Lawson Health Research Institute and
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
Biobank, and Research
Information Systems in the UK
of Healthcare (Research Informatics), University of Manchester
IS Programme Director, National Institutes for Health Research
Director (Information Systems), UK
Clinical Research Network
Chief Information Officer, UK Biobank
November 26, 2008
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo
Seminar Series Sponsors
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
McKesson Information Solutions
Healthcare Information Management and Communications Canada
For 31 years, between
1973 and 2004, Stephen Walker worked in the UK National Health Service
(NHS) in a variety of roles in finance, performance management,
primary care, systems development and programme management. After
leaving the NHS, he went on to develop the systems to underpin the
world s largest biobanking initiative UK Biobank.UK Biobank, a
long-term project hosted by the University of Manchester, began
recruiting participants in 2007, gathering samples and information on
the health and lifestyle of 500,000 volunteers aged 40 to 69. The
project recruited over 100,000 participants in its first year alone.
From there he was pulled back into the NHS as Implementation Programme
Director for the Information Systems initiative underpinning the UK
Government Strategy Best Research for Best Health on behalf of the
Department of Health and the National Institute of Health Research.
In this presentation, Steve Walker will talk
about the unique and privileged opportunity that this experience has
given him to look across the whole healthcare system landscape and how
this view is affected by his own experiences as a patient.
About the Speaker
Stephen Walker became
CIO of UK Biobank in 2004, leaving the National Health Service after
31 years. Steve was responsible for planning and implementing the
information systems that will form the long-term Biobank data
repository. In April 2006, he became Implementation Programme Director
to lead the development of new systems to support R&D Management
for the National Institute for Health Research. In this role, he is working
also within the UK Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre developing
and coordinating clinical research networks in the UK. He is also the IS
Director for this organization, based at the University of Leeds.
Previously, Steve led the Project Connect programme that was
responsible for the successful connection of GP practices in England
to NHSnet, as well as handling electronic pathology results messaging
and electronic transfer of prescriptions. In addition, Steve has
worked in hospitals and primary care organisations in management,
finance and IT roles. In October 2008 Steve was awarded the honorary title
of Professor of Healthcare (Research Information) at the University of Manchester.
For more information
Managing Director, WIHIR
University of Waterloo
This seminar is hosted by the Waterloo Institute for Health
Informatics Research (WIHIR) and The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.
The infraNET Project, initiated by the University of Waterloo in
1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies. Its founding
partners were: LivePage (now part of Oracle), MKS, Open Text, RIM,
Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.
We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for
Computer Research, University of Waterloo.