The Morgan Academy Symposium - Cyber security: how safe is your healthcare data?

Cyber security and the safety of healthcare data will be the key theme of a one-day symposium next week, organised by Swansea University’s research-based think tank The Morgan Academy, supported by the Bevan Commission.

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The “Digital futures in Health and Wellbeing; can public services survive without them?” event, which will also look at talent, technology, and culture, took place on Thursday, June 29, at the School of Management, on the University’s Bay Campus. 

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The symposium brings together an impressive list of industry and healthcare leaders, to debate and ask searching questions about the future of our health and social care system in Wales in the digital age, including what a digitally transformed future could look like for our healthcare services; what we can learn from industry; and how ready are we to harness digital opportunities.

The day’s expert panel debates, featuring senior representatives from companies, organisations, and partnerships such as Airbus; Renishaw; Cisco; Proton Partners International; PwC; Deloittes; and A Regional Collaboration for Health (ARCH), will be chaired by Adrian Masters, ITV Cymru Wales’ Political Editor.

Professor Mike Sullivan, Director of the Morgan Academy, which is named after the late Rhodri Morgan, former First Minister of Wales and Swansea University Chancellor, said: “The Morgan Academy was created to deal with the pressing ‘wicked issues’ of public policy in Wales and the wider World.  This conference, with a focus on cyber security and the safety of healthcare data, has been organised to challenge the state of readiness of key public services and sectors, and find solutions to pressing challenges facing them.

“And this symposium could not have been planned to take place at a more opportune time, as the NHS recovers following the global ransomware attack last month, where it faced renewed concern about the strength of its infrastructure.

“We are delighted to be joined by esteemed guests and key speakers including Andy Williams, British Embassy Cyber Security Envoy to the US; Erik Nordkamp, Managing Director of Pfizer UK; James Johnston, Head of UK&I Product Business, Fujitsu; and Julie James, Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science.  We look forward to the day’s exciting programme, which aims to instigate critical thinking and promote innovative evidence-based policy.”