BioData World Congress

Interview with the President of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data

The interview was conducted by the DNAdigest team (

Dipak Kalra is the President of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (i~HD). He is also a Professor of Health Informatics at University College London, and  affiliated with University of Gent. He has worked on the clinical, ethical and legal requirements for electronic health records and on the development of international interoperability standards and will present his work at the BioData World Congress in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, 2-3 November 2017.

“…I would say that one of the commonest pitfalls I see of researchers in the middle of their careers is that they have invested in pioneering innovations that are scientifically exciting, but they have not always thought through the relevance of those innovations to potential user communities, the priority problems those users are facing and the practical ways in which their research innovations could be applied to deliver realistic and affordable solutions. I think too many researchers embark on very long term and ambitious missions, without extracting milestone achievements and delivering them into the real world.”

Read the interview with Dipak