Ian McNicoll

Co-Chair, openEHR

Ian is a former Scottish GP, and has been involved in healthcare informatics for nearly 30 years, working with openEHR technologies for the last 12 years, most recently with his consultancy, freshEHR Clinical Informatics, as Co-Chair of the not-for-profit openEHR Foundation. His current focus is as a founding Director of Operon Systems, delivering cloud-hosted clinical computing services, based on open source /standards. He is a also member of the NHS Scotland SCIMP group, an Honorary Senior Research Associate at CHIME, UCL, and an active contributor to a number of Code4Health, Ripple, INTEROpen and PRSB projects.

Prof Martin Severs

NHS Digital Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian

Professor Severs is Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian at NHS Digital.
He was a consultant geriatrician for 30 years, a professor of health care for older people for 25 years at the University of Portsmouth and has extensive experience in general management at service, medical director, and non-executive Board roles in health and research.
In Health Informatics, Martin has had a number of national and international roles, including, but not limited to Chairman of the Management Board of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation, Chairman of the Information Standards Board and clinical lead for the Caldicott Information Governance Review: 'To share or not to share'.

Dr Dai Evans

GP, Lead Clinical Advisor, PRIMIS, University of Nottingham

Dai is a GP who has been using electronic patient records since the 1980’s. He is a lead Clinical Advisor at PRIMIS at the University of Nottingham and previously has been a research fellow at Keele and an advisor to EMIS and NHS Digital. His particular interests are the delivery of quality care using IT systems and especially Data Quality. He has been involved in the GP2GP project, was technical author for the IM&T DES programme and involved in building specifications for QoF, Vaccine Monitoring at PHE and other projects for NHSE.

Matt Stibbs

Interoperability Specialist, Urgent & Emergency Care

Matt has worked in healthcare technology for over 10 years, specialising in technical product management where a significant focus of his work has been on operational interoperability and integration.

He spent nearly 10 years working for Advanced Health & Care where he was responsible for the product management and overall design of products such as Adastra. He oversaw several key integrations with regional and national health records including the Summary Care Record and was the primary architect for the implementation within Adastra of the national NHS 111 and Out of Hours interoperability standards.

Over the last 2 years Matt has been working with both NHS England, and more recently NHS Digital, to provide interoperability and domain-specific expertise in support of the wider Urgent & Emergency Care programme.

He believes in enabling the use of good interoperability, not just by defining standards and specifications, but by improving the sharing of knowledge and guidance. He is also a keen supporter of open-source and working in the open, and particularly the advantages that it can bring to a challenge as great as improving NHS technology. He enjoys building useful things with Python when he has time.

Richard Jefferson


Richard recently transferred to NHS Digital from NHS England where since Apr 2013, he had been SRO for numerous national programmes including GPSoC, Summary Care Record and Electronic Prescription Service. He also created the Code4Health initiative to support greater clinical involvement in development of systems, and the use of open source and open interface software.

He now chairs the central Enterprise Architecture Board, and is SRO for Domain D – Integrated Care within the Paperless 2020 portfolio.

Dr Phil Koczan

Clinical Health & Care Director, CCIO

Dr Koczan has been a GP in Chingford North East London for over 20 years having succeeded to a single handed practice. The practice now looks after 15,000 patients over two sites. He is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a member of their Health Informatics Group. He has a long interest in Medical informatics and has an MSC in the subject from Bath University and the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. He is the CCIO and Clinical Director for Health and Care with the PRSB (Professional Standards Record Board), Digital Clinical Champion for London Patient on Line team and involved in developing 111 interoperability in London. His particular interest is around bringing data together from different care settings to support patient care and quality improvement.

Adam Hatherly

Senior Technical Architect, NHS Digital

Adam Hatherly is a senior technical architect working for NHS Digital as lead architect for the Interoperability and Architecture programme. He has been working on technology solutions for health and social care informatics for around 8 years, including work on national systems as part of the NHS national programme for IT. He has also been involved in driving the strategy for interoperability, both within NHS Digital and across health and social care by developing national resources and standards to support local delivery of solutions. A passionate advocate of open standards and open source technology, Adam is involved in a number of open source integration initiatives, and still gets hands-on and contributes to open source projects whenever he can.

