The Big Data Revolution for Public Health

Tue 8, October 2019
16:30 - 19:00 CET

A paradigm shift towards data-driven urban policies is occurring: innovative tools and techniques have been developed to collect, store, analyse, process and visualize large amount of environmental, sensor, health, social and open data.

Nevertheless, Europe is still far from taking full advantage of such revolution to inform urban intesectoral policies and improve population health and wellbeing.

PULSE is a H2020 project aimed to improve predictive analytics and risk detection in cities as well as influence lifestyles and behaviour. In terms of public health risk, the project analyses the environmental and behavioural determinants of disease onset by focusing in particular on the link between air pollution and asthma, and between physical inactivity and Type 2 Diabetes. Moreover, in terms of public health resilience, the project is addressing community wellbeing and its relation with health outcomes. The final goal is to build extensible models and technologies to predict, mitigate and manage public health problems and implement a Public Health Observatory which will serve as linked hub that utilises knowledge-driven processes and big data to shape intersectorial public policies and service provision.

BaltCityPrevention is a project funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme aimed at developing and testing a new approach which helps Public Health Authorities (PHA) in prevention intervention planning. It will enable the PHAs to better tailor the interventions to the specific needs of the user group by applying participatory and co-creation methods and involving eHealth technologies developed by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The two projects have decided to exploit their complementarities and arrange a joint session to offer local policy makers attending the EU Week actionable tools to design cross-sectoral 'Health in All Policies' (HiAP) (Helsinki Statement on Health in All Policies. WHO, Finland 2013). 

Experts from both projects, the EU Urban Agenda Working Group on Digital Transition as well as testimonials from other pioneering cities and representatives of relevant international organizations will give hands on inspirational speeches stimulating an interactive debate with the audience.

The session is organized by the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), responsible for the communication, dissemination and exploitation of PULSE results.


Valentina Tageo, International Projects Director, ECHAlliance, Ireland.
Elisabeth Bengtsson, Consultant Healthy Cities Network, World Health Organization, Denmark.
Maria Fernanda Cabrera Umpiérrez, Associate Professor, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.
Kerli Metsla, Project Manager BaltCityPrevention, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.
Manuel Ottaviano, Senior Research Manager, Universidad Politéccnica de Madrid - Life Supporting Technologies (LifeSTech), Spain.
Maritta Perala-Heape, Director at Centre for Health and Technology, University of Oulu, Finland.
Catherine Pérez, Head of the Department of Health Information Systems, Barcelona Public Health Agency, Spain.
Peeter Ross, Professor, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.
Valentina Tageo, International Projects Director, ECHAlliance, Ireland.
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  • Posted by: Petr Simonik
    On: 03/10/2019 - 20:45pm

    Request participation

    Dear organizers, please, can you add me to the session? Many thanks.
    • Posted by: Federica Porcu
      On: 04/10/2019 - 23:53pm

      Confirmation Request Participation

      Dear Mr. Simonik, Thanks for you interest in our session. I can confirm you have just been added in our list of participants. Best regards, Federica Porcu
    • Posted by: Federica Porcu
      On: 04/10/2019 - 23:46pm

      Last few places available

      There are few places available. If you would like to learn more about PULSE project and BaltCityPrevention, come to join our session. Don't miss the opportunity to meet some of the most brilliant EU experts in urban health.
      • Posted by: Csilla KAPOSVARI
        On: 05/10/2019 - 09:00am

        Request participation

        Dear organizers, could you please add me to the session too? Thanks
        • Posted by: Federica Porcu
          On: 06/10/2019 - 10:20am

          Confirmation Request Participation

          Dear Ms Kaposvari, Thanks for you interest in our session. You have been added in our list of participants. Have a good day. Federica
          • Posted by: Csilla KAPOSVARI
            On: 08/10/2019 - 14:58pm

            Request participation

            Thank you very much, see you there.
      • Posted by: Petr Simonik
        On: 04/10/2019 - 23:53pm

        Thank you

        Thank you very much. See you there. Nice evening!