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Ethics and innovation in health technology

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The healthcare system is facing massive challenges and opportunities when it comes to adopting new technologies. Technological innovation offers huge opportunities for more convenient, cheaper and better healthcare. But there are massive structural issues getting these to be adopted at scale and fairly distributed. There are also ethical concerns about data ownership, security, and profit.

Join us to hear from a range of experts and join the discussion.

Matthew Honeyman

Matthew is a researcher in the Kings Fund's policy team, contributing to research and analysis on a range of projects across health and social care policy and practice. Matthew has a special interest in the relationship between health care, public policy and digital technology, and writes about how new technology can be deployed in the health system. He is a member of the scientific committee for the Fund’s annual Digital Health and Care Congress.

Matt will provide an overview of digital health R&D, policy and the challenges and dilemmas involved with getting it into practice at scale. His talk will be centred on a couple of interesting cases like GP at Hand and clinical AI tech.

Yasmine Boudiaf

Yasmine makes virtual reality experiences that change people’s behaviour. She uses VR as a training tool to immerse people in challenging social situations.

Yasmine will present on "From idea to delivery; the struggles of innovating with NHS". The long and frustrating journey of producing a VR training pilot for an NHS Trust an the friends made along the way.

Dr.Lisa Murphy

Dr. Murphy is a clinical fellow at Public Health England, endeavouring to use technology to improve population health, clinical care and NHS operations. She is also a fellow at Newspeak House, bringing together the health community with other fields to share knowledge and develop innovative solutions for our common goals.

Lisa's talk will highlight the ethical considerations of health technology, within the domains of health systems, patients and data discovery and dissemination. Combining clinical experience and research, it aims not only to raise emerging issues but stimulate discussion on how we can tackle them.

Emily Savundra and Tomi Gbajumo

Emily and Tomi represent Medefer, a Virtual Hospital that provides specialist healthcare and advice once patients are referred by their GP. They will explain Medefer's vision to reduce avoidable hospital outpatient activity and how this led to the implementation of the UK's first 'Virtual Hospital'.