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Digital Innovation in Healthcare: Creating a Health Service Fit for the Future

  • Thursday, 11 October 2018
  • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair’s Opening Address

  • Mark Duman, Founder, Patient Information Forum (confirmed)

Keynote Address

  • Dr Sam Shah, Director of Digital Development, NHS England (confirmed)
"Fit for the Future: Developing Digital Innovation in the NHS"

Innovation in healthcare is opening up new possibilities to treat patients remotely, to improve patient flow through digital appointments and acute discharge, to access medical records on the road for community practitioners or to share information from emergency services on route to hospital. The challenge for health providers is to ensure new opportunities can be grasped, that NHS staff have the right digital skills and the right technology in place to improve care.

  • Karen Livingstone, Chief Executive Officer, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Local Medical Committee (LMC) (confirmed)
"Transforming Health and Social Care Services"

SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England initiative, led by the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), who aim to promote UK economic growth whilst addressing unmet health needs and enhancing the take up of known best practice.


Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area


Case Study

  • Ivan Phelan, Research Associate Game Developer, Sheffield Hallam University (confirmed)
"Virtual Reality: How Engaging Content can Aid Rehabilitation and Reduce Pain"

Virtual Reality technology is still in its infancy, but the technology is improving and becoming more affordable to a point where it will become a more mass-market device. Currently the main market for VR is in entertainment. An area that is  developing is its use within a healthcare setting, and  the potential to improve rehabilitation techniques and help distract patients during painful treatments.


Case Study

  • Dr Ishani Patel, GP Co-Founder of Lantum and Clinical Lead, RMPartners (confirmed)
"NHS Innovation Accelerator"

Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair’s Afternoon Address


Case Study

  • Mike Pelz, Enterprise Business Development, Government and Healthcare, ACF Technologies, Inc. (confirmed)
"Enhancing Patient Access through Automation and Optimization"

The healthcare enterprise comprises vast dispersed resources of varying capacities with immense untapped potential to improve patient access for services.  Leveraging essential technologies for patient flow management affords opportunities to automate, load balance and improve access to services through virtual health, location awareness and predictive modelling.  The results are decreased wait times and enhanced patient experience using existing resources.


Case Study

Jennifer Weller, Clinical Operations Manager, iRhythm (confirmed)

  • Seamus McGirr, Director of Nursing and Urgent Care, Midalnds and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (confirmed)
"Framing the Challenge: Great Pathways and Fit for Purpose Systems"

The role of strategic system redesign in transformation and safe and effective health and care provision.


Question and Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break


Richard Harding, Digital Innovation Lead, NHS Digital (confirmed)

"Sharing Information, Interoperability and Integrated Care"

With the NHS undergoing a sustained period of transformation, there is a clear need for more effective information sharing between care settings, organisations and geographies, as well as between professionals and citizens, to optimise patient outcomes and quality of care. This is reliant on the ability of IT systems across health and care to be interoperable with one another, and is key to the delivery of the future vision of care in England.


Closing Keynote Address

Alison Baum OBE, CEO & Founder, Best Beginnings (confirmed)

"Fit for the future: Building capability and readiness"

Baby Buddy: A case study highlighting the power of evidence, innovation and collaboration to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities.


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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