Jocelyn Palmer

Connecting Care Programme Lead, NHS South, Central and West CSU

Jocelyn is the programme lead for 'Connecting Care’ – the innovative partnership & interoperability programme across Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire. Connecting Care is dedicated to using digital solutions to share information between local health and social care - so that better and safer care can be provided. Our award winning programme is already delivering benefits to patients, clinicians and practitioners.

Dr Jeremy Rogers

Principal Terminology Specialist, NHS Digital

Jeremy is a clinically qualified medical informatician with over 20 years of experience in the development and use of clinical terminologies and classifications.

After completing his GP training in 1994, Jeremy spent 12 years in academic informatics at the University of Manchester with Prof Alan Rector. His research interests there covered many biohealth informatics ‘Grand Challenges’ including: medical ontology design and maintenance, description logics, terminology binding, natural language processing, information governance, decision support and human-computer interfaces. Before gaining his MD by thesis in 2004, he was first author of 14 papers, presented tutorials and workshops at international medical informatics conferences, and was course director of a Biohealth Informatics MSc. He has been an invited speaker to the European Bioinformatics Institute, Welcome Trust, Medical Research Council, BMJ Clinical Knowledge, Mayo Clinic, Stanford University, University of Washington, US National Library of Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Society of Indexers and to colleagues within the UK, Swedish, Dutch, Danish and Korean Health Ministries.

Jeremy joined the UK Terminology Centre as a Principal Terminology Specialist in 2006. His current work revolves around technical support for the migration of the entire UK Primary Care estate from READ to SNOMED CT by 2018; he has particular responsibility for the between-terminology mapping tables and is the software developer behind the Data Migration Workbench product.

Alongside his informatics career, Jeremy has worked as a (very) part-time GP until 2015, when he finally hung up his stethoscope and stopped entering real READ codes into real patient records. He wrote his first ‘Hello World’ computer program in 1979.')

Dr Joe McDonald

Director Connected Health Cities, CCIO Network Chair

Director of Connected Health Cities , North East and North Cumbria, Chairman of National CCIO Network, Practicing Consultant Psychiatrist & Chief Clinical Information Officer at NTW NHS Trust, England's largest Mental Health Trust. .Campaigning and trying to measure better quality mental Health Services for 30 years. Former NHS Trust Medical Director. Former National Clinical Lead for IT. A clinical engagement specialist with a track record of engaging clinicians in difficult circumstances. Joe has a special interest is the usability of clinical software and owns www.comparethesoftware.co.uk and has provided consultancy services to some of the largest health IT companies in the world. Joe is currently the UK's most widely read Health IT columnist for Joe's View (DigitalHealth.net). Joe is a founding member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and management and the Founding chairman of the National Mental Health Informatics Network. An experienced Caldicott Guardian and accredited Clinical Safety Officer. Has worked as an inspector for the Commission for Health Improvement since its foundation in 1999 and successor organisations, CHAI, Healthcare Commission and CQC. Founding director of the NHS Open Source Software Foundation, Apperta.

Andrew Fenton

NHS Digital Role Director Standards Transformation

Andrew graduated with a degree in Design in 1981 and in 1983 set up a Cambridge based design agency, working with a range of brands in the Pharma, Telco and finance sectors - mainly in the areas if educational marketing, training systems and information design. In 1989, a successful relationship with Unipalm PIPEX (later to become UUNET and MCI WorldCom) paved the way for Andrew to develop an internet services capability that led to many high profile web and software system contracts including for the Bank of England, Royal Society, Post Office, EMI, MoD and the Royal Navy. After 20 years of successful trading the business was acquired in 2003 by Saatchi and Saatchi where Andrew’s role as Director of Interactive involved leading and shaping the Agency online and emerging mobile channel business for national, EMEA and Global accounts.

