The digital era in healthcare

Smartphones and tablets have become central to our daily lives, and are now used by over 66% of adults in the United Kingdom (UK). Apps and web platforms can help individuals to track their health and wellbeing; while emerging technologies are enabling us to communicate health data with others, for social, clinical and research purposes.

Therefore, you may be interested to attend an interactive panel discussion in Manchester on Thursday 27 April 2017 from 3.30 pm until 6.00 pm about how digital technologies can and will revolutionise our current healthcare system. Taking place in the Moseley Theatre of the Schuster Building at The University of Manchester, the event will be hosted by the North West Biotech Initiative, a professional non-profit student-led organisation aiming to provide a forum that encourages dialogue between young professionals, local businesses and industry leaders.

You’ll be able to network with local business leaders, academics and students working in start-ups and companies at the frorefront of the field. Companies that will be present include: CityVerveMcCann Health, and Bassajamba. Take a look at the expert speaker biographies below, and get your ticket for free here!

NWBI Schedule

Meet the expert speakers

  • Mariam Bibi is Senior Director of Real World Evidence at Consulting at McCann Health, external advisor for Quality and Productivity at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and an Associate Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. She will be talking about the regulatory aspect of bringing digital technology to healthcare.
  • Tom Higham is an experienced business leader working with artists, developers and policy makers to produce creative projects. He will be talking about the use of type 1 diabetes management apps from the perspective of an individual living with type 1 diabetes mellitus.
  • Professor Shon Lewis is a professor of Adult Psychiatry at the University of Manchester. He will outline how the team at ClinTouch have created an app to aid management of people with psychosis.
  • Professor Tjeerd Van Staa is a professor of eHealth Research at University of Manchester. He is also leading the CityVerve case on Internet of Things technology to help people manage their Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
  • Anna Beukenhorst is a PhD student who is conducting data analysis for the ‘Cloudy With A Chance of Pain‘ project, making sense of daily symptom and hourly weather data (based on location) from over 13,000 participants. She will be talking about the project and how the data will be used.
  • Reina Yaidoo runs a social enterprise called Bassajamba, which promotes access to science and technology. She is also the founder of Yaidoo, an innovations company and has created an award-winning diabetes app.


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