eHealth and Big Data


Highlights from the ISIS Innovation & Oxford AHSN Technology Showcase (30th June 2015)

The Oxford eHealth & Big Data was a day-long event to highlight some of the newest and most innovative technologies and and projects in this area available from Oxford University and the Oxford Academic Health Science Network. Themes for this event in eHealthcare and Big Data included: patient engagement, adoption of technologies and innovative projects into the NHS, NHS digital strategy, analytics, population health/epidemiology, genomics/personalised medicine, m-health/self-monitoring, image analysis, biobanking, meaningful data, linking data and social care.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Paul Rice, Head of Technology Strategy in the Digital Health team in NHS England
    Personalised Health and Care 2020
  • Dame Fiona Caldicott, National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care and also Chair of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.
    Why do we need a Data Guardian?
  • Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and also a member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board.
    Innovation in Oxford, new partnerships networks and Opportunities
  • Mr Andy Walker, Commercial Director for McLaren Applied Technologies
    From Innovation to Application

Some talking points:

  • The ageing population is increasing and the caring cost is increasing. Telemedicine can allow healthcare professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients remotely using telecommunication technology.
  • Medical Devices: Rapidly expanding range via the accelerating impact of technology. Data is becoming available to both patients and professionals. However questions are raised:
    • How certain is the identity of the patient?
    • How to ensure effective use of device so data is reliable
    • Is patient informed that monitoring is creating a personal record, so all duties must conform to legislation?
  • Information Governance (IG): The public trust must be gained when working with their data. It is important to include them and to be be transparent when creating IG policies etc.

Some additional information:

Quote of the day:

"Data is everything, but nothing without insight & adoption"