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DigiHealth UK: Harnessing Technology and Innovation

October 17 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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During one of the most complex and challenging times for the NHS, an accelerated drive to improve efficiency and use of technology has been put at the forefront of national and local strategies. The aim is to deliver better care and meet rising demand for services by taking advantage of the ava
ilable resources, data and technologies.

Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View (2017) outlines what progress has been achieved so far and the practical improvements that can be delivered across the health service in key areas such as cancer, mental health and GP access. Implementation strategies are underpinned by an agreed, costed and phased NHS technology plan, based on the Wachter review recommendations about the use of electronic health records and other digital tools to achieve a paper free system. Over the next two years significant solutions will be developed with a clear objective: simplify patient access to care, in the most appropriate location, while supporting people in managing their own health.

Following the success of the 12 Global Digital Exemplars a new wave trusts have been announced, the so-called “fast followers” will be eligible each for up to £5 million to adopt the digital transformation blueprint. Advances have also been made in mental health care and over the past few months seven hospitals have been selected to become world class digital exemplars for the rest of the NHS to learn from.

DigiHealth UK: Harnessing Technology and Innovation will explore the major work programmes set out in the NHS technology plans to provide delegates with the key information and knowledge necessary to improve health outcomes, simplify patient access and reduce cost through digital services. This unique conference will highlight the cutting edge technologies and service innovation that is transforming the way healthcare is delivered to patients.

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The way that people use services has changed. Instant access to information and soaring numbers of smartphone users have resulted in faster, more responsive services and citizen expectations of what good healthcare looks like is rising. Having online access to services, ownership of patient records and responsibility for self-managing care and treatment are fundamental for a more modern, responsive and sustainable NHS. Strong progress is underway, in 2016 there were more than 1.5 million visits per day to NHS Choices and 95% of GPs are offering online appointment booking, repeat prescriptions and access to patient summary care records. With 10.4 million people now registered for online services, the NHS has to make very significant steps towards increasing how services can be accessed.

A NHS technology plan, based on the Wachter review recommendations, has been launched and it is expected to revolutionise the healthcare system. The plans aim to simplify online patient access to urgent care and appointment booking as well as supporting people to managing their own health better by promoting the use of apps. By 2023, as Professor Robert Wachter advised, all Trusts should be largely digitised.

Healthcare costs are rising across the world as a growing and ageing population brings with it an increasing burden of disease. There is a greater need than ever to provide effective and efficient ways of meeting this healthcare challenge. The Biomedical Catalyst, funded by Innovate UK, has recently open a competition that awards fund innovative solutions to healthcare challenges that will help to prevent diseases, diagnose and lead to better patient outcomes and potential cures.

Digital technologies offer unrivalled opportunities to allow health and care providers to improve the safety and effectiveness of the care they offer. Harnessing the power of data is an integral part of developing and using new technologies for the benefit of patients and service users. Ensuring interoperability as a core characteristic of the NHS digital ecosystem is another recommendation outlined at the The Wachter Review to support clinical care and to promote innovation and research.

Exciting projects are underway across the country and The Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) currently investigates patient and public opinions on linking their consumer data and electronic health records for research purposes. Along the same lines, two London trusts, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Barts Health NHS Trust, have become the first Trusts in UK to establish data sharing between their Cerner’s Health Information Exchange (HIE), covering a population of 1.3 million people. Clinicians in both acute hospitals were able during the live connection to see a summarised care record from the other site.

The NHS is moving forward at pace and in order to spread the learning from the twelve Global Digital Exemplars, a wave of “fast follower” sites will start implementing innovative and cutting-edge technology on their centres as well. By September 2017, a new academy will be launched to train a new generation of Chief Information Officers and Chief Clinical Information Officers. By increasing the skills to align information technology with business and clinical needs, the chances of successful adoption of new information technology and its use to drive quality and efficiency will increase.

