Kathy Hughes, VP, Chief Information Security Officer, Northwell Health, USA
In this position Kathy is responsible for overseeing the IT security technology, risk management, security governance and disaster recovery teams. She also has responsibility for developing and implementing the IT security policies and standards and ensuring that appropriate tools and metrics are in place to allow for effective monitoring, measurement and control of IT security risk.
Prior to joining Northwell Health, Kathy worked at Allscripts where she managed the Infrastructure Services Operations and Engineering teams for North Shore-LIJ (now Northwell Health). Before that, she worked at The Estée Lauder companies where she was responsible for overseeing the Global Data Network and Infrastructure Services Support teams and at Stony Brook University Hospital where she had a similar role.
Kathy graduated from Molloy College where she received her B.A. degree in Business Management with a double minor in Economics and Computer Science. She subsequently earned her M.B.A. in Business Computer Information Systems from Hofstra University and obtained various technical and professional certifications including CISSP, PMP and ITIL.
Conor O’Shea, National GPIT Co-ordinator, the Irish College of General Practitioners
Conor is also a GP in Drogheda. The GPIT group have overseen the development of IT usage in general practice in Ireland.
He has been involved in the production of ICGP guidelines for the use of telemedicine and has contributed to the HSE working groups on video enabled care and remote patient monitoring.
Dr Saira Ghafur, Digital Health Lead, Institute of Global Health Innovation and Security Science Fellow at ISST (Institute for Security, Science & Technology), Imperial College London
Saira is also an honorary consultant in respiratory medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, London. At Imperial College she has spearheaded the college’s collaboration for healthcare cybersecurity. Saira also leads work on evidence generation for digital health, the value of healthcare data and AI and machine learning for health in low and middle income countries.
Saira is also the co-founder of two start-ups: Psyma (mental health) and Prova Health (evidence generation in digital health). She holds an MSc in Health Policy from Imperial College and was also a Harkness Fellow in Health Policy and Practice in New York (2017).
Stephen Bowes, Global Practice Director, Data Management and Security Technologies, BSI
Stephen is a highly experienced, accredited and award-winning senior technology leader with a demonstrable track record of thought leadership and commercial acumen. Having spent nearly 20 years working in Financial Services with AIB, Bank of Ireland, ACC Bank, Anglo Irish Bank and IBRC, Stephen has been with BSI since 2013 assisting organisations in increasing their cybersecurity resilience and managing risk.
Jaana Sinipuro, Leading Specialist, Fair Data Economy, Sitra
Sitra is “a think, do and connect tank” that collaborates with partners from different sectors to trial and implement bold new ideas that shape the future. The basis of Sitra’s work is a vision of Finland as a pioneer of sustainable well-being. Jaana is an experienced ICT and management professional. She believes that the successful digital services of the future will be based on trust and create value for everyone. The Fair Data Economy project aims to set up European-level rules and guidelines for the economy where services and data-based products are created in an ethical manner. Fairness in the data economy means that the rights of individuals are protected, and the needs of all stakeholders are taken into account. Prior to her current role, Jaana managed an extensive Digital Health HUB project creating a new operating model for a one-stop shop (“Findata”) for collecting and distributing well-being data. Before joining Sitra, Jaana worked as a Senior Advisor at SAS Institute, a business analytics company. She is a certified Enterprise Architect with over 20 years’ experience within data, analytics and knowledge management. Jaana is a dialogue-loving doer, dog-owner and loves horses, her garden and boating around her 130-year-old wooden house in the Finnish Archipelago. On Twitter you’ll find her and her projects @jsinipuro #fairdata #isaacus #IHAN @sitrafund
Siobhain Duggan, Director of Innovation and Healthcare, GS1 Ireland
Prior to joining GS1 Ireland in 2010, Siobhain worked for Hewlett Packard for 11 years and held several roles in the area of product marketing, business development and supply chain at their European offices in Munich, Zurich and Geneva. Siobhain also spent a year with BMW in Munich working in their logistics operations department. She holds a Bachelors degree in International Commerce and German from UCD and has also completed all of her ACCA accounting exams. Siobhain brings a wealth of international supply chain experience to her role as well as a passion for patient safety in healthcare.
