Tapani Piha works as Head of eHealth & Health Technology Assessment Unit in the European Commission. The Unit deals also with data handling and protection in healthcare, expert advice for EU health systems, and coordinates health research policies. In the Commission, he has been responsible for health information, health strategy, health law, and human resources.
Before joining the Commission, he carried out epidemiological and intervention research on health behaviours and cardiovascular disease. Then he held positions at the Finnish Ministry of Health, and coordinated Finland’s EU policies 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.