eHealth interoperability and cross-border healthcare


Fri, 2 Oct 2020




Nowadays medical knowledge sharing is possible at unpreceded levels. This session will focus on the importance of interoperability for unlocking the potential of digital health, more specifically in allowing digital health technologies to share data in ways that optimise the health of the population.

The participants will hear more about the contact tracing apps, their benefits in limiting the spread of corona virus, together with the interoperability solution for mobile tracing and warning apps that Member States agreed on.

In the same time, the lecture will present the exchange of e-Prescriptions and Patient Summaries, two electronic cross-border health services are currently progressively introduced in all EU countries.

Join this session and discover how EU countries could exchange health data in a secure, efficient and interoperable way.


  • Ceri Thompson, Deputy Head of Unit, DG CONNECT H3 eHealth, well-being, ageing

Ceri Thompson is Deputy Head of the eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing Unit in DG CNECT. Ceri worked previously on international cooperation for Eurostat, and on health issues in DG SANTE. Before joining the EU institutions, Ceri worked on global health policy at the UK’s Department for International Development, and for KPMG’s International Health Care management consultancy practice in London. She started her career working on a large, epidemiological field research project in Fortaleza, North East Brazil.

She studied mathematics at Durham University (UK). She has an MSc (medical statistics / epidemiology) and a DrPH (health economics) both from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

  • Ioana-Maria Gligor, Head of Unit, DG SANTE B3 European Reference Networks and Digital Health 

Ioana Gligor is Head of Unit in DG  SANTE, responsible for European Reference Networks and Digital Health. Ioana worked previously on health issues in DG Employment, with a focus on the European Semester and European Social Fund. Before joining DG SANTE, she worked in the Secretariat General of the European Commission, in DG Employment and Social Affairs and she started her career in European Institutions in the Cabinet of Commissioner Orban. Before joining the EU institutions, Ioana worked in the Romanian Ministry of European Integration and was spokesperson for the Chief Negotiator with the EU.

She studied political sciences and EU affairs, with a specialisation at the College of Europe in the law and economics of internal market. She has a PhD in international relations.

  • Karima Bourquard, Director of Interoperability, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise Europe

Title of the presentation: Cross Border health data Exchange - ePrescriptions and Patient Summaries

Karima Bourquard, PhD is IHE-Europe Director of Interoperability and Senior Consultant founder of IN-SYSTEM (France). She has worked on several EU projects such as epSOS and eHDSI (eHealth Digital Services Infrastructure), Antilope, EURO-CAS (see here) and CEN IPS (International Patient Summary) standard . IHE-Europe is a non-for-profit European Association dedicated to the promotion of interoperability in healthcare. She worked previously at the GMSIH, a French national centre of competences for hospital IT and EHR, responsible for the development of the interoperability in eHealth and of organisational and technical frameworks for IT components in hospitals.

  • Paolo de Rosa, Italian Government, Digital Transformation team

Timing: 2 October, 10:00 until 12:00

Background information

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

The CONNECT University is an initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate General on Communication Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT) which aims to inform about the latest digital trends and challenges which are highly linked with EU's relevant policies and serve as a platform for sharing knowledge through thematic discussions, workshops and seminars.

Organiser: CONNECT University
Contact information: CONNECT University


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