HIMSS21 & Health 2.0 – European Health Conference

HIMSS21 & Health 2.0 – European Health Conference

Sitra contributes to the debate on health data and the future of healthcare with Europe's leading experts at the HIMSS21 Europe conference, 7–9 June 2021. Furthermore, Sitra will announce the three winners of Fair Health Data Challenge.

Photo: Topias Dean, Sitra
  • June 7, 2021 at 9:00 am—June 9, 2021 at 5:15 pm
  • Online event
  • #HIMSS21Europe

The health conference organized by the international digital health community HIMSS takes place digitally again this year. Conference themes include pandemic recovery, data collaboration and trust to underpin integrated care, effective digital public health to combat the ‘infodemic’, creating a digitally-enabled and informed workforce, new frontiers for AI, data analytics and precision health, as well as health inequalities at the forefront of transformation.

Sitra’s experts explore the potential and challenges of health data and the three winners of Sitra’s Fair Health Data Challenge are announced.


Monday, 7 June 2021, 14:30-15:15 CEST – Keynote on data lakes and secondary use

Jaana Sinipuro, Project Director at Sitra, focuses in her keynote speech on the role of data lakes in future healthcare. Organised in close collaboration with the Portuguese EU Presidency, the session outlines strategies to fluidify the exchange of health data in Europe, enable public-private data collaborations and balance our need to protect privacy with our mission to save lives.

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Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 13:15-14:00 CEST – Leading a data revolution in healthcare: Getting the public onboard

Minna Hendolin, Leading Specialist at Sitra, moderates a panel discussion on the risks, benefits and controversies of data sharing and highlights successful initiatives to win public buy-in over the use of data. At the heart of this session is the concept that data is for the asking, not for the taking, and working with the public as key stakeholders is essential.

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Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 9:00-10:00 CEST Towards trustworthy health data ecosystems – Viewpoints & examples

In spring 2021, Sitra launched the Fair Health Data Challenge to seek practical examples of digital health and well-being services where data is transparently used. Tiina Härkönen, Leading Specialist at Sitra, presents the key findings about the role of trust-based health data challenges in future healthcare and announces the three winners of the Challenge.

Currently, personal data is used under unfair rules. Sitra’s IHAN® project the foundation for a fair data economy, in which successful digital services are based on trust and create value for everyone. In fair data economy partnerships, data is shared between different parties with an individual’s consent in a seamless and transparent way. Individuals can use services that improve their well-being and everyday life, companies achieve growth through innovations, and the well-being of society increases.

Europe needs a sustainable alternative to data economy and digital services, which are fair to all stakeholders. Sitra has produced tools and practises to address the above challenges and, thereby, brings three creative examples from Europe that will shed light on how to use data in a transparent and trustworthy manner.

Programme on Wednesday morning

9.00 CEST
Opening words

Bogi Eliasen, Director of Health, Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies

9.15 CEST
Towards trust-based health data ecosystems

Tiina Härkönen, Leading Specialist, Sitra

9.30 CEST
Greetings from the Fair Health Data Challenge contest board

Stephan Schug, Chief Digital Health Strategist, IQmed Healthcare Consultants

9.35 CEST
Presenting the three winners of the Fair Health Data Challenge
9.50 CEST
The way forward

Tiina Härkönen, Leading Specialist, Sitra

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Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 16:20-17:15 CEST – Tackling health inequalities: Levelling-up beyond COVID-19

The session explores solutions for bridging health inequalities and the role of data and technology in building more equitable health systems. Antti Kivelä, Director at Sitra, closes the session by talking about the “COVID passport” initiative and especially the equity element thereof.

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