Seeking a change, in 2006 Andrew secured a role as Head of New Media Operations at NHS Digital before in 2008 becoming CTO, then CIO of NICE. Andrew was initially recruited to develop NHS Evidence within a 6 month time frame. Following a successful launch of NHS Evidence as a national search technology platform, Andrew continued to transform NICE digital capability, operations and services including digital only guidance publishing, NICE Pathways, NICE BNF and Guidance mobile apps. In 2014 Andrew left NICE to seek opportunities as an independent IM&T consultant and has worked with the DH developing national strategy for social care informatics, a digital Review for CQC and is currently working as Director of Standards Transformation for NHS DIgital.

Prof Robert M Wachter

Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he is the Holly Smith Distinguished Professor in Science and Medicine and the Benioff Endowed Chair in Hospital Medicine. UCSF’s department of medicine is generally ranked among the top handful in the U.S., and is the nation’s leading recipient of NIH grants.

Wachter is author of 250 articles and 6 books. He coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is often considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

In the safety and quality arenas, he edits the U.S. government’s leading website on patient safety and has written two books on the subject, including Internal Bleeding and Understanding Patient Safety, the world’s best selling safety primer. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. In 2016, Modern Healthcare magazine ranked him as the fourth most influential physician-executive in the U.S., his ninth consecutive year in the top 50 (he was #1 on the list in 2015). He has served on the healthcare advisory boards of several companies, including Google. His 2015 book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, was a New York Times science bestseller. He recently chaired a blue ribbon commission advising England’s National Health Service on its digital strategy.

Keith Strahan

Principle Relationship Manager, Social Care Programme, NHS Digital

Keith works for NHS Digital in the Social Care Programme and in his career, has devised, led and implemented large scale transfer of care projects between health and social care.
This has involved numerous health and social care organisations; standardising documentation and using email and national messaging standards.
Keith is currently leading a project to produce national Sector-led, IG and Cyber Security Guidance for Care Homes and is championing the need to improve Transfers of Care with Care Homes.
Keith is still a Registered Social Worker with 20 years’ experience working for various local authorities in community, hospital, mental health and primary care settings.
Keith is the representative for Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) on the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB).

James Palmer

Programme Head, Social Care Programme, NHS Digital

James joined NHS Digital in September 2015 (or the Health and Social Care Information Centre as it was known at that time) as the Programme Head for Social Care delivery where he has lead the development of the Adult Social Care Informatics work from a range of successful pilots to defining a national strategy that is fully embedded within the National Information Board delivery. This programme of work will include benefits to social care users and, crucially, funding commissioner and providers of social care.

He also leads on programmes that look to reduce Female Genital Mutilation through a risk prevention system, and also work to establish an appropriate approach to supporting the Department of Health’s understanding of the levels of historical Child Sexual Abuse within the country.

Previously to working at the NHS Digital James was responsible for the Public Health Service at Hackney Council, where he also had accountability for a commissioning and delivering services aimed at preventing ill health and unnecessary harm to adults and children.

During his 10 years in Hackney James oversaw a range of projects and programmes for the council including the co-ordination the Borough’s role during the London Olympics in 2012, and the commissioning of £30million regeneration funding.

James started his career as a Chemical Engineer in the sugar industry, and has been fortunate enough to have been involved in its production across 4 different continents, though his recent diagnoses of Type 2 Diabetes has caused him to question how much of the that production he consumed himself over that period.

He continues to work voluntarily in the pursuit of better outcomes for vulnerable children as the Special Education Needs and Disability Governor at the School his children attend.

Liz O'Riordan

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

Liz is a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon in Ipswich, Suffolk. She has a PhD in Molecular Oncology, and her surgical training included a National Oncoplastic Fellowship at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London where she learned to reconstruct and reshape the breast and to improve cosmetic outcomes after cancer surgery. She is a member of the Women in Surgery committee at the Royal College of Surgeons, England, and was a keynote speaker at their 2016 national conference – “Confidence, Excellence and Feminism: not dirty words”. In 2016 she gave a TEDx talk in Stuttgart about how to help someone with cancer.

Outside of work, Liz is training for a half-Ironman. She is very active on social media, and was runner-up in the British Medical Association’s 2015 ‘Top Doctor on Social Media’ award. She uses Twitter to promote the role of women in surgery and to educate people about breast cancer, and she is passionate about promoting the role of social media in improving patient care. This led to her being nominated for a ‘Woman of the Year 2016’ award and a Health Education England Patient Leadership award.

Will Smart

NHS England CIO

Will Smart is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the NHS in England.
A joint appointment between NHS England and NHS Improvement, he is tasked with providing strategic leadership across the whole of the NHS to ensure that the opportunities that digital technologies offer are fully exploited to improve the experience of patients and carers in their interactions with health and social care; the outcomes for patients; and improved efficiencies in how care is delivered.

Prior to taking up this role, Will was Chief Information Officer at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for six years where he was the board level director responsible for all aspects of the Information Management and Technology agenda and the Trust’s Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO). During the Royal Free’s acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, Will was an executive director of both organisations tasked with leading the creation of a single informatics function prior to the acquisition. Most recently, as part of the design of the Royal Free Group model (under the NHS England Vanguard programme), he has led the creation of the Trust’s digital strategy to define the capabilities, architecture and service models required to support this new operating model.

Will first worked in the NHS in Wales and Northern Ireland during his placement year from university, before taking up an analytics role at St. Mary’s NHS Trust in London on graduation. In addition to senior roles in the NHS, Will has worked as a management consultant with major assignments focussing on IT strategy, service transformation, major IT service and contract reviews and outsourcing.

Dr Umesh Prabhu

Medical Director, Wrightington,Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Umesh Prabhu has been Medical Director of two acute Trusts and very passionate about patient safety, quality and outcomes. Umesh has done various leadership roles in NHS. Clinical Director of Paediatrics (1992-1998), Medical Director of Bury NHS Trust (1998-2003), NPSA Board Member (2001-2003), Clinical Adviser for Healthcare Commissioner (2004-2006), Adviser National Clinical Assessment Service (2003-2015) and Medical Director of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh FT (2010-2017).

Umesh has given more than 100 lectures and conducted more than 100 workshops on various topics like patient safety, medical errors, why doctors make mistakes, professional regulation, Institutional racism, subconscious bias, clinical governance, quality improvement, dealing with difficult doctors, staff engagement and patient engagement and many more

Umesh was invited by Simon Stevens the CEO of NHS to attend her Majesty Queen's 90th Birthday for his contribution to NHS, patient safety, inclusion and diversity.

Umesh has been twice voted as one of the top 50 BME pioneering leaders.

Umesh joined Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh FT in 2010 as the Medical Director. Mr Andrew Foster, the CEO had started the journey of the Trust transformation in 2007 and by working together and with the Board and 4500 staff, the Trust was transformed.

Today, 450 less patients die each year, all quality and safety measurements have improved and 90% reduction in harm to patients and the Trust received more than 40 awards. Staff happiness improved from being bottom 20% in 2011 to the third best Trust in the country

Our Trust success is purely due to committed staff and many amazing leaders and managers. Success is when we all work together for a common purpose.

Molly Case

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Molly Case is a spoken word artist and nurse born and brought up in south London. In April 2013 she achieved national recognition after performing her poem ‘Nursing the Nation’ at the Royal College of Nursing, gaining over 350,000 views on YouTube in just a few months. Molly has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, Elle magazine and Huffington Post, and was named in the Health Service Journal’s Inspirational Women list and the BBC’s 100 Women list. Her debut collection of poetry, 'Underneath the Roses Where I Remembered Everything' was out in 2015 with Burning Eye Books inspired by her journey to becoming a nurse.

Dr David Hay

Product Strategist, Orion Health

David is active in the international standards community as the chair of HL7 New Zealand and is a co-chair of the FHIR Management Group, charged with guiding the development of the latest HL7 Standard. David graduated from medical school, afterwards moving into the Health IT sector. He has provided outstanding leadership towards helping to create and evangelise the innovative FHIR standard.

Rachel Dunscombe

CIO network Vice Chair

Rachel Dunscombe is CIO of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. In this role, she is responsible for technology vision, strategy and operations for one of the top-rated trusts in the United Kingdom. She is also Director of Digital for Salford Royal Group which includes Pennine Acute Hospitals one of the largest NHS organisations in the UK. Rachel serves on the international advisory board of KLAS and is founding CHIME ambassador in the UK. She ranked #8 on CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 list in 2016 and also Talent Unleashed most disruptive CIO in Europe 2016.

Emma Doyle

Emma has worked in health information in England for more than 15 years and is currently the Head of Data Policy for NHS England which leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England and sets the priorities and direction of the NHS. In her current role Emma is responsible for influencing policy to be ambitious in its approach to data and measurement and for ensuring that data is published in ways that support re-use and increase the reach and impact of that information. Prior to this she was the first Head of Open Data and Transparency for NHS England and this is an agenda Emma retains in her current role. Emma has also worked for a healthcare regulator both operationally and leading policy work around the use of information, for a local organisation responsible for buying healthcare for its resident population and for NHS Choices (nhs.uk) the biggest health website in Europe, which now attracts around a million visits per day.

Dr Philip Scott

Chair HL7 UK

Dr Philip Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at the University of Portsmouth, Chair of HL7 UK, Vice-Chair of BCS Health & Care and a non-exec director of PRSB. He worked in the NHS in various provider and health authority IT development roles for fifteen years. Philip is a member of the Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics at the University of Portsmouth, where his research interests focus on interoperability and scientific evaluation of clinical information systems.

Andrew Eland

Director of Engineering, DeepMind Health

Andrew leads our team of software engineers bringing cutting-edge technology to our NHS partners. He’s one of the world’s most experienced mobile engineers, having led the teams behind Google Maps for Android and iPhone, one of the most downloaded apps of all time.

Andrew went on to lead the engineering for philanthropic efforts at Google.org, working on ambitious projects to help emergency response in major crises, track the spread of flu, and increase participation in elections. He has a long track record of working with major institutions, having started out building the very first interactive TV services within the BBC, and later partnering with universities and researchers across Europe on projects to improve urban planning.

Ben Laurie

Head of Security and Transparency, DeepMind Health

Ben is a world-renowned cryptography expert who leads the development of the security and audit infrastructure underpinning DeepMind’s work in health. His current project involves building cutting-edge technology to allow patients to verify who accesses their data and for what purpose, with no possibility of tampering or falsification.

Ben’s a founder of both OpenSSL, the world’s most popular cryptographic software for securing the Internet, and of the Apache Software Foundation, home of much of the open source software that powers the Internet. Ben was previously a principal engineer in Google's security team, most recently running a project called Certificate Transparency transforming how certification authorities, which underpin the security of the World Wide Web, are monitored and audited. Ben’s also a director of the Open Rights Group.

Dominic King

Clinical Lead, DeepMind Health

Dom is the clinical lead at DeepMind Health, making sure all our work is driven by input from doctors, nurses and patients, and backed by robust clinical evidence. He is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Surgery at Imperial College London, where he previously worked as an academic general surgeon. Dom’s written and put into practice widely cited social and health research, including co-writing the groundbreaking report with David Halpern and Paul Dolan that led to the formation of the Number 10 “nudge unit”. He went on to co-found the HELIX Centre, a joint effort between Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art to bring together technologists, designers and clinicians, and has served as a research lead at the world’s leading centre for patient safety, exploring ways that technology could prevent patients being harmed during treatment.

Dom’s publication history spans the British Medical Journal, the Lancet and Health Affairs and includes a string of firsts, including some of the earliest and most-cited papers on how clinicians really use digital technology. The clinical app company Dom co-founded, HARK, was acquired by DeepMind in early 2016.

David Stables

Trustee, CEO

Formerly a General Practitioner and director of EMIS specialising in IT systems for healthcare professionals, where he led the software development team until 2010. Also Trustee of the Peter Sowerby Foundation.

Dr Shane McKee

CCIO Belfast Trust / Principal Investigator Northern Ireland’s 100,000 Genome Initiative

I am Consultant in Genetic Medicine at Belfast HSC Trust with a specialist interest in the use of genomic technologies to diagnose ultra-rare genetic disorders and syndromes. I am also Chief Clinical Information Officer for the Belfast Trust and Principal Investigator for Northern Ireland's contribution to the UK 100,000 Genomes Initiative. I have recently been appointed as deputy Clinical Lead for the Northern Ireland Electronic Health & Care Record project, which envisages a unified EHR across Northern Ireland, pulling together information from Acute, GP and Community sectors into a digital record-in-common to enhance patient and client care.

