Innovate or Stagnate: Can Technology keep the NHS Healthy at 70?

May 15th @ 6 pm – 9 pm

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the NHS, the largest single-payer health system in the world. Now facing unprecedented challenges, the NHS is under pressure from not just an ageing population but the need to deliver ever more preventative, personalised, innovative and integrated care cost-effectively. Without doubt, the next ten years will deliver a myriad advanced therapies, from cell and gene therapies, to a revolution in AI, the utilisation of blockchain and potential for a human Internet of Things. Can the NHS afford these? What role will technology play and can it keep the NHS healthy at 70?

This evening event will bring together some of the leading minds at the forefront of technological transformation in healthcare, who will delve into these themes and explore the opportunities and trials ahead.

Confirmed speakers include:

Sir Muir Gray CBE, Director, Better Value Health Care

Dr Nadine Haram, Surgeon and co-founder of Proximie

Tom Miller, CEO Greybird Ventures

The speakers will share their insight on the following topics:

Investing in Technology to Release Value

Optimising Care Pathways to Deliver Maximum Benefit

Getting More for our Money on the Frontline

The talks will be preceded by and followed with networking drinks and nibbles. There will also be an audience Q&A session

Who should attend?

  • Heads of Innovation
  • Heads of Strategy
  • Heads of Digital Transformation
  • Heads of Investment
  • Heads of Business Development
  • Country Heads


  • Local Government Authorities
  • NHS Trusts
  • CCGs
  • NICE
  • Department of Health
  • Medical or Healthcare Charities
  • Royal Colleges
  • Pharmaceutical, Medtech and Biotech Companies
  • Health Insurers


Princess Alexandra Hall, Royal Overseas League, Park Place, St James Street SW1A 1LR


Members of the ERC can reserve their free place by emailing us on .

We have two ticket types for all other attendees- you can view these below and book by clicking here

  • Full Price Tickets: £199
  • NHS/Local Authority/Non-Profit Tickets: £75

Book before 29th April for a 25% discount on either ticket type! 

More about our speakers:

Tom Miller is a global healthcare industry leader and an experienced and visionary CEO.  He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and then received a Masters degree in Medical Physics from the Harvard University/MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program.  Tom initially pursued an academic career, working at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research (now the Paul Scherer Institute), Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Tom then joined Siemens Medical Systems where, after 9 years, he became the first non-German CEO of a German factory and business unit. He left Siemens after 15 years to become CEO of the global medical operations of Carl Zeiss. After completing a successful turnaround, he joined Analogic Corporation as CEO. After three years and a doubling of the stock price, Tom left to help establish and become CEO of LightLab Imaging, a leader in the field of cardiovascular optical coherence tomography. Subsequently, after a profitable sale of LightLab to a Japanese company, Tom re-joined Siemens, where he became a member of the operating board and CEO of the Customer Solutions Division of Siemens Healthcare, responsible for 26,000 employees in over 130 countries.

Tom is a frequent speaker on healthcare technology and business at such venues as the National Press Club, the National Library of Medicine, the National Institute of Health, and the American Hospital Association. He was selected by the diagnostic imaging industry to provide Congressional testimony to the House Health Sub-Committee in June of 2009 and to speak on breast cancer technology at the European Parliament in 2012. Sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Tom gave the keynote speech on Sustainable Healthcare and Precision Medicine at the Health Executive Forum in Arizona in 2013; he also gave a keynote speech at the 2013 Arab Health meeting in Dubai on the same topic. In addition, Tom gave the 2013 commencement address at the India Institute of Technology in Roorkee, and keynote addresses to the Chinese Private Hospital Association in 2014 in Wuhan, the Innovation for Health Conference in 2015 in Amsterdam, the 2015 TiE Leapfrog Conference in Bangalore, and the 2016 World Executive Healthcare Forum in Montreal. Tom Serves on the Board of Atlas 5D and Chairs the Board of Ceres Nanosciences and Hummingbird Diagnostics.

Sir Muir Gray is the Director of Better Value Healthcare. He is also an adviser to Public Health England and the Chair of the NHS Health and Social Care Digital service, which is responsible for maintaining the NHS Choiceswebsite. Sir Muir’s work at Better Value Healthcare focuses on providing training to healthcare professionals on value based healthcare.

Sir Muir has worked for the National Health Service in England since 1972, occupying a variety of senior positions during that time, including serving as the Director of Research and Development for Anglia and Oxford Regional Health Authority, and first establishing and  then being the  Director of the UK National Screening Committee. He founded the National Library for Health, and was the Director of Clinical Knowledge, Process, and Safety for the NHS (England) National Programme for IT, serving as the Director of the National Knowledge Service.  He was the first person to hold the post of Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS (England), also serving as the co-Director of the Department of Health’s Quality Innovation Productivity and Prevention  (QIPP) Right Care Programme.  Together with Sir Iain Chalmers, Muir was instrumental in establishing the Cochrane Collaboration.

Sir Muir is an internationally renowned authority on healthcare systems and has advised governments of several countries outside the UK including Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and Germany and regularly delivers plenary sessions at international events, the most recent being the 2014 World Health Summit in Berlin, the Big Data in Pharma conference in London in 2015 and the 2015 Transplantation meeting at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Sir Muir is also a Professor in the Nuffield Department of Surgery at the University of Oxford.  He received the CBE in 2000 and was knighted in 2005 for services to the National Health Service.  His most recent book – SOD 70! – was published in 2015.

Dr Nadine Hachach-Haram is the co-founder of Proximie, an award-winning AR telesurgery platform that enables doctors to share expertise over distance, and at scale.

Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram is a surgeon, lecturer and clinical entrepreneur. Nadine drew on her passion for innovation, education and global surgery to co-found Proximie, an augmented reality platform that allows doctors to virtually transport themselves in to any operating room anywhere in the world to visually and practically interact in an operation from start to finish. From marking up a patient to providing real-time virtual presence in assisting and instructing on an operation from start to finish overlaid with content and a rich palate of augmented reality they aim to provide safe, accessible and cost-effective surgery to every patient around the world. Proximie has enjoyed significant success with early adoption by major medical institutions and NGO’s and has been covered by news agencies around the world. Dubbed by CNN the “Future of Surgery,” Proximie has gone from strength to strength and won multiple awards including Foreign Press Association Science Story of the Year.

Book before 29th April for a 25% discount 

Supported by Optimity Advisors

This event is supported by Optimity Advisors, a team of industry experts who integrate collective intelligence and global experience to drive strategy, execute innovative solutions and deliver sustainable results for their clients. They work collaboratively with entrepreneurial methods that combine creativity, analysis, analytics and technology to drive change. Optimity’s design-thinking approach, deep industry knowledge and multidisciplinary skills provide the unique capabilities needed to help their clients be the forefront of the next wave of the digital revolution.

The healthcare industry is rapidly evolving – shifting the traditional fee-for-service models to value-based care, while simultaneously expanding localized care, in a globalized marketplace. A systematic approach to navigate healthcare changes is required to achieve sustainable success.  Optimity’s healthcare experts focus on working with payers and providers to deliver high quality care, maximize value, and contain costs.

Posted by Aimée Allam