Photos and feedback – HealthStartup London 12 December 2012 VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
A big thanks to all participants for the best HealthStartup conference yet. On the 12th of December we hosted 80 participants and 7 startups at the King’s Fund in central London. Our overriding theme: health data transparency and why we need to tackle that challenge to accelerate tech-driven innovation in healthcare. For the full twitter stream and audience pics have a look at the Eventifier page.
“An extraordinary and well curated event that is educational, mind blowingly intense and most importantly extracts value for the high powered startups as well as the attendees. Bravo!” – Eugene Borukhovich, Initium Consulting Group
“The braveness to choose such a narrow topic made it possible to gather the right people and so add best value to the participating startups.” – Külle Tärnov, Tehnopol Estonia
Our first expert panel – Dr Mark Davies (NHS Information Centre, Cabinet Advisor Healthcare), Dr Al-Ubaydli (Patients Know Best), Dr. Peter Langkafel (SAP Industry Director Healthcare EMEA) and Rudi Van de Velde (CIO, University Hospital Brussels) – affirmed the importance of the theme and discussed some of the challenges and opportunities. Dr Davies, for example, emphasised the NHS’s commitment to open data, explaining that the NHS’s operating principle is transparency and accountability. To illustrate the progress, he mentioned that over 80% of all prescribing data had already been released and predicted that every patient will have access to their GP records online by 2015–and that this would simply be the start of a longer process. Dr Al-Ubaydli emphasised the importance of patient control over medical records, as the basis for transparency, a point affirmed by many in audience.
“What worked for me was the great depth and length of discussion on key topics and the sufficient amount of time to connect with other participants.”
In the next two panels 7 startups took the stage to discuss their strategy and shared challenges. The line up included MediWiSe (non-invasive diagnostics device), HealthDiary (personal health record for parents), myClinicalOutcomes (personal health record for chronic illness), Optimal Medicine (clinical decision support in mental health), Pervasive Health (data analytics), Sensimed (glaucoma monitoring via sensor on contact lens) and LabToWellness (reporting tool for laboratories).
After lunch we all gathered in groups for the breakout sessions – 6-9 participants per startup for an intense discussion on the startup’s strategy, challenges and tactics.
“Solid punchy format with ample opportunity to network.”
“A great opportunity for a startup like us to present to a genuinely informed and engaged room, and then drill down into the details with interested experts.” – Tim Willians, myClinicalOutcomes
“Inspiring and thought provoking day, especially the breakout session.” – Melinda Nicci, Ariadne Capital
The final panel – Julie Meyer (Ariadne Capital Ltd), Leslie Zieger (Rock Health), Vishal Gulati (Radiant Capital) and Martin Kelly (IBM venturing) – tackled investor issues, the economics of healthcare innovation, and offered some great advice to startups and investor in the healthcare sector.
“The investor panel discussion managed to dissect the immediate needs, caveats and opportunities of the digital health space in a superb fashion. It’s a credit for the event they managed to get these high calibre profiles on stage and aligned so nicely.” – Koen Kas
“I liked the networking opportunities – I liked to see the common thread of ideas running through all the start-ups. I liked the frankness that people expressed in giving their opinions. I think the presentations and the panels were brisk and to the point – timing was kept quite well. There was no chance to get bored!” – Peter Arndt