Dr. Karl A. Stroetmann M.B.A. Ph.D. received a doctorate in Business Administration and Economics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is Senior Research Fellow and head of the eHealth division of empirica. He has been a consultant to EC, OECD, WHO, national governments and global eHealth industrial players. He is/was project co-ordinator or principal investigator in European projects on market validation and business development (various eTEN studies), economic impact assessment, on eHealth conceptual and policy issues. Presently he co-ordinates projects to support the implementation of the European eHealth Action Plan and to improve interoperability among Member State health systems.