The first meeting of the Healthtech Advisory Board will meet today (19 November) to help advise health secretary Matt Hancock on technology within the NHS.

Chaired by academic Dr Ben Goldacre, the board will be focused on the future to assist policy creation, challenge decision making and act as a sounding board for new ideas.

Goldacre is a clinician, academic and author who runs the DataLab at the University of Oxford.

He said: “I am delighted that Matt Hancock has created this board to inject challenge and diverse expertise around better use of data, evidence and technology in healthcare.

“I hope we can bring positive change for staff and patients, and realise the Tech Vision with a cutting-edge 21st century NHS. Medicine is driven by information: better use of data can revolutionise health care.”

Goldacre will be joined by Rachel Dunscombe, who is the CEO of the NHS Digital Academy and director of digital for Salford Royal NHS Group.

The other members of the board are:

  • Nicole Junkermann – Founder of NJF Holdings, an international finance and investment company
  • Manoj Badale – Co-Founder of Blenheim Chalcot, a Digital Venture Builder
  • David Gann – Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Imperial College London
  • Sir Mark Walport – Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Nicola Blackwood – Chair of the Human Tissue Authority
  • Roger Taylor – Chair of Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation
  • Daniel Korski CBE – is the co-founder and CEO of PUBLIC, a venture capital firm
  • Michelle Brennan – Company Group Chair for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies
  • Dan Sheldon – Head of Digital at Well Pharmacy
  • Jeni Tennison – CEO of the Open Data Institute
  • Parker Moss – Health technology entrepreneur in residence at F-Prime and Eight Roads

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care first announced the advisory board during his keynote speech at NHS Expo in Manchester in September.

He said: “I want the UK to have the most advanced health tech ecosystem in the worlds. That starts with improving the technology and IT systems in the NHS and creating a culture of innovation so patients can benefit from cutting-edge treatments while reducing the workload of staff.

“The new future-focused HealthTech Advisory Board will bring together tech experts, clinicians and academics to identify where change needs to happen and be an ideas hub for how we can improve patient outcomes and to make the lives of NHS staff easier.”