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Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee


Champion Award 2016


The Champion Award celebrated the individual or organisation who has most championed the uptake and adoption of health tech.

The evaluation criteria for the award included; the recent impact that the individual or organisation has had in the field, the evidence to demonstrate the impact and the demonstrable innovation.

The Winner

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With awards ceremony host Alice Beer (left) the Champion Award was presented by Professor Ann Blandford, Director of UCL Institute Digital Health (second left) to Patients Know Best

“Digital health is in a Cambrian explosion of innovation. We agree with the judges that this is the year that digital health goes main stream, in our own case, with our first multi-million patient record roll-out. It was a real honour to have been chosen tonight."
Dr Mohammad Al-Ubayadli, CEO,
Patients Know Best

The Shortlist

NHS Education Scotland (NES)
NES was nominated for the breadth of its work in championing the use of technology in healthcare, as opposed to a single project. It is a national special health board responsible for the delivery of education, training and workforce development for those who work in and with NHS Scotland. NES believes in the ability of technology to put users at the heart of systems and services, providing the freedom to interact, learn and engage with information in new and exciting ways. NES has delivered individual projects, like the award-winning Sepsis Diagnosis mobile app as well as a programme of Digital Transformation, building new software solutions in-house and to budget. The new Digital Platform will let healthcare staff take control of their personal learning and development, delivering NES resources 24/7 to any device, on demand.

Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, CEO, Patients Know Best
Patients Know Best is designed to empower patients to manage their care and to help clinicians to share information and engage with patients in new and powerful ways. It is an integrated patient portal and information exchange system, being deployed in over 200 sites across eight countries, translated into 14 languages. Patients Know Best is a social enterprise putting patients in control of their medical records.

The Judging Panel

Julia Manning - CEO, 2020health (CHAIR)

Chris Tomkins - Head of Proactive Health, AXA PPP healthcare
Proactive Health is a new approach to health and wellbeing, a data-driven results oriented service that is about sustained engagement, intervention and genuine health outcomes. Chris and his service line are deploying the latest technology to provide coherent and flexible platforms for clients to build wellbeing programmes, achieve behavioural change and reduce population health risks.

Tim Sheppard - General Manager, IMS Health
IMS Health is one of the world’s largest Healthcare data companies, processing over 1.4 billion patient transactions a year in the UK alone. IMS Health is focused on supporting Pharmaceutical and Health organizations with real world evidence, market insights and research. Prior to IMS Tim led consulting teams working with hospitals to make improvements and efficiency’s by empowering clinical teams. Tim has also held senior roles within the Healthcare technology industry, at Dell and Perot Systems he ran a large European healthcare practice and set up branches in the Middle East and China. In his early career, Tim worked in humanitarian roles in Greece, Bosnia, Croatia, Kenya and Rwanda.

Tony Bowden - Partner, It HealthLLP
Tony is a partner of the IT Health Partnership, and has many years of experience working as a senior manager and with top IT and Clinical management in healthcare in the UK, the Nordics, the USA and Middle east and Africa. Tony has a comprehensive understanding of the sales and delivery processes in data management. As a successful entrepreneur and business builder for large and small organisations, Tony has a deep understanding and expertise in planning, developing and executing the business plan with a clear focus on the impact of disruptive technologies and market conditions. He has served as a director of both public and private companies in the UK and the USA and is a very experienced healthcare and software industry executive. Tony is a Member of the Institute of Directors and Chaired an industry working group on Telehealth for Intellect.

Professor Ann Blandford - Director, Institute Digital Health, UCL
Ann is Professor of Human–Computer Interaction in the Department of Computer Science at UCL, and a member of UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC, jointly supported by the Department of Computer Science and the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences). She was Director of UCLIC 2004-2011. In 2013, Ann was recognised as an academic role model in the School of Life and Medical Sciences, a testament to UCL's support for interdisciplinary working. In 2015, I was appointed as the first Director of the UCL Institute of Digital Health. Ann started her career in industry as a software engineer, followed by a period managing the Computer Assisted Teaching Unit at QMUL. She gradually developed a focus on the use and usability of computer systems. In 1991, I joined the Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge as a research scientist, working on the AMODEUS project. Ann moved to UCL as a Senior Lecturer in 2002 and became a professor (again) in 2005. Her focus is on technology for health and wellbeing.

Deyan Sudjic - Director of Design Museum
Deyan Sudjic is Director of the Design Museum in London. Founded in 1989, the Design Museum is the leading museum of modern and contemporary architecture and design. Before joining the museum in 2006, Deyan was Dean of the Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at Kingston University, visiting professor at the Royal College of Art and the Academy of Applied Art in Vienna and the Observer newspaper’s design and architecture writer. In 1999, he was Director of the Glasgow UK City of Architecture and Design programme and in 2002 he was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale. He was Editor of Domus magazine from 2000 to 2004, and Founding Editor of Blueprint magazine from 1983 to 1996. Deyan has written many books on design and architecture, including The Edifice Complex (Penguin, 2006), The Language of Things (Penguin, 2008), Norman Foster: A Life in Architecture (Orion, 2010), Shiro Kuramata (Phaidon, 2013) and B is for Bauhaus (Penguin 2014). His most recent book, Ettore Sottsass, the Poetry of Things, was published by Phaidon in September 2015. In 2004, Deyan was awarded the Bicentenary Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for the promotion of design and was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He was made an OBE in 2000.

AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards 2016 - Categories

Each of the seven Award categories are linked to one of the Health tech & You principles below:

- We want to normalise the use of health technology.
- We want to guide people towards the right health tech for them.
- We want to influence local and national policy towards the use of health tech.
- We want to connect the health tech sector better with the public need.
- We want to help health tech innovators engage with health and care providers.
- We want to discover new health tech innovators.
- We want to identify and promote health tech that supports specific needs in society.