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Digital Health: Data, Security and Compliance

March 28, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Handling NHS patient data? Developing healthcare apps and digital health technologies? 

Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire is inviting all small and medium-sized businesses, corporates, start-ups, digital agencies, researchers and tech entrepreneurs dealing with NHS patient data and developing healthcare apps and other digital health technologies to this exciting event.

What’s the deal with health data? Open health data that is publically released, by NHS Digital for example, is made freely available for everyone to use. It is anonymised so none of the data can be linked to a particular patient. Mark Barrett of Data Flock will show us how analysis of open data can be used in a range of ways, such as to improve the quality of care, reduce healthcare costs, and inform patient choice.

But what if you’re handling new or existing NHS patient data that can be linked to a patient? This event will go on to explore what to do if you are handling NHS patient data and/or developing health apps and digital health technologies and the related data security, compliance, approvals, integration and interoperability considerations.

If your organisation handles NHS patient data, you may need to complete NHS Digital’s Information Governance Toolkit – Information Governance level 2 is needed as part of NHS standard contracts, for tendering and to integrate with Spine, the ‘electronic backbone of the NHS’. Hear from Byron George at the University of York who has taken their Patient Case Management Information System through this process.

The number of health apps on the app stores is growing substantially, over 259,000 at a recent count with 500m users and 3bn downloads. How are these apps being regulated and what implications are there for use of people’s personal health data – and what do you need to do as a business? How can standards support innovators in developing novel solutions, whilst also holding them to account for meeting regulations and other professional requirements? Find out more from Rob Turpin from BSI and Julie Bretland of Our Mobile Health.

We also aim to touch on the Accelerated Access Review and NHS Test Beds and the implications for digital health products. Participants who would like to share their experience of handling NHS data, the Information Governance Toolkit, data security or the development of healthcare apps and other digital health technologies will also be invited to present and get feedback from other attendees.

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Robert Turpin

Robert Turpin

Healthcare Market Development Manager, British Standards Institution

Rob Turpin joined the British Standards Institution in 2001 and is currently Market Development Manager for the healthcare sector.  He leads on the creation of new standards opportunities relating to medical technologies, digital health, and ageing society. A key topic for focus is the role that standards can play in supporting healthcare innovation, and changing the ways that healthcare will be delivered in future.  Previously, Rob was involved in managing national and international standards development programmes across a variety of subject areas. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Teesside.

BSI is the UK’s national standards body, representing UK economic and social interests across all European and international standards organizations and in the development of business information solutions for British organizations of all sizes and sectors. We work with many different industries, businesses, governments and consumers to develop British, European and international best practices.

Byron George

Byron George

PCMIS Director, Department of Health Sciences, University of York

Byron George is the PCMIS Director at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York and has over twenty years’ experience in healthcare IT, delivering innovative systems to both academic and NHS environments. He is a chartered IT professional, ITIL manager and is PRINCE2 certified. Byron has responsibility for strategic development and implementation of information solutions within the department, including the innovative PCMIS Case Management System – a digital health service with ground-breaking integrated, evidence based clinical decision making tools, designed to improve the outcomes of patients with mental health issues. Byron is the University Lead for NHS information governance, and departmental lead for the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information requests.

Julie Bretland

Founder of Our Mobile Health

Julie Bretland has been developing, launching and managing innovative mobile services for nearly 20 years for big corporates such as Ericsson and Vodafone as well as start-ups across Europe and Africa. Julie has an MBA from London Business School, as the recipient of the prestigious Celia Atkin Advent scholarship, is co-founder of the Digital Health Professionals Network, a founding member of the GSM Associations ‘Connected Women’ programme and a recipient of the Deloitte’s Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Founders Award. She also sits on the Expert Panel of the London Health Commission. She is the founder of Our Mobile Health, set up with the aim of harnessing mobile technology to help us lead healthier lives, by providing a curated application store to promote the best of the best mobile health applications.

Mark Barrett

Mark Barrett

Director, Data Flock

Mark has always been interested in getting the most value out of data, and using it to tell interesting stories that everyone can engage with. His work has seen him recognised as one of the top 50 Innovators in Healthcare by the Health Service Journal, selected as one of the Top 50 “New Radicals” by Nesta/The Guardian, and created one of the Sunday Times’ top 500 apps in the world, reaching #1 in the iTunes chart.

Data Flock was built from Mark and his co-founders love of digging into real world big data to produce insights, and then seeing these insights help organisations learn, grow and change. They enjoy big data, data insights, and producing data visualisations with real meaning. Data science is what they live and breathe every day.


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