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Speakers: January 2020

Dr Simon EcclesDr Simon Eccles,
National Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care, Deputy Chief Executive, NHSX

Dr Simon Eccles is the National Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care, he is also the Deputy Chief Executive for NHSX. The role spans NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care.

NHSX is accountable for the delivery of the digital transformation program and the whole of the central NHS IT expenditure. Simon has responsibility for digital primary care and the digital transformation screening, and the missions of NHSX. These include reducing the burden on staff, empowering citizens, making clinical information available when needed, enhancing clinical safety and improving operational efficiency.

Simon was previously the national Medical Director in Connecting for Health. He was the Clinical Director for Urgent Emergency Care for NHS London and SRO for urgent emergency care in South East London. Simon was an early graduate of the major project Leadership Academy at the Said business school and still practices emergency medicine as a Consultant at St Thomas’s hospital, London.


Helen BalsdonHelen Balsdon,
Head of Nursing (Informatics & Accreditation), Cambridge University Hospitals

Helen is CNIO, a strategic role working across the organisation providing clinical leadership for all aspects of informatics, including implementation and use of the electronic patient record, Epic.

Helen is passionate about using technology to support the delivery of high quality, evidenced based nursing care and empower patients in managing their own health.



ChaudhryDr. Afzal Chaudhry,
Consultant Nephrologist, Director of Digital & Chief Clinical Information Officer, Cambridge University Hospitals

Dr Afzal Chaudhry is a Consultant Nephrologist and the Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust (CUH). He leads the CUH eHospital programme, delivering a trust-wide HIMSS Stage 6 electronic patient record, and the Informatics component of the Population and Quantitative Science theme in the Cambridge NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. He is also an Associate Site Director for the Cambridge Health Data Research UK site.

In 2017 Dr Chaudhry was recognised as the UK CCIO of the Year, and in 2018 he received a Special Recognition Award in the UK Government sponsored Public Sector Paperless Transformation Awards.

Dr Chaudhry chairs (i) the UK Renal Data Collaboration harmonising data flows from all UK renal units, and (ii) the Renal Association Clinical Data Standards Committee providing oversight for the UK Renal SNOMED CT subset. He is also: (i) Vice-Chair of the PRSB (Professional Record Standards Body), (ii) a member of the steering group for the national NHS Digital Academy, (iii) a member of the UK HIMSS Advisory Council, (iv) a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics, and (v) a member of the KLAS International Advisory Board.

Alan CraigAlan Craig,
Long-term patient and user of Cambridge University Hospitals’ MyChart Patient Portal

I have always played an active role in my own treatment and like to understand my conditions. I have a range of medical problems, which started in 1969 when I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, a familial condition. My blood pressure was controlled for a long time to help delay the need for dialysis treatment before I eventually had a successful transplant in 1989. I was then diagnosed with a serious heart condition and underwent a quadruple bypass and aortic valve replacement in 1999. As a result of the drugs I have to take following my transplant, I’ve also suffered with osteoporosis, abdominal hernias, basal cell carcinomas and several haematomas. I like to work with my clinicians in the management of my conditions, which was why the MyChart patient portal at Cambridge University Hospitals, where my hospital care is based, particularly appealed to me.


Pieter HelmonsPieter Helmons,
Pharm.D, PhD, MAS, Hospital Pharmacist and CPIO at St Jansdal Hospital, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

Pieter Helmons graduated from Utrecht University School of Pharmacy and completed his residency at Catharina Hospital Eindhoven in The Netherlands. Pieter moved to California in 2007 and investigated the effects of bar-coding technology on medication safety at UCSD Health System in San Diego. Pieter was appointed Pharmacist Specialist Pharmacoeconomics and specialized in drug use optimization by benchmarking with other hospitals. He completed a Masters Program in clinical research. Pieter returned to the Netherlands in 2011 and obtained his PhD at the University of Groningen. The title of his thesis is: "Medication safety through information technology: a focus on medication prescribing and administering".

He is the chair of the P&T committee and a member of the IT Steering Committee of St Jansdal Hospital, which achieved the HIMSS 7status for its EMR adoption in November 2017. In May 2018, Pieter was appointed Chief Pharmacy Informatics Officer (CPIO), leading the Pharmacy Informatics team. Pieter closely collaborates with the CMIO and the Head of IT to bridge the gap between the functionality and capabilities of the Electronic Medical Record and daily practice of professionals. Pieter is an active member of the Drug Management Committee and the Strategy Development Taskforce of the Dutch Society of Hospital Pharmacists. He is also a member of the European Society of Hospital Pharmacists and a member of the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology of ASHP. Key values that describe Pieter are enthusiasm, to-the-point, dedicated and sense of humor.


