About this event

  • Date and time Wed 17 Jun 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Digital Health

This webinar will explore the ways patients that are using digital health technologies in their homes and in the community, across a wide spectrum of conditions.

Digital health technologies can engage patients and aid the diagnosis or management of a health condition. This webinar will demonstrate the impact these technologies could have on preventing or shortening hospital episodes.

We will be joined by Mark Duman, Chief Patient Officer at MD Healthcare Consultants, Seb Tucknott, CEO & Co-founder of IBDrelief, and Sara Riggare, a Swedish engineer and patient researcher.

Mark Duman is a rare blend of clinician, management consultant and patient advocate. He will discuss the metrics, measurements and functionality that matter to him most as a patient with type 2 diabetes. 

Seb Tucknott was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease in 2008 and will speak about his passion to improve care and access to information for patients.

Sara Riggare has been living with Parkinson’s disease for over 30 years. Sara will be speaking about the potential of the observations patients make and the data they collect using methods of personal science.

We will also consider future challenges in using wearable devices and apps to collect data directly from patients.

Chaired by Paul Wicks, neuropsychologist, independent consultant and member of RSM Digital Health Council, join us for this interactive webinar, with plenty of opportunities to pose your questions to Mark, Seb and Sara. 

A CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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This meeting is a part of the Digital Health Section webinar series, The power of Patient Generated Data, that will be broadcast weekly on Wednesday afternoons at 12:00pm. This series will showcase digital health technologies used to collect data directly from patients that are available today and those in the research pipeline. If you would like to find out more about the series, please visit the Digital Health Section homepage.


Key speakers

Mark Duman

Mark Duman

Chief Patient Officer, MD Healthcare Consultants

Speaker's biography

Mark Duman MRPharmS is a rare blend of clinician, management consultant and patient advocate. He has over 30 years of experience in the digital health industry, having worked with organisations such as Google Health, Cerner, Novartis, Microsoft and the NHS. Currently, he is the managing director of his own healthcare consultancy, which focuses on digital health, patient engagement and market access.


Before venturing into digital health, he trained and worked as a pharmacist, developing an interest in patient behaviour which has gone on to frame his involvement in digital healthcare. An early NHS project of his concerned the development of a digital system to educate patients on how to take their medicines, and he went on to work with the BBC to capitalize on the behavioural changing potential of broadcasting, developing the Fighting Fat campaign.


His focus on user behaviour and experience informs his perspective as a consultant; in his current capacity, he has gained insights into the digital home and social care market in the UK, observing the untapped potential further upstream in the digital healthcare industry. Based on this, he believes that digital healthcare providers need to focus on preventative care solutions such as behavioural change systems and health monitoring platforms, and can discuss this conviction in detail, including the need for health care professionals to move from ‘mere’ care provision to a more engaging, coaching model.


Having conducted a 100+ company review of key players in the UK digital health sector last year, he is familiar with the current spread of digital health platforms in the UK and their respective positioning. He was a Subject Matter Expert in Innovate UK’s 2019 Digital Health & MedTech mission to  South Korea & Japan, broadening his perspective to a multinational scale. Indeed, he was recently nominated as a Patient Leader in the HIMSS Future50. He holds an advisory role with the Digital Therapeutics Alliance and is active in building new digital health ecosystems, acting as the catalyst for the recent 90-day accelerator in NW England supported by Novartis, Google and Push Doctor. He is able to candidly discuss what still needs to happen in the NHS in terms of digital developments.

Seb Tucknott (1)

Seb Tucknott

CEO & Co-founder, IBDrelief

Speaker's biography

Being diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease in 2008 completely changed my life. It has shaped the person I am - from how I live day-to-day and the perspective I have on the world, to the work I do and the people I surround myself with. Most importantly, it’s given me a passion to improve care and access to information for patients.


Discovering more about my disease and my body has helped me to gain remission, but it’s also meant I’ve had to make a lot of changes and sacrifices to get there. Would I change any of it? No. Not for a second. I’m happier and healthier now than I’ve ever been.


I love sharing my learning with other patients and healthcare professionals through my advocacy work and speaking at events. But, I’m also finding solutions to some of the big healthcare problems to empower patients and place them at the heart of it all. That’s why I’m passionate about the mentoring, consultancy and entrepreneur parts of the work I do. I plant seeds of change to help healthcare grow into what patients really need.

Sara Riggare

Sara Riggare, MSc, PhD cand

Swedish engineer and patient researcher

Speaker's biography

Sara Riggare, MSc, PhD cand, is a Swedish engineer living with Parkinson’s disease for over 30 years. Ten years ago she decided that she wanted to combine her engineering skills with her patient experiences to work to improve the healthcare situation for herself and others with chronic diseases. 


Sara’s work and research are focused on different aspects of patients’ perspectives in healthcare and research. She explores how patients can learn from their own observations, grounded in her own experiences with managing her own disease. Sara is one of the leading self-trackers of Parkinson’s disease in the world.


Sara is an appreciated speaker on patient-related issues, both in Sweden and internationally. She is also an advisor to the Swedish government on Life Science issues. Internationally, Sara collaborates with and advises the British Medical Journal, the World Parkinson Coalition, Quantified Self Labs, and Stanford Medicine X.



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.