Thursday, 11th October 2018

Mental health, artificial intelligence, and improving quality in the industry - the Association of Medical Insurers and Intermediaries (AMII) has revealed a diverse line-up of speakers for its Health and Wellbeing Summit 2018.

The prestigious industry event, set for November 22, will focus on the future of healthcare – looking particularly at the areas of mental health, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation, and improving quality in the sector as we move into the next decade.

Rethink Mental Illness ambassadors Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Laybourn will take to the stage as keynote speakers. As an award-winning mental health campaigner, writer and film producer, Jonny Benjamin will share his journey through mental illness and his campaign to track down the stranger who talked him down from suicide attempt – Neil Laybourn.

AMII Chairman, Stuart Scullion, said: “Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and we all have an important part to play in ensuring the issue becomes less stigmatised and support services become more accessible.

“Businesses should be focusing on how best to support employees, and intermediaries need to be confident in opening up this dialogue with their clients. We need to be supporting employers so they can help their employees and, as a sector, although we’re moving in the right direction, there is still a long way to go.

“I’m delighted to invite Neil and Jonny discuss to their personal story and give practical advice on how to work with and overcome mental health issues in the workplace, as well as how to broach the subject of mental health with clients.”

Umang Patel, Partnerships and Clinical Director at Babylon Health, has also been announced as a keynote speaker at the event who will look at the power of machine learning and AI, and how these developments are influencing the sector.

Matt James, who established the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) in 2012, will share an update on the network’s progress in bringing transparency to the sector and discuss the joint project with NHS Digital. He has played a leading role in forging closer relationships between private and public healthcare for nearly 15 years.

Stuart added: “We have a group of very forward-looking speakers who are each expert in their respective fields.

“Umang is at the forefront of digital transformation in the sector and Matt is driving forward improvements for patients by increasing levels of transparency and quality.

“While we move forwards at a rapid pace, we can’t forget important compliance and regulation updates which play just as an important role in progressing our industry.”

Branko Bjelobaba, AMII Compliance Partner who has worked across the insurance sector for over 30 years, will also address key elements in relation to the new Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The annual flagship event kicks off at 9.45am at One Great George Street, Westminster, London.

The Summit is free to attend for all specialist healthcare insurance intermediaries and to confirm your attendance at this event, visit: