Introductory session: A European perspective on the transformation of healthcare enabled by digital

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The CONNECT University kicked off its 2020 thematic school programme dedicated to digital health with the session “A European perspective on the transformation of healthcare enabled by digital”. The coronavirus outbreak has demonstrated that digital technologies are at the forefront of fighting with the pandemic. In this vein, through this special introductory session, participants had the chance to get a good understanding of the growing importance of harnessing the power of digital technologies for the health industry.

Watch the recording and find out more on the Commission's efforts to provide its citizens access to safe and top quality digital services in health and care.

Agenda:

Roberto Viola is Director General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology) at the European Commission.He was the Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT, European Commission from 2012 to 2015. Roberto Viola served as Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, as Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was a member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators), and Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG) in 2007.

He held the position of Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004. From 1985-1999 he served in various positions including as Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services at the European Space Agency (ESA). Roberto Viola holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

  • Claire Bury, Deputy Director General DG SANTE

Claire Bury is currently Deputy Director-General in DG Health and Food Safety with responsibility for food safety and sustainability. She is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. She was previously Deputy Director-General for the Digital Single Market in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology and Director of Modernisation of the Single Market in Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Before that, she was Head of Unit for Company Law, Corporate Governance and Financial Crime in Directorate General Internal Market and Services, and Deputy Head of Cabinet to Internal Market Commissioners Charlie McCreevy and Frits Bolkestein. An English barrister by training, she worked in the Commission's Legal Service and, before coming to Brussels, in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Background information

This session is part of the CONNECT University Autumn School on Digital Health open for everyone. Check the full programme.