Lyn is a journalist by background. After completing her training in local papers, she specialised in coverage of the public sector in England, the NHS, and healthcare IT. This has enabled her to follow closely the many twists and turns of recent health policy; and to report on them for specialist audiences. It has also given her an exceptional ability to advise clients on the reality of working with the NHS, and on communications that work for them. Lyn’s skills include strategic thinking, managing projects with a communications and publication element, editing, research, interviewing and writing.

A little about Lyn:
  • Lyn has an impressive educational record, with a first degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and a Masters degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Before taking up her current post, her journalism employers included the Health Service Journal and digitalhealth.net (formerly EHealth Insider). Over her career, she has also worked with think-tanks, including the King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust, and major companies, such as Microsoft.
  • Lyn is a proud Yorkshire lass, but lives in Winchester with her partner, a political cartoonist with his own live-drawing business. Her ‘downtime’ activities include Pilates and running; she has completed a number of marathons.

Interview: Steve Bloor

The chief information officer at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has just seen a new IT system go-live in ED. But, he tells Lyn Whitfield, that was just the first step in an ambitious digitisation programme, based on an “open source first” approach. The NHS knew this was going to be a hard winter. […]

Guest Interview, David Stone

The managing director of Kaleidoscope Consulting talks to Lyn Whitfield about the General Data Protection Regulation, and the challenge the NHS faces in implementing it. On his Twitter profile, David Stone says he “spends an unhealthy amount of time thinking of ways to try and improve the legal and ethical use of information in the […]

Fine time to secure services and data

In May, the UK will formally adopt two EU initiatives to safeguard essential infrastructure and services and to protect personal data. Highland Marketing outlines the key points of the Network and Information Systems Directive and the General Data Protection Regulation; both of which are likely to have a significant impact on health and care. While […]

HM analysis: Refreshing NHS plans for 2018-19

The NHS planning guidance in England is a key document that sets out the ‘must do’ priorities for the health service in the year ahead. It’s therefore an important piece of background for anybody wanting to do healthcare IT business with commissioners and trusts. Lyn Whitfield looks at this year’s guidance and reaction to it. […]

HM interview: Hal Wolf

Harold (Hal) Wolf III, the new head of HIMSS, was in London recently to meet health and IT policy leaders and to have lunch with the press. Lyn Whitfield spoke to him about his career, NHS reform, healthcare technology, and where he wants to take HIMSS next. Hal Wolf is a healthcare IT veteran. But […]

Getting over the WannaCry virus

The WannaCry ransomware attack hit the NHS six months ago, but it’s still the main topic of NHS cyber security conversation. Not least because the National Audit Office put out a report just before ehi LIVE 2017 that many speakers felt was neither fair nor helpful. Matthew D’Arcy and Lyn Whitfield report. Like a cold […]

EHI Live 2017, from top left: the entrance hall, Fatima Paruk from Allscripts, Highland Marketing mini-cows, Will Smart from NHS England, the EHI Awards winners, Rob Shaw from NHS Digital.

EHI Live 2017: tackling damp or papering over cracks?

The annual two-day conference and exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham heard a lot about national IT strategy and a lot about local initiatives. What it didn’t hear was how they are going to join up. Lyn Whitfield reports. NHS chief information officer Will Smart outlined four challenges for healthcare IT in England in his […]

Interview: Chris Morris

One of the principal analysts at South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit talks to Lyn Whitfield about the evolution of risk stratification in the NHS, and what the future holds for healthcare analytics, in the run-up to this year’s EHI Live. It’s not exactly news that the NHS is under enormous pressure. Or that […]

Three top stories from this year’s UK Health Show

The UK Health Show took place at Olympia London on 27 September. Lyn Whitfield reports on three key stories from the commissioning, technology and cyber-security events; and the very latest on sustainability and transformation partnerships, the global digital exemplar programme, and new data privacy legislation. STPs evolve in uncertain legislative climate What is the future […]

Interview: Tara Donnelly

The chief executive of the Health Innovation Network talks to Lyn Whitfield about how DigitalHealth.London and its Accelerator are helping to bring good tech ideas and the NHS together, ahead of this year’s UK Health Show, at which she is a speaker. “I have not been in a supermarket for years,” says Tara Donnelly. “As […]

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