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eHealth Companies Reaching International Markets

  |   eHealth Forum 2015

European eHealth companies have a huge potential to grow, by approaching an ever growing market inside and outside EU borders. Apart from the obvious innovation potentials in a broad number of health & patient care sectors, markets like that of the US, Latin America and China have come ‘closer’ due to international agreements. What kind of impediments will European eHealth companies have to overcome, in order to reach these markets effectively?

Alexander Berler, HL7

Alexander Berler

Dr. HL7 Hellas Chair & Director at Gnomon Informatics S.A.

Dr Alexander Berler, HL7 Hellas Chair & Director at Gnomon Informatics S.A. Dr Alexander Berler has an MSc in Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in Medical Informatics. He is currently employed as the Director of consulting services department at Gnomon Informatics with an expertise in international projects related to e-health, e-procurement and e-government. On behalf of Gnomon Informatics, he is a member of the epSOS Industry Team Steering Committee and participates in the development of the openNCP software components. He has also designed the interoperability framework of the Greek ePrescription system. He is currently a member of several societies’ institutes and organizations (IEEE, ACM, HIMSS), a member of several IHE Europe Committees, an external tutor to the National School of Public Health and the Chair of HL7 Hellas, the Greek HL7 Affiliate.


Karima Bourquard, IHE

Karima Bourquard

IHE-Europe Director of Interoperability

Senior Consultant and founder of IN-SYSTEM, Karima Bourquard assists several regional/national projects on tele-Imaging, telemedicine or national eHealth infrastructure. She has a solid background on Healthcare IT as eHealth Project and eHealth interoperability director. During the last 15 years, she contributed to the creation and development of IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) in France and in European level. She is actually director of Interoperability at IHE-Europe, working on EU-Affairs Committee and European projects. The last two years, she was also engaged in the EIP AHA program and was one of the co-authors of the «Guide des TIC pour la Santé et l’autonomie » published in France. She is also involved in the Silver Economy network in France.

Specialties: eHealth policies

Henrique Martins, SPMS

Henrique Martins

President of the Board of SPMS - Shared Services of the Ministry of Health, Portugal

Prof. Henrique Martins is an Internal Medicine Specialist and a writer and speaker on the subject of eHealth and Leadership. He earned his PhD degree from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge with a thesis on “The use of Mobile ICT in Clinical Settings”. He has worked as the Chief Medical Information Officer at the Hospital Fernando Fonseca, where he set-up the new Electronic Health Record and created the Centre for Investigation & Creativity in Informatics. He supervised projects in robotics, mobile computing, database exploration and intelligence systems. He is currently President of the Board of SPMS.EPE the Shared Services and eHealth/IT authority of the Ministry of Health, after having served as Adjunct for Health IT to the Health Secretary of State in Portugal, and was responsible for the new Health Information Sharing Platform for Electronic Health Records, electronic prescription and Clinical informatics. He is the representative for Portugal at the European eHealth Network, established under the EU cross-border directive.


  The eHealth Forum is a new, dynamic event that promotes synergies on multiple levels, between scientists, academics, entrepreneurs —both of the public and private sectors— in the fields of ICT and healthcare in Greece. The conference is a sequel to last year’s successful eHealth Forum 2014, organised by the same team and the Greek Government – holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, back then.