About this event

  • Date and time Wed 8 Jul 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:15pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Digital Health

In this special extended episode, we bring together an expert panel to explore data security, sharing and trust.

It is often said that data is the new oil. While oil is a natural resource that flows from suppliers to consumers, data is generated by the consumers themselves who sharing it either willingly or unknowingly. In this panel, we will explore the importance of trust, transparency and assurances of security that are essential in enabling and motivating us to share our data. As data-driven algorithms are increasingly used in diagnosis and treatment, are new technologies such as blockchain needed to secure the data pipeline from end to end?

We will discuss the economic promise of patient generated data for the NHS and the willingness and ability of patients to contribute their data to clinical trials or big pharma. We will explore the current public health applications for track and trace, antibody/immunity certificates or passports, and the promises and threats that arise from an ability to link our health and finance data. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a demand for increased transparency from the Government, and the new public/private partnerships that have arisen. What does all this mean in practice for public trust and compliance?

The panel will be chaired by Deeph Chana, Co-Director of the Imperial Institute for Security Science and Technology.

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. 

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.

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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

Dr Jack Halligan

Jack Halligan

Policy Fellow Health Innovation, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

Jack Halligan has almost 10 years’ healthcare experience in Ireland, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, working across clinical medicine, healthcare technology and in management consulting with McKinsey & Company.


At Imperial, he works closely with digital health innovators in the day-to-day development and delivery of policy and research projects, including as co-author on the 2020 white paper NHS data: Maximising its impact on the health and wealth of the United Kingdom.


Jack studied medicine in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and holds an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Natalie Banner

Natalie Banner

Lead, Understanding Patient Data (UPD), Wellcome Trust 

Speaker's biography

Natalie Banner leads Understanding Patient Data (UPD), an initiative hosted at Wellcome to ensure uses of patient data for care and research are visible, understandable and trustworthy.


UPD works with patients, charities, researchers and health professionals to champion responsible uses of data, feeding into policy development, creating accessible resources and horizon scanning for emerging issues that may affect public confidence in the use of health data. This includes exploring how to create trustworthy frameworks for developing data-driven technologies in healthcare and research.


Natalie formerly led Wellcome’s policy work on GDPR and data protection, seeking to ensure UK legislation and regulation creates a supportive environment for health research using patient and health-related data. In 2018, she was named in BioBeat’s “50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness”. Prior to joining Wellcome, Natalie was a postdoctoral research fellow in philosophy at King’s College London.

Benoît Marchal

Benoît Marchal

Senior Health IT Project Manager, Roche

Speaker's biography

Benoît Marchal has an IT Master Degree from the University of Technology of Compiegne (France) and has more than 25 years’ experience leading various digitalization projects to improve and streamline the clinical research process.


Before joining Roche, Benoît created and managed the startup NovaXon that provided solutions to pharmaceutical companies and hospitals to collect clinical data.


Most recently, he took the position of Roche representative in the industry collaboration EHR4CR and became a strong advocate both internally and externally of the potential of hospital real world data to support medical research. Benoît is presently the project manager of PEPS (Patient Empowered, Privacy Secured), a project to enable privacy safe direct communication with patients through Blockchain.

Caroline Rivett

Caroline Rivett

Global Security & Privacy Lead for Life Sciences, KPMG

Speaker's biography

Caroline Rivett is fascinated by the opportunities presented by technology in life sciences and healthcare, marrying her background in biological sciences, her board work in health and years of experience in technology risk. She is a member of the RSM’s Digital Health Council.


Caroline works closely with KPMG's clients in Life Sciences and Healthcare helping them to manage their cybersecurity and privacy risks to protect sensitive information and processes and facilitate more effective use of data. Prior to her global role with KPMG, she co-founded and sold a health informatics company that analysed individuals' medical records on behalf of UK life insurers and worked for six months as a CISO in a UK multinational conglomerate.


She has worked in healthcare and life sciences as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for eight years. She regularly speaks in industry conferences on security and privacy in Life Sciences and Healthcare using her experiences in risk. Her specific interests relate to technology, health, and business growth, covering areas such as digital health, big data, privacy, cybersecurity, cultural change, and technology assurance, and lives in north London with her two children.

Deeph Chana

Deeph Chana

Professor of Practice, Imperial College Business School; Co-Director, Institute of Security Science and Technology and Co-Director, Centre for Financial Technology, Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

Deeph Chana is Professor of Practice at Imperial College Business School and Co-Director of Imperial’s Institute for Security Science and Technology. 


He has a diverse portfolio of advanced STEM research and development experience within government, industry and academia and has led numerous national security programmes working for the UK Government. 

Geoff Goodell

Geoffrey Goodell

Researcher, Financial Computing and Analytics Group, Department of Computer Science, University College London

Speaker's biography

Geoffrey Goodell is a researcher in the Financial Computing and Analytics Group of the Department of Computer Science at University College London.  


He leads the ISO working group responsible for international standards for the foundations of distributed ledger technology, and he is also an associate of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs at the University of Oxford. He is also an experienced entrepreneur and portfolio manager.


He started his career as an associate in corporate credit and structured products at Goldman Sachs in New York and was later partner and chief investment officer of a boutique asset manager in Boston. His doctoral dissertation involved distributed systems and his current research lies at the interface of computer science, finance, and public policy, particularly with respect to digital marketplaces, digital payment systems, and regulation.  


Recently he has worked with central banks around the world to analyse the privacy and trust features of digital currency architectures.



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.