Paul Cooper

Vice Chair techUK Health & Care Council

Paul Cooper is vice chair of the techUK Health and Social Care Council and is their interoperability lead. He was a founding member of the techUK Interoperability Charter and one of the co-founders of INTEROPen.He is currently techUK's member on the Code4Health Interoperability Community Board.

Paul has represented IMS MAXIMS on the techUK council for over ten years where he has co-authored two influential papers: "We should talk: Interoperability and the NHS" and "The NHS Information Evolution".

He has broad interests which include mobile devices, wearables, enterprise architectures and open source software. During his 19 years with IMS MAXIMS he was instrumental in persuading the company to open source its core electronic patient record system – openMAXIMS – which Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust deployed in 2015 and has since been recognised as a Global Digital Exemplar.

Indi Singh

Head of Enterprise Architecture, NHS England

Inderjit Singh spent 7 years with a global management consultancy delivering technology innovation across financial services, telecoms and retail sectors and the last 10 years in Healthcare firstly as a supplier and now as part of the NHS. He is now working on a number of strategic themes on behalf of the National Information Board such as interoperability, and cyber security. He previously led a portfolio of strategic informatics programmes/ initiatives including Health Apps strategy for patients and public and the digital stream of the £20bn Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) challenge.

Dr Cían Hughes

Cían joined DeepMind in August 2015 starting DeepMind Health, building on his previous work in acute kidney injury alerting, he helped to design and build Streams, DeepMind Health's clinician facing mobile application.

Previously he was an NIHR funded academic ENT surgeon at University College London with research interests in artificial intelligence, health informatics and epidemiology.

Dr Amir Mehrkar

Amir is a practising NHS General Practitioner and CCIO for Orion Health. His clinical informatics experience includes: National Clinical Lead for the e-Referral Service, CCIO for the Hampshire Health Record, and Digital Clinical Champion for NHS England’s Patient Online Programme. He is a member of the Digitalhealth.net CCIO advisory board, HL7 UK board and the RCGP Health Informatics Group.

In 2016 Amir co-founded www.INTEROPen.org, a collabortive of individuals, industry, standards organisations and health and social care providers who have agreed to work together to accelerate the development of open standards for data exchange in the health and social care sector. INTEROPen has the support of NHS England and NHS Digital to develop HL7 FHIR as the basis of a national information model.

Amir advocates the “Robin Hood Principle of Information Sharing”, the duty of the information rich, to share with the information poor, for safer and more personalised patient care.

Twitter handle:@DrAmirMehrkar

Dr Wai Keong Wong

Dr Wai Keong Wong is a full-time Consultant Haematologist at UCLH where he is the clinical lead for the haemato-oncology diagnostic service (SIHMDS) that serves the largest haemato-oncology unit in the UK. Last year he was part of the UK National Advisory Group for the highly influential Wachter Review where he represented the CCIO Leaders Network. There he championed the need for clinical informatics education and professionalisation. For the latter, he was the Inaugural Chair and he continues to serve on the Advisory Board. He is also the co-chair Pathology National Advisory Group where he represents the Royal College of Physicians.

Twitter handle:@wai2k

Dr Sam Barclay

CCIO Whittington Health NHS Trust

A junior doctor working in intensive care and acute medicine at Whittington Health NHS Trust. Currently the youngest chief clinical information officer in the NHS. Passionate about clinician and patient engagement in digital health projects.


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Two days of educational lectures by local and national experts, approved for 8 CPD points by Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians (RCP & RCGP).

The purpose of this summit is to share knowledge and experience of healthcare interoperability to give participants a greater understanding of what it means and how it can be achieved. Our aim is to develop a common understanding and ‘language’ for talking about interoperability to unlock the benefits of information sharing in terms of clinical safety, population health and precision medicine.

