Mainstreaming medical apps; reducing NHS costs; improving patient outcomes


Thursday 9 April 2015


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Telemedicine & eHealth Section


6 CPD Points

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about this event

This one-day conference will build on the last two years’ sell-out one-day conferences on medical apps at the RSM.

Medical apps offer an enormous potential to improve patient outcomes and at the same time reduce treatment costs. For example, for certain conditions they can substitute for, or enhance the efficacy of pharmaceutical products; they can vastly improve the monitoring of vital signs for those with long term conditions; they have a particularly valuable role to play in diagnosing, monitoring and treating some mental health conditions; they can encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles…and much more.

This year as medical apps are coming of age, the focus is on the critical aspects of mainstreaming them, in particular the various UK and EU regulatory issues that need managing in order to enable apps to be recommended or prescribed with confidence by clinicians. This will also include examples of ground- breaking medical apps as well as the use of electronic games to promote health and wellbeing.


To educate attendees on the key aspects of the development, regulation and benefits of medical apps, including those using gaming to encourage use by both patients and clinicians.


  • To describe the principal types of medical apps and the benefits they can offer
  • To explain the regulations of medical apps in the EU and elsewhere
  • To cover the topic of gamification
  • To seek audience response to the evaluation criteria for medical apps


9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am



9.35 am

The future role of NICE in providing medical apps guidance

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive, NICE

10.05 am

The view from the MHRA

Mr Jo Hagan- Brown, Regulatory Affairs Specialist and Dr Neil McGuire, MHRA (Devices)

10.30 am

Tea and coffee break


10.50 pm

Update on the NIB workstream developing a “kitemarking” process for medical apps

Ms Julie Bretland

11.15 pm

Bad apps – mistakes that can be dangerous

Dr Richard Brady, Department of Surgery, Western General Hospital, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh

11.40 am

Using apps to change behaviour

Professor Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology at University College London

12.05 pm

Developing guidelines for good practice in health apps- the user perspective

Alex Wyke, Chief Executive, PatientView

12.30 pm



1.30 pm

Medical apps: The coming changes to the European and US regulatory regime, both for device and data protection regulations

Julian Hitchcock, Counsel, Lawford Davies Denoon

2.00 pm

The Type 1 Diabetes GSMA bike ride; important lessons for using apps in critical situations

Ian Hay, Head of Emerging Ecosystems, Orange

2.25 pm

The EC/EU view of medical app regulation

Mr Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit for Health and Well-being

2.55 pm

Tea and coffee break


3.15 pm

Progress on the assessment of medical apps

Group discussion, led by Mr Tom Lewis

4.15 pm

Mental health – the perfect subject for app use

Ms Nicky Runeckles, Commercial Director, Big White Wall

4.40 pm

The BioAid app – another clever use of a smartphone

Professor Ray Meddis, Department of Psychology, University of Essex

5.05 pm

Completion of evaluation forms

5.10 pm

Close of meeting

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For information on this event, contact Alison ChanTel: 02072903937 Email: arrow