4th Swiss Re Symposium on Data Protection: Ethics and e-health in insurance

02 Nov 2016

Organised by Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd
Location: Rüschlikon/Zurich, Switzerland

About the event

Nowhere is the phrase "digital disruption" more appropriate than in the field of healthcare technology and its impact on notions of privacy and confidentiality. The information collected about our health and activity by wearable devices and mobile apps and the Big Data analytics that make sense of it all are transforming the way individuals think about themselves and the way health practitioners consider prevention, diagnoses and treatment. And the same data can be used to help innovative insurers develop new products, manage more complex risks and insure previously uninsurable conditions.

But all of this innovation is dependent on individuals trusting medical practitioners, technology providers and insurers to maintain the confidentiality of information that lies at the heart of any healthcare relationship. Therefore innovation must be grounded in thoughts about privacy and the ethics of using information about individuals' health.

Our speakers – experts from the fields of medical ethics, data protection, technology and insurance – will ask, and answer, the questions raised by this complex and evolving topic and we would like to invite you to join us and shape the debate.

Participation by invitation only.



Welcome coffee


Chair of the morning session: Stefan Weiss, Global Data Protection Officer, Swiss Re

Welcome address and opening remarks
Hermann Geiger, Group Chief Legal Officer, Head Legal & Compliance, Swiss Re


The layered landscape of European data protection: the GDPR and beyond
Peter Hustinx, Former European Data Protection Supervisor, Member of the IAPP Board of Directors


The ethical dimension of using health data
Effy Vayena, professor of health policy, Health Ethics and Policy Lab, UZH.


Lunch break


Chair of the afternoon session: David Evans, Data Protection Officer, Swiss Re

Privacy-enhancements in sensing technology and mobile health Monitoring
Stephan Bachofen, Chief Technology Officer, Biovotion


The benefits of innovative technology to the individual health insurance consumer
John Schoonbee, Chief Medical Officer, Swiss Re  


Summary and closing remarks
Stefan Weiss, Global Data Protection Officer, Swiss Re


General information


4th Swiss Re Symposium on Data Protection: Ethics and E-health in Insurance


2 November  2016


Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue
Gheistrasse 37
8803 Rüschlikon
Telephone +41 43 285 8100

Conference language


Conference fee

There is no conference fee for this event.


Participation is by confirmed registration only
Please refer to the separate registration/accommodation tab.

Dress code

Business attire

Hotel accommodation

Please refer to the separate registration/accommodation tab.

Transportation to and from the Centre

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Airport transfers will be the responsibility of the participants. There will be a shuttle service available between the Hotel Belvoir and the Centre.

Click here for travel directions to the Centre.

Meals and refreshments

Lunch, coffee and refreshments will be served on 2 November 2016.

If you have a special meal or dietary requirement, please note it on the registration form.


For cancellation, please contact Flavio_Caspar@swissre.com or +41 43 285 8846.


This event may be photographed, videotaped, filmed and/or recorded. A summary of the event, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re’s and the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue’s internal and external websites and in printed materials.

Antitrust statement

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that Swiss Re conducts its business according to applicable Competition and Antitrust Laws. Please bear this in mind while attending the conference. For more details, please contact the organiser.

Registration/Hotel Accommodation

Participation by invitation only. Click here to register.

Hotel accommodation at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue

A limited number of rooms are available at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue. In order to reserve a hotel room we kindly ask you to send us an email to: FrontOffice_Rueschlikon@swissre.com indicating your arrival and departure date. The rate is CHF 300 per night/person including breakfast.