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Data in healthcare and life sciences – collection, innovation and data use

October 20 2020 @ 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Join the Westminster Health Forum’s online conference on Data in healthcare and life sciences – collection, innovation and data use.


The agenda will cover:

  • The role of Life Sciences and data in improving patient care and outcomes – progress made since the industrial strategy and maximising impact into the future
  • Improving the collection and utilisation of data in healthcare – supporting rapid response, track, trace and test services, trust, access, training and regulation:
      • Increasing availability and access to data as a resource in healthcare and how data is shaping services during the pandemic
      • Developing a system for data use that is trusted, and improving engagement from patients across the UK
      • Preparing the workforce with the specialised skills and techniques needed for utilising data
      • Key legal and regulatory considerations for utilising data in healthcare – and implications for the COVID response
  • The potential for innovation and genomics to improve diagnosis and treatment
  • The role of data in in the COVID-19 Pandemic – contact tracing, resource management and improving patient care
  • Opportunities for improving patient care using data – health outcomes, identifying vulnerable and at risk groups, and in supporting online and remote services:
      • Using data to innovate and improve the patient experience
      • Case study: The health data research hub for respiratory health
      • Data and medicine development – supporting personalised effective treatment
      • Using data to enable integrated care and better connect health and social care and support the development of remote services
  • Next steps for policy and meeting long term goals

Keynote speaker: Dr Nicole Mather (Partner, Life Sciences Lead, IBM; Non-Executive Director, Health Research Authority and former Director, Office for Life Sciences)


Find more details on the Westminster Health Forum website and the full agenda here.


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Westminster Health Forum
01344 864796
With any Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) test ordered, a Record of Discussion (RoD) form will also need to be submitted. This document is to record the patient’s consent for genomic testing and their choice on taking part in research. Guidance on the patient choice conversation can be found here
This RoD form will be available for clinicians to download from this webpage. Once completed with the patient, it can be send to the lab with the corresponding test order form and sample.
Tests available to order will be listed in the National Genomic Test Directory. A test order form will soon be made available for clinicians on this webpage to download and complete. This form will include the address of the laboratory that the appropriate sample and completed form needs to be sent to.
Until the new Genomic Laboratory Service goes live, please continue to follow existing test order processes.
Later this year, the online test ordering tool for Whole Genome Sequencing will be integrated into the National Genomics Informatics System (NGIS) and clinicians will be able to search or filter to find a clinical indication, confirm eligibility criteria and start the test request process for their patient.