About this event

  • Date and time Thu 4 Apr 2019 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Digital Health

This event on medical apps will examine the growing role that apps are playing in healthcare delivery. As apps move from concept to pilot to practice, demonstrating efficacy becomes increasingly important - it is well recognised that poorly designed software can hamper rather than enhance healthcare. Of course, the use of cutting-edge technology in healthcare necessarily opens new regulatory and legal issues.

Join us to hear renowned speakers 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


Earlybird pricing available until 04 March 2019.


RSM Fellow RSM Retired Fellow RSM Associate RSM Trainee RSM Student
£84.00 £45.00 £45.00 £45.00 £25.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife SME / Social Services Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£140.00 £75.00 £75.00 £75.00 £55.00 £35.00

Key speakers

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

Julian Hitchcock

Special focus on the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare

Mr Lewis Richards

Futurologist and Chief Digital Officer, Servest


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
Designing medical apps (UX, UI, user-focused iterative development)

Matt Edgar, Head of Design, NHS Digital

Patient roundtable discussion: Do I want apps?

Chair: Helen Hughes, CEO of Patient, Safety Learning

Tea and coffee break
Title to be confirmed

Hakim Yadi OBE, Founding CEO, Northern Health Science Alliance Ltd (NHSA) and Founder, Closed Loop Medicine

Title to be confirmed
Debate: How to assess the clinical effectiveness of apps or lecture on clinical effectiveness of medical apps

Dr Alexander Finlayson, Academic Clinical Fellow, University of Oxford

Workshop: How to assess apps
Pitching competition with promising medical app start-ups
Audience judging on apps for categories: Most promising medical app and most efficacious established medical app, and questions and answers
Tea and coffee break
The NHS App

Potential high-profile guest

The NHS Digital perspective on medical apps

Wendy Clark, Executive Director for Product Development, NHS Digital

Legal issues of medical apps, with slant on AI

Julian Hitchcock, Bristows

What will the healthcare apps of the future look like?

Lewis Richards, Futurologist and Chief Digital Officer, Servest

Vote of thanks and close of meeting


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

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