Interview with David Jones about cyber security

David Jones is the director of WestGate Cyber Security, an information security business specializing in helping business and public sector bodies understand and overcome emerging cyber security threats.

Mohammad Al-Ubaydli: Welcome to the Patients Know Best podcast. My name is Mohammad and today we are lucky to have David Jones on the call. David, can I ask you to introduce yourself and tell us about your background. I was fascinated by the last time I had talked to you.

David Jones: Yea, Sure. It going to be an opportunity to talk to you Mohammad. My name is David Jones, and I’m with a cyber security software consultancy called West Gate and we do a bunch of things at West Gate. One is we develop product – some hardware and software in cyber. We also do a lot of relatively early stage research looking at cyber security. We’ve got a particular interest in the position of cyber security and cyber threat and the public services and in particular health. I guess it’s a bit of shared interest there with the good stuff you’re doing at Patients Know Best.

Al-Ubaydli: Tell me about the increasing threat of cyber security. I was intrigued to hear you describe it last week.

David: Absolutely. Around about two years ago, there was a cyber security strategy put in place by the UK government. At the time that it was published it was relatively controversial in that, despite all the public sector cuts that were coming through, cyber security was one of the very few areas that was receiving increased entries funding. More than half a million pounds is being put, 650 million, in fact, has been put into the cyber from the government. And that is all the money coming through. That is a recognition from the government that cyber security is a threat to the UK on all kinds of levels but it’s a threat which they deem as being close to the threat that terrorism; that the concerns the environmental change; and indeed nuclear can bring to the UK. At the very top level of government, cyber is all its perspective is seen being a significant threat. Now that all very interesting but from the layman’s perspective, cyber is seen as attacking us almost on a daily basis. So it’s a rare that a week goes by that some story or other or some kind of problem where information is leaking out of organizations. Sometimes, that’s through nefarious means where people want to steal what you’ve got. Sometimes, it’s internal fraud – what we call in the industry insider threat; obviously, Snowden is the classic case of that recently. Sometimes, it’s shared political motivations so you get people who feel the need to face it in websites and take action against for organization simple because of a political motive. So there’s a whole range of reasons why cyber threat is becoming increasingly a danger that everyone needs to take seriously.

Al-Ubaydli: And just so we get an example of what the government is spending money on so that we get an idea of what we should be spending money as individual organizations. Where was that 650 million going on roughly?

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Interview with Rajiv Mehta of Zume Life

Rajiv has led strategy and execution in numerous technologies for more than two decades, including mobile devices, wireless technologies, laser systems, digital imaging, stereo-vision systems and natural language processing technologies. He has played key leadership roles at Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, Interval Research, Regis McKenna and Symbol Technologies. Rajiv has also been a startup CEO twice before – at Tyzx, a spin-out of Interval Research Corporation focused on commercializing a ground-breaking vision technology and at Dejima, a startup that developed proprietary natural-language-understanding technology.

Zume Life supports you as you follow through with you individual health regimen and wellness program. The Zume Life personal health management system enables you to have on-going health activities (such as for chronic disease, weight loss, or treatment recovery) to draw inspiration and support from those in your personal support network, and helps you better track and adhere to your programs and regimens.

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Interview with Fred Eberlein from ReliefeInSite

Fred Eberlein is co-founder and CEO of ReliefInSite. Fred’s career spans more than 25 years in the computer industry, working both in the US and Europe. His interest in pain management started in June 2000 during a meeting he had with Dr. Mark Perloe, in Atlanta. At that time Fred, an earlier investor in the medical technology start-up Ovusoft, was seeking Mark’s feedback on this unique fertility planning application. He had no idea the meeting would evolve into an ongoing and far-reaching interest in pain management that would eventually lead to the creation of ReliefInsite some years later.

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Interview with Dr Paul Wicks from PatientsLikeMe

Paul Wicks (BSc Dunelm, PhD London, CSci) is part of the research team at PatientsLikeMe. He was born in Reading, England and spent several years living in Switzerland and the United States during childhood. He developed an interest in human biology at A-Level and chose to read Psychology at Durham University. Following his undergraduate degree he was awarded a prize PhD studentship at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. His supervisors were Dr. Laura Goldstein and Dr. Sharon Abrahams, both of whom have undergone clinical and academic training and are two of the leading authorities on the psychological consequences of ALS/MND. The PhD was under the overall supervision of Professor Nigel Leigh, an internationally renowned leader in the field of neurological conditions including rare disorders such as PLS, PMA, PSP and MSA.

For his PhD, Paul travelled the UK testing patients with rare forms of ALS/MND, specifically the genetically inherited familial form of the disease, and progressive muscular atrophy (PMA), which affects only the lower motor neurones. As an adjunct to his main project Paul also carried out the UK’s largest survey of depression and anxiety in MND from a 12-month consecutive sample from King’s College Hospital and collaborated with Dr Martin Turner on a neuroimaging project using PET. He completed his PhD thesis in three years and passed his viva with no corrections; a rare achievement.

During the three years of his PhD he became heavily involved in supporting the Motor Neurone Disease Association; helping to raise £30,000 of donations, writing information sheets, training healthcare professionals, and giving talks to local branches. He has spoken at a number of national and international conferences, and has twice won the British Neuropsychiatry Association prize for best speaker. More recently, Paul was employed by the Parkinson’s Disease Society under Professor Richard Brown on a three year project to investigate depression in Parkinson’s disease.

Paul joined the PatientsLikeMe team as a consultant in 2006 as a moderator in the forum, drawing on his experience at the BUILD forum. Working remotely from London the role quickly expanded to include curation of the treatment and symptom databases, carrying out scientific research, and designing new communities. As the company has grown, the R&D team has grown with it, to include 5 PhDs and 2 RNs working full-time on improving patient outcomes, the only team of its kind in the world.

The son of an IT marketing consultant, Paul has always been at one with technology and interested in communicating ideas. He was the webmaster at the BUILD (Building User Involvement in MND) project, the UK’s largest forum for people with ALS/MND, for five years. He also created the research volunteer database “MindSearch” at the Institute of Psychiatry. Paul has consulted for UK GRAD, an organisation involved in teaching transferable skills to PhD students, and was founder and editor-in-chief of a web based magazine for PhD students in the UK.

Paul is happily married with two cats.

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Interview with Dr. Brian Fisher from PAERS

Dr Brian Fisher is a GP at Wells Park Surgery, and project executive & clinical lead at PAERS Limited (Patient Access to their Electronic Records System – www.paers.co.uk). He realised that it was important to give patients access to their record and that this would involve solving a number of issues. Brian managed to secure some initial funding to get a project to look at this started. Dr Simon Henley-Castleden was appointed as project manager and funding streams and collaborators were investigated.

PAERS Limited is a small independent company set up by doctors to provide tools for General Practitioners to enhance services for their patients through the use of touch screen kiosk technology. It was established as a company in the summer of 2003, building on the success of Brian’s pilot project providing patients access to their own electronic medical record.

Currently there are two PAERS Kiosks available:

  1. PAERS Records: ‘A self-contained system which allows patients to access and navigate around their GP electronic medical record autonomously, and which provides them with the information that they need to understand the medical terminology.’
  2. PAERS Arrivals: ‘A self-contained system which allows patients to independently”Arrive” themselves for an appointment at the practice. The patient is informed of who they are seeing and the approximate wait until their appointment. The practice administrative system is updated to reflect the arrival of the patient.’

Brian presented a ligthning talk at the HealthCamp UK 2008, where he met Mohammad.

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