Westminster virtual roundtable: the future of interoperability in our healthcare systems

The roundtable was kicked off by Dr Peter Bannister, IET Healthcare Panel Chair, and chaired by Ross Lydall, Health Editor at the Evening Standard.

After presentations from Nicola Haywood-Alexander, Lincolnshire NHS, and Nick de Pennington, Ufonia, the group discussion began.

We looked at what the key barriers surrounding interoperability are, elements of a framework, initial steps needed and resources that are required to start this transition. 

Westminster roundtable: The future of interoperability in our healthcare systems

Next steps

  • Government must work to support the development of common framework standards in conjunction with industry and service users. This includes the development of an interoperability standards strategy.
  • Any adoption of standards should consider the healthcare sector as a whole, including social care considerations.
  • A localised approach to interoperability and data-sharing is essential to delivering the benefits of healthcare interoperability.
  • Further investment into the technologies available throughout the healthcare sector is essential in order to enable adoption of interoperability.


  • Ross Lydall (Chair) - Health Editor at the Evening Standard
  • Dr Peter Bannister - Executive Chair of IET Healthcare Sector
  • Nicola Haywood-Alexander - Chief Information Officer, Lincolnshire NHS
  • Nick de Pennington - CEO and founder of Ufonia and Innovation lead at Oxford University Hospitals
  • Dr Lisa Cameron MP - Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Health Group
  • Sarah Wilkinson - Chief Executive Officer, NHS Digital
  • Irina Bolychevksky - Director of Standards and Interoperability, NHSx
  • Chris Geary - Innovation Lead, Digital Health, Innovate UK
  • David Maguire - Senior Policy Analyst, The King’s Fund
  • Dr Nilesh Bharakhada - Clinical Director, PRSB
  • Dr Guy Gross - Founder, Seacole Digital
  • Tony Davis - Director of Innovation & Economic Growth, West Midlands Academic Health Science Network
  • Andrew Davies - Director on Digital Health Technology, Association of British HealthTech Industries (AHSN)
  • Helen Oliver - Chief Operating Officer, AHSN
  • Mark Avery - Director of Health Informatics, AHSN and Cambridge University Health Partners
  • Sophie Taysom - Consultant, Keyah Consulting
  • Benita Mehra - Director, Benril
  • Mike Andersson - Healthcare Informatics and Information Governance Specialist