Julie Bretland, founder and CEO of Our Mobile Health
Julie has developed, launched and managed innovative digital and mobile services for nearly 20 years: for big corporates such as Ericsson and Vodafone, as well as start-ups across Europe and Africa. In 2011 she founded Our Mobile Health, a social enterprise specialising in curating and assessing mHealth apps so that they can be used effectively and with confidence by health professionals and patients to improve people’s health. Julie is passionate about making digital healthcare a reality.
Julie is an industry-leading entrepreneur and digital health guru. She helped to found and launch digitalhealth.london, a collaboration between the three Academic Health Science Networks, MedCity and the London Mayor, and sits on several UK and European policy groups aimed at realising the potential of apps as trusted health interventions, alongside medicines and other therapies.
The digital content delivered by mHealth apps can either augment existing treatments, or potentially, replace traditional prescriptions, such as drugs. However, with more than 250,000 health apps available, the most common barrier to use cited by GPs is their concern about quality. Julie’s company works with app developers to assess and improve their products; the Our Mobile Health app library contains more than 200 curated apps which have met the rigorous assessment criteria. The app assessment process she developed has been adopted by the NHS, NICE and Public Health England as their gold standard. Julie has been instrumental in piloting health app use in the clinical setting, with Our Mobile Health securing projects such as the National Diabetes Prevention Programme, a national contract to help people manage diabetes better, and a partnership with EMIS Health, a major provider of IT services to GPs in England, to provide a curated app library that will be accessible to more than 4000 GP practices – the largest project of its kind in Europe.
Julie studied for her MBA at London Business School as a recipient of the prestigious Celia Atkin Advent scholarship. She was a winner of the Deloitte’s Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Founders Award, and is a founding member of the GSM Association’s ‘Connected Women’ programme.
Her input has been sought by a variety of academic researchers as well by the Royal Academy of Engineering white paper on Digital Futures and Academy of Medical Sciences white paper on digital health. She is a regular speaker on health innovation.
Charles Lowe, Chief Operations Officer
Charles has a background in digital health, working in both public & private sectors. His recent work has centred on the regulation & assessment of mHealth apps. He is Chief Operations Officer for Our Mobile Health, Managing Director of the Digital Health & Care Alliance (DHACA), a Contributing Editor to www.telecareaware.com, a Special Adviser to both NICE & the CQC, organiser of the London Health Technology Forum, and Past President of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Telemedicine & eHealth Section. He consults for Humetrix Inc on app-related matters. He chairs Citizens Online, the digital inclusion charity.
Matthew Douglas, Chief Technical Officer
Matthew has more than twenty-two years of experience in the information technology and telecommunications industries. As a senior consultant in a small consultancy practice focused on health, he has worked across the full spectrum of healthcare on a range of projects. His ability to work with stakeholders properly to understand the people and processes, underpinning them with technology that enhances and improves delivery, is one his key strengths.
Jill Riley, Administrative Manager
Jill has worked within health informatics for almost 30-years. Building on experience, knowledge and skills gained in previous employments she is self-employed providing admin and business support since 2013. Our Mobile Health was one of her first clients and Jill has provided management and admin support for almost 5-years. She is also a Director of HANDI Health.