Professor Dipak Kalra, PhD, FRCGP, FBCS, is President of The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (i~HD). This institute, which he founded in 2016, promotes the learning health ecosystem by developing strategies and enabling solutions that can improve healthcare and accelerate research through more trustworthy learning from health data. It is a multi-stakeholder not for profit body that supports care and research organisations, and patients, to capture and reuse better quality health data. It promotes the adoption of interoperability standards. Dipak plays a leading international role in research and development of Electronic Health Records, including the reuse of EHRs for research. He has led the development of ISO standards on EHR interoperability, personal health records, EHR requirements and data protection, and leads multiple Horizon 2020 and IMI projects in these areas. Dipak is Professor of Health Informatics at University College London, and Visiting Professor at the University of Gent.
Through i~HD I am keen to contribute to the MSDA in areas of governance, education and supporting the growing of a multi-stakeholder co-operation to advance MS data sharing and knowledge generation.