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Dr Saif Abed
Founding Partner




Dr Saif Abed is an NHS doctor and globally recognised healthcare cybersecurity expert. He is currently a Founding Partner at the IT strategy consultancy AbedGraham providing advisory services to a range of global technology companies, healthcare providers and government agencies. Additionally, he is currently appointed as an expert in cybersecurity in healthcare at the European Commission. By background, he studied medicine at St. George's Hospital, London, management at the University of Cambridge and is currently part of a GCHQ certified cybersecurity programme at the University of Oxford.

Dr Victoria Betton
Founder & director




Victoria is founder and director of mHabitat- an NHS hosted organisation which supports people-centred digital innovation in health and care. She is a qualified social worker and coach 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. She is an Improvement Fellow at the Y&H Improvement Academy, an RSA fellow and a visiting research fellow at the University of Cumbria. She is a member of the HIMSS UK Advisory Board and a trustee for Solace, a refugee and asylum seeker charity. You can find her blog at www.codesigndigitalhealth.co.uk

You can find her on Twitter @VictoriaBetton and her Pets as Therapy dog Bibi on Instagram at bibithepatdog.

Adrian Byrne
University Hospital Southampton




15 years or so pursuing a strategy for electronic patient records through integration and evolution. Currently overseeing a HIMSS level 7 programme.

Keen advocate and pioneer in direct patient to secondary care interaction, improving patient experience, aiding efficiency, and removing unnecessary hospital visits. Implemented a platform at UHS called My Medical Record that is used by a number of NHS organizations across England in the UK. This is based on a content management system called the Instant Personal Health Record from Get Real Health. Patients are now benefiting from reduction in unnecessary appointments, and can communicate directly with clinicians.

Behind the My Medical Record sits a Personal Health Record, the "OpenPHR" to drive information sharing in the personal health record space. One record, one identity, revolving around standards (FHIR) and in the cloud. This is powered by the CHBase from Get Real Health and resides in the Microsoft UK Azure Cloud.

Adrian supports the federated citizen identity model for the health market. One set of credentials to log in to all, and share according to consent and permissions.

Believer in open platforms, vendor neutral data, and that FHIR is the way forward for opening up proprietary data sources. Very interested in OpenEHR models.

Currently [2018] chair of the Digital Health CIO network. Member of the INTEROPen board. Member of NHS electronic referral advisory board. Member of KLAS advisory board.

Anne Cooper
Previously Chief Nurse
NHS Digital




Anne Cooper is a registered nurse and was previously Chief Nurse at NHS Digital. Anne has worked nationally in the field of health informatics for more than a decade having experience of system evaluation and design, business requirement definition, clinical safety and holds citizen and user engagement to be critical factors in the digital agenda. She remains active in informatics through her role as Chief Clinical Digital Officer at mHabitat and through her extensive network.

Anne shares her experience through holding several non-executive roles and is a member of the UK HIMSS National Advsiory Group. Anne is a co-founder of People Drive Digital, #PDDigital that focuses on the contribution of citizens and practitioners to the digital health agenda.

Anne is a very active user of social media and was identified as a HSJ and Nursing Times Social Pioneer in 2014. She was on the HSJ Inspirational Women list also in 2014.

Richard Corbridge

Richard Corbridge
Chief Digital and Information Officer
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust




Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for business change and benefits management in health and very much insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to technology implementation.

In late November 2017 Richard joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust as their first Chief Digital and Information Officer with a remit of bringing the 'Leeds Way' culture to the digital capability of the trust and ensuring that Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, one of the largest in the NHS, adopts a digital fabric to how it delivers health care.

Prior to this Richard was the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive in Ireland and Chief Executive Officer for eHealth Ireland. In the three years Richard was in Ireland he implemented a unique identifier for health, fully digitized the referral process, put in place Irelands first clinical information officers council, began the first epilepsy genomic sequencing programme globally, started the implementation of a national lab system and a national maternity EHR. He brought a focus to the delivery of a number of key strategic programmes including the beginning of ePharmacy for Ireland, digital cancer care and a cloud first strategy. He has also managed a reform of the Irish healthcare technology system that has seen a plethora of awards and recognitions for the team. All of this with a budget of just 1.2% of the Irish spend on healthcare.

