February 2017 is the one year anniversary of DigitalHealth.London and to mark this milestone we’re hosting an insight gathering for NHS staff.

DigitalHealth.London/collaborate – ‘Why tomorrow’s patient needs a digital NHS’ will inform and inspire NHS leaders and managers on topical issues relating to digital transformation, including STPs, digital literacy and risk reduction.

In addition, this milestone gathering will celebrate examples of digital transformation across the NHS, championing NHS leaders and organisations that are driving the digital agenda. The event offers a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow thought-leaders and make new connections from across the NHS in London.


Hacking STPs: Digitally enabling Sustainability & Transformation Plans

This facilitated design workshop will be co-led by STP Leads from each of the London AHSN geographies, as we explore the opportunities for digital in supporting the developing STP priorities.

Digital Participation: dispelling prejudices and perceptions

This patient-led session will be chaired by Rachel Neaman (formerly of Doteveryone) with a panel discussion featuring BobGann (NHS Digital), Mary Black (Public Health England) and Molly Watt.


Suspend judgement: Virtual Reality and its application in patient care

Dr Keith Grimes will lead an exciting, thought-provoking conversation about the application of virtual reality in healthcare.

Big fish, little fish: the value of partnerships in de-risking digital innovation

A panel discussion exploring how large incumbents can be combined with smaller SMEs to de-risk innovation.

Chaired by Bleddyn Rees, Founding Director of ECHAlliance, the session will feature Patient’s Know Best, Oviva, Teva, IMS Health & Cerner

The Great Debate: Artificial Intelligence - enabling less contact with healthcare professionals?

A live debate bringing together the expertise of Ali Parsa (Babylon Health), Dr Ameet Bakhai (Consultant cardiologist, research deputy director, heart function improvement lead at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust) and Nicholas Peters (Professor of Cardiology and Head of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Imperial College London, and Consultant Cardiologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust)

Moderated by Dr Jordan Shlain, MD


2017 NHS Digital Pioneer Awards presentation

Presented by Juliet Bauer, Director of Digital Experience at NHS England, the Digital Pioneer Awards celebrate the best digital champions from across London’s NHS


Bleddyn Rees, Founding Director ECHAlliance


Bleddyn is an international healthcare lawyer, advises on digital Health and works with Osborne Clarke LLP, an international law firm. He is a Director of the European Connector Health Alliance which promotes digital health through 30 plus international Ecosystems across Europe and North America.  He has a variety of external NHS and healthcare appointments including the European Commission eHealth Stakeholders Advisory Group and Chairs the Industry Advisory Boards of the Health Innovation Network and Public Health Wales.

Bob Gann, Specialist in digital health strategy, partnerships & digital inclusion

bob-gann-circleBob is currently working as Digital Inclusion Lead on NHS Digital’s Widening Digital Participation initiative, reducing inequalities in access to digital health. He is also a Specialist Advisor for Digital Health at the Care Quality Commission, supporting CQC in developing and implementing regulation of digital health services. Internationally Bob is consultant to the National Opinion Research Centre at University of Chicago, and is a member of the World Health Organization e-Health Advisory Group

Previously in his career Bob was Director of Strategy at NHS Choices and Director of New Media at NHS Direct.  He is Visiting Professor in Health Informatics at Plymouth University, and advises on research programmes at the Health Experiences Research Group at Oxford University.

Molly Watt, Patient Advocate


Molly is 22 and lives with a genetic condition called Usher Syndrome, deafblindness and is completely reliant on benefit from assistive technology. As a result she am passionate about working in the world of digital accessibility and usability; promoting the use of assistive technology for those who need it.

Dr Victoria Betton, mHabitat

victoria-mhabitat-circleVictoria is founder and director of mHabitat – an NHS initiative hosted by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and which supports people-centred digital innovation in health and care. She is a qualified social worker with over twenty year’s experience in local government, third sector and the NHS. She has Masters degrees in Women’s Studies, Social Work and a Diploma in Public Sector Relations. Her doctoral research was on the theme of mental health and online social networks. You can find her blog at www.codesigndigitalhealth.co.uk She is involved in steering HealthTech Women North and Digital Leaders Y&H and is an Improvement Fellow at the Y&H Improvement Academy. You can find her on Twitter @VictoriaBetton and her Pets as Therapy dog Bibi on Instagram at bibithepatdog.

Jonathon Hope, MBE
jonathon-formalWhilst at school Jonathon was diagnosed with kidney failure. Since then he has experienced 15 years of dialysis, around 3 years in hospital and 3 unsuccessful transplants. In 2005 he received a fourth transplant which is working well.










Jonathon has a 20 year background in financial services.  Over the last 10 years, he has chaired or co-chaired a wide range of local and national healthcare modernisation projects, including those on Shared Decision Making, Self-Care, Palliative Care and Kidney Care and spoken at over 40 conferences on the above subjects. Currently, Jonathon is co-chairing ‘Realising the Value of Individuals’ programme funded by the NHS.

In 2012 Jonathon was awarded an MBE for Services to Kidney Patients

Ali Parsa, CEO babylon

dr-ali-parsa-babylonAli is an engineer and healthcare entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of babylon.

babylon is the UK’s leading digital healthcare service. Its purpose is to democratise healthcare by putting an accessible and affordable health service into the hands of every person on earth. In order to achieve this the company is bringing together one of the largest teams of scientists, clinicians, mathematicians and engineers to focus on combining the ever-growing computing power of machines with the best medical expertise of humans to create a comprehensive, immediate and personalised health service and make it universally available.

