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End of Life Care: Is there a role for data and technology?

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So, we know what people want at the end of life, where they wish to die and how we can most effectively support them to exercise genuine choice. A fresh approach to funding and commissioning health and social care can unlock resources which, as the Nuffield Trust has shown, could be better spent on providing decent social care packages and home-based nursing and support to people who are dying.

With a little courage and imagination, we can ensure that people at the end of life get the services they require, in the place of their choice, being pain free and surrounded by the people they love. This will not only benefit patients, but may also enable the wider health and social care system to overcome future challenges.



6.30pm - 7pm: Networking

7pm - 7.10pm: Introduction and setting the scene

7.10pm - 7.25pm: The patient perspective, Yvonne Flenn

7.25pm - 7.55pm: Industry overview, Charles Lowe

7.55pm - 8.10pm: Networking break

8.10pm - 8.30pm: Startup showcase 1 - Dead Social, James Norris

8.30pm - 8.50pm: Startup showcase 2 - Vimty, Blaine Warkentine (

8.50pm: Closing comments and off to the pub


Yvonne Fenn

Yvonne is an adult trained nurse and worked in many areas of care, but was lead nurse for WSD project in Newham.

She went on to manage Newhams’ district Nursing service, before then becoming a General Manager of primary care services.

Since then, she left the NHS to manage a Nursing home for BUPA, as she felt frustrated at the lack of engagement in the NHS.

Yvonne specializes in Primary Care and EoL care.

Charles Lowe


James Norris, DeadSocial


Blaine Warkentine,

He is an orthopaedic surgeon with degree in population health and business hoping to help the health system heal itself through easier decision making for end of life leading to improvements in quality of life and substantial cost reduction.




DeadSocial enables us to create a series of messages. These can consist of videos, images and text. The messages are saved and then only sent out to the user's private social networking accounts (currently supporting Facebook & Twitter) once they pass away. This action is carried out in accordance with the users 'social media will'.

By thinking about death in relation to "what is going to happen to my social networking accounts when I die?" User's are able to dehumanise death and address it from a technological perspective rather than an emotive one.

DeadSocial launched in beta on March 8th at SXSW and have been featured in CNN, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NBC, BBC etc (example )

Before launching DeadSocial was a final four startup in Then Next Web's Startup Rally in Amsterdam. DeadSocial is also kindly supported by Microsoft BizSpark.

Video of Lawrence Darani (a terminally ill advocate of DeadSocialcan be viewed here) - (

A comprehensive digital experience with support services for creating, maintaining and sharing end of life documents and conversations