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i~HD Inaugural Conference - March 10, 2016, Paris

Inaugural Conference of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (i~HD) Dear colleague,

You are warmly invited to save the date (March 10, 2016) of the Inaugural Conference of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (i~HD).

i~HD is a not-for-profit European institute, with a mission to guide and catalyse the quality, interoperability and trustworthy uses of health data, for optimising health and knowledge discovery.

This Inaugural Conference will mark the parallel launch of a novel European platform to support multi-centre clinical research. This operational platform, the result of the European project EHR4CR (Electronic Health Records for Clinical Research), can connect securely to the data within multiple hospital EHR systems and clinical data warehouses across Europe, to enable a trial sponsor to predict the number of eligible patients for a candidate clinical trial protocol, to assess its feasibility and to locate the most relevant hospital sites.

The role of i~HD, as a not-for-profit Institute, is to provide independent governance oversight of such services now, and as these expand to connect with many more hospitals across Europe. The conference will present this platform and its pharma-led adoption programme, and detail the i~HD governance services that reflect state-of-the-art in the trustworthy re-use of health data for research. You will also learn about Europe's largest "big data" project in health: EMIF (European Medical Information Framework). The views of patients on the benefits of reusing their data for research will be presented by Mary Baker, past President of the European Brain Council, one of our keynote speakers.

The conference will also spotlight the challenges and state-of-the-art approaches to improving the quality and semantic interoperability of clinical data. i~HD will play an important future role in the development and quality labelling of semantic interoperability standards, bringing together clinical and research domain experts, with patients, to help ensure that future standards support patient care, learning health systems and clinical research.

We are especially inviting healthcare providers from across Europe, representatives of the pharma industry, patient associations, health professional associations, the health ICT industry and standards bodies. The event is kindly being hosted by the Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, INSERM and the UPMC Cordeliers Campus. Participation is upon invitation only, but free, although participants will need to cover their own travel costs. May we kindly invite you to register your interest via this form so we can send you an invitation. Via that form you also may recommend colleagues.

Please save the date! You will receive your formal invitation to register for the event in early December.

Yours sincerely,
Dipak Kalra