Medical apps: Mainstreaming innovation


Tuesday 4 April 2017


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


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about this event


To discuss the regulation, the potential use and evaluation of the introduction of medical apps in a range of healthcare situations.

This event is the fifth annual medical apps event run by the Section; the previous four have all been popular. The purpose of each one has been to educate forward-thinking clinicians in the benefits of using medical apps to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. In view of the expectation that the NHS will have an mHealth assessment operation running by next April, this event will focus on mainstreaming the use of apps within the health and care services.

The agenda features heavyweight speakers that will cover all aspects of mainstreaming medical apps. In particular we will have a representative from NICE and their opposite number from the MHRA to talk about endorsement and regulation, supported by eminent lawyer Julian Hitchcock and senior academic Professor Jeremy Wyatt.

Dr Richard Brady will give another of his excellent, amusingly presented talks on bad apps. Felix Naughton will cover the ways apps can be used to change behaviour, and Ian Gallifant explains how to build an app ecosystem on an EHR. To round the event off we have two exemplars of app developers to describe their craft including a medically-cleared diagnostic app for professionals.


  • Understand the UK and European regulatory frame works applicable to the introduction of medical apps.
  • Know how apps can link to the EHR
  • Understand the range of potential application for apps in healthcare and the pros and cons of their use.
  • Know how to assess the impact of medical apps.
  • Explain the latest position on regulation and endorsement of medical apps.
  • Describe how behaviour change is best effected using mobile apps.
  • Give examples of best practice with interventions involving medical apps.

Please select the following speaker's names if you wish to view their presentation from this meeting:


9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am


9.35 am

The NHS mHealth app assessment process

Dr Indra Joshi, Clinical Lead Digital Urgent and Emergency Care, NHS England

10.05 am

The current and future regulation of Medical Device stand-alone software

Dr Neil McGuire, Clinical Director, Devices, and Mr Joe Hagan-Brown, Regulatory Affair Specialist, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

10.30 am

Tea and coffee break

10.50 am

Building an app ecosystem around an electronic health record (EHR)

Mr Jonathon Carr-Brown, Managing Director, Lost for Words

11.15 am

The dangerous world of mobile health apps - sins, secrets and snake oil

Mr Richard Brady, Senior Colorectal Fellow, Salford Royal Foundation Trust, Owner,

11.40 am

Using apps to drive behaviour change

Dr Felix Naughton, Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, University of East Anglia

12.05 pm

NICE perspective on evaluating digital health apps

Mr Mark Campbell, Associate Director - Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

12.30 pm


1.30 pm

UK medical app regulation before and after Brexit

Mr Julian Hitchcock, Partner, Marriott Harrison

2.25 pm

European Commission work with mHealth apps

Ms Terje Peetso, Head of Sector for Policy, Unit eHealth, wellbeing and ageing, European Commission

2.55 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.15 pm

Developing and evaluating digital health Interventions such as apps: Some key questions and approaches

Professor Jeremy Wyatt, Professor of Digital Healthcare and Director, Wessex Institute of Health & Research, University of Southampton

3.45 pm

Linking digital health and big pharma

Mr Robert Sharman, Healthcare Services MSD UK

4.15 pm

A framework to guide clinical risk assessment of health apps

Dr Michelle Van Velthoven, University of Oxford

4.40 pm

Using algorithms to facilitate clinical assessment and reduce data overload

Dr Claire Novorol, Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Ada Health

5.05 pm

Completion of evaluation forms

5.10 pm

Close of meeting

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