has experienced several contexts of Project Management as an Engineer, and he is currently contributing as a International eHealth Project Manager for SPMS (Shared Services of the Ministry of Health of Portugal. Most recently he manages and participates in several EU funded projects related to Digital Health such as DigitalHealthEurope, eHAction and mHealth Hub. He has been able to bring a fresh view from an engineering set up to digital health and care set up, being a plus for the diversity in SPMS
Licenciada em Organização e Gestão de Empresas, ISCTE, concluída em 1992 com especialização na área de finanças; Pós-Graduada em Gestão dos Serviços de Saúde, lecionado pelo INDEG – Escola de Gestão do ISCTE, 2003/2004; FORGEP – Instituto Nacional de Administração – 2010; PADIS – AESE Escola de Direção e Negócios – 2014.
Medical Doctor, PhD Medicine, MSc Public Health (Autonomous University of Madrid), MSc Health Economics (University of York)
Since 2015 Executive Director of Aragon Health Sciences Institute (IACS). In this capacity she holds the positions of Chair of the National Clearing House of Clinical Practice Guidelines and evidence based products for the Spanish National health system (GuiaSalud); Director of the Centre for Biomedical Research in Aragon, gathering research technological platforms and infrastructures; Director of the Aragon HTA Agency within the Spanish National Health Service Network of Health Technology Assessment.
She joined IACS in 2009 as ARAID Senior Researcher (Health services research and policy assessment). Previously she served as health Economist and policy analyst at OECD Health Division from 2005 to 2009. Before joining OECD she was head of the Health System Observatory at Madrid Regional Health Department (2003-05), researcher and professor at the University Centre of Public Health, Autonomous University of Madrid (2001-2003) and research fellow at the Health Services Research unit at Instituto de Salud Carlos III (National health Research Institute, 1996-1999)
Author of multiple publications and reports on health systems performance assessment in OECD countries, clinical practice variations and health technologies assessment. She has also contributed to several WHO publications on international comparison of health systems and health policy. She has served as expert in several working groups for the EC and WHO.
Entusiasta da Transformação Digital, com 20 anos de carreira que liga a consultoria e as tecnologias de informação. Licenciada em Gestão, iniciou a vida profissional na Accenture onde trabalhou em vários setores de atividade em Portugal e no Brasil, passando depois também pela Glintt, Microsoft Services e Gfi, liderando projetos de inovação e transformação tecnológica em inúmeras organizações publicas e privadas. É atualmente Health Lead da Microsoft Portugal.
Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Sebastian Kuhn, MME
Professor of Digital Medicine, Head of the Department of Digital Medicine at the Medical Faculty OWL, Bielefeld University
Senior physician for orthopedics and trauma surgery, research on digital transformation in healthcare and educational expert at the University Medical School of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Study of medicine (1996-2003), doctorate (2004) and habilitation (2016), master’s degree “Medical Education” (2016)
Main areas of activity in the context of digital transformation:
- Digital Competencies for doctors and healthcare professionals
- Development, evaluation and process implementation of health apps in medical practice
- Man-Machine interaction with AI / Clinical Decision Support-Systems
During the COVID-19 crisis, she has been leading the Commission’s work to coordinate the EU’s health response and support Member States to tackle the pandemic. She is responsible for the EU’s Vaccine Strategy in order to procure safe and effective vaccines for all EU Member States and Europe’s broader neighborhood. She is also responsible for the establishment of a strong European Health Union and supporting Member States to strengthen healthcare systems and deliver better patient outcomes for all EU citizens.
Previously, Commissioner Kyriakides worked as a clinical psychologist in the Mental Health Services of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus in the area of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, from 1979-2006. In 2006, she was elected to the Cyprus Parliament and was re-elected in 2011 and 2016 for the Democratic Rally party, of which she was the Vice-President.