Launched in February 2015, the service now has over 332,000 registered users globally. babylon’s home grown success has seen the company expand into Europe and Africa in 2016, with a second head office located in Rwanda. Around 120 businesses, including Citigroup, BNY Mellon, LinkedIn and leading employee benefits and health insurance providers have partnered with babylon to offer its services to UK employees. Further, the company has partnered with the NHS to make its services available to the broader UK population.

Prior to Babylon, Ali founded Circle and built it within a few years to become Europe’s largest partnership of clinicians, with some £200m of revenue, near 3,000 employees and a successful IPO. Earlier, Ali was the recipient of the Royal Award for the Young Entrepreneur of the year for founding his first business, V&G, and the Healthcare Entrepreneurial Achievement Award for establishing Circle. Ali was named by The Times among the 100 global people to watch, and by HSJ among the 50 most influential people in healthcare. Ali is the UK Cabinet Office Ambassador for Mutuals and has a PhD in Engineering Physics.

Dr. Jordan Shlain

headshot_2-shlain-bwDr. Jordan Shlain is a practicing primary care physician, a digital health entrepreneur, a writer and respected thought leader in national health policy.   He is an original thinker who is interested in designing healthcare based on first principals and systems dynamics.  He is the publisher of Tincture, a forum for thought leaders in healthcare and has written extensively on the importance of trust, language, nuance and data in understanding the core relationships in healthcare.

He has been featured in the New York Times and The Economist in which they highlighted his ‘innovation by irritation’ story on the creation of  Healthloop; a physician initiated follow up technology that sifts through ‘little data’ to a make specific difference, in real-time, in the lives of patients in treatment or recovery.

He is the founding chairman of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition, a working group of scientists to illuminate the public on the poisons in our food supply as well as a board member of The Hope Street Group, a bi-partisan think tank in Washington DC focused on education, jobs and health.

After graduating from UC Berkeley and before attending Georgetown Medical School, Dr. Shlain spent a year teaching high school science in Western Kenya with Harvard affiliated WorldTeach.

He recently served as a Mayoral appointed Commissioner on the Health Service Systems Board of San Francisco and has served as an advisor to Optum, MD Anderson, Avia Health Innovation and a host of other emerging and established healthcare companies.

Dr. Ameet Bakhai, Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Free London NHS Trust
ameet-bhakaiDr Ameet Bakhai is a leading international Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Free London NHS Trust, Deputy Director for Research and Development, and Director of healthcare consulting company, Amore Health Ltd.




Having published over 80 peer reviewed papers, his joint authored book Clinical Trials: A Practical Guide to Design, Analysis, and Reporting is an academic text at universities worldwide. Dr Bakhai is currently a leading member of various task forces in UCLPartners to improve the care of patients across more than 20 hospitals, covering a population of eight million. He has been appointed a DigitalHealth.London Ambassador for his recent work in AI in healthcare.

Mohini Parmar, Chair, NHS Ealing CCG

mohini-parmar-approvedMohini has been a practising GP in Ealing for 26 years and is the Senior Partner in a four-partner practice. She has been Chair of Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group since April 2012, and has been leading and facilitating ECCG through this transition phase.

Mohini takes a key role in ensuring clinicians are effectively involved in service design and has worked with other clinical colleagues and the borough team to ensure and promote active engagement with ECCG member practices. Mohini is the North West London STP System Leader.

Simon Eccles, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, St Thomas’ Hospital


Simon Eccles is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital and Programme Director for Emergency Care Pathway transformation. He is the joint Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care across London and joint SRO for U&EC in South East London. He has been the Senior Responsible Owner for NHSmail, providing secure communication across the NHS, since 2008; and was a first wave graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy at the Said Business School, Oxford, sponsored by the Cabinet Office.

Mary Black, public health specialist


Mary E. Black is a medical doctor, public health specialist, and health service leader, from Northern Ireland. Having worked in clinical medicine, public health, academia, and the UN, she is currently Head of Digital Strategy in Public Health England. Mary is widely published in scientific journals, is a frequent columnist and blogger and has been a founder of two successful tech start-ups.

Lloyd Humphreys, Patients Know Best


Lloyd is a qualified Clinical Psychologist and completed his MBA at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin, where he received the Faculty Award for his outstanding contribution. Lloyd has been recognised by the NHS for his involvement in bringing innovative technology solutions to market and been awarded one of the first NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellowships. More recently he was named in the Top 100 Global Health Tech Influencers. At Patients Know Best, Lloyd leads on global expansion and new markets, and oversees strategic partnerships.

Gary Whiting, patient and digital advocate

garyGary has a very rare autoimmune condition called Sneddons Syndrome, which results in inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain. Because of this, he has had three strokes and numerous mini-strokes. He was diagnosed with dementia nearly four years ago. Gary is an active user of digital solutions, including digital recorders. He has an ID Band which can be scanned and read by smartphone, and contains extensive medical details should he get into difficulties and need medical attention. With the support of his wife, he is also online to his local GP surgery to arrange appointments and repeat prescriptions.

Geoff Segal, Managing Director Cerner UK

geoff-segalA Superintendent Physiotherapist (sport injury) by training, Geoff left the profession in 2000 joining Siemens Health Services in their EHR delivery group where he worked for four years. This was followed by a program delivery role at Dell during the National Programme for IT. Geoff joined Cerner Ltd in 2006 and ran the Choose and Book programme to 2010, delivering 12 upgrades in that time with bookings numbers increasing from under 1 million to 27 million. At the end of 2010, he became responsible for running Cerner’s consulting and delivery group for Europe covering 50 clients with over 140 hospital sites.

In January 2015, Geoff became Managing Director for Cerner UK.


Date and Venue

Royal College of General Practitioners
30 Euston Square

22nd February 2017

Royal College of GPs

Royal College of General Practitioners

30, Euston Square




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