Siobhain is currently working on a number of projects to promote the adoption of GS1 standards for healthcare in Ireland. These include projects regarding a National Product Catalogue for Ireland to include GS1 coding and standardisation of data from suppliers which facilitates e-commerce and many other applications in healthcare. Existing projects relate to the serialisation of medication and instrument trays for full supply chain visibility and increased patient safety.
It is important that Ireland is ready for the falsified medicines directive and the medical devices regulation and GS1 is well positioned to assist organisations in becoming compliant.
Paul Fearon PhD FRCPI FRCPsych, Medical Director, St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin
Paul graduated in medicine from University College Dublin, and after 5 years postgraduate training in general medicine, he specialised in psychiatry. He completed his training at the Maudsley Hospital, London and was a consultant general adult psychiatrist there for 7 years. As a senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, he headed the Section of Social Psychiatry and Epidemiology. He returned to Dublin to take up his post as Clinical Professor in Psychiatry and General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist in St. Patricks Hospital and Trinity College Dublin in 2008. Paul acted as Assistant Medical Director from 2015 prior to taking up his post as Medical Director in January 2020. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, largely in the areas of the epidemiology and the role of socioenvironmental factors in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and in quality of care in mental health services.
Eileen Byrne, Managing Director, Clanwilliam Health
Eileen was appointed as the Managing Director in 2017. Clanwilliam Health develops software solutions designed to assist healthcare professionals to provide best in class patient care across a wide range of settings. From GP and consultant clinics to pharmacies, care homes and hospitals, Clanwilliam Health software solutions are used by thousands of healthcare professionals on a daily basis. Over the years Eileen has consistently challenged herself to personally and professionally develop and has worked in a number of customer service and M&A roles throughout her career. From her leadership position, she now enjoys challenging her employees to constantly exceed customer expectations in every area from product development to customer support. Eileen is also committed to delivering on Clanwilliam Health’s mission to create software that provides healthcare professionals with the strongest possible digital foundation from which to deliver enhanced patient outcomes.
Angela Duffy, Director, Programmes and Business Development, dConnect
dConnect is a Digital Health Innovation Hub established to stimulate, foster and enhance innovation in Digital Health for creation of enterprises, products and services that address the healthcare needs of society.
dConnect is addressing the needs of connected health start-ups facing a regulated route-to-market. Many of these businesses are borne out of a need in the healthcare continuum but face challenges in this highly-regulated environment.
dConnect is partnering with third-level educational institutes to support innovation in digital health and also working with corporates in an open-innovation approach to accelerate digital health solution development. dConnect works with SMEs to support digital transformation and the changes required to provide into a changing healthcare landscape.
Tomaž Gornik, Founder and CEO, Better & Co-Chair, OpenEHR International
As a company founder, CEO and experienced manager of teams building world-class software products for more than 30 years, Tomaž has a proven track record of delivering innovative turn-key solutions for large clients in telecommunications, finance and healthcare. He is a co-chair of the openEHR International Management Board and regularly speaks at international conferences including TeleManagement Forum, HIMSS, Health 2.0, Mobile World Congress, ReWired.
Prof. Rachel Dunscombe, CEO, NHS Academy and Principal at Tektology
Rachel became the first chief executive of the NHS Digital Academy, which was set up in 2017 to develop a new generation of health tech leaders. She has been an advisor to the UK Secretary of State for Health, sits as the health representative on the UK AI Council and is an advisor to NHSx AI lab. In 2018, she was ranked No6 in CIO100 list in the UK as well as being the Top Health CIO winner. In 2016 she was voted Most Disruptive CIO in Europe. She is a visiting Professor at Imperial College, a Director at the Digital Health Society and a Director of the OpenEHR CiC.
