Catherine Chronaki, Secretary General of the HL7 Foundation, a computer engineer by training, has engaged in eHealth projects since the 90’s when she led the technical design, implementation, and evaluation of I2C, a system for medical image retrieval by content. Since then, she has played a key role within National and European eHealth projects, addressing the wider scope of eHealth with particular focus on adoption of standards and innovation: health Information Infrastructures employing interoperability standards for digital health services; Electronic Health Records using medical devices such as ECGs, spirometry, medical imaging, and telemedicine in primary care; remote monitoring and follow-up of cardiac implants; risk assessment of tele-cardiology; consumer adoption of digital health services.
Working at the intersection of civil protection, health and social care, public health, and emergency response, she coordinated the application of eHealth technology in two large scale civil protection exercises where electronic health records were used to support real-time disease surveillance, triage, and interagency cooperation through the aggregation of health information.
Prolific author, she served as Associate Editor IEEE TITB, IEEE EMBC, and major eHealth conferences. Catherine was on the HL7 International Board (2008-2012), and eHealth Stakeholders group of the European Commission (2012-2015). Currently board member of HL7 Hellas, the Council of the European Federation of Medical Informatics, and secretary to ESC e-Cardiology WG, Catherine successfully concluded Trillium Bridge, operational arm of the EU/US Memorandum of Understanding on eHealth Cooperation Roadmap, and now leads the eStandards project to advance alignment of standards for large scale eHealth deployment.