EIT Health Digital Town Hall: Join an online conversation about the potential of Big Data in healthcare

21st August 2019

See details below to participate in our Digital Town Hall

After three EIT Health Think Tank Round Tables on using Big Data to innovate better healthcare, we invite the public to join the conversation through a Digital Town Hall.

Online contributions from the audience will be welcome during the livestream on Wednesday, 19 December 2018, from 10:00 until 11:00 CET.

Building on insights from EIT Health Think Tank’s regional European Round Tables, this Digital Town Hall focuses on the topic of “Unlocking the Potential of Big Data in Healthcare”.

Join online for a unique, open conversation on the challenges facing Europe in utilising Big Data in healthcare, and what EIT Health is and should be doing to help. All online viewers can contribute their thoughts, comments and questions during the event, using their web-cams and our live-chat functionality.

The event is intended to provide participants with a general sense of the potential of Big Data to transform healthcare, as well as get a sense of the challenges in the area, what others are doing, and what EIT Health is doing in this area. The focus is on showing the power of Big Data in healthcare, and providing a road-map to inspire participants to get involved in EIT Health’s activities in these areas.

Hosts EIT Health CEO Jan-Philipp Beck and EIT Health Think Tank Chair Paul Timmers will share what they have learned from the Think Tank’s investigations of the potential of Big Data in healthcare. They will be joined by a distinguished group of panelists who bring different points of view into the discussion.

About the hosts:

Jan-Philipp Beck is CEO of EIT Health and chairs the organisation’s Management Board. He was appointed to the position on 1 February 2018.

Prior to this Jan-Philipp was EIT Health’s COO where he contributed significantly to developing the structure, system and processes of the organisation during this establishment phase, as well as managing the organisation’s portfolio of projects through active monitoring of performance and impact.

He joined EIT Health in 2015 from EY and previously Deloitte, where his work involved supporting industry, universities and research organisations with the development and roll-out of R&D, innovation projects and related financing concepts.

Prior to this, he was Executive Director of the European Youth Parliament, an educational project of the Schwarzkopf-Stiftung in Berlin, where he oversaw the organisation’s work connecting over 30,000 young people a year across 34 countries. He holds a MA in Political Science, Economics and English from Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in Germany.


Paul Timmers, who Chaired EIT Health’s Think Tank on Big Data, is a senior advisor at the European Policy Centre in Brussels and an investor in digital innovation, in particular in health technology.

Until 2017, he was Director of Digital Society, Trust, and Cybersecurity at the European Commission (EC). He was responsible for policy, legislation, and innovation in cybersecurity, digital privacy, digital health and ageing, e‑government, and smart cities/mobility/energy.

He was also responsible for significant parts of the EU’s research and innovation programmes.

Legislation included, among others, the EU’s Network and Information Security Directive as well as Regulations on electronic identity (eIDAS) and deployment of trans-European digital networks.

He served as a member of the management board of the EU’s cybersecurity agency, ENISA, and interim member of the EC’s Regulatory Scrutiny Board. Before becoming Director in 2011, he worked for 20 years in a variety of fields in the EC. He was a member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner Erkki Liikanen for telecoms and information society policy (2001-2003). He has held various academic positions and is a highly cited author on e-business models.

His professional experience also includes serving as a manager at Philips (1984-1991). In 2017, he worked with researchers at UC Berkeley on comparative cybersecurity industrial policy. His current research interests include cybersecurity industrial policy, digital sovereignty, digital data, digital transformation, and business models.

He holds a PhD in physics from Nijmegen University (1985), an MBA from Warwick University (1998), was awarded an EU research fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill (2008-2009), and completed executive cybersecurity education at the Harvard Kennedy School (2014).


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  • Itziar de Lecuona, PhD, Lecturer, School of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Bioethics and Law Observatory, University of Barcelona; member of the EIT Health ELSI Board; providing ethical, legal and societal views.
  • Kobe Leysen, CTO and Co-Founder, Fibricheck, providing an entrepreneur/start-up viewpoint.
  • Allen Mohammadi, CEO and Co-Founder, Hippogriff AB, providing an entrepreneur/start-up viewpoint.

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