Session 8 – Combating Pandemics (B)
Date: 23 July (Thursday) 14:00 – 15:30 (GMT+8)
Venue: 701EF, 7F, TaiNEX2 / Online event platform
Dr. Charles Alessi is a globally recognized and trusted leader in health care. He brings to HIMSS a wealth of experience, particularly around health systems and the interface between healthcare, social care and the personalization of wellness. He is a physician in London, with more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of clinical practice in the UK National Health Service. Most recently, he served as the Chairman of the National Association of Primary Care, part of the NHS confederation, where he was at the heart of the recent health and social care reforms. He is also the Senior Advisor to Public Health England, a position leading thought leadership around productive healthy ageing including dementia, targeting risk reduction. Furthermore, he fulfils key roles in PHE around digital interventions, particularly those that involve behavioral change. He forms part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Panel that is formulating new guidelines around risk reduction in dementia globally and also leads thought leadership around productive healthy aging. He has extensive experience in military medicine, being a past Medical Director and Director of Clinical Governance for the British forces in Germany and was recently appointed to serve on the Reference Committee tasked with renewing military medicine in the United Kingdom. He continues to advise major corporations and national governments around health and care reform, particularly where systemic reform and digital interventions are being considered.
Speech title & Synopsis
The COVID pandemic caught the majority of the world unprepared – in that it spread faster than most countries anticipated with the result that the mortality rates and rates of infection were higher than predicted. Some countries were notable outliers in their response having learnt from previous pandemics as well as being in a better place to organize and coordinate their defences because of preexisting digital transformation and the use of technology. This talk will look at the different responses and highlight the lessons that need to be learnt as we prepare for the second wave.