Health in Numbers

Leeds Data Mills event, Health in Numbers brought together leading speakers from across the country to showcase projects, experiments and the latest thinking on the role of open data in healthcare.


  1. Health in Numbers was a free one day event that showcased projects, experiments and the latest thinking on the role of open data in healthcare. This event was hosted by us here at Leeds Data Mill and held at the Leeds Open Data Institute. The day featured a series of lightning talks from leading Open Data experts from across the country, a data discussion with Leeds City Council Chief Executive - Tom Riordan, a panel Q&A session and an interactive workshop.
  2. The Welcome note was given by Mark Barrett, Open Data Lead at Leeds Data Mill. Mark explained the concept of Open Data and why Leeds is in a prime location to major on it, and health. He ran through the power of local data, making it easy to relate to, and creating an Open Data movement in the city by building momentum.
  3. Explaining the concept of the Leeds Art Crawl which is being created by the team @wetgenes to crowd source the locations of art within the city
  4. Lightning Talks - 10 minute (strict!) presentations

    Smart care in a digital world - Tim Straughan, Director of health and innovation at Leeds & Partners
    Tim provided great insight into the power of Open Data and revealed a number of thought provoking facts about Leeds.

  5. mHealthHabitat, project vision - Victoria Betton, mHealth Programme Director
    Victoria explained the mHealthHabitat programme as one (key) piece of a jigsaw that is seeing Leeds do some interesting things around health and wellbeing innovation through digital. She stressed the importance of Leeds Data Mill  held, and shared from one place. 
  6. Patient opinion and open data - Kate Ebbutt, Patient Opinion Limited 
    Kates presentation ran through the journey of Patient Opinion, and highlighted the importance of change when you get feedback from patients, and why it's important to be accountable, human, and keen to constantly improve.
  7. The Leeds Data Charter - Rabinder Bhachu, Communications Project Manager at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber 
    Rabinder set out the concept of Leeds Data Charter - engaging with people within the city from now in order to understand how people may or may not want their information used - a key part of the (open and closed) data journey within the city.