5 Minutes With Edward Meinert, Global eHealth Unit Head of Education at Imperial

Posted on : 28-04-2016 | By : Maria Motyka | In : 5 Minutes With, Data, Innovation

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As the Global eHealth Unit Head of Education at Imperial College London, could you please share your insights and predictions on the direction and speed of digital change within healthcare?

Digital technology and digital innovation have already had significant impact on the healthcare industry. If we think back to electronic medical records and their advancements from the late 90s to where we are today, it is quite powerful how we started from collecting very basic patient demographic system to the holistic electronical medical record that exists today.
When we think about that advancement and then the advancement in wearable technology, and in the ways information can be gathered and the big data context, the possibilities are endless for the ways digital technology and digital data stratification can impact the way in which physicians can collect, capture and analyse information to make clinical judgements for individuals.


Which innovations within healthcare IT excite you the most?

I think the biggest innovation is the ability to collect data across an aggregate population to create insight on what is happening. An ability to capture data across countries, nations and the world to then provide researchers or organisations with capabilities to see what is going on with people in the real-time capacity.


What do you see as the main obstacle to the implementation of a bigdata-driven approach to decision making by many organisations?

I think the biggest obstacles are the issues that have to do with privacy – ensuring that we can protect patient confidentiality and prevent misuse of information. That is the biggest obstacle. The second, which is a challenge in all the data, not just in the healthcare industry, is enabling data linkage and providing researchers or organisations with the ability to create synergies between different data points.


Security and privacy are paramount in the field of healthcare data. How can patients’ sensitive data be protected in the slowly but surely approaching digital health era?

There are many ways and techniques that can be used to ensure strong information governance. It is really about applying rules to the ways in which information is captured, at the first level; when information is transferred, ensuring certain protocols for the language in which it is transferred and then, when used by mass consumer organisations for either insurance pooling or just understanding what is happening across the population, again, creating strong rules of information governance. Abiding these rules and getting the processes that will protect information. However I do not think it is a barrier. It is just a hurdle that needs to be overcome in the deployment of the systems.


How do you see the future of healthcare careers?

I think the future is quite exciting in the sense that there are big opportunities for multidisciplinary individuals who are skilled in computer science, management, analytics to apply their skills into healthcare, to help enable clinicians and practitioners with the capabilities to use these data insights to impact the way in which we practice care. I think it is an expansive area of opportunity for people with interest in healthcare who do not necessarily have a clinical background to apply their skills and expertise to the way in which we solve problems within this industry.

Featured Tech Startup – Interview With Allan Martinson, Starship Robots

Posted on : 26-04-2016 | By : Maria Motyka | In : 5 Minutes With, Cyber Security, Featured Startup, General News, Innovation, IoT

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What is it like to be part of a startup which brings robots to life (and to the streets of London)?

Our robots have been named #4 most anticipated tech product of 2016, right after Apple’s new iPhone. It is totally awesome!!! I have been part of many companies in my life but this one has completely spoiled me. It is such a ride.


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Starship Robots was featured in Forbes’ first episode of ‘The Premise’ tech podcast, during which one of the co-founders of Starship noted that the delivery industry is the largest undisrupted industry in the world and stated that “Millions of parcels are being delivered every day in a wasteful manner and its possible to automate this using today’s technology”. Could you please expand on this?

In EU and US alone the delivery firms carry 25 billion packages a year, plus we are doing 130 billion shopping trips on our cars. There is absolutely no point of moving a 2 or 7 ton gas-guzzling vehicle to bring somebody a few kilos of deliveries. You better put wheels to this package or bag and let it roll to you, with 0 emissions, 0 noise, 0 road congestion.

An average family loses an hour per day on shopping trips. We have a mission of giving people this 1 hour back. You can do your own math how many billions of hours we could release.


What do you consider as the most interesting insight you have learnt during Starship Robots’ trials? How prepared are consumers for their adoption?

People are MUCH more friendly towards those devices than we ever thought. And absolute majority takes them as the most natural thing on Earth.




Each of Starship’s innocent-looking robots is equipped with 9 cameras, providing you with a 360 perspective. How would you respond to concerns over data privacy linked to what some could consider the introduction of surveillance machines to the streets and people’s doorsteps?

What is the difference between a driven looking at surroundings through the car’s window and our operator (potentially) looking at the sidewalk through cameras? Nothing. Following your logic, we should drive cars with closed eyes 🙂


As someone working in new tech, how do you imagine European metropolises in 10, 20 years?

