The Advisory Board

DECIPHER PCP Advisory Board "Hall of Fame"

Niilo Saranummi, PhD, Professor works at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. His research interests include ICT for personal and personalized health and disease management, connected health, and value creation in health ecosystems. He has lead and participated into several EU-funded projects. He is co-founder and past chair of the HL7 Finland Society. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions of Information Technology in Biomedicine (now IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics). He has chaired the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE) and served as President of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM) and European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES). He is Fellow of FACTE, IAMBE, AIMBE, IEEE, and EAMBES. He was the recipient of IFMBE’s Otto Schmitt award in 2006.




Jeremy Thorp is the Business Architecture Director in the Health and Social Care Information Centre in England.  Jeremy has worked for many years on the NHS National Programme for IT, leading the specification of requirements and the delivery of information reporting solutions.  Jeremy’s current roles include:

  • Chair of the BSI IST35 Health Informatics Committee and UK Head of Delegation in the CEN and ISO Health Informatics Committees;
  • co-Chair  and UK representative on the European Patient Smart Open Services (epSOS) project sponsored by the European Commission;
  • Member of the HL7 Advisory Council and
  • Member of the IHTSDO Management Board






 Zoi Kolitsi, eHealth strategist, currently an affiliated member of the Information Security Laboratory of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki. She is a senior advisor with the Ministry of Health and member of the national eHealth Strategy Group.  Current activities also include leading the Legal and Regulatory issues work in the epSOS LSP and also in the eHealth Governance Initiative; chair of the national Sectoral Technical Committee for eHealth of ELOT (TET 14/1); have led the CALLIOPE Thematic Network for EU eHealth Interoperability.







Michèle THONNET, Ph.D Neuropharmacologist, is also a graduate in applied mathematics and medical informatics, political sciences and public law and from the industrial strategies institute.
Michèle is a health, information systems and security specialist, with more than 20 years experience and over 190 publications.
She used to hold different positions in the pharmaceutical industry as well as the computer one including the international standardisation, moving from the research area (researcher at INRIA, associate professor in well known french « grandes écoles » and in Paris University), to the industry area (computer and telecommunication) and then to the health domain first at AP-HP Paris hospital, followed by different positions in public agencies before joining the French health ministry. Auditor for the French research and industry ministries, Michèle has also participated in European health projects regarding quality of health and patient safety for the Ministry of Health.
Previously in France in charge of the system information architecture & exchange unit, including evaluation of telemedicine projects and involvement on quality process in the e-health area, then general ‘rapporteur’ of the French High Level Council of Health Information System, she was at the European level also President of the EHTEL organisation (European Health TELematics association) .
For the time being, she is the representative of the French Ministry of Health in the e-health European & international committees, member of the strategic committee of the health technologies national network, member of different institutional boards (eHPMR, HON: Health On the Net foundation,..) , in charge of e-Health European and international programmes and projects.
She is also actively involved in EU CIP LSP projects (epSOS, CALLIOPE).