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Speakers: May 2019


Dr. Charles Alessi, Chief Clinical Officer, HIMSS, UK

Dr Charles Alessi has recently joined HIMSS as the organisation's first Chief Clinical Officer, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of clinical practice. He will also be continuing in his current role as Senior Advisor and Lead for Preventable Dementia with Public Health England, an executive agency sponsored by the UK Government’s Department of Health and Social Care, aiming to address health inequalities and improve wellbeing. Dr Alessi is a Visiting Professor of Psychology and Language Studies at University College London.



Liz Ashall-Payne, CEO, ORCHA, UK

Passionate about the opportunities that technology and particularly apps offer to improve health and care efficiencies and outcomes, Liz founded ORCHA, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Application in 2015, determined to present a way to offer much needed guidance to app developers to help raise app quality, as well as helping the public and professionals to confidently find and apply apps that could genuinely improve public, patient and organisational outcomes./p>

Initially a Speech and Language Therapist, Liz has almost 20 years NHS experience. She has successfully led innovative change and service transformation in complex health economies.She has led regional, national and European change programmes and networks to deliver transformational shift and has experience of working collaboratively with Public Sector, Industry and Academia.

Other roles include:


NHSE Coach Clinical Entrepreneur program

OCS Advisory Board member

BCS Associate Vice Chair for standards

Michael Ekpe, Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Public Health England, UK

Michael Ekpe is the Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Public Health England (PHE) where he leads the strategic programme of digital, data and technology that will ensure PHE delivers world class digital services. 

Michael has extensive experience in business trasformation and has held variour senior technology roles in financial services, commercial and goverment sectors. 



Evandro Garcia, Global EMR Business Development Leader, Philips, The Netherlands






James Hawkins, Director of Strategy, NHS  Digital 

James has led and delivered some of the highest profile IT change programmes in the public and private sector in the UK. Over the past decade James has led many aspects of the government’s digital transformation of the health and care system. He is currently Director for Strategy and Planning at NHS Digital, and previously he was Director of Programmes.

During a year out from Health Technology, James led the strategic review of the security workforce delivery plan for the London 2012 Olympics, and then the programme to recruit a 23,000 strong workforce that made the London games safe and secure for athletes and spectators. Previously James was a leading member of the team that successfully introduced London’s Congestion Charging scheme.

Before joining NHS Digital, James worked for private-sector organisations including British Gas, Virgin Media, and Deloitte. James has a Master of Engineering from Heriot Watt University and is a graduate of the Government’s Major Project Leadership Academy at the Said Business School, University of Oxford.


Dr. Ana Rafaela Prado, Chief Medical Information Officer, EMRAM Stage 7 Cascais Hospital, Portugal

Ana Prado MD is CMIO at Cascais Hospital (Lusíadas Saúde/United Health Group) in Portugal, an EMRAM stage 7 and JCI Hospital Program 3rd time accredited hospital. She has 16 years public and private healthcare experience and has been involved in the progress of successive EMRAM development and maturity (having contributed as external auditor in stage 7 EMRAM evaluation of 4 international hospitals) as well as in the JCI accreditation process. Her clinical activity is divided between the Internal Medicine Department as well as in the Emergency Room as medical leader and she teaches students from the clinical years in the University of Lisbon. She is Assistant Coordinator of the Residency Committee and has actively contributed to the Postgraduate Medical Education Department, Hospital Discharge Group and the Hospital Infection Control Committee.


John Rayner, Regional Director of HIMSS Analytics, Europe and Latin America

John has an extensive 35 year career in the English National Health Service, having first entered in 1979 and qualified as a Registered Nurse shortly thereafter. He broad NHS leadership experience having managed clinical services in acute hospitals, strategy in regional Health Authorities and operations in Shared Service organisations.

John was the CIO for an acute Hospital Trust in the North of England and Director of The Health Informatics Service one of the largest and most successful IM&T shared service organisations in the UK.

He is keen hill walker and general outdoor enthusiast and takes a professional interest in the food and drink industry as both chef and critic.


Dr. Jim Ritchie, dCCIO, Salford NHS Trust

Jim Ritchie is a kidney doctor and CCIO at Salford Royal NHS. His clinical interests include tubular diseases, glomerulonephritis and transition medicine. At present his main area of work is the development and delivery of the Control Centre programme which will improve service delivery and patient care through the better use of data.




Will Smart, Chief Information Officer, NHS England, UK

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.

Bruce Steinberg, Executive Vice President, HIMSS International

Bruce Steinberg is the Executive Vice President of HIMSS International. In this role, Bruce is focused on addressing the global need and demand for improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of health and well-being.

Bruce has more than 30 years of international experience in leading the growth and transformation of innovative businesses from MTV Europe, UK Gold & Living TV, Fox Kids to Sky and People Tree.

Prior to joining HIMSS, Bruce was CEO of Big White Wall, an online international platform for mental health services. Big White Wall provides a safe and anonymous 24/7 online community with digital resources for mental health and well-being support.

Bruce has been at the forefront of the transformative social impact business model. He continues to be a member of the council for Beyond Type 1 - a foundation educating and providing resources for those with Type I diabetes - and a trustee of the Unforgettable Foundation - a charitable organization committed to helping those living with and affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s. Bruce earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and holds an MA (Cantab) from Cambridge University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in New York. He resides in London. 

 Daniel Zamora, Commercial Programme Manager, Health 2.0 Manchester Chapter Lead

Daniel Zamora is the co-founder and Chapter Lead for Health 2.0 Manchester which has grown to a community of more than 600 members. This chapter provides a forum for Startups, NHS, Academia and other stakeholders to engage and innovate in digital health. Daniel is also the Commercial Programme Manager for Health Innovation Manchester, leading on NHS Business Support Programmes part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Before joining Health Innovation Manchester Daniel worked for 18+ years in Healthcare, including Pharma and Med Tech industries and 10+ years in research an innovation positions within the NHS and the University.

Daniel started his career with Alcon Laboratories (now a Novartis company) and worked across marketing, sales, business development and customer services roles, leading teams to develop both the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device business units. Daniel moved to UK in 2008 to study a MBA at Manchester Business School and since then has held several senior management positions supporting NHS and University organisations, such as North West e-Health, Trustech, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, GM AHSN and currently Health Innovation Manchester.