Who attends:

  • Frontline health & care staff aspiring to join up care silos
  • CCIOs or CIOs striving for effective information sharing for your organisation
  • Software developers or suppliers designing safe and reliable interoperable tools
    10:30-11:00Dr Amir Mehrkar, Dr Cían Hughes, Dr Wai Keong WongIntroduction ppt pdf
    11:00-11:30Ian McNicollWhat is clinical information modelling? ppt pdf
    11:30-12:00Dr Dai EvansWhat is clinical terminology? ppt pdf
    13:00-13:30Matt StibbsPackaging, Transferring and manipulating data across systems ppt pdf
    13:30-14:00Adam HatherlyThe different designs of sharing platforms and the RESTful API future ppt pdf
    14:00-14:30Dr David HayWhy you WANT to be on FHIRVideo
    15:00-15:30Prof Martin SeversThe legal basis of data sharing ppt pdf
    15:30-15:50Dominic KingMachine Learning for healthcare
    16:20-17:00Andrew Eland, Ben LaurieTechnical solutions to keep health data safe and secure
    EveningDr Umesh PrabhuLeadership and Developing Clinically Safe Systems ppt pdf
    EveningLiz O'RiordanWhy are we really improving Interoperability?
    EveningMolly CasePoetry Reading
    9:00-9:30Dr Jeremy RogersMaking SNOMED-CT work ppt pdf
    9:30-10:00Ian McNicoll, Dr Philip Scott, Dr Phil KoczanThe PRSB Headings ppt pdf
    10:00-10:30Indi Singh, Ian Townend, Phil Stradling, Mike SmithProducts to support Interoperability ppt pdf
    11:00-11:30Jocelyn PalmerHow to make the business case (+benefits) for your interoperability programme ppt pdf
    11:30-12:00Andrew FentonThe past, present and future of standards development work in the NHS ppt pdf
    13:00-13:30James Palmer, Keith StrahanInteroperability between Health and Social Care ppt pdf
    13:30-14:30Paul Cooper, Rachel Dunscombe, Richard Jefferson, Will Smart, Prof Martin Severs, Dr Shane McKeePanel Discussion
    15:00-15:30Dr Joe McDonaldEngaging the public in an Information sharing gateway ppt pdf
    Opinion Pieces and Noteworthy People
    David StablesThe Negotiable Standard – an Opinion PieceDownload
    Prof Robert M WachterChair, Making IT Work: Harnessing the Power of Health Information Technology to Improve Care in EnglandDownload
    Emma Doyle
    Medication Reconciliation Story

    We will use a patient story as a thread to bring the interoperability concepts alive:

    Michael is a typical patient who accesses many care services, all of which need to be aware of his medication needs.

    At the same time Michael also wants to take advantage of technology apps to support him with managing his medication. We believe that improving education on interoperability is an important part of making Michael’s story real in our NHS. Lecturers are encouraged to reference parts of this story where relevant.

    Event Logistics

    Join the INTEROPen community

    Interop Summit is held in partnership with the INTEROPen community. INTEROPen is an OPEN collaboration of individuals, industry, standards organisations and health and care providers, who have agreed to work together to accelerate the development of open standards for interoperability in the health and social care sector.

    To find out more,visit our website

    INTEROPen's current focus is on curating a national set of UK FHIR open standards, called CareConnect profiles and APIs, for the sharing of care data between systems and organisations (FHIR is covered in our Day 1 lecture, "Why you WANT to be on FHIR"). As an individual interested in attending the Interop Summit, we invite you to join the INTEROPen forum on Ryver, where you can carry on conversations started during the Summit and collaborate with peers to act upon ideas inspired by the talks.

    If you are part of an organisation, please take this opportunity to ask whether your organisation would like to join the growing list of leading health IT suppliers, providers and now CCGs/LDRs/STP regions who have agreed to our Terms and Conditions and are working together to join up services and make a better health and social care system.

    If would like more information about joining INTEROPen please contact membership@interopen.org

    If you have any questions about the Interop Summit, please do not hesitate to contact us at team@interopsummit.com

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Kind regards
    Team Interop Summit

    Partners and Sponsors

    We are proud to thank all our partners for our 2017 event:


    As well as our evening event sponsors for 2017:

    emis health, ims maxims, orion health