About this event

  • Date and time Thu 4 Apr 2019 from 9:00am to 5:10pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Digital Health

This live stream event will examine the growing role that apps play in healthcare delivery. As apps move from concept to practice using cutting-edge technology, demonstrating efficacy becomes increasingly important, resulting in regulatory and legal issues.

Join us to hear renowned speakers, including the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, talk of the importance of good design in medical apps and how it can improve patient and clinician experience.

We will be examining the importance of interoperability as medical apps become more mainstream, and how to make this happen.

Medical start-ups

We'll have a number of presentations from new and established medical start-ups, showcasing the transformative effects these new technologies can have.

What will I learn?

  • Gain an understanding of the current state of the art of medical apps
  • The latest position on regulation and endorsement of medical apps
  • Gain an appreciation of how to assess the clinical effectiveness of medical apps
  • Consider medical apps when deciding on an appropriate intervention
  • Gain an understanding of the medicolegal issues around medical app use
  • Reduce the fear, uncertainty and doubt about the use of medical apps

Key speakers

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Speaker's biography

Matt Hancock MP was appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 9 July 2018. He was Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 8 January 2018 to 9 July 2018. He was previously Minister of State for Digital from July 2016 to January 2018.

Dr Alex Finlayson

Academic Clinic Fellow at the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences of Oxford University

Mr Matt Edgar

Head of Design for NHS Digital

Mr Julian Hitchcock

Of Counsel, Bristows LLP. Practices law and regulation in devices/IVDs; life science AI, cellular and genetic technologies.

Mr Lewis Richards

Futurologist and Chief Digital Officer, Servest

Mr Itzik Levy

Chief Digital Officer, Healthcare, Israel

Mr Paul Thomas

Digital Advisor, Microsoft


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Clive Flashman, President, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

The design of medical apps

Matt Edgar, Head of Design, NHS Digital

Do patients want apps?

Helen Hughes, CEO of Patient, Safety Learning

Questions and answers
Tea and coffee break
Digital health, apps and beyond - exploring the role of medical apps in 21st century care

Dr Hakim Yadi OBE, CEO and Co-Founder, Closed Loop Medicine Ltd

Working with people to enable a digital health ecosystem within the NHS

Leanne Summers, Digital Strategy Delivery Lead, NHS England

Legal issues of medical apps including the impact of AI

Julian Hitchcock, Bristows

Questions and answers
Emerging standards and approaches for evaluating health apps

Felix Greaves, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College and Deputy Director, Science and Strategic Information, Public Health England

Getting better with AI

Mr Paul Thomas, Healthcare Digital Advisor, Microsoft Services

Ambiguous advice, questionable quality: Determining and evaluating the quality of health apps

Liz Ashall-Payne, CEO, ORCHA and & Tim Andrews, Chief Operating Officer, ORCHA

Pitching competition with medical app start-ups

Moves4Me, Forward Health, Changing Health, Living With

The NHS App

The Right Honourable Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Parliament UK

*Please note, times may be subject to change

Most promising medical app and most efficacious established medical app

Questions and answers

Tea and coffee break
Why apps are hard to evaluate and what we can do about it

Dr Henry Potts, Associate Professor, UCL Institute of Health Informatics

Head and neck cancer in the digital age: An evaluation of mobile health applications

Mr Jason Fleming, Head and Neck Interface Fellow, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

What will the healthcare apps of the future look like?

Lewis Richards, Futurologist and Chief Digital Officer, Servest

Questions and answers
Vote of thanks and close of meeting

Dr Julian Hamann, Council Member, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Other events of interest

Apply for a prize

Digital Health Section: Prize for Innovation  


First prize: £500 and a year’s free RSM membership

Submission deadline 


Open to 

All RSM members and non-members, all grades including students

Application guidelines 

Submit a paper on a digital innovation project that applies a digital voice to improve healthcare or social care. The submission should not exceed 1500 words, but there is no minimum word count. The project should be currently underway or been completed in the past 12 months. Concept papers for projects that have not been started will not be accepted.

The top three submissions selected by the evaluation committee will be invited to present their paper at a Digital Health meeting, where the winner will be selected.

Submission closed