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 title of her keynote:  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.

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

Terje Peetso, European Commission.

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 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:


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.