Ideas that change health care: a festival of ideas to inspire and challenge the future of health care

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This was our first ever Ideas that change health care festival.

A brand new type of event for The King's Fund, this festival shared ideas to inspire and challenge the future of health care. We heard from some truly interesting speakers on topics including artificial intelligence, genomic medicine, the internet of medical things and the power of collaboration.

Thanks to everyone who spoke, attended or exhibited at the event.   


Creating a living hospital

Carol Platt, Innovation Associate, Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Connected care: a vision for the future

Jeroen Tas, Chief Innovation Officer, Philips

Predicting patient outcomes using digital footprints

Dr David Stillwell, Deputy Director, The Psychometrics Centre, University of Cambridge

Our future growing older, and what we can do now

Dr Claire Steves, Senior Clinical Lecturer, King's College London, and Honorary Consultant, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Maximising the opportunities and minimising the risks of artificial intelligence

Dr Matt Fenech, Head of AI Research, Future Advocacy

When bias kills

Maxine Mackintosh, Co-founder, One HealthTech

The hospital of the future

Christopher Shaw, Senior Director, Medical Architecture, and Chair, Architects for Health

Why genomics is so important

Jim Sullivan, Vice President, Discover, Abbvie

The 100,000 Genomes Project

Dr Tom Fowler, Deputy Chief Scientist, Genomics England, and Jillian Hastings-Ward, Chair, Participant Panel for the 100,000 Genomes Project

Hereditary cancer predisposition: great progress from multigene panels

Dr Pierre Hutter, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-founder, Sophia Genetics

Leading the co-ordination of an organisation-wide approach to antimicrobial resistance

Dr Marc Sprenger, Director, Antimicrobial Resistance Secretariat, World Health Organisation

Antibiotic courses and antibiotic conservation: getting the balance right

Dr Martin Llewelyn, Professor of Infectious Diseases, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Innovation for unmet mental and emotional health needs

Ella Goldner, Co-founder, Zinc


Thanks to BD for sponsoring this event.




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Dr James Bellini

Futurist, Analyst, Broadcaster


Dr Beth Healey

Medical Doctor and Former Research MD for the European Space Agency at Concordia Station, Antarctica


Professor Constantin Coussios

Statutory Chair of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford, and Director, Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering


Dr Pierre Hutter

Chief Scientific Officer and Co-founder, Sophia Genetics


Dr Mark Sprenger

Director, Antimicrobial Resistance Secretariat, World Health Organization (WHO)


Heather Wright

Executive Producer and Head of Partner Content, Aardman


Christopher Shaw RIBA

Senior Director, Medical Architecture, and Chair, Architects for Health


Dr Dominic King

Senior Clinician Scientist, Google Deepmind


Jeroen Tas

Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer, Philips


Professor Timothy Walsh

Professor of Medical Microbiology and Antibiotic Resistance, Cardiff University


Ella Goldner

Co-founder, Zinc


Ed Matthews

Senior Research Fellow, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art


Mr Shafi Ahmed

Consultant General, Laparoscopic and Colorectal Surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust, and Co-founder, Medical Realities

Dr Claire J Steves

Senior Clinical Lecturer, King’s College London, and Locum Consultant Geriatrician, King's College Hospital

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