After 18 months with little to no travel, minimal social interaction and an increased focus on hygiene and handwashing, the COVID-19 vaccination rollout is starting to see people emerge into “normal” life. What does this mean for travel, people’s personal health boundaries and personal data sharing?
After months of talking about the “new normal,” we are starting to see what a world living with COVID-19 might look like. People are reporting vaccinated and unvaccinated signage appearing at airports, lively discussion around whether it is discriminatory to make vaccination a condition of employment, and debates over human rights.
The topic is a sensitive one and evokes strong emotions. It is also an area that different countries are approaching in a variety of ways. While the UK has been swift to roll out the vaccine and reopen, countries like New Zealand and Australia continue to keep the borders closed to avoid the spread.
As the UK and Europe surge forward to open travel, restaurants and offices back up to the vaccinated, we’re interested in what this means for data tracking, data sharing and the availability of real-time information. Will there be standardised requirements around health passports? How will the travel industry approach risk management? And can vaccination become a mandatory requirement?
At our October event, we are chatting to three industry leaders who are working to shape the post-pandemic guidelines about what is next.
Lea is an experienced healthcare and digital strategy consultant. She combines her in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical and healthcare fields with new cutting edge, innovative digital technologies to improve patient lives. Currently, her work is about developing blockchain-based traceability solutions for the healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical devices sectors for Quæfacta.
With over 20 years experience in healthcare in Africa, Maira provides professional counsel and advisory on healthcare projects through her local and international associations, with a special focus on access to cancer care and COVID-19. She also specialises in quality assurance, research and teaching.
Craig is currently working as the Director of Infection Prevention & Control and Associate Head of Nursing at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has been with NHS for 15+ years working in diverse roles that surround healthcare management, patient safety, and infection prevention and control. Plus, he was a Director and Trustee for the Infection Prevention Society, where they aim to support and inspire practitioners by providing resources, education and networking opportunities.
Olly is an enthusiastic and UX-minded technologist who founded Alphalake Ai in 2019 after leading his first startup to revenues of £6.5 million. Spotting future trends is one of his strengths and he spotted early on the role that integrated automation would play in healthcare. He leads the Alphalake AI team to apply better data intelligence and automation to health service operations and CX.