Veli Stroetmann, MD, PhD, is Director of Empirica and leading the work on Digital Health Research & Policy. Dr. Veli Stroetmann obtained an MD degree from the Academy for Medical Sciences in Sofia and a PhD in Medical Informatics. Over the last 25 years, she has been principal investigator and consultant, advisor to European Commission (EC) and international organizations (WHO, OECD), national governments, health service providers and industry. She has been the coordinator and principal investigator for European Union funded studies and projects on digital health policies and strategies, market research, business modelling, impact and regulatory assessment, socio-economic impact assessment and evaluation. Currently she is coordinating a large EU Support Action “DigitalHealthEurope: Support to enabling the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market” (2019-2020). Previously she led an EC study to support the scaling up of innovations in active and healthy ageing through twinning actions and contributed to the WHO report “From Innovation to Implementation –eHealth in the WHO European Region” (2016). She is currently leading work to advance the European “Blueprint for Digital Transformation of Health and Care”, a key policy activity within the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

Dr. Stroetmann is editor and co-author of numerous European policy and research roadmaps and articles on eHealth innovation and scaling up personalized health services, learning health system, integrated care, digital patient research, semantic interoperability, digital health strategies of EU Member States. She is an Executive Board member of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data and participates in the Data Quality Task Force.