From the International Medical Informatics Association

Post No. 700: 2013 Transnational Summit on Trustworthy Use of Data for Health

IMIA will next week be hosting the 2013 Transnational Summit on Trustworthy Use of Data for Health, on 3-4 June 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. Information on this invitational event is at

The Summit will build on discussions initiated at the 2012 Summit (, and the wider initiative is focused on stimulating robust discussions about health data reuse at the global level. The Summit will bring together an invited group of participants from Europe and wider afield, from government, academic and research, industry, patient/citizen and other stakeholder sectors.

For those participating the event (and those unable to be there but wishing to follow things), we ask that you use the Twitter hashtag #d4h13 for tweets about the Summit itself; we will also be using the hashtag #data4health for longer-term discussion of the topic/theme of the initiative.

The Summit will be opened by IMIA President Antoine Geissbuhler and EFMI President Patrick Weber. Charles Safran, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Steve Labkoff, Head of Strategic Programs at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals will be co-chairs of the Summit. Among speakers will be Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji from the World Health Organization, Sean Kelly, Member of the European Parliament (invited), Joel Haspel, Director, Health Sciences Business Unit at Oracle, Petra Wilson, Director, Public Sector Healthcare (Europe) at Cisco Systems Belgium, and Angela Brand, Professor of Social Medicine & Public Health Genomics at Institute for Public Health (IPHG) at Maastricht University. Topics addressed will include serving the patient better with big data, and the effects of genomics on health policy. Facilitated panel discussions will address issues including “Ensuring Trust and Confidence”, “Value for Industry”, “Value for Government”, and “Value for Academe/Science”. IMIA, supporting organisations and others in the organising committee are grateful to the various sponsors whose generous funding has made the Summit possible.

Those who were unable to attend the 2012 Summit or other activities can download a complimentary reprint of the publication about the 2012 Summit, “Trustworthy reuse of health data; A transnational perspective” via the International Journal of Medical Informatics and can also see the videos on the YouTube channel at We aim to produce similar outputs from the 2013 Summit, as well as report in a panel at Medinfo2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark (


May 31, 2013 - Posted by | conference, Europe | ,

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