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Speaker Biography

Petra Wilson

Petra Wilson is Senior Director of the European Health and Care team in Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). Her work focuses on helping health and care providers develop their strategies for making good use of communication and collaboration technology to demands of care provision for an ageing society, where patients’ needs become wider and demands on health and care providers straddle many of the established silos of care organisation.

Previously, she was deputy director of the European Health Management Association (EHMA), a membership organisation committed to improving healthcare in Europe by raising standards of managerial performance in the health sector.

Prior to EHMA, Petra worked for the European Commission in its eHealth Directorate. Alongside her role at Cisco Petra holds several positions with eHealth interest groups. She acts as secretary general for the European branch of Continua Health Alliance and is also co-lead of its European Policy Working Group. Petra is also active with the Health Information Management and Systems Society, where she serves as a member of the European Governing Council and is Chairperson elect for 2012-2013. She also acts as an advisor to the Health on the Net Foundation.

Originally trained in law, Petra spent several years as a lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at Nottingham University, UK, specializing in healthcare law. She has a Ph.D. in public health law from Oxford University, and has published widely on the legal aspects of using information technologies in healthcare. Originally from the UK, she is fluent in English, German, and French.


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