Digi Health UK: The Future of Healthcare, Digital, Data and Technology

  • Thursday, 24 October 2019
  • Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:30
  • Overview

Today we live in a technology rich, digitally enabled world that has influenced many aspects of our daily lives, such as how we shop, socialise and communicate, to mention just a few. However, the health and social care services have been lagging behind in adopting and utilising healthtech and innovation to support better care provision.
In the Autumn of 2018, the government published the policy paper The Future of Healthcare-Our Vision for Digital, Data and Technology. The paper lays out the ambitions to better serve the needs of all users of the NHS through the use of new generation technologies and products. It highlights developments in areas such as modular IT, robotics, AI, data drivers and cloud-based data sharing, whilst understanding the need for greater interoperability and the requirements for privacy and security.

The Digi Health UK: The Future of Healthcare, Digital, Data and Technology conference is the latest in a series of events hosted by Open Forum Events focusing on digital transformation and emerging technologies within the healthcare sector. The event will highlight:

  • The ambitions for the future of the healthcare as laid out in the latest policy paper
  • How data, digital and technology innovations can be implemented to improve care provision
  • Development of the NHS digital, data and technology standards framework which will outline the key standards for clinical safety, the use of data, interoperability and design interactions
  • Examples of where cutting-edge technologies are making a difference to patients, staff service users and carers

The day will feature a series of presentations, discussion sessions and interactive networking to reinforce the Health and Social Care Secretary’s vision for a more tech-driven NHS.

The NHS is the largest integrated health system in the world and is regarded as one of the best. It employs 1.7 million people and treats 1 million patients every 36 hours, undertaking a colossal number of interventions and generates a vast amount of data and information. Despite ongoing efforts to apply modern day technology, the NHS has fallen behind the rest of society with ‘outdated and obstructive’ systems that cannot communicate with one another.

Matt Hancock, The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in a speech about his vision for the NHS, said;

“Now is the moment to put the failures of the past behind us, and set our sights on the NHS being the most cutting-edge system in the world for the use of technology to improve our health, make our lives easier, and make money go further, harnessing the amazing explosion of innovation that the connection of billions of minds through digital technology has brought to this world.”

In October 2018, a policy paper was produced by NHS Digital. The Future of Healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care lays out ambitious plans to ultilise technology and data to improve the health and social care systems and support patients and staff. It focuses on 4 guiding principles;

  • user needs
  • privacy and security
  • interoperability and openness
  • inclusion

The paper commits to ensuring a modern-day architecture is in place with the ideas to put tools in modern browsers, usage of the public cloud, building a data layer with registers and accessibility over application programming interfaces (APIs).
The four areas targeted as priorities are;

  • Infrastructure where open standards will be set, and systems can talk securely to one another to help provide joined up care
  • Digital services to meet user needs
  • Innovation to benefit the health and social care systems and boost the healthtech economy
  • Skills and Culture to build a digitally enabled workforce

According to Matt Hancock;

“The tech revolution is coming to the NHS. These robust standards will ensure that every part of the NHS can use the best technology to improve patient safety, reduce delays and speed up appointments.”

“A modern technical architecture for the health and care service has huge potential to deliver better services and to unlock our innovations. We want this approach to empower the country’s best innovators — inside and outside the NHS — and we want to hear from staff, experts and suppliers to ensure our standards will deliver the most advanced health and care service in the world.”

To deliver the digital transformation, the Secretary of State has announced the creation of two new bodies. The Healthtech Advisory Board will help guide the government on its mission to transform technology in the NHS and look at how the NHS can harness the potential of technology and create a culture of innovation, with the aim of improving patient outcomes and reducing the workload on NHS staff. The other new organisation, given the working name NHSX, is to bring together the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement to oversee digital transformation of the health and care system.

Join us at the Digi Health UK: The Future of Healthcare, Digital, Data and Technology conference where the discussions and interactions will inform delegates as to the future ambitions for a technologically enriched NHS

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Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair’s Opening Address

  • Charles Lowe, Managing Director, Digital Health and Care Alliance (confirmed)

Keynote Address

Dr Ben Goldacre, Chair, Healthtech Advisory Board (invited)

"The Technological Ambitions for Future Healthcare"

The Future of Healthcare policy paper sets out the vision to transform NHS technology. The changes will secure a brighter future for the health and social care system and are central to unlocking the potential of innovative technologies to support care.