In his early career Richard led the delivery of a wide range of systems and processes in the NHS with a focus to aid the provision of healthcare and clinical research. These ranged from the first primary care messaging system in the NHS, to the modernisation of the information systems' infrastructure for the delivery of clinical research throughout England.

In 2017 Richard was named the number one CIO form the UK in the EDG CIO Magazine CIO100, listed in Hot Topics global CIO100 and Ireland's first CIO100. He was named the eGovernment Visionary of the year in Ireland and was named as the most disruptive talent in digital by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak.

Richard was named by the Huffington Post as one of the most 'Social CIOs' in the world. You can see the daily ins and outs of his work and life by following him on twitter at: @R1chardatron

Nicola Dames
Vanilla Blush




Dublin-born Nicola Dames' life changed forever in her early 20s when she started to suffer from Ulcerative Colitis. At the young age of 29, Nicola - a former high-end Fashion Consultant at the famous Brown Thomas, as well as an NHS Intensive Care Nurse - decided to go ahead and have her large colon removed. The year was 2006. She had tried everything. Married only one year. She wanted to have children with her husband. She wanted to have a future. She wanted life. From her hospital bed, and after researching all the medicalised underwear available, Nicola decided she would set up her own company. However, the unique selling point of Vanilla Blush would be that it would deal with Stomas and underwear not as a medical issue but as a fashion issue. Both medically sound but also fashion proud... Merging her two professions, Nicola produced underwear, supportwear and sportwearswear which were top of the range both for their medical needs and their fashion needs. Launching live on ITV's 'This Morning Show', Valentine's 2008, Vanilla Blush has grown to become an award winning, globally recognised, business success.

Selling female lingerie, male underwear, hernia supportwear, swimwear and sportswear, Vanilla Blush has seen its business grow from great news story to great business story. With online sales making the brand available across the world, Vanilla Blush's Nicola spends many an hour flight-bound as she crosses the continent and beyond to spread the VB message. Supplying to the NHS, as well as contracts across Europe, Vanilla Blush was racked up the successes on a yearly basis. From 2014 being named as the Post-Surgery Brand of the Year, to June 2016 winning £50,000 in the Scottish EDGE competition, Nicola Dames found her self-named in the Lingerie Insight's Power List 2018. And with 2018 up and running, it is clear that the 10-year-birthday cake will also be one to celebrate continued growth.

Ewan Davis
Code4Health and Open Source Programmes,
NHS England




Ewan has worked in Digital Health since 1981, Ewan founded GP system supplier AAH Meditel where he was Managing Director / Exec Chairman from 1986 to 1999. He has chaired both the BCS Primary Healthcare Group and TechUK Healthcare Group. He co-founded HANDI Health (a not-for-profit company supporting app developers) in 2012. He has worked for a wide range of clients including NHS Digital, NHS England, BT, Celesio AG, The British National Formulary, and McKesson.

Ewan was the principal author of “Defining an Open Platform” and the forthcoming “Blueprint for a Co-Produced Personal Health Record” for the Apperta Foundation. He is currently CEO of inidus.com,  a start-up delivering a cloud based open platform for digital health.

Mark Duman
Patient Ambassador





Mark Duman MRPharmS is a rare blend of clinician, management consultant and patient advocate. He works with organisations to help them realise the full benefit of their services and products, especially through the often untapped potential of patients and the public.

His first foray into digital health was installing the pharmacy component of a Cerner electronic health record system at Health Care International, Scotland in 1994. In Lewisham NHS Hospital he developed the award-winning PharmAssist system harnessing multimedia t to help ethnic minorities with their medicines-taking. At The King's Fund, Mark promoted shared clinical decision making, founded the Ask About Medicines campaign & authored 'Producing Patient Information'. Within the BBC, he developed a range of behaviour change interventions to improve people's health and lifestyle. Following roles in publishing and telecoms, Mark moved into consulting with clients including Cancer Research UK, Care Quality Commission, Pfizer, NHS England and Microsoft. In addition to various advisory and mentor roles, he Founded the Patient Information Forum, is a NW Service Champion for Diabetes UK and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Salford.

Dr. Brian Fisher
Chair of NHS Alliance and Clinical Director of Evergreen Life





Brian has been a GP in south east London for 42 years. Brian has been interested in user involvement in the NHS for a long time. He was successful in getting Department of Health funding for the ground-breaking Health Empowerment Leverage Project (HELP) www.healthempowerment.co.uk which developed a business case for community development in health, based on the highly successful ‘7 Step Model’ developed by former health visitor Hazel Stuteley in several deprived areas of Devon and Cornwall. Brian was awarded an MBE for community development in 2007.