European cities in 20 years will have self-driving cars and around 3 delivery robot per each such car. That is not a joke but based on our calculation on transportation needs.


When can we expect a launch of Starship Robots?

We expect a full launch in 2017. BTW We are looking for a name for the robot and feel free to submit ideas on www.starship.xyz.

Broadgate at ISITC Europe General Meeting’s Security Panel

Posted on : 26-04-2016 | By : Maria Motyka | In : Cyber Security, Data, Finance, Innovation

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Last month, on Monday the 25th of April 2016, we had the pleasure to participate in the General Meeting of the International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication (ISITC Europe).

The voluntary organisation was founded in 1992 and “has lead operational and technical change over the past 25 years, contributing to the rise of efficiency in the securities markets to the mutual benefit of all participants”. ISITC’s members gather in work groups around innovative topics such as Blockchain, Standards, Regulation, Industry Engagement and – last but not least – Cybersecurity.

Nigel D Solkhon, CEO of ISITC Europe, whom we featured in our recent 5 Minutes With interview, initiated the event by highlighting the ISITC’s educational, innovative and operational role and was followed by a keynote speech from Edward Walace, MWR Infosecurity: Cybersecurity, what is there to fear?

The first panel discussion discussed the adoption of blockchain by the securities market. Anthony Culligan, co-founder of SETL, briefly explained the concept of blockchain to the audience by noting, that working in finance is very much different to how it is presented in the Wolf of Wall Street – “what we do is we keep very long lists of loans, assets, cash… and another thing that is exciting is that we change those lists. Blockchain technology is just a fantastic way to keep these lists. Maintain these lists, allowing each participant to make changes [to them].

As the three ‘pillars’ which pose a barrier to the adoption of blockchain, Justin Amos, Digital Asset Holdings, listed the lack of global standardisation, the network effect and regulation.

Mr. Vandenreydt also stressed the importance of the neutralisation of costs, which would potentially serve as an incentive for organisations to adopt blochchain; “now it is a global architecture and there is nothing more difficult to sell than an architecture”, he noted. Further challenges mentioned during the panel include identity management – there is a need to have an independent identity framework; standards (how can you smoothly operate if you work with a number of different countries of different jurisdictions?) and data privacy implications.

Once blockchain is adopted, who will be the winner who will be the loser? According to one view, the harsh reality is that the losers will be the employees, while the winners will be the shareholders. According to another, the winners will be those who are ‘close’ to their clients, those who understand them.

Richard Gale represented Broadgate during the event by joining the panel, which discussed: How can the Securities Market manage Cyber Security best?

The panel’s host, David Ewings, Threadneedle, opened the discussion by noting, that the cyber threat is ever-evolving, as well as stressing the need for us to recognise that it is impossible to ‘protect everything’ and the necessity to have ‘an approach and a desire’ to be cyber-secure.

Richard Gale highlighted the importance of ensuring that management understands the significance of building security into every project and everything you do within the organisation. An internal awareness of the consequences of a potential attack is key. Edward Wallace, Infosecurity, agreed by noting that companies should quantify the business risk (taking into consideration reputation risks/costs), stressed that security is not something that you can simply ‘stick on afterwards’, as well as noted that there is a mismatch between projects and work streams within organisations. The panelists shared the view, that organisations need to be aware of where exactly can external companies ‘plug into’ to get business assets from and where the most valuable data is held. While it is essential, that we realise that it is impossible to eliminate all the risks, companies need to “identify core assets, their crown jewels and keep them safe”. Clever security financing is also paramount – when setting budgets, organisations need to take into consideration the potential post-attack costs. As more data comes out, companies will likely increasingly benchmark themselves and make according security decisions – you’d rather not be as secure as you would wish than be out of business because of spending too much on security!

Yet another consideration for cybersecurity-aware organisations should be the risk they take on by taking on certain clients. Offsetting potential risk by working with contractors or maximising security measures in place at specific periods only are some of the solutions to dealing with client-deriving risks.

In regards to regulation in the area, it was noted, that regulators, while looking at technology, which will become available in the future, address risk in a retrospective manner. Organisations should be ahead of regulation. They need to do much more than simply comply with regulation – ensure that they protect their own assets, as a lot of regulation is about protecting others’ data.