  • Dr Alistair Walling, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Leeds City and Leeds CCG (confirmed)

Wholesale information and data sharing in the NHS has long been sought but to date has proved difficult to accomplish with systems that cannot communicate with one another. Interoperability is at the heart of the vision for the future NHS and according to Matt Hancock, ‘outdated and obstructive NHS IT systems will become a thing of the past’.


Dan Taylor, Head of Security, NHS Digital (invited)

"Cyber Security and Data Safeguarding"

Reaping the benefits of high-quality data being available across care settings relies on the public having confidence in the appropriate and effective use of data. It is essential to have robust cyber security and rules around privacy and data sharing to ensure that information is shared across the system in a safe, secure and legal way.


Main Sponsor


Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area

  • Hadleigh Stollar, Programme Manager, Integrating Care, NHS Digital (confirmed)
"Technology Enabled Care through National Capabilities"

NHS Digital’s Integrating Care programme provides an array of national assets which help to facilitate improvements in how frontline personnel interact with the service and deliver direct care to patients. Hadleigh Stollar, Integrating Care’s Programme Manager will outline the progress of these new and exciting capabilities, will highlight how they are making a difference across the service and will explain how you can join the journey towards a more integrated care system enabled through NHS Digital’s technology solutions.

  • Radhika Rangaraju, Head of Integration, Digital Urgent and Emergency Care Operations and Information, NHS England (confirmed)
"Digital Development in the NHS- Building a Digital Ecosystem"

Case Study


Case Study


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair’s Afternoon Address


Case Study


Dale Peters, Research Director, TechMarketView (invited)

"Introducing Modular IT"

The policy paper states the NHS needs “modular IT systems, where any module can be easily switched out” this will allow changes to be made to services without having to tear down the whole infrastructure - an expensive and time consuming endeavour.

"Creating the Conditions to Deliver World Leading Digital Health Solutions"

The UK has many of the world’s leading HealthTech companies, as well as world-class research and academic institutes and the world’s biggest health institution. The vision is for the health service to support safe and effective innovations, promote their testing and iteration and benefit from their utlilisation. The government want the UK to lead the world in the development of innovations to support people to live healthy and independent lives for longer, working closely with industry to develop new attractive technologies.


Question and Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break

  • Karen Livingstone, National Director, AHSN Innovation Exchange and SBRI Healthcare (confirmed)
"AI and Data Grand Challenge"

The government’s industrial strategy set out the Artificial Intelligence and Data Grand Challenge. For healthcare, the mission is to use data, artificial Intelligence and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030.

  • Dr Theo Fotis, Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton (confirmed)
"Developing a Digital Literate Health and Social Care Workforce"

The presentation will build upon the recently published Topol review and will discuss opportunities, ways and challenges of developing a digital literate health and social care workforce.


Robert Johnstone FRSA, Patient Advocate - International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), European Forum for
Good Clinical Practice (EFGCP) & Health Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) (confirmed)

"Digital, Data and Technology- The Patient's Experience"

Question and Answer Session


Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

  • Register for event

  • Hear how the policy paper aims to transform the NHS is by embedding innovation and adoption of 21st Century technologies into the delivery of future care
  • Understand why the barriers to interoperability have existed and how they can now be overcome through an open standards approach
  • Learn more about how privacy and security are to be upheld, whilst data and information sharing is utilised, to help deliver personalised patient care and assist staff
  • Receive an understanding of Modular IT and how this ‘plug and play’ architecture will enable any module to be swapped out
  • Hear how The NHS Digital, Data and Technology Standards Framework will support the policy paper’s ambitions
  • Discover how user needs are to be met, overcoming current frustrations and removing the barriers to engagement
  • Gain an insight as to how NHS innovation can not only improve health and social care delivery, but also boost the healthtech economy and make the UK a World leader in innovation
  • Listen to an update on the Industrial’s strategy Artificial Intelligence and Data Grand Challenge and its progress to use data, artificial Intelligence and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030
  • Discover the plans adopt a new culture and to arm the NHS workforce with the digital skills needed to implement future ambitions
  • Enjoy knowledge sharing and networking
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to build contacts
  • Benefit from invaluable insight and information to be disseminated amongst colleagues and peers
  • Gain CPD credits


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who will attend

  • 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