Keynote Speakers

We are very proud to present the following confirmed Keynote speakers for MIE2018! We have aimed for a mix of scientific and inspirational speakers that will make your experience of attending MIE2018 unique.

Patricia Flatley BrennanPatricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, Director at the US National Library of Medicine, and Interim Associate Director for Data Science, National Institutes of Health US Department of Health and Human Services, will give the opening keynote, and share the Library’s vision for and support to Big Data and knowledge development in health care.

The NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and producer of digital information services used by scientists, health professionals and members of the public worldwide. Dr. Brennan started as Director in August 2016.  Dr. Brennan has been a pioneer in the development of information systems for patients. She developed ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients. She directed HeartCare, a web-based information and communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster, and with fewer symptoms. She lead Health@Home project to explore what people do with health information at home and Project HealthDesign, an initiative designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records. Dr. Brennan also conducts external evaluations of health information technology architectures, and works to repurpose engineering methods for health care.

Dr. Brennan draws from incredible experience from patient care as a practicing nurse, developing innovative information systems for home-bound patients to increase their independence, and cutting-edge research in data visualization and virtual reality. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, Dr. Brennan held several academic positions at Marquette University, Milwaukee; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining NLM, Dr. Brennan where the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. A past president of the American Medical Informatics Association, Dr. Brennan was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the International Academy for Health Sciences Informatics..

Her opening keynote at MIE2018 – Vitalis 2018 has the title: “Big Data, analytics and potentialities for knowledge generation – challenges to make the stride”


Terje Peetso, MD, Head of Sector ”eHealth and ageing policy” Unit H3 – eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing, Directorate-General Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), European Commission.

Dr Terje Peetso joined the Unit Health and Wellbeing in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology in 2011. Her main responsibilities are related to the coordination of the implementation of the eHealth Action Plan 2012 -2020 as well as the overall coordination of the policy group in the Unit. In 2014 she was the EU Fellow in the University of Southern California, USA, where her research focus was on the obstacles which hinder the introduction eHealth in healthcare systems. In this Keynote Dr Peetso will share her extensive experience of working with eHealth Action Plans and policies with the MIE2018 and Vitalis audiences.


Marie-Christine Jaulent Marie-Christine Jaulent is a research director at the French national medical research institute (INSERM). She got a computer scientist degree in 1983 and a PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence in 1986. She is currently leading a 50 people-large public INSERM research team in Medical Informatics and Knowledge Engineering in healthcare. The LIMICS team is composed of computer scientists, physicians, pharmacists and linguists and also affiliated to the university Pierre and Marie Curie and the university Paris 13. Her current research activities are in the fields of terminologies and ontologies in healthcare, semantic Electronic Healthcare Records, and decision support systems for e-health. She has been involved in several EU R&D projects where the LIMICS brought expertise in IT solutions for semantic interoperability between information systems in healthcare. Between 2012 and 2016, she has been the co-editor of the IMIA Yearbook of medical informatics. At MIE2018 she will deliver the Hans Åhlfeldt lecture.

Her keynote at MIE2018 – Vitalis 2018 has the title: ”Giving Sense to Data to Achieve Semantic Interoperability”


Doug Fridsma, CEO of AMIA, USA will participate in a plenary on professional recognition; accreditation and certification in health informatics.


Carmen LaPlaza-Santos is, since November 2015, Deputy Head of Unit of the ”eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing” unit within DG CONNECT, the Communications Networks, Content and Technology Directorate General of the European Commission. Prior to that, she was the Head of CONNECT Budget sector, where she was mainly dealing with the financial implementation of Horizon and FP7 Research framework programs. Before joining the European Commission in 2008, she held senior roles in financial and strategic departments of different sectors, such as retail, advertising and banking. She obtained a degree on economics in 1994 in the University of Navarra, Spain.

Her keynote at MIE2018 – Vitalis 2018 has the title: “The digital transformation in health and care”


Robin Farmanfarmaian To focus towards ”the Future of Co-Created eHealth” at MIE 2018, we are honored to announce that Robin Farmanfarmaian has accepted to give the closing keynote.

Robin Farmanfarmaian is a professional speaker, entrepreneur and angel investor working on companies in cutting edge tech poised to impact 100M people or more. Currently Farmanfarmaian is VP of Actavalon, curing cancer; and Strategic Relations Advisor to MindMaze, VR for stroke and brain injury rehabilitation, an Investor and business development at Invicta Medical, a medical technology company for sleep apnea, & Dance Biopharm, inhaled insulin with a smart, connected device. A life long philanthropist and mentor, she is the Co-Founder and on the Board of Directors (formally Executive Director) for the Organ Preservation Alliance, catalyzing breakthroughs in organ banking for transplants and tissue engineering. Robin is on the advisory board of many startups and conferences, and mentors entrepreneurs.

Previous work includes being one of the founders of Morfit, the Exponential Medicine conference, President at Innovation for Jobs, and a VP at Singularity University.Robin is the author of the best-selling book “The Patient as CEO; How Technology Empowers the Healthcare Consumer” and she will share her personal experiences of taking control over her own healthcare as well as insights into what role technology can play in empowering patients and increasing collaboration between patients and healthcare professionals. Find out more about Robin Farmanfarmaian here:

Her closing keynote at MIE2018 – Vitalis 2018 has the title: “The Future of Medicine”



More information about the additional keynotes will come soon. If you have any questions, please contact the Local Organizing Committee,

EFMI Plenary at MIE2018, Wednesday, April 25 1:30 PM – 3 PM

Summary: In this EFMI plenary session the topic is education in health and biomedical informatics, with a European perspective and international inspiration. The speakers will discuss collaboration under the Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus programs, curriculum development in Europe and internationally, regional initiatives and exchanges, and core competencies for life-long learning supporting work force mobility in Europe. Moderator John Mantas, speakers TBC.