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DHCU Directors

Professor Rishabh Prasad

Professor of Digital Medicine | GP Lead
T:  07740 100976

Rishabh Prasad is Honorary Professor of Digital Medicine and a principal in four highly regarded GP practices in Leicester. His achievements include founding a GP provider company with a footprint of 800k patients and leading changes to End of Life Services in the Midlands. His main current research project is HOWZ, which allows for unobtrusive oversight of the elderly using smart home systems.

Prof. Prasad is the UK editor of Univadis, a medical education portal used by over 50k clinicians in the UK. He is focused on delivering clinically effective solutions and has particular expertise and experience in translating digital products into practical digital solutions, thus meeting the needs of both patients and professionals.

Rishabh is a trustee for the Future Care Capital, which is driving the debate on integrating health and social care services.

Professor Barnaby Poulton

Professor of Digital Medicine | Industry Lead
T:  07715 891116  

Barnaby Poulton is Honorary Professor of Digital Medicine, and a trained pharmacist with 25 years of experience of working in and with the NHS. This has covered digital health, informatics and pharmaceutical industry at national and global levels. Inspired by the opportunity digital innovation brings to healthcare, he is pursuing a passion to bring digital health technologies into the NHS.

Barnaby is the UK Managing Director of Docly, a digital first service enabling patients to have quick access to care, regardless of time and place. Docly streamlines the work flow for healthcare professionals using innovative tools for structured data collection and analysis. You can find out a bit more about Docly from our projects tab. 

Professor Jeremy Cummin

Professor of Digital Healthcare | Entrepeneurial Lead
T: 01923 855090

Jeremy has been involved in healthcare systems for over 35 years, with several start-ups and disposals to his credit. He has consulted to major companies in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, and has acted for several central government departments.

He founded his first business in 1978, developing applications for the commercial and retail markets, after which he focused on the leisure market, providing software solutions for organisations such as THF and First Leisure Corporation.

In March 2013 Jeremy co-founded DHealth, initially in conjunction with Scottish Highlands and Islands Enterprise, bringing digital health stakeholders together to focus on collaborative volume business development. He remains involved in business acquisitions and disposals, and has served on several boards in both chairman and non-executive capacities.

Jeremy is a Member of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of British Computer Society.

Professor Bertha Ochieng

Professor of Integrated Health and Social Care | Academic Lead

T:  +44 (01)116 2078973

Bertha Ochieng is Professor of Integrated Health and Social Care at De Montfort University. She has extensive experience of health and social care provision as a clinician, an academic and as a researcher working with community groups and health and social care providers.

Her academic and research focus is on improving health and social care through the provision of high quality education and research that provides positive results to marginalised and social disadvantage populations throughout the life span. Bertha’s strengths are in developing solutions for addressing the health and social care needs of socially disadvantaged populations and building relationships with community groups and practitioners in the health and social care sector. Her work has resulted in collaborations with diverse teams, comprising of, voluntary sector organisations, academics, NHS Trusts and social care teams locally, nationally and internationally. 


Dr Simon Oldroyd

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Simon Oldroyd became PVC/Dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in February 2015. Prior to this he had been Deputy Dean to the faculty since October 2011.

Simon is active on regional and national committees concerning education in biosciences and NHS education commissioning. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science, a STEM ambassador and a member of the board of Trustees of the Hope Against Cancer charity in Leicestershire and Rutland. Simon continues to be involved in teaching of biosciences, PhD student supervision and is an external examiner. He is married with three young children, so any spare time is spent on riot-control.

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