Digital Health Security and the Vaccine Certificate

When? 24 March 2021, 11:00 – 13:00 CET (Tallinn time is 12:00 – 14:00)

Where? Online, free of charge

Who? Public officials and government decision-makers of the healthcare sector, ICT industries working on vaccination certificates and other digital health solutions, health care providers, representatives of patients, EU Commission, World Health Organisation.

 Why? The COVID19 pandemic has created a new reality for the healthcare sector, globally testing its limits. The European Commission, along with the World Health Organisation is looking for a scalable digital infrastructure for secure vaccination certification to help governments to reopen societies and economies. For credible future digital health solutions, we need people to understand better both medical and cyber security challenges.



The Digital Transformation Talks is a series of timely online discussions organised by the e-Governance Academy. This event is organised in close collaboration with the Estonian Government Office. While sharing the materials in social media, please use the #ehealtsecurity. For inquiries, please contact us at


Panel 1: Challenges and opportunities of cross-border health data exchange


Panel 2: How to raise trust towards vaccine certificates?


11:00-11:15 CET (12:00 – 12:15 Tallinn time)

Opening and Keynote

  • Hannes Astok, Executive Director at e-Governance Academy (eGA)
  • Kalle Killar, Undersecretary for E-Health and Innovation, Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia

11:15 – 12:05 CET (12:15-13:05 Tallinn time) 

Panel 1. Challenges and opportunities of cross-border health data exchange 

  • Clayton Hamilton, Coordinator, Digital Health Flagship, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
  • Terje Peetso Member of the Management Board, North Estonia Medical Centre
  • Marten Kaevats, Government Office of Estonia
  • Moderator: Merle Maigre, Senior Expert on Cyber Security at e-Governance Academy (eGA)

12:05 – 12:55 CET (13:05 – 13:55 Tallinn time) 

Panel 2. How to raise trust towards vaccine certificates? 

  • Konstantin Hyppönen, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Dr Ain Aaviksoo, Chief Medical Officer, Guardtime Health
  • Vincent van Pelt, Nictiz, Competence Centre for Electronic Exchange of Health and Care Information, the Netherlands
  • Moderator: Paul Timmers, University of Oxford, former EC/DG SANTE advisor Digital Health

 12:55 – 13:05 CET (13:55 – 14:05 Tallinn time)

Discussion Conclusions and Way Forward

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