It is an exciting time for the NHS to move forward, do not miss the opportunity to join us at DigiHealth UK: Harnessing Technology and Innovation and explore through the latest and most innovative practices and learn how to harness the potential that technology in healthcare offers.

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  • Explore the ‘practical and realistic’ digital transformation measures that the entitled “Next Steps” on the NHS FYFV has set out for the next few years.
  • Be inspired by the progress made by the Global Digital Exemplars (GDEs) leading the way for the whole system to move faster and showing signs of improvement data innovation and delivering benefits for patients.
  • Learn from the best practices in digital healthcare innovation as well as the very latest opportunities in the health and social care sector.
  • Explore how to take advantage of new technologies and platforms, exploring how to deliver substantial benefits to both patients and professionals alike.
  • Gain insight into how data sharing and technology can help to deliver integrated care to clarify constraints that apply to data use in the NHS and promote new digital health initiatives to improve patient outcomes.
  • Explore how digital innovations allows patients to take charge of their own health, offering a greater interaction with healthcare system anywhere outside of the hospital.
  • Discover the solutions that the NHS is implementing to simplify patient access to care, in the most appropriate location.
  • Learn from practical examples on implementing cutting-edge technology, such as, artificial intelligence, genomic medicine, innovative diagnostic tools or therapies for conditions that will enable more healthy aging.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the role of technology in the NHS today and that of tomorrow.
  • Gain the maximum number of 6 CPD points.

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Dr Paul Rice, Head of Technology Strategy, NHS England









Paul Charnley, Director of IT and Information , Wirral University Teaching Hospital

Paul moved to Wirral University Teaching Hospital from his role as Managing Director of a health informatics consultancy in December 2016, where his various posts have included Chief Information Officer at University Hospital Morecambe Bay and IT programme leader for Better Care Together new care model vanguard. This model has involved innovating new ways of delivering care and is leading to the creation of a common platform for information systems. This is very much something Wirral are working hard towards around Population Health Management.

Paul has more than 35 years’ experience in health care informatics having worked in top roles at the National Programme for IT and Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority. He also worked for 5 years for Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar for 5 years leading their strategic Informatics programme. He makes a welcome return to Wirral University Teaching Hospital, where he was formerly Director of Health Care Informatics and Wirral Health Informatics Service, bringing with him a wealth of experience.


Dr Ian Campbell, Director, Health and Life Sciences, Innovate UK 

Dr Ian Campbell is an experienced executive in life sciences and the diagnostics sector. In October 2016 Ian took up the post of Director for Health and Life Sciences at Innovate UK. Prior to that, he most recently served as Chief Executive of Arquer Diagnostics, a company developing and commercialising immunoassay tests for cancers of the urinogenitary tract.

Previously he served as Chief Executive of Imperial College spin-out company Molecular Vision, developing a disposable, quantitative point-of-care diagnostic platform, before being acquired by Abingdon Health in 2012. Ian has also served as Commercial Director with Bespak Europe. Ian has a strong scientific background, gaining his PhD at the University of Glasgow.

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Health and social care professionals, patient representatives, and designers who are interested in how to create digitally-led services that improve health and care services for users.

Job titles include:

Chairs/Chief Executives

Chief Information Officers

Chief Technology Officers

Clinical Commissioning Groups

Clinical/Medical Directors

Digital Champions/Digital Managers

Digital Strategy Leads

Directors of Enterprise and Innovations

Directors of Information Management / Informatics / ICT

Directors of Social Services

Directors/Heads of Business Management/Transformation

Directors/Heads of Commissioning/Procurement

Directors/Heads of Communications

Directors/Heads of Digital Inclusion/Engagement

Directors/Heads of Efficiency and Improvement

Directors/Heads of Information Assurance/Governance/ IT Security

Directors/Heads of Modernisation and Performance

Directors/Heads of Policy/Strategy

IT Directors/Managers

Professors of Informatics / Health Informatics / Medicine

Professors of Science / Technology / Research

Programme/Project Directors

Service Managers

Web Directors/Managers


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