About this event

  • Date and time Mon 29 Mar 2021 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Digital Health, Department for International Trade

Join us to explore whether healthcare system interoperability holds the key to operating resilient health systems. 

The RSM Digital Health Section and the Better Health Programme bring together digital health experts in the UK and South Africa to facilitate a bilateral exchange of ideas and experiences exploring interoperability for health system resilience.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of health systems around the world. In a crisis, countries need the ability to coordinate actions, share information and allocate resources effectively. Could healthcare system interoperability be a key enabler for adaptable and therefore resilient health systems? And if so, what are the optimal routes to achieve that goal?

Our panel of leading experts from the digital health communities in the UK and South Africa will examine the current state of play in both countries, review past and current endeavours to achieve healthcare system interoperability and share examples of the different routes to achieve health system interoperability and the relative merits of the options.

This programme is ideal for all healthcare professionals with an interest in healthcare technology, and students and professionals with an interest in health policy and system resilience.

CPD accredited: A CPD certificate with 3 CPD credits 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. 

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Key speakers

Dr Phil Koczan

GP and Clinical Informatician

Speaker's biography

Dr Koczan has been a GP in Chingford North East London for over 25 years. He is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a member of their Health Informatics Group. He is also a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics.


He has a long interest in Medical informatics and is the Clinical Safety Officer for NHS England (London Region). He has a national role as a senior clinical advisor for Primary Care Development and Shared Records with NHSX.


His particular interest is around both the application of technology to support care and bringing data together from different care settings to support patient care and quality improvement.

Clive Daniell

Independent health informatics and imaging informatics consultant and trainer

Speaker's biography

Clive is currently working as a Health IT consultant, trainer, and deployment project manager. 


He qualified as an electrical engineer in 1989 at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He started his career in the Radiology domain as a CT and MRI technician. In 1996 he shifted his focus to Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) in the role of technical advisor and project management. In 2006 Clive founded In2pacs a health informatics consulting business, specializing in health informatics, and healthcare standards such as DICOM, IHE, HL7 and more recently HL7 FHIR®. In 2016 he founded the In2pacs Academy to provide health and imaging informatics training to health system administrators and IT professionals.


He is currently president of the South African Health Informatics Association (SAHIA) and chairperson of the Private Healthcare Information Standards Committee (PHISC) Electronic Health Records (EHR) Standards development subcommittee.


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Welcome and introduction

Mr Loy Lobo, President, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Panel 1: State of play

Chair: Mr Clive Flashman, Immediate Past President, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

  • Dr Phil Koczan, Digital Clinical Champion Team, Clinical Advisor, NHS England
  • Ewan Davis, Director, Woodcote Consulting Ltd
  • Professor Rosemary Foster, Senior Technical Advisor, Centre for Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Research (CIDER), School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dr Adele Botha, Principal Researcher, CSIR
Questions and answers
Comfort break
Panel 2: Implications for resilience

Chair: Professor Andrew Boulle, Public Health Medicine Specialist, Western Cape Provincial Department of Health and Professor of Public Health Medicine, University of Cape Town

  • Gill Foley, Data and Clinical Content Standards Lead, NHSX
  • Clive Daniell, Independent Health Informatics, Imaging Informatics Consultant and Trainer, In2pacs
  • Matime Nchabeleng, CEO and Founder, Maisha Medical (Pty) Ltd
  • Dr Biddie Biddulph, CEO, CareConnect Health Information Exchange, South Africa
  • Dr Nick Booth
Questions and answers
Closing remarks

Mr Loy Lobo

Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain 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. 

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