Tapani Piha works as Head of Unit for Cross-Border Healthcare & eHealth in the European Commission. The Unit works on the Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border health care data management and protection in healthcare, is setting up the European Reference Networks of clinical centres specialised on rare diseases, develops the strategy for digital health and care in the EU, and creates cross-border exchange for e-prescriptions and patient data.
In the Commission since 2001, he has been responsible for policies on Health Technology Assessment (HTA), health strategy, health information, expert advice for health systems, health law, health research coordination, - and managed human resources in the whole Directorate General.
After studying medicine in the Turku University, he carried out epidemiological and intervention research on health behaviours and cardiovascular disease. Then he worked in the Finnish Ministry of Health and coordinated Finland's EU policy in health in 1995-2001. At the WHO Regional Office for Europe in 1989-94 he was responsible for the Action Plan for a Tobacco-free Europe.