Colm McGarry, eHealth Operations Manager, Info Technology Services (ITS) in Business Services Organisations (BSO)
The Business Services Organisation provides a broad range of support functions and specialist professional services to the health and social care sector in Northern Ireland.
Colm has been in his current role since Jan 2021. The Electronic Care Record (ECR) is a clinical tool that the clinical community have agreed has significantly improved the quality and safety of patient/client care. It optimises the use of health and social care professionals’ time through collating all relevant information relating to patients/clients and making it accessible at the point of care. HSC in Northern Ireland has developed a regional system that brings together information from the key legacy clinical information systems and presents them in a single, comprehensive view which is accessible by all health and social care professionals depending on their role.
The development and support of the Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record (NIECR) has remained a crucial part of the Health and Social Care Board (HSC) strategy, not just in its own right, but as an underpinning enabler to the many other strategic change programmes driving improvements across health and social care to organise and deliver better, safer care.
Clare Harney, Executive Director, Digital Health Transformation, HealthTech Ireland Association
HealthTech Ireland is the trade association that represents the Digital Health and Medtech industry. Prior to this, Clare successfully led a digital health start-up to first revenues and managed a significant matched funding round.
Clare comes from a health information governance and compliance background with more than a decade served managing the silos of paper and electronic records that exist within our hospitals. She went on to work a further six years in the Health Information Directorate of HIQA, developing standards for interoperability and was key to the development of the unique health identifier for Ireland (IHI). She was then seconded to the Department of Health to progress the Individual Health Identifier Bill (enacted 2015). Prior to joining the commercial world, Clare was the National Manager for the Acute Medicine Programme at the Royal College of Physicians. It was here she made the decision to jump to the private sector in order to positively disrupt the health system from the outside in, through supporting development of innovative technologies.
Clare holds a Bachelor of Business Information Systems and an MSc in Health Informatics from Trinity College, Dublin. She is also a qualified ISO 9001 External Auditor and sits on the Health Information Standards Committee at NSAI, is a Member of the HISI Executive, sits on the Digital Health Council at Medtech Europe, the Policy Advisory Council of IPPOSI and most recently has been invited to sit on the Industry Council at Novartis. She is involved in EIT Health mentorship and the Headstart Programme and also her alumni mentorship programme, mentoring students and recent graduates with an interest in the digital health space.
Derick Mitchell, PhD, Chief Executive, Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science and Industry (IPPOSI)
IPPOSI is a unique, patient-led partnership between patient groups, scientists, industry and other key decision makers, which builds consensus on issues relevant to all involved in delivering health innovations to people with unmet medical needs.
Derick has over 12 years’ experience of working in patient involvement, scientific communications, multi-stakeholder management and advocacy at both the national and European level. He leads IPPOSI’s participation in the European Patients Academy (EUPATI), an initiative which is training patients to become involved in the health innovation process, and has spread the IPPOSI public-private partnership model to over 20 countries.
Derick serves on the advisory boards and steering committees of a number of e-health-related initiatives including Health Innovation Hub Ireland, DataSavesLives.eu, eHealth Ireland, is a number of HIQA Advisory committees, UCD Research Ethics Committee, as well as the Medical & Life Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. Derick is chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board of the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) and a member of the Governance committee of the Precision Oncology Ireland research consortium.
Derick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology from NUI Galway and a PhD in Molecular Medicine from University College Dublin.
Miriam Roche, Engagement and Delivery Lead for Informatics, St. James’s Hospital
Miriam leads a portfolio of transformation projects and contributes to the hospital’s digital strategy. She has a proven track record of successfully delivering complex projects, including the hospital’s EPR and e-Prescribing implementation. She is passionate about improving patient care through access to information and digital insights.
Miriam holds an MSc. in Digital Health Transformation, a Diploma in Leadership in Quality and Safety and a Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership.
