UK e-Health Week: A HIMSS EVENT

   OLYMPIA LONDON - 15-16 MAY, 2018

May 15-16, 2018 | Olympia, London


Taavi Kotka

Former CIO of Estonian Government and designer of Estonia's e-residency programme to expand the population.

Taavi Kotka is an engineer, entrepreneur, IT visionary and special advisor to the European Union. Previously Chief Information Officer for the government of Estonia, he is the brain behind a pioneering scheme to create 10 million Estonian ‘e-citizens’ to increase the country’s population for economic growth.

Taavi Kotka, was born, raised and educated in Estonia. It is also the birth place of Skype, but before its digital awakening its biggest industry was logging.

Today, thanks to Taavi Kotka’s ideas back in 1999 it is the world’s most digitally advanced government: e-citizens can vote from their laptops and challenge parking tickets from home. They do so through the “once only” policy, which dictates that no single piece of information should be entered twice. Digitizing processes reportedly saves the state two per cent of its G.D.P. a year in salaries and expenses.


“There’s nothing to fill out in doctors’ waiting rooms, because physicians can access their patients’ medical histories.”

What differentiates Estonia from other countries is that it has the basic architecture in place, plus the society has a modern attitude when it comes to privacy and data protection. This has allowed a fully digital society to emerge, creating services for people’s daily life, such as digital signature and digital medical prescriptions.

Digital innovation and streamlined services have also made Estonia one of Europe’s most welcoming countries. Being an ‘E-citizen’ of Estonia offers anyone in the world the freedom to easily start and run a global business in a trusted EU environment, creating a new digital nation for global citizens, powered by the Republic of Estonia. e-Residency is a government-issued digital ID available to anyone in the world and it permits citizens of another country to become residents of Estonia without ever visiting the place.

As the man behind the vision and making it happen he has been voted European CIO of the year and was named by Computerworld as one of the most important technology leaders in the world.

Taavi Kotka was drawn to speak at UK eHealth Week as he sees the endless opportunities for embedding technology in the NHS and wants to share his thoughts and experience with the delegates in the room.

Don’t miss

Total e-dom: Creating a digital society
At UK e-Health Week Taavi will be talking about how he helped to make Estonia arguably the most digitally advanced government on the planet and what lessons the NHS can learn about adopting new technologies to join up health and care services.

Main stage
Tuesday 15 May 2018
14:00 – 14:45

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