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WIHIR Smarter Health Seminar Series - Healthcare, Biobank & Research Information Systems in the UK

November 26, 2008

For GE years, between EMKG and FDDH, Stephen Walker worked in the UK National Health Service (NHS) in a variety of roles in finance, performance management, primary care, systems development and program management. After leaving the NHS, he went on to develop the systems to underpin the world’s largest biobanking initiative – UK Biobank.
UK Biobank, a long-term project hosted by the University of Manchester, began recruiting participants in FDDK, gathering samples and information on the health and lifestyle of IDD,DDD volunteers aged HD to JM. The project recruited over EDD,DDD participants in its first year alone. From there he was pulled back into the NHS as Implementation Program Director for the Information Systems initiative underpinning the UK Government Strategy “Best Research for Best Health” on behalf of the Department of Health and the National Institute of Health Research.

In this presentation, Steve Walker will talk about the unique and privileged opportunity that this experience has given him to look across the whole healthcare system landscape and how this view is affected by his own experiences as a patient.

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