Digital health and insurance: A perfect partnership?


Thursday 1 June 2017


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

meeting aims

  • To examine how digital health can help insurance companies to evaluate risk effectively and provide the basis for a new business model.
  • To explore how the new business models might result in a new paradigm for delivering care more effectively and whether as a result, the population might be better motivated to take greater responsibility for their own health & wellbeing.

learning Objectives

  • Understand how insurance companies currently assess the health risks.
  • Understand how digital health can deliver a step-change in that health risk assessment.
  • Understand the impact that this could have on “risk pricing” and improved insurance attractiveness
  • Value the benefits that such insurance could bring to health & care delivery.
  • Feel how this change might motivate a population in general to take greater responsibility for this own health 

About this meeting

This meeting will explore how digital health and insurance can be mutually beneficial by enabling insurance companies to get a better handle on the risk of their insured's. This in turn should both improve the price that insurance companies charge for health insurance and increase their sales. If those insured then recognise the further financial benefits they can gain from further lowering their risk levels, and thus taking greater responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, the population impact could be massive.

This meeting represents one of a long line of ‘firsts’ for the Royal Society of Medicine which has never held a meeting to discuss this topic previously.

Who should attend

Any section could have an interest in this topic as it is generally applicable across all specialties. Perhaps greater interest could be had in non-infectious long-term conditions like cardiac and pulmonary specialties.

As insurance is in the UK a private sector-only consideration, private sector organisations like insurance companies and large private medical organisations would likely be the main targets, although there are big opportunities here e.g. for Public Health England.

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

Telemedicine and digital health in emerging markets

Mr Sajid Rahman, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor Health

10.05 am

Building insurance mHealth apps

Dr Caty Ebel Bitoun, President ACVFIT

10.30 am


10.40 am

Tea and coffee break

11.00 am

Barks and bytes. Pet insurance, the digital way.

Mr Andrew Nowell, CEO, Pitpat

11.25 am

Insurance and wearables data

Dr Doug Wright, Medical Director, Aviva UK Health

11.50 am

Pattern recognition in operational surgery data (to predict complications in recovery phase)

Mr Bart Geerts, Medical Lead, Scyfer BV

12.15 pm

The health score concept

Mr Peter Ohnemus, President and CEO, Dacadoo

12.40 pm


1.00 pm


1.45 pm

Well, well, wellness… (and wearables) – the links between wellness, digital health and insurance

Mr Jonathan Hughes, Vice President, Strategic Development, RGAx EMEA

2.10 pm

Beyond insurance and beyond medicine

Mr Justin Lawler, Wesavvy

2.35 pm


2.45 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.05 pm

Using a patient summary to improve risk assessment OR How the PTIENT Summary improves the risk assessment for insurers

Ms Catherine Chronaki, Secretary General, HL7 Foundation

3.30 pm

Using digital currency to motivate behaviour change

Ms Hannah Bowden, Programme Director, Better Points

3.55 pm

The importance of patient activation and behaviour change to insurers

Dr Guy Gross, Vice President Market Development Insignia Health, CEO, Go2Healthcare

4.20 pm

Do we need a new ethical standard for digital medicine?

Mr Stephen Armstrong, Journalist (Medicine, health and technology), BMJ and Wired

4.45 pm


5.00 pm

Close of meeting

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  • Places are still available and registrations will be taken on the day.
  • Lunch will only be provided for those that have pre-registered.


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