Musiikkitalo, Helsinki, 7 October 2019

Smart Health for European wellbeing

At the heart of Smart Health is delivering the right treatment to the right patient at the right time, that is faster, better and more personalized healthcare. But what are the prerequisites for Smart Health, and the benefits to the patients, the European healthcare systems and the societies?

Smart Health is not here yet. A functioning, collaborative Smart Health ecosystem could create not only more health but also more economic wellbeing for our continent.

Smart Health for Europe offers health system decision makers a platform to explore the future health ecosystems.

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Topics: Shaping the future

The topics of the event are related to shaping the future of healthcare:

Smart Health community – welcome!

Smart Health stakeholders are warmly welcome to join the event and network with fellow scientists, healthcare leaders and decision makers, members of the Finnish and the European parliaments, biobanks and national centers of excellence, civil servants, MedTech, HealthTech and pharmaceuticals industry, and European and local innovators and investors.

Why Helsinki?

Current development in healthcare builds on technology and data, but these are not enough to reach Smart Health goals. Finland showcases a pioneering combination:

The Finnish EU Presidency 2019 is the time to start creation of a Smart Health roadmap. During the coming years, Europe has the potential to move towards a world leading position in digital healthcare and precision medicine driven healthcare and health systems.


His Excellency Heinrich Maurer, Ambassador of Switzerland, Mr. Antti Viitanen, Managing Director of Novartis Finland Oy
Opening words
Ms. Krista Kiuru, Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services

EU presidencies drive Smart Health forward

Smart Health initiative – Finland's role and potential benefits?
Dr. Leena Sarvaranta, Vice President and Head of EU Affairs, VTT
Smart Health – a German view
Ms. Lisa Witte-Stremmel, German Ministry of Health, Division of New Technologies and Data Use

Smart use of data

GDPR to boost European research and innovation
Mr. Knut Mager, Novartis Head Global Data Privacy and the Chairman of the Data Protection working group of European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) until June 2019
Secondary use of health data - Findata, the new one-stop-shop
Johanna Seppänen, Director of Social and Health Data Permit Authority
Break – music by the Pad Boys
Government of Finland accelerating precision medicine – role of the new national centers
Ms. Tuula Helander, Senior Specialist at Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Secretary General, Finnish Cancer Institute
Value based healthcare for better patient outcome
Professor Hartwig Huland, Martini-Klinik Prostate Cancer Center in the University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany

My data, my rights, my health

Human-driven and fair data economy – from vision to practice
Ms. Jaana Sinipuro, Project Director (IHAN), Sitra
Panel discussion
How do I benefit from my own health data
Ms. Silja Lindqvist, Chair of the Finnish Ichthyosis Association
Learnings from the banking sector
Mr. Petri Nikkilä, EVP Chief Commercial and Digital Officer, Nordea
Ethics in the use of health data
Professor Mika Scheinin, University of Turku

Smart ecosystems creating Smart Health

Data driven precision medicine - right treatment, right patient, right time
Dr. Anne-Marie Martin, Novartis Global Head of Precision Medicine
Boosting the Growth of Competitive Smart Health ecosystems
Dr. Minna Hendolin, Senior Director, Health and Wellbeing, Ecosystems, Business Finland

Economy of wellbeing - how can we benefit from data?

How to solve economic challenges in countries with ageing population with Smart Health?
Mr. Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Sitra’s International Advisory panel
How can we benefit from Data
Session moderated by Dr. Sampo Sammalisto, Business Finland
Genome data for better future healthcare
Professor Markus Perola, Research Professor, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Health economics of prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes
Professor Janne Martikainen, University of Eastern Finland, School of Pharmacy
Data-driven decision support for health
Dr. Jaakko Lähteenmäki, Principal Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Transforming data to knowledge for better healthcare
Dr. Arho Virkki, Head of Auria Clinical Informatics at Turku University Hospital, Adjunct Professor of Medical Mathematics at University of Turku
16.40 – 17.00
Antti Viitanen, Novartis, Minna Hendolin, Business Finland, Janne Martikainen, University of Eastern Finland, Riitta Mustonen, University of Turku, Jaana Sinipuro, Sitra
17.00 – 18.30

Contact information

Public Affairs Kirsi Heikola, Novartis Finland, +358 40 7290801,

Communication Manager Sanna Melin, Novartis Finland, +358 40 1836321,