Róisín Doherty, Director for Access to Information & the Health Identifiers Programme (A2I-HIDs), the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), HSE
Prior to joining the Health Service, Róisín worked in ICT for various Government departments including the Department of Social Protection, the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO – formally CMOD). Róisín also worked for several years in the private sector in the US.
Róisín has over 25 years of ICT experience leading many strategic eGovernment and eHealth programmes including the Reach Public Services Broker, the Health Identifier Programme and the e-Enablers for Sláintecare.
The A2I-HIDs team, led by Roisin, is tasked with the delivery of the technical infrastructure and capability to enable the integration of health information across the entire health service and to provide access to electronic health records for patients and their clinicians.
Róisín and her team are responsible for the development of key eHealth Strategy enablers including the IHI (Individual Health Identifier – the unique identifier for the identification of health and social care users and their health records) the National Health Messaging Broker (HealthLink), the eDirectory of Health Services (HealthDirectory) and the Citizen Health Portal.
Naomh McElhatton, founder and CEO, Stimul.ai
Listed as one of Ireland’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs to watch in 2019 by the Irish Times, Naomh has many years experience working in the technology and digital education sector.
As founder and CEO at Simul.ai she is responsible for driving the strategic planning, business development and identifying export markets for the Stimul.ai solution. With her already very established network Naomh’s job is to build positive relationships with stakeholders and other healthcare leaders, to help drive the initiative of reducing hospital waiting lists globally.
Previously, Naomh was Group Marketing Director for Staffline Group PLC. Leading the development of group marketing strategies at both national and regional level by working closely with clients, the executive management, marketing, compliance and distribution partners, to create an effective marketing strategy focused on supporting existing clients and growing new customers throughout Ireland and GB. Being one of NI’s Top 40 under 40 entrepreneurs in 2011 & 2014, Naomh has experience working with a huge range of international clients including; Dior, Gulf News, Emirates Airlines, Gilead, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Wrightbus, Randox Health plus many more.
Naomh is a well-known guest speaker and mentor. She is also the Curator of the She Said Club, an Associate Lecturer at Ulster University, a STEM Ambassador, board member and Trustee of Belfast Homeless Services and is an official TED.com Speaker.
The company has offices in Boston, Dublin, and London. SilverCloud is the world’s leading digital mental health platform. It enables the delivery of clinically validated digital therapeutic care programs that are proven to significantly improve clinical outcomes, increase access & scale while reducing costs of care delivery.
SilverCloud’s multi-award winning platform has spun out from 16 years of clinical research with leading academic institutions, including MIT Media Lab. Today, SilverCloud provides customised solutions for over 300 organizations globally to meet the mental health & chronic care needs of their end users/patients. The platform has been profoundly validated through the use of full randomised control trials as well as real-world data from over 750,000 active end users. SilverCloud holds a CE Mark, ISO13485 Medical Device Designation as well as FDA roadmap.
Prior to founding SilverCloud Health, Ken held senior positions in several multinationals including, Dell, HP, and Gateway. Ken has received a number of awards including the 2018 MedTech Boston 40 under 40 award. He holds BSc. Degree in Computing, Diploma in new business and Diploma in Company Direction from the IOD.
Martin Curley, Director, Digital Transformation and Open Innovation, HSE
Martin is helping enable the digital transformation of Ireland’s health service. He was formerly Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the HSE. Prior to joining the HSE, Martin was Senior Vice President and group head for Global Digital Practice at Mastercard. Previously, Martin was vice president at Intel Corporation and Director/GM of Intel Labs Europe, Intel’s network of more than 50 research labs, which he helped grow across the European region. He also served as a senior principal engineer at Intel Labs Europe leading Intel’s research and innovation engagement with the European Commission and the broader European Union research ecosystem. Prior to this, Martin was Global Director of IT Innovation and Director of IT Strategy and Technology at Intel. Earlier in his Intel career, he held a number of senior positions for Intel in the United States and Europe. He also worked in research and management positions at GE in Ireland and Philips in the Netherlands.
