Meet the WHINN Chairs 2020
In order to ensure the best possible content, we have invited the following selection of high-level profiles to be chairs of our tracks for 2020

Meet the WHINN 2020 Chairs

Finn Olesen

Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Communication - Information Science, Aarhus University, Denmark

Chair for the track on Education and skills

Bio
Finn Olesen’s research focuses on philosophical and sociological studies of science and technology and explores the socio-technical development of practice in the healthcare system and the welfare state. He is a lecturer, teacher, ph.d supervisor, and holds seats in both regional and local committees of education in health related organizations. 

Why did I choose to be a chair at WHINN?
It was obvious for me to accept the invitation to act as chair, since the topics and the scope, aligns very well with my research interest through the past 25 years. The role as chair is a wonderful opportunity for me to inspire and maybe even provoke educators, practitioners, politicians, designers and others in their habitual thinking about the use and understanding of digital health and welfare technology. Motto: Technology is in itself worthless; the use defines the value. 
Why should others attend WHINN?
Meeting up with professionals in a setting where the solutions to given problems have not been defined in advance is always attractive. To discuss, elaborate on and maybe even learn about digitization and technology in healthcare practice – now and in the future. It is a great venue to bring your understandings about technology into play which in turn may lead to new and more comprehensive ways of using technology in the future. 

Mette Harbo

Head of Digitalisation, Health and Care Administration, City of Copenhagen, Denmark

Chair for the track: Has COVID-19 paved the way for large-scale implementation of telemedicine?

Bio
Mette Harbo is head of digitalisation in the Health and Care Administration of the City of Copenhagen. Mette’s focus is on IT development and the interaction between IT, end users, implementation and governance.   

Mette has great experience within digitalisation in the Danish health sector with a special focus on cross-sector collaboration and governance structures. She is the municipal chairman of the national board of the FUT-organisation (national infrastructure and IT solutions for telemedicine) and part of the national board of telemedicine. 

Why did I choose to be a chair at WHINN?
Health technology and health innovation is of great interest to meand WHINN is interesting because it's a conference with focus on the intersection between healthcare and technology. WHINN combines public organisations, technology providers, research and end users, which is a pre-requisite for developing and implementing useful, people-centric digital solutions for healthcare.  

Why should others attend WHINN?
WHINN offers many opportunities for networking across disciplines and industries, inspiration and the latest knowledge with health technology and innovation.  

Peder Jest

Former Medical Director at OUH- Svendborg Sygehus, Owner of Jest - Consulting, Denmark

Chair for the track: Health tech of tomorrow – from a patient view 

Bio
Peder Jest is an MD, specialised in internal medicine and geriatrics, and a former associate professor of geriatrics.  

Since 1990 Peder has been medical director at several hospitals in Denmark, from smaller hospitals to large hospital systemsSince 2007 and until recently Peder has served on the board of directors at OUH Odense University Hospital.  

Peder has been chairman of the Innovation Council at OUH and co-founder of the joint research and innovation centre between OUH and the University of Southern Denmark; Centre for Innovative Medical Technology (CIMT – www.cimt.dk) and deputy chairman of the board in Welfare Tech (www.welfaretech.dk) and a member of the board of both Sundhed.dk (health.dk) and the National Centre for Public Sector Innovation (COI).  

Peder is especially interested in overcoming inequality in health and the implementation and upscaling of innovative medical technology for the benefit of patients and clinicians. 

Why did I choose to be a chair at WHINN?
I would like to participate in stimulating health professionals to see the importance of innovation for “the next patient” and at the same time see the effect of cross-professional collaboration within health and welfare technology.

Why should others attend WHINN?
By attending WHINN you will be given the opportunity to be challenged on your potential "home blindness" and you will participate in an unfamiliar discussion forum. 

Randi Brinckmann

Dean of The Faculty of Health at University College Copenhagen, Denmark

Chair for the track on Education and skills

Bio
As dean of The Faculty of Health at University College Copenhagen, Randi focus on creating healthcare educations that enable the students to become active co-creators and re-neweres of the society in which they will be practicing their professions. 

Why did I choose to be a chair at WHINN?
To me the relationship between technology and people is extremely interesting. Who or what is actually deciding the direction and speed of the development in society – technology of people? To the healthcare professionals this question and the relationship to technology is essential in defining their role and identity as healthcare professionals. 
Why should others attend WHINN?
To participate in debates and discussions about the importance and impact of technology development in the future healthcare system and maybe try to sway or affect the waypoints for this development