26 April 2015 19:21

Meet our staff

Linda Davidson

Linda was a co-founder of eHealth Media and is now on the board of Digital Health Intelligence. An editor and writer with 20 years experience of the healthcare sector, Linda is a former editor of Nursing Times (1988-92) and editorial director of Macmillan Publishers’ health magazines, now Emap Healthcare (1992-8). She holds an MBA from the University of Warwick Business School.

Gillian McDonald

After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a degree in communications, Gillian spent many years travelling before settling in London in 2011. She gained extensive UK healthcare experience when working in an administrative role within the private healthcare sector. Gillian comes to eHealth Media in the role of executive PA to Jon Hoeksma and Linda Davidson as well as managing the company's HR needs.

Jon Hoeksma

Jon was a co-founder of eHealth Media, is editor of eHealth Insider and is also Chief Executive of Digital Health Intelligence. An editor and journalist with ten years experience of the healthcare sector, Jon is a former editor of Health Manager Today who has reported on health IT issues for a variety of publications. Before entering journalism, he was an NHS graduate trainee working in Southampton, chiefly in primary care. He graduated from the University of Warwick in 1991.

Karl Grundy

Karl Grundy joined as head of EHI Intelligence in August 2013. He has more than 16 years' experience of working in research, consulting, events and publishing, specialising in public sector IT. Karl was the commercial and business services director at Socitm and before that held senior positions at mySociety, Mintel, Incisive, INPUT and Kable.

James Ingram

James is an account manager with eight years’ experience working in online advertising sales and events. He began his career at Haymarket on business to business titles such as Third Sector. James is educated in media and marketing with a BA (Hons) from Hull University.

Dan Read

Dan joined in March 2012 from a media monitoring background and has used his experience in selling research to good effect in leading the sales effort for EHI Intelligence.

Suzanne Armengol

Suzanne is a materials and mechanical engineer with an International Health Management Masters and an MBA and work experience from several countries located in Latin America and Europe. She has academic and business experience working with health information systems, point of care testing, bioengineering and market research & forecast. She is currently the market researcher for Digital Health Intelligence.

Sam Sachdeva

Sam joined the eHealth Insider team as a reporter in April 2014. Previously, he worked for four years at a daily newspaper in Christchurch, New Zealand, covering a range of issues with a focus on local government. He is responsible for coverage of London and the South, as well as digital imaging.

Rebecca Todd (maternity leave)

Rebecca is a specialist health reporter. She joined the eHealth Insider team in October 2011, after working at a daily newspaper in Christchurch, New Zealand since early 2007. A year later, Rebecca was promoted to news editor, and now looks after EHI's news on a day to day basis. She also has a keen interest in primary care issues and covers this area for eHealth Insider.

Lyn Whitfield

Lyn joined eHealth Media as managing editor in 2008, after several years as a freelance journalist, editor and project manager working for both newspapers and magazines and think-tanks. She is an LSE graduate, holding an MSc (with distinction) in Public Policy and Planning.

About Us

EHealth Insider is the leading source of news, comment and analysis about healthcare IT in the UK. It runs an industry-leading portal, publishes newsletters and special reports, brings the e-health community together at EHI Live in Birmingham, and celebrates its successes at the annual EHI Awards in association with CGI.

EHI is completely independent and owned by its founders, Linda Davidson and Jon Hoeksma. It was set up as a newsletter in 2001 and has grown, as a business, to include a research arm – EHI Intelligence – and the CCIO Leaders Network to promote clinical involvement in IT and information projects.

EHI has a wide audience of readers with an interest in healthcare IT, including senior managers within trusts and commissioning organisations, NHS IT directors and their staff, people working for UK healthcare IT suppliers, hospital clinicians, GPs, academics, and interested patients.

How we have grown

EHealth Insider started life on 13 December 2001, when it published its first newsletter. This opened with the mission statement: “In every part of healthcare, information technology is changing the way managers and clinical staff work, the way services are delivered and how health consumers think and behave.

“EHealth Media’s central purpose is to explain these changes to business, professional and consumer audiences, and help healthcare organisations to realise the full potential of electronic communications.”

Growing interest

The newsletter caught the tide of interest generated by the New Labour government’s decision to invest in healthcare IT. The tide was given force by a speech by Sir John Pattison, the Department of Health’s director of R&D, at the 2002 Healthcare Computing show.

In his landmark speech, Sir John announced a new national programme, based on infrastructure, electronic records, booked admissions and e-prescribing. It set in motion the foundation of the National Programme for IT in the NHS and later the creation of the IT agency, NHS Connecting for Health.

The newsletter gathered a devoted audience of about 2,000 and eHealth Media founders, Jon Hoeksma and Linda Davidson, decided to change the company website to reflect the growing enthusiasm for eHealth Insider and to publish advertising from commercial supporters.

The first series of advertisements came from Siemens, promoting its Soarian system. Others followed and most have stayed. Early advertisers such as First DataBank, iSoft (now CSC), Emis, TPP and InterSystems remain valued clients today.

EHealth Insider’s coverage of the new national programme attracted huge interest. On a couple of occasions, the sheer weight of traffic made the site crash; and most of the company’s early revenues were spent on technology to make it more stable.

2003 marked the start of real growth and the appointment of EHI’s first staff, apart from the founders. By the end of the year the site had over 6,000 registered users.

Launches and development

GPs have always been in the lead on the use of IT in UK healthcare, and this was reflected in the company’s first development, eHealth Insider Primary Care, in January 2004.

Later that year, EHI Jobs launched and quickly became the new place for recruitment in healthcare IT. The weekly EHI Jobs newsletter is now followed by about 8,000 registered job seekers.

Awards were the next venture to follow in 2007. These were made possible by the generous principal sponsor, BT, which still backs them today.

Healthcare Interoperability, a one-day show in Birmingham in October 2008, launched eHealth Insider’s venture in conferences and exhibitions.

It was followed in 2009 by eHealth Insider Live, a two-day event which attracted nearly 1,000 visitors and over 80 exhibitors and sponsors, and in 2010 by EHI Live.

This continually expanding show is now firmly established as the event in UK healthcare IT, and runs annually at the NEC in Birmingham every November.

2010 also saw the launch of EHI’s research arm, EHI Intelligence. It maintains the EHI Intelligence NHS Trust Database, a validated database of all the major systems in use at acute trusts, which drives the analysis in its growing range of reports.

In 2011, EHI stepped out in a new direction again, with the EHI CCIO Campaign to encourage every NHS organisation to consider appointing a chief clinical information officer to lead on IT and information projects.

The campaign was a huge success, and led to the creation of the EHI CCIO Leaders Network to support the CCIOs in place and to encourage more to be appointed.

2012 saw a new focus on commissioning and the launch of a new, dedicated news service - EHI Imaging Informatics, as well as the launch of EHI Engage, a library of white papers, thought leadership pieces and case studies that suppliers can promote to EHI readers in sophisticated ways.

The end of NPfIT and the future

The national programme never delivered what was promised for it; at least as far as acute trusts were concerned. The coalition government that came to power in 2010 has abolished it not once, but twice.

Through all these trials and tribulations, EHI has continued to report on, analyse and support all aspects of UK healthcare IT. Its main newsletter is now sent to well over 25,000 subscribers, and EHI Live 2012 welcomed almost 2,000 conference delegates and exhibition visitors through its doors.

EHI will continue to report on the unfinished business of the national programme, on the choices that NHS trusts increasingly make about their own IT, and on the rapidly changing world of mobile health, apps and other innovations in the years to come.

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