Brian champions patient record access and is now the director of a company called Evergreen Life www.evergreen-life.co.uk Evergreen is on the NHS Digital Framework and enables people in England to access their GP records, book GP appointments and order repeat prescriptions – and do a lot more. We have 500K users rising by 5K per week. We link a Personal Health Record to the GP record enabling users to look after their health more easily.

Brian is chair of The NHS Alliance www.nhsalliance.org which promotes Health Creation through community development and other approaches. We offer support to the NHS and Local Authorities to help move forward in health creating practices.

Cleveland Henry
Director of Cloud, UKCloud Health





Cleveland recently joined UKCloud Health in November 2018 as Director of Cloud with the objective of enabling digital transformation and innovation in Health and Care organisations through the utilisation and transition to Cloud Computing Services. Cleveland was at NHS Digital for over 5 years where he spent the last 12 months with a foot in both the present and future of digital Health 'camps' undertaking NHS Digital's horizon scanning in assessing digital future opportunities and their potential links to supporting today's challenges and opportunities. From 2016 he also led the NHSmail2 service, which replaced the legacy platform, supporting over 1 million users. Prior to that he led the delivery of NHS Choices including its migration to the cloud, a service that serves over 1.5m users per day helping the public to take control of their health care by providing a wide range of information on health, services and lifestyle choices.

Matthew Honeyman
Policy Research, The King's Fund





As a researcher in the policy team, Matthew contributes to the Fund's research and analysis on a range of projects across health and social care policy and practice. His recent work has covered pressures in general practice and the integration of mental and physical health care.

Matthew has a special interest in the relationship between health care, public policy and digital technology, and writes about how new technology can be deployed in the health system. He is a member of the scientific committee for the Fund's annual Digital Health and Care Congress.

Before joining the Fund, Matthew worked as a researcher and co-ordinator at the Innovation Unit, a social enterprise that works with public services to reshape the services they deliver. Matthew has also worked as an intern at University College London's Constitution Unit.

He holds a philosophy, politics and economics degree from Oxford University.

Pirkko Kortekangas
Chief Development Officer, National UNA plan:
MD, Chief Development Officer, National UNA plan




Doctor Kortekangas has entered UNA from her previous position as Chief medical Officer of the Southwest Finland Hospital district (Turku University Hospital). She has spent last 20 years with knowledge management on different aspects. In addition to the profound knowledge of specialized medical care, she has also become familiar with the management of basic health care, social work and the municipality's knowledge through numerous local, regional and national working responsibilities and tasks. Kortekangas is a pioneer of the health information architecture in Finland. She has been able to develop her expertise in projects related to the services of the citizen, the development of National Kanta archive services, to biobanks and to research data management. She has PhD in neurosurgery, but she has also worked earlier as a health center physician, general surgeon, medical ethics designer and medical scientist.

Julian Ranger

Chairman & Founder, digi.me





Julian is Exec Chairman and founder of digi.me whose mission is to achieve a decentralised world where data is controlled by people for their own benefit using their unique market leading technology.

An aeronautical engineer specialising in interoperability and the military internet, Julian started his first company in 1987 and grew it to a major multi-national business before selling to Lockheed Martin.

Digi.me launched in 2009, enables individuals to gather up all their personal data across all their life, in to a secure, normalised, personal library which they truly own and control. Individuals can then share their data with the 3rd party applications and services they choose, using digi.me's unique Consent Access API.

Digi.me is a key enabler for Patient Centricity, the philosophical idea of empowering individuals and putting them at the centre of their own care by returning their data and empowering them with technology.

Having entered in to healthcare in 2016, digi.me established the world’s first national citizen facing API in Iceland, before moving on to the US to integrate with the likes of Epic and Cerner. Digi.me is shortly set to launch access to the first NHS health records.

Digi.me is private by design, and never sees, touches or holds individual's data.

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





John Rayner is the Regional Director of HIMSS Analytics for Europe and Latin America prior to which he was Director of Professional Development with HIMSS-UK.

John had an extensive 35 year career in the English National Health Service, having first entered in 1979 and qualified as a Registered General Nurse shortly thereafter. He has 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.