Martin has a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a master’s degree in business studies, both from University College Dublin, Ireland. He received his Ph.D. in information systems from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Curley is the author of eight books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, the British Computer Society and the Irish Computer Society. Martin is co-founder of the Innovation Value Institute at Maynooth University, a unique industry-academia collaboration driving research and development of advanced IT and Digital maturity frameworks. He was previously a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan Centre for Information Systems Research and a visiting research fellow at the CERN Open Lab in Geneva. He was the inaugural winner of the Engineers Ireland Innovation engineer of the year in 2006 and was jointly awarded European Chief Technology Officer of the year for 2015-2016.
Colin Rooney, Partner in the Technology and Innovation Group, Arthur Cox
Colin is partner in the Technology and Innovation Group of Arthur Cox in Dublin. His practice focuses on technology matters, with a particular focus on data privacy and data security and covers a broad range of work, ranging from regulatory dealings and negotiations, to compliance and counselling. His practice also has a strong emphasis on commercial IT agreements.
Charlene Brophy, President and CEO, FONEMED, Canada
FONEMED, an international tele-medicine company, provides a patient-centered platform that incorporates technology and disease-specific algorithms as well as tele-medicine support and remote bio-metric monitoring to over 2,300 client groupsand 25 million individuals globally. Charlene has brought her hands-on knowledge ofCanada’s healthcare system into developing countries and communities which otherwise would not have access to medical care.
Charlene has been recognized by multiple organisations for her success in the business community. She was awarded Newfoundland and Labrador’s Organization of Women Entrepreneur’s (NLOWE) Entrepreneurial Excellence Award in 2020. She has been the recipient of four Business Excellence Awards from The St. John’s Boardof Trade. She was awarded the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Innovator of the Year by Atlantic Business Magazine in 2017 and recognised as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada. In May of 2021 Charlene was inducted into the Business Excellence Hall of Fame by Atlantic Business Magazine.
In addition to her business commitments, Charlene has a profound sense of community. She supports various local charities through her hands-on approach andis also an active board member for several non-profit organizations. Charlene has authored and co-authored multiple publications and is a recognized speaker at various domestic and international healthcare innovation events.
Greg Day, VP and Chief Security Officer EMEA, Palo Alto Networks
Greg is a member of the Global IP Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of Palo Alto Networks (UK) Ltd. He is a respected thought leader and advocate for stronger proactive cybersecurity, who has lived and breathed cybersecurity since the dawn of the industry. In fact, he developed his own behavioural security solution as long ago as 1995.
Greg’s personal mission is about increasing the understanding of the challenges and opportunities from how cybersecurity empowers organisational change and growth. Greg’s desire to educate organisations on these issues stems from many years working at the frontline of cybersecurity prevention and remediation as a former CLAS information security consultant vetted by the UK government and a leader of several consultancy practices. Wanting to give back to the industry, for over 20 years he has worked closely with many law enforcement agencies on improving the prevention and detection of cybercriminal behaviour. This has included previously teaching malware forensics to agencies around the world, as well as working in advisory capacities for the Council of Europe on cybercrime, the UK National Crime agency, and currently sitting on the Europol cyber security industry advisory board.
Greg’s passion -after flying drones, golf, skiing and sailing – is building stronger mutual understanding between non-technical and cybersecurity leaders within organisations.
As part of Palo Alto Network’s Office of the CSO team, Greg is a regular writer and contributor of essays and blogs on cybersecurity issues, as well as a keynote speaker and expert panellist on industry forums across EMEA. He currently chairs the global CSO community I-4 members advisory committee. On policy, Greg acts an industry advisor within many crucial cybersecurity organisations, including being the chair of TechUK Cybersecurity AI Working Group, given evidence both in the UK Parliament and Brussels, and working as a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Centre for Cyber Security.
