When epidemiology meets Big Data

Opportunities & challenges of an inevitable encounter

Thursday, 3 October 2019 | 9.00-11.30 |

Organised by European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Data - on the environment around us, on our travels, on the food we eat, on the diseases we catch, on the medicines we take, on the genes we inherit - are likely to be stored somewhere, increasingly in electronic format, and so available for analysis. Yet, most disease prevention & control strategies are guided by burdensome stand-alone notification systems and ad-hoc epidemiological studies. Transitioning to digital epidemiology requires new mindsets, including an even stronger attention to epidemiological methods & standards for information storage. For this transition to be successful, concerted strategies should be developed by involving the political, commercial, public health and societal sectors.

Public health requirements are not consistently included in eHealth policies and implemented at EU and national level. This session aims to help identify some of these requirements and inform policymakers and public health professionals through an interactive discussion among diverse experts and with input from you, the participants.



Speakers & panellists


ANNE BUCHER, Director-General, European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE)

PANEL I: The new digital path towards public health surveillance

OLIVER MORGAN, Director of the Health Emergency and Risk Assessment Unit, World Health Organization (WHO)

TYRA GROVE, Head of Department, Infectious Disease Epidemiology & Prevention, Statens Serum Institut, Denmark

ALAIN MOREN, Medical epidemiologist, EpiConcept, Epidemiology Department, France

PANEL II: Can Big Data help us adopt healthy habits?

From behavioural surveillance to behavioural change

SEAN HOWELL, CEO, LGBT Foundation and Co-Founder at Hornet

MAURICE KELLY, Client Director for Quality Improvement, Health Protection, Emergency Management, Health Services Executive (HSE), Ireland

ACADEMIA (representative tba)


MIKE CATCHPOLE, Chief Scientist, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)


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