KinnearAndy Kinnear,
Director of Digital Transformation at NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Unit

Andy Kinnear is Director of Digital Transformation at NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Unit. He has over 25 years' experience in the NHS improving the health and social care system.

In March 2016, he was appointed as Chair of BCS Health, alongside his other roles which include: Programme Director at Connecting Care Partnership, Local Delivery Advisor at NHS Digital and Programme Director at Connecting Care Partnership.

lynchPatrick J Lynch,
Principal Pharmacist eHospital & Informatics, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Patrick is a clinical pharmacist by background and has worked in the realm of pharmacy informatics for 10 years - Chief Pharmacist for Informatics at University Hospital Limerick in Ireland before moving to Cambridge University Hospitals and joining the Trust’s eHospital digital team in 2016. Combining clinical expertise and technical knowledge of the digital management of medicines, he is responsible for the management of the pharmacy IT system and medication aspects of the Trust’s Epic Electronic Patient Record System. He also leads the pharmacy eHospital & informatics team; maintaining and optimising the systems to ensure the best quality pharmaceutical care of patients and helping to ensure safe, secure and cost effective use of medications through the adoption of digital technology.

PascallJohnathan Pascall,
EMEA Sales Director, Ancile, UK

Johnathan has spent the majority of his career focussed on helping hospitals maximise the return on their Electronic Patient Record systems. Whilst nobody can dispute the potential for these large clinical systems to help ambitious hospitals raise their standards of care whilst reducing costs, there are a number of difficult challenges facing hospitals who have procured these systems. Success is not guaranteed by merely signing a contract.

Over the years, Johnathan has held senior positions in a number of innovative firms who offer technology to help clinical workforces realise the benefits that large clinical systems offer. His current focus is to bring Ancile Solution’s uPerform for Healthcare platform to market in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. uPerform for Healthcare has proven hugely successful in the US in supporting clinicians to more quickly maximise the benefits of Electronic Medical Record systems, whilst reducing the time clinicians spend in front of their screens.

PhilippeBenjamin Philippe,
Healthcare Sales & Business Development Lead EMEA, HP Inc., Switzerland

Benjamin has been working in the healthcare sector for the last 14 years. He started by serving the medical devices industry at international positions in Sales & Marketing for Swiss and US companies, collaborating with R&D and surgeons around the world. He participated to the co-founding of start-ups within the e-health technologies, the surgical education and the medical assistance, with innovating models and solutions. Benjamin has joined HP Inc in 2018 to support the new HP Healthcare initiatives by building the strategies in collaboration with the HP teams and the local partners within the region. He holds a Master Degree in International Business Administration from the Burgundy School of Business Dijon (FR) and a Master Degree in Economics from the University of Granada (SP).

John Rayner,
Regional Director – EMEA, HIMSS Analytics

John has an extensive 35 years 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.

Joe SandersonJoe Sanderson,
UK NHS Account Manager, HP Inc., UK

Worked in the UK IT industry for 10 years, collaborated with NHS trusts since 2017. During this time, Joe has worked on several digital transformation projects, helping NHS trusts obtain greater insight and value out of working directly with a global IT provider.


John SargentDr. John Sargent,
Co-founder & Co-CEO, The BroadReach Group

Dr. John Sargent is a globally recognised innovator focused on developing 4IR technologies to radically improve healthcare delivery & catalyze broader development sector outcomes. John co-founded BroadReach in 2003 and currently serves as co-CEO overseeing the analytics and technology focus areas of the business. He has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as the 'Social Entrepreneurs of the Year' in 2015; by Frost & Sullivan with the Visionary Leadership Award in Healthcare; and by Devex as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in Development. John earned an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree from Oxford University as a Fulbright Scholar and an MD from Harvard Medical School.

Bruce Steinberg,
Managing Director and EVP, HIMSS International

Bruce Steinberg is the Managing Director and EVP 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.

Emma Te-BraakeEmma Te-Braake,
Midwife and eHospital Senior Team Leader of Theatres, Maternity and Patient Portal

Emma is a nurse and midwife by background and has more than 16 years of clinical experience. Having worked in the Rosie Hospital of Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) since 2006, she was keen to improve patient care using digital technology and as a result decided to join the Trust’s eHospital digital team in 2013. Combining her clinical expertise with technological interest she was instrumental in configuring aspects of the Epic Electronic Patient Record Foundation System to suit UK workflows, and was responsible for the Stork Obstetric Module in preparation for the first UK go-live of the Epic system at CUH in October 2014. With multiple Epic application certifications and experience, Emma now leads teams responsible for optimising and developing new aspects of system capability including the CUH MyChart patient portal to further digitalise healthcare at CUH and beyond.