Dr Mulcahy, Interim Director of Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI)
Dr Mulcahy is Interim Director of Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI). She is responsible for leading the strategy, operations and delivery of activities across all HIHI locations in Cork, Galway and Dublin. HIHI supports health technology innovation in Ireland by enabling companies to verify, validate and pilot their products with clinical teams in clinical settings. HIHI also works with healthcare staff in the development of new solutions to address clinical needs.
Tanya has over 30 years’ experience in the start-up, pharma, product development and research industry in Ireland and the US. She has a PhD in Cancer Genetics, has conducted postdoctoral research in neuropsychiatric genetics, has a BSc in Biochemistry and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Trials. She has recently been appointed by the Minister for Health to the HPRA Medical Device Advisory Committee.
Maeve McGrath, Head of Healthcare Innovation, Roche Ireland
Roche is a global healthcare solutions provider with a combined strength in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics and a leader in personalised healthcare. Healthcare Innovation in Ireland is focused on harnessing this expertise and partnering to shape the future of Irish healthcare and improve outcomes for patients.
Previous to Roche, Maeve was Head of Operations for Two-Ten Health, where she was responsible for Connected Health strategy and the delivery of Electronic Health Records across five continents. Maeve has in-depth knowledge and experience of Digital Health, from development through to implementation, with a particular focus on change management during digital transformation.
Maeve has also developed partnerships to ensure interoperability and centralisation of data within the clinical environment. She holds an MBA and an MA, both from UCD, and a degree in Medicine from Queen’s University Belfast.
Dr Faye Drawnel, Digital Development Lead in Ophthalmology Personalised Healthcare, Roche
Faye Drawnel is passionate about the responsible use of insights to support data-driven decision-making and spark innovation.
She is currently Development Lead in Ophthalmology Personalised Healthcare at Roche where she develops digital solutions to support patients and healthcare professionals living with and treating vision-threatening eye conditions.
Faye completed a Ph.D in Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge and recently received a Master of Business Administration from the Open University.
Orla Galvin, Director of Research and Policy, Retina International
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She has worked in drug discovery and design in academic and industry settings, and holds the position of Secretary General on the board of the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA). Orla now focuses on health economics research and patient and public involvement to support policy for the Retina Community at local, regional and international level. Orla believes communication and collaboration between all stakeholders is the key to success in advancing therapeutics, care pathways and health services.
Retina International is a global umbrella organisation for patient-led charities and foundations who support research into rare, genetically inherited and age-related forms of retinal disease.
Carol Chouinard, Carol Chouinard, VP, Optum Advisory Services
Carol is Quebec born, and a Vice-President with Optum Advisory Services where he leads the Provider Technology Strategy practice. He advises healthcare CIOs and leadership teams on IT strategy and optimisation challenges in the context of broad transformations, value-based care enabling partnership, and interoperability. He has led several merger and acquisition integration programs.
Carol coordinates the monitoring and assessment of healthcare IT electronic medical records and HIT innovations and helps healthcare providers introduce new technologies to their solutions portfolio and commercialise information technology assets. Carol has deep experience in planning and implementing digital health and population health enabling technologies and has led national, statewide, and community-based health information exchanges initiatives.
He has rich international experience including work in the US, Canada and the NHS and most recently with the Optum team in Ireland
Raphael Jaffrezic , CIO, Galway Clinic
Raphael Jaffrezic is the Chief Information Officer at the Galway Clinic, a member of the Blackrock Healthcare Group, a hospital in the West of Ireland. He holds a master in IT engineering and Business Management. Raphael has been involved in healthcare transformation through IT his whole career, starting from a technical role as an IT Engineer then progressing to an Executive position.
During his career Raphael led a number of innovation projects both clinical and operational, which created process and patient safety improvements throughout the organisation. The Galway Clinic was the first hospital in Ireland and the UK to reach HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Stage 6, a prestigious award on the utilisation of Healthcare Informatics to improve patient care through Digitisation.
He is dedicated and passionate in using Information Technology as a strategic driver to better the delivery of care and support clinicians. He is also a black belt in Lean Six Sigma.