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DigiHealth UK: Harnessing Technology and Innovation

  • Tuesday, 17 October 2017
  • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • 08:30 - 17:00
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  • Overview

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.

  • Confirmed Speakers

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

Delegates and sponsors have the first opportunity to network in the Network Surgery. Hot drinks, pastries and fruit will be provided.


Chair’s Opening Address

"Welcome and Introduction"

Keynote Address

  • Neil Calland, Senior Programme Lead , NHS England (confirmed)
"Harnessing Technology and Innovation in Secondary Care"

NHS England has revealed 16 acute trusts and 7 mental health trusts who will be supported to become Global Digital Exemplars. This session will summarise the progress to date, and elaborate on how this investment will support the broader system through fast followers, blueprints and learning networks.

  • James Hawkins, Director of Programmes, NHS Digital (confirmed)
  • Cleveland Henry, Programme Director, Digital Collaboration Service (NHSmail), NHS Digital (confirmed)
"Technology is the Easy Bit: Achieving a Paperless NHS"

The digital transformation of health and care is not about digitising existing paper processes. Maximising the impact of new technology and data services requires cultural and behavioural change to drive the way care is delivered. This talk will discuss how we can achieve broad adoption and innovative use of technology and technologies to meet  the needs of clinicians and patients.

  • Yinka Makinde, Programme Director, DigitalHealth.London (confirmed)
"Digital Health.London – Building the Global Digital Health Capital, Together"

London has some of the most digitally engaged citizens on the planet, as well as more tech developers than Silicon Valley, big health needs and some of the most respected health and academic institutions in the country. Digital Health.London is a virtual digital institute that seeks to capitalize on this, and make it simpler for great health tech ideas to help Londoners and the NHS.


Case Study

  • Jason Gordon, UK & Ireland Health Manager, Texthelp (confirmed)
  • Paul Fox, Business Development Manager, Texthelp (confirmed)
"Empower and Enable: The power of words"

Digital technology has disrupted how we provide healthcare in the NHS in the 21st century, from the most complex surgical procedure to the simplest patient-clinician transaction. At the core of this digital transition is how we communicate with others; our colleagues, peers and most importantly, the person receiving our care.

In this presentation Texthelp will explore, giving practical examples, how assistive technology can break down barriers online and in the workplace; helping to create inclusive organisations and accessible patient information, overcome language barriers and empower staff to communicate clearly with those seldom heard.


Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area

  • Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive Officer, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (confirmed)
"Creating and Delivering Services Fit for the Future"

Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network is working to create and deliver services fit for the future. As one of the multiple projects where they are involved, Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network have launched a ground breaking Innovation Health Exchange Portal. A platform for NHS staff and industry innovators across the Health and Care sector to connect and share innovative solutions, projects and products that support the ambition of providing world class patient care.


Case Study

  • Judy Lenane, Chief Clinical Officer, iRhythm Technologies (confirmed)
"How Can Technology Improve Patient Care and Reduce Costs to the NHS"

Zio by iRhythm capturing beat-to-beat cardiac rhythm for up to 14 days, continuously recording and storing both symptomatic and asymptomatic events 24 hours a day. 

Precise, reliable, cardiac rhythm analysis.

  • Chris Sawyer, Innovation Lead for Digital Health, Innovate UK (confirmed)
"Driving innovation and closing the technology gap within the NHS"

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, supports innovative solutions to these healthcare challenges.


Case Study

  • Neil Carson, Public Sector Customer Experience Specialist, Oracle Digital (confirmed)
"Digitally Enabled Self-Care"

Digital technology has the potential to transform the NHS, yet it is often viewed with suspicion due to some high-profile failures.

During this lively presentation Neil Carson (Healthcare specialist in Oracle) will talk about how to succeed with digital. He'll show examples of how digital is transforming front line service delivery for mothers in West Sussex and service users with mental health and addiction concerns in Leicestershire. Both were delivered rapidly with practitioners at the forefront of designing the service rather than ICT consultants. Both are improving outcomes and saving money.

Neil will also touch upon some of the less well publicised area of digital change, where smart use of technology is freeing up time, money and resources which can then be directed to improve clinical outcomes.


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair’s Afternoon Address


Case Study

"Digital front door to health"

Modern developed world healthcare systems have had great success managing to reduce or delay for many years’ deaths from acute medical conditions. However, that has generated an increased number of conditions requiring management, and with rising age of populations, a cumulative rise in the number of chronic conditions. Healthcare needs a new operating model.


Case Study

  • Ian Kirby, Healthcare Business Lead, ACF Technologies (confirmed)
"Patient Journey Optimisation – Radiotherapy at Sheba Medical Centre"

Q-nomy’s patient journey management platform has been used by Sheba Medical Centre to increase Linear Accelerator utilisation rates to 95%, improve the patient and family experience and to reduce wrong patient in wrong room identification.

Q-nomy will show how orchestrating the patient in the facility using Q-Flow has achieved these benefits.

Sheba Medical Centre in Israel (Former English military hospital) founded in 1949, is the largest medical centre in the middle east and one of the largest public health facilities in the world.

  • Paul Charnley, Director of IT and Information, Wirral University Teaching Hospital (confirmed)
"Hospitals that are leading the way to a digital future"

A £100 million funding pot by NHS England gives the opportunity to pilot projects to lead the way for the whole system to move faster and showing signs of improvement data innovation and delivering benefits for patients. What are the advances made this year on implementing the last digital innovations in healthcare to become centres of global digital excellence?


Case Study

  • John Grumitt, CEO of Changing Health and Vice President of Diabetes UK (confirmed)
  • Prof. Mike Trenell, Professor of Metabolism & Lifestyle Medicine, Newcastle University (confirmed)
"Reversing Type 2 diabetes. Exclusive insight into the 2017 patient outcomes data on evidence based digital education and support."

Changing Health will share the latest outcome data from recent studies looking at the impact of evidence based digital education and lifestyle coaching to improve patient outcomes. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance of a robust evidence based when considering digital interventions for patients.
  • Potential improvement in health outcomes for people with Type 2 diabetes derived from evidence based digital education and lifestyle interventions
  • Key psychological considerations when engaging with patients to ensure lasting change. 



Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the networking area

  • Ray Ford, Chief Technology Officer, AIS Group Plc (confirmed)
"Data privacy regulation on Digital Health Care"

Closing Keynote Address

"Transforming the Health & Well Being of the People of Greater Manchester: Working Together to Accelerate the Introduction of Innovation in our Health & Social Care Services."

Question and Answer Session


Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Construction of The Bridgewater Hall commenced on 22 March 1993, but the idea of a new concert hall for Manchester dates back to the reconstruction of the Free Trade Hall in the 1950s after wartime bomb damage. The Free Trade Hall was home to the city’s famous Hallé orchestra and also hosted rock and pop concerts. However, despite holding great public affection, the 1850s Free Trade Hall was ill-equipped to respond to the rising standards of service and acoustic excellence demanded by performers and audiences.

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who will attend

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:

  • 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