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Bionic Clinician - Event on 9th Dec 2014 at TechUK HQ, London

I am  a clinician and cardiac surgeon with more than 35 years of experience behind me. In addition I'm the managing director of Innovative Solutions in Informatics Ltd., and Chair of the Bionic Clinician, an one-day event in collaboration with techUK.  This event is co sponsored by The KTN.  In the time since I qualified as a clinician, technology has transformed the way we practice and deliver healthcare.

When I qualified as a Medic in the seventies, I had my stethoscope, my wits about me, could order an x-ray and that was pretty much it. Lab tests where feats of labour and manual dexterity, extremely time-consuming, tedious and few and far apart. 

Most of the things we take for granted today CTs, MRIs, Ultrasound, Echocardiography, PET scans, high-power computing, digital data, Lab-on a Chip, the Cloud etc., etc., where either not designed, discovered, developed  or even dreamt off!  The 21st century clinician is inextricably entwined and dependent on these and more to do deliver care that is safe and standardised.

Those of you familiar with George Orwell's Animal Farm will recall the last sentence from it, ‘The animals outside looked from Pig to Man, Man to Pig and from Pig to Man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which’. Likewise the boundary between clinicians and technology is becoming increasingly blurred and it is only a matter of time before he becomes truly Bionic!

We have an eclectic collection of speakers ranging from clinicians laying down the challenge and our expectations to technologists, industry (IBM) talking about The ‘Blue Pimpernel’ - explaining the ‘Now you see it, Now you don’t’ aspect of technology in Medicine, Advanced Engineering and Avionics (Cranfield) - exploring the relevance and applicability of Diagnosticators and Prognosticators used in aircrafts to clinical practice, Data Safety and Security (Storm Guidance) - reassuring us as to how Data may be De-Risked.  If this doesn’t satisfy you, we have a double act - between Prof Brett (Robotics and Biomechanics – Brunel and myself) and we will show you ‘How to make a Hole in The Head Without Causing A Headache!  Warning - Please do not try this at home! 

In addition we have the KTN and InnovateUK who will elaborate on the commercialisation aspects and it’s benefits to UKPLC.

We aim to take you on an incredible journey and attempt to glimpse the future - a tantalising one where the Clinician is truly Bionic.

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