Digital Healthcare and Healthy Living 2030 Task Force

Digital Healthcare and Healthy Living 2030 Task Force

Universities and Business working together on Digital Healthcare and Healthy Living

Digital healthcare and healthy living is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world and the UK must create the right conditions to ensure its health and digital businesses are at the forefront of this revolution. As part of its long-running programme of growing business-university collaboration, the National Centre for Universities and Business has launched a top level Task Force to review and make recommendations on the innovation and graduate skills necessary to strengthen the UK’s position.

The first three topics that the Digital Healthcare and Healthy Living Task Force will explore are:

• Digital Games for Health
• Data integration and interoperability
• Transformational technology and future health professionals

Each topic opens with a Conversation meeting based on direction taken from the co-chairs and steering group. They bring together thought leaders from universities, business and the public sector as well as independent experts, clinical practitioners and patient representatives. The Conversation defines the scope, methodology and expert input required for the next phase of work, ultimately leading to specific, realistic and practical recommendations being made to the relevant sectors.

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Digital Games for Health

The Conversation was hosted and chaired by PricewaterhouseCooper. The group examined the following questions:

- How can digital games improve outcomes for children and adolescents in addressing mental health and issues?
- In what ways can universities businesses and the NHS/public sector collaborate to address child and adolescent mental health conditions

It was agreed that the workstream would focus on young adolescents and specific mental health conditions
Upcoming activities include landscape mapping of existing digital games in mental health and investigating platforms that bring clinicians and providers together. A roundtable is planned for February/March 2016.

Data Integration and Interoperability

The Conversation for this topic will take place in March 2017. Due to the magnitude of the topic, the Steering Group agreed that the workstream should focus on a subject area or condition such as acute end of life care, co-morbidities or multi-agency collaboration and find the pockets of excellence where data integration and interoperability is working in order to share and scale. They will also discuss what a roadmap might look like to get from where we are to where we want digital healthcare to be in 2030.

Transformational technology and future health professionals

The Conversation for this topic will take place in April/May 2017 and will investigate how to capitalise on the creative talent of clinical graduates to improve the digital healthcare environment.

Co-Chair Biographies 

John Jeans
Chairman, EM Imaging; Chairman, UK Biocentre; Non-Executive Director, ProMetic Pharma SMT Ltd.; Adviser to the Prime Minister, Medical Technologies

John Jeans

John is Chairman at EM Imaging and at UK Biocentre as well as being Non-Executive Director at ProMetic Pharma SMT Ltd. Prior to this, he was he was Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of MRC. His career in the international healthcare industry spans a number of companies including Smith & Nephew, Bristol Myers, Johnson & Johnson and Amersham plc. Mr. Jeans’ experience ranges from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to in vivo and in vitro diagnostics encompassing research, product development, manufacturing and commercialisation. He has served on various Government and clinical bodies, including the Co-Chairmanship of a Ministerial Committee on Medical Technologies.

Beverley Bryant
Director of Digital Transformation, NHS Digital, NHS England

Beverly Bryant

As Director of Digital Transformation at NHS Digital, Beverley is responsible for the strategic direction for technology, as well as driving the Paperless 2020 agenda. Previously, as Director of Digital Technology for NHS England, Beverley was responsible for delivering transformational NHS England commitments, including Local Digital Roadmaps and Digital Maturity, NHS E-referrals, Patient Online and Electronic Prescriptions, setting the national direction for technology and innovation across the NHS. Beverley has undertaken performance improvement and operational roles in big-five consulting companies, as well as leadership roles in the Department of Health. Graduating from Sheffield University with a degree in Japanese, Beverley has over 15 years’ experience of leading IT-enabled change, business and systems analysis, and technical design authority.

Professor Patrick G Johnston MD PhD FMedSci

Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast

Patrick JohnsonProfessor Patrick Johnston is President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast.

He received his medical degree with distinction from University College Dublin in 1982, followed by his MD and PhD in Medicine in 1988 and 1995 respectively. He joined the National Cancer Institute (NCI USA) in 1987 where he pursued further clinical training in medical oncology and his doctoral studies. In 1997 he moved to Queen’s University Belfast as Professor of Oncology and became Director of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology in 2004. He was appointed Dean of the Medical School at Queen’s University in 2007, leading the development of an International School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences and the Institute of Health Sciences. He took up his current position as President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University on March 1st, 2014. Professor Johnston has been awarded many national and international awards. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and sits on a number of influential national and international scientific and government advisory boards.

He is the Founder of the Society for Translational Oncology and several biotechnology companies, including Almac Diagnostics.






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