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Making Medicines Digital

A one day research workshop- 5th November 2015, London  10.00 – 16.30

Held at the London School of Economics.


“Really fascinating range of discussions. Frank analysis of current status of systems and policy appreciated. More of the same!”

“Wonderful! Very thought provoking.”

“I greatly enjoyed the day and learned a lot. Thanks for inviting me. I look forward to future interactions!”


This workshop considered the multiple ways that medicines are rendered in digital systems, and the proximal and cumulative/emergent effects.
We explored the implications of considering medicines as ‘new technology’, and in particular the consequence of drugs becoming (by degrees) a digital technology.

Participants were invited to present brief, forward looking and challenging contributions, with the aim to initiate discussion and to discover and share new ideas and new linkages.

(The call for the workshop can be found here).


Programme of the day
(with links to presentations)

10.00: Registration

10.10 Welcome: Structure and themes for the day, Tony Cornford

10.30 Session 1
Johanna Westbrook: Connected Care; creating patient-oriented digitally supported health services
Rapporteur/Cartographer: Valentina Lichtner

11.15 Coffee Break

11.35 Session 2
Theme: Digital Drugs as plans, policies and practices
Speakers: Yogini Jani (UCLH); Ann Slee (NHS England); Christian Nøhr (Aalborg U.)
Rapporteur/Cartographer: Ralph Hibberd

12.20 Session 3
Jane Dickson ‘I am not a diabetic’ (video) followed by discussion

12.45 Lunch and Video Booth

14.00 Session 4
Theme: Patient Medicines
Speakers: Sarah Garfield (ICHCT), Mary Darking (U. Brighton) [PDF], Ben Marent (U. Brighton),
Rapporteur/Cartographer: Ela Klecun and Jane Dickson

14.45 Session 5
Theme: Datafied Medicines (precision, supply chains, infrastructure)
Speakers: Ralph Hibberd (LSE); Valentina Lichtner (U.Leeds) [PDF], Judie Finesilver (Department of Health)
Rapporteur/Cartographer: Tony Cornford

15.30 Tea

15.40 Session 6
Theme: Mapping and Thematic Discussion
Speakers: Everybody!
16.30 The End

You can download the PDF  of the Programme, with the plan for the day.

Attendees were also invited to participate in video booth interviews – you can watch the videos [here].

Part of the goal for the day was to map the territory (‘draw a mappa mundi of this new world’) and in the mapping, explore interconnections. More on the mapping from the day, can be found here





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