Medical Apps: Mainstreaming Innovation

Medical Apps: Mainstreaming Innovation






This is the fourth annual event run by the Royal Society of Medicine and the Telemedicine & eHealth Section, on medical apps. As each of the previous three have been sell-outs, this year the event has moved to a larger auditorium and has further upped the quality of speakers.

The theme of the event will be that medical apps have now become so much a symbol of digital health innovation that they are blazing a path for innovative technology in general to improve the delivery of health and care, resulting in better patient outcomes and reducing costs.

With the National Information Board’s Workstream 1.2 reporting prior to the event, we welcome Alexia Tonnel from NICE, co-chair of that Workstream, to tell us about their conclusions on how best to endorse medical apps. Regulation of medical apps is equally important, which will be covered at both the EU and UK levels, involving presentations from the MHRA, our independent legal counsel, Mr Julian Hitchcock, and an EC official.

Professor Jeremy Wyatt will add his views on the most appropriate means of endorsing apps. Whatever Workstream 1.2 comes up with, crowdsourcing will be an increasingly important aspect of app evaluation so we also welcome back Mr Alex Wyke of myhealthapps to explain the process that they use to rate wellness apps.

Another recent feature is games, so we have Pam Kato, a Professor of Serious Games to present to us, as well as Felix Naughton from Cambridge, an expert in behaviour change.

Finally, we have a couple of presentations from app creators to show how good apps can be when carefully focused – in this case on mental health and public health.

This meeting aims to:

  • Encourage forward-thinking clinicians to consider medical apps when deciding on an appropriate intervention
  • Reduce the fear, uncertainty and doubt about the use of medical apps

By the end of this meeting delegates will be able to,

  • Explain the latest position on regulation and endorsement of medical apps
  • Describe how behaviour change is best effected using mobile apps
  • Give examples of best practice with interventions involving medical apps

9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am

Introduction and welcome

9.35 am

Workstream 1.2 and NICE: Providing medical apps guidance

Ms Alexia Tonnel, Director, Evidence Resources, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

10.05 am

The view from the MHRA

Mr David Grainger, Senior Device Specialist and Mr Joe Hagan-Brown, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

10.30 am

Tea and coffee break

10.50 am

How serious games can improve health and wellbeing

Professor Pamela Kato, Professor of Serious Games, Serious Games Institute, Coventry University

11.15 am

Bad apps – mistakes that can be dangerous

Mr Richard Brady, Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellow Freeman and Royal Victoria Infirmary Hospitals, Newcastle University Hospitals Trust

11.40 am

Using apps to drive behaviour change

Dr Felix Naughton, Senior Research Associate and Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) Academic Fellow Behavioural Science Group, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge

12.05 pm

The new European directory of medical apps

Ms Alex Wyke, Chief Executive, PatientView

12.30 pm


1.30 pm

Medical apps: The coming changes to the European and US regulatory regime, both for device and data protection regulations

Mr Julian Hitchcock, Counsel, Denoon Legal

2.25 pm

The European Commission and the European Union view of medical app regulation

Mr Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit, Health and Well Being Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission

2.55 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.15 pm

Assessment of medical apps – the view from academia

Professor Jeremy Wyatt, Proffessor of Digital Healthcare and Director, Wessex Institute, University of Southampton

3.45 pm

Using technology to transform delivery of evidence based mental health treatment

Mr Andy Blackwell, Chief Scientific Officer, Ieso Digital Health and Ms Sarah Bateup

4.15 pm

Mental health – the perfect subject for app use

Professor Chris Hollis, Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Director, NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative, University of Nottingham and Institute of Mental Health

4.40 pm

Using apps for real public health benefit

Dr Bettina Experton, Humetrix Inc

5.10 pm

Completion of evaluation forms

5.15 pm

Close of meeting

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