About this event

  • Date and time Mon 18 May 2020 from 9:00am to 5:20pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Digital Health

This event is now taking place as a webinar series. Find out more and register here.

Join us to explore the power of Patient Generated Data. This meeting will showcase digital health technologies used to collect data directly from patients that are available today and those in the research pipeline.

We’ll be looking into the potential, scope and impact of current and future technologies, particularly those aimed at preventing or shortening hospital episodes and for use by patients in their home and in the community.

Learn about the current range of tech such as wearable devices and apps that engage patients and collect information useful in the diagnosis or management of a health condition. This conference will help you to understand the impact these technologies could have on clinical practice and consider how they might be adopted and used at scale.

Billions are being invested around the world to capture, analyse and exploit data. The value of data to the individual, however, remains a relatively neglected topic, despite the value in its potential to help individuals and populations. This meeting aims to bring to light the current efforts in this domain and involve participants in a debate on the potential value and challenges that need to be overcome, through multidisciplinary lectures, lively panel discussions and hands-on, interactive workshops.

Key speakers

Dr Ali K Yetisen

Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

Dr Ali K Yetisen is a Senior Lecturer and an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. His research focuses on nanotechnology, photonics, sensors, and biomaterials, particularly the development and validation of biophotonic medical devices for monitoring of high-risk individuals in clinical or point-of-care settings.

His talk titled "The Medical Tricorder" will illustrate current and future wearable sensor technologies and help you sort fact from fiction.

Dr James Kinross

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, St Mary's Hospital, London

Speaker's biography

Dr James Kinross is a consultant colorectal surgeon at Imperial College London, with a specialist surgical interest in laparoscopic and robotic surgery for colon cancer and benign conditions of the gut. He researches the gut microbiome and colon cancer, collaborating with researchers in the USA and across Europe in order to find new ways to diagnose and treat diseases of the colon by engineering the gut microbiome to promote health.

Dr James Kinross will speak about the future of personalised medicine made possible by "Listening to the Patient's Gut Bacteria".

Dr Yoram Levanon

Chief Scientific Officer, Beyond Verbal Communications Ltd

Speaker's biography

Dr Yoram Levanon is a pioneer of the vocal analysis of emotions and health. He was Chief Scientific Officer of Israeli company, Beyond Verbal, and will describe the continuous monitoring of health status through AI-Human vocal interactions.

Dr Paul Wicks

RSM Digital Health Council member and Independent Consultant in digital health, clinical trials, rare disease, and patient centricity

Speaker's biography

Paul Wicks, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and independent consultant in digital health, clinical trials, rare disease, and patient centricity. For 13 years he led the R&D team at PatientsLikeMe, an online community for people over 700,000 people living with medical conditions. Paul sits on the editorial boards of the BMJ, BMC Medicine, JMIR, Digital Biomarkers and The Patient. In 2011 he was awarded MIT Technology Review’s TR35 “Humanitarian of the Year” award, recognized as a TED Fellow in 2012, and joined the inaugural FLIER Program at the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2019.

His talk will examine a number of case studies such as the #WeAreNotWaiting movement that hacked their own diabetes devices, the ALS lithium study that saw an activated group of patients take trials into their own hands, and consider where the future of patient-harnessed data is taking us.


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee

Session one

Chair: Stanley Shepherd, Digital Health Council Member, Royal Society of Medicine

Introduction to the field

Dr Masood Ahmad, Senior Advisor, DigitalHealth.London

Patient, Digitise Thyself

Dr Paul Wicks, Independent Consultant, Wicks Digital Health

Tea and coffee break

Session two

Chair: Professor Deeph Chana, Co-Director of Institute for Security Science & Technology, Imperial College London 

Helping the NHS to help ourselves

Dr Melissa Wickremasinghe, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, John Kelly, Head of Systems Solutions, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Felicia Opoku, Care Information Exchange Programme Manager, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

The Medical Tricorder - Fact or Fiction

Dr Ali K Yetisen, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering Imperial College London

Security, Sharing and Trust Panel

Chair: Professor Deeph Chana 

Panel: Ms Caroline Rivett, Digital, Security and Privacy Lead for Life Sciences, KPMG, Dr Jack Halligan, Policy Fellow, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, Dr Natalie Banner, Policy Adviser, Wellcome Trust and Benoit Marchal, Senior Health IT Project Manager, Roche


Session three

Chair: Ed Godber, Chief Executive Officer, H-Labs

Using Voice to monitor health status

Yoram Levanon, Computer Security Officer, Beyond Verbal

Showcase pitches
Extended tea and coffee break and showcase

Session four

Chair: David Taylor, Digital Health Council Member, Royal Society of Medicine

Lessons learned from using patient-recorded data

Matthew Williams, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London

Gamification and Patient Engagement

Greg Burch, Co-founder, Tiny Medical Apps

Listening to the patient's gut

James Kinross, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Colorectal Surgery, Imperial College London

Closing remarks and close of meeting
Drinks reception and showcase


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