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Wales Festival of Innovation: MediWales & KTN – The Bionic Clinician



Schooner Way Cardiff CF10 4RT United Kingdom
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Delivered by MediWales and KTN, ‘The Bionic Clinician’ takes place on 19th June at Novotel, Cardiff as part of the Wales Festival of Innovation

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The event explores the increase in the ‘man-machine interaction’ in healthcare delivery, and will be chaired by Dr R Ramanan, a clinician, cardiac surgeon, professor associated with bioengineering and the MD of Innovative Solutions in Informatics (ISIS) Ltd.

Looking back at developments since he qualified as a clinician in the seventies, when doctors relied on their stethoscope and their instinct, Dr Ramanan reflects on how technology has transformed the way that we practice and deliver healthcare.

Laboratory tests were a feat of labour and manual dexterity, extremely time-consuming and tedious. Most of the things we take for granted today – CTs, MRIs, ultrasound, echocardiography, PET scans, high-power computing, digital data, lab-on-a-chip, artificial intelligence, and the cloud were not designed, discovered, or developed.

The 21st century clinician is inextricably linked to and dependent on technology to deliver care that is safe and standardised. As the boundary between the clinician and technology become increasingly blurred, this event predicts a future whereby the clinician becomes truly bionic.


  • 9.00am – 9.30am Registration
  • 9.30am – 9.40am Gwyn Tudor, CEO, MediWales, Welcome
  • 9.40am – 10.05am Professor Rams Ramanan, Clinician, Cardiac Surgeon, Professor associated with Brunel Institute for Bioengineering, and Director of Innovative Solutions in Informatics Ltd, Bionic Clinician, The Man-Machine Interface
  • 10.05am – 10.30am Ian Risk, VP, Head of Airbus Group Innovations UK, Flying by association, Healthcare & Aviation
  • 10.30am – 10.55am Paul Thomas, Enterprise Architect, Microsoft, The Connected Body
  • 10.55am – 11.20am Morning break with technology demonstrations
  • 11.20am – 11.45am Eugene Butans, Department of Advanced Engineering, Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM), Optimal Health
  • 11.45am – 12.00pm Chris Sawyer, Lead Technologist, Health & Care, Innovate UK, Everything you wanted to know about… but were afraid to ask
  • 12.00pm – 12.20pm Sarb Sembhi, Director, STORM Guidance, ‘Don’t be scared, be very afraid’ or should you? De-Risking Data
  • 12.20pm – 1.20pm Lunch with technology demonstrations
  • 1.20pm – 1.40pm Professor Pankaj Vadgama, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry, Queen Mary, University of London, The Orwellian issues with Big Data
  • 1.40pm – 2.00pm Jane Reeves, Reader in Child Protection and Simulation Development, University of Kent and Blair Dickson, Co-founder, Affective State Ltd., Educating R.I.T.A!
  • 2.00pm – 2.25pm Andrew Sims, Senior Interaction Designer, Prospect, Now you see it, now you don’t
  • 2.25pm – 2.50pm Afternoon break with technology demonstrations
  • 2.50pm – 3.20pm Professor Peter Brett, Director and Professor of Bioengineering at Brunel University and Prof Ramanan, ‘How to make a hole in the head without causing a headache’ *Please do not try this at home!
  • 3.20pm – 3.45pm Panel Discussion
  • 3.45pm – 3.50pm Closing remarks

This event aims to capture the essence and spirit of the technological marvels that form part of the clinician’s armamentarium. ‘The Bionic Clinician’ hopes to bring the experts, enthusiasts, adopters, evangelists and visionaries together to explore the future of healthcare.

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