John Crawford

john-crawford2John is a member of IBM’s global Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry team, with a specific focus on the European market. He is also a member of the IBM Industry Academy, and the IBM Faculty Academy.

He advises and contributes to a number of European and Global healthcare IT industry associations, including COCIR, Continua. He is the lead IBM contributor for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging (Action Area B3 – Integrated Care), and is one of several IBM executive sponsors of EIT Health, a European alliance for healthy living and active ageing.

John is President, since January 2016, of the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), a multi-stakeholder membership organisation dedicated to the promotion of eHealth and new models of care. He is also a Board Member of HIMSS for the period April 2016 to June 2018.

He is often invited to provide expert commentary about developments in eHealth, Big Data and Analytics, and has spoken at many conferences and events over the past 10 years. These include HIMSS conferences in Europe and the USA, the European Health Forum Gastein, EU eHealth Week, the HIMSS CIO Summit, the European Telemedicine Conference, the European Society of Cardiology Congress, and the NHS Confederation Conference. In 2012 he contributed to the World Economic Forum report on Sustainable Healthcare Systems. He also edited the chapter on ‘Open Innovation in eHealth’ for the InnovaHealth report published by the Cyprus Presidency in 2012.

With over 35 years experience in the IT Industry, he is a strong advocate for the transformation of healthcare using information technology, and he regularly briefs press and analysts on IBM’s Healthcare Business, eHealth and Digital Health.



Keynote: Care System Transformation: Predicting the Future?

Abstract: Our systems of health and social care are under pressure from ever increasing demand, more complexity, and higher citizen expectations. It is clear that we need to blend the human touch that is inherent in care, with service innovations that use technology to extend scarce medical skills, deliver higher levels of convenience and quality, and enable independent living at home.  This presentation will explore the needs of society, and the nature of technological innovation, and will make 7 predictions about how our systems of care will evolve over the next 10 years.

Separate presentation: Good Health: Equalising Access and Opportunity with Digital Health

Abstract: The causes of poor health are well understood, and public health improvement is a priority for many countries, but we are challenged to make improvements from which everyone in society can benefit.  How might the innovations of Digital Health allow us to do more for those who have poorer health across the life course, and how can the revolution in apps, wearables and online services transform health outcomes across a population?  This presentation will explore the ideas, technologies and evidence as we start to understand the potential power of this emerging phenomenon.