Keynote Speech

Bernd Bloblel


Medical Faculty, University of Regensburg, Germany

 eHealth Competence Center Bavaria, Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Germany   

 First Medical Faculty, Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic

Challenges and Solutions for Design, Integration and Interoperability of Intelligent and Sustainable Transformed Health and Social Care Ecosystems


Advancing from phenomenological, evidence-based, person-centered, and personalized care, health and social care systems currently undergo a transformation towards personalized, preventive, predictive, participative precision medicine (5PM), supported by technology. It considers individual health status, conditions, genetic and genomic dispositions in personal social, occupational, environmental and behavioral context, understanding the pathology of diseases and turning health and social care from reactive to proactive. Thereby, we have to enable communication and cooperation between all actors from different knowledge spaces, representing different disciplines, using different methodologies, perspectives, intentions, languages, etc. Therefore, the knowledge-based, multidisciplinary, highly complex and dynamic 5PM ecosystem must be consistently and formally represented. The outcome is a system-theoretical, architecture-centric, ontology-based, policy-driven approach for designing and managing intelligent and sustainable 5PM ecosystems.


Prof. Blobel studied Mathematics, Technical Cybernetics and Electronics, Theoretical Physics, Biocybernetics, Informatics, and Medicine at different universities in East Germany. He received the PhD degree in Physics with the PhD thesis “About the mechanism of information processing and energy transformation in bioreceptors – a general and membrane structure related transducer model”. Furthermore, he received a habilitation in Medicine with a postdoctoral thesis “Implications of physical environmental factors on health”, and a habilitation in Medical Informatics with a postdoctoral thesis “Analysis and Design for Secure and Interoperable Distributed Health Information Systems”. He was Head of the Physical Laboratory in Environmental Medicine at the Medical University Magdeburg and thereafter Head of the Medical Informatics Department and then Director of the Institute for Biometrics and Medical Informatics at the Medical Faculty of the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. In 2004, he became Founder and Head of the Health Telematics Project Group at Fraunhofer Society, Institute of Integrated Circuits (IIS), Erlangen, and thereafter Head of the German National eHealth Competence Center (eHCC) at the University of Regensburg. He is author of more than 450 scientific publications.

Gunnar Hartvigsen
Health Informatics and -Technology Group
Department of Computer Science

Faculty of Science and Technology
University of Tromsø  –  The Arctic University of Norway

How home health monitoring, smart sensors, small data and digital dust can save your life


To meet the growing demand of health services, we need to think smart about health prevention to avoid obvious risk factors. Efforts must be made to promote early diagnosis. Through continuous use of various medical sensors, health changes can be detected before this result in hospitalization, emergency admissions or even death. But we should not stop with medical sensors. We all leave traces behind when we are using, or being observed by, all kinds of digital equipment. Every online action generates small data and digital dust, which might tell something about our health when the data is analyzed. Every device connected to the network represents a potential health sensor. Together, all these devices can be used to track behavioral changes that may be a consequence of changes in health. The most comprehensive recording of behavior is still done by people's smartphones and smartwatches. These have several sensors built in that together provide a wealth of opportunities to detect even small changes in behavior. 

I will in this keynote speech present the research and development in home health monitoring, smart sensors, small data, and digital dust and discuss how this can save your life.


Gunnar Hartvigsen, PhD holds an MSc and a PhD degree in Com¬puter Science (Artificial Intelligence) from UiT. 

In 2005-2009 he was Vice Dean for research and education at the Faculty of Science, UiT. He has held several honorary posts at the Department of Computer Science, including Head of Department, Vice Head of Department, and Head of Education. In 2004–2006, he was chairman of the Norwegian Council for Computer Science. From 2010–2017, he was member of The National Committee for Research Ethics in Science and Technology (NENT). From 2005-2013, he served as board member of the Norwegian Society for Medical Informatics. In 2007-2015, he was director of Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory (TTL), one of Norway’s first centres for research-based innovation.  Dr. Hartvigsen has written three books and more than 400 papers and reports. 

He has been a member of Academia Borealis, Northern Norway Academy of Science since the Academy was founded in 2001. In 2016, he was elected as a member of NTVA, Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.

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