DigiHealth UK: Delivering Digital Transformation

  • Thursday, 23 September 2021
  • The Royal National Hotel, London
  • 09:20 - 16:35
150+
Conference
Attendees
10
CPD
Credits
10+
Expert Speakers
20+
Sponsors & Supporters
  • Overview

The pandemic has placed tremendous strain on the NHS, but by necessity the uptake and application of digital technologies has dramatically accelerated - for clinicians and patients. The NHS App recorded a 912% increase in people using the app between December 2019 (192,676) - Dec 2020 (1,951,640), the number of repeat prescriptions made through the app rose by 495% between January 2020 (45,931) - November 2020 (273,351) and recorded patient views through the app increased by 321% in the same period of time, according to data compiled by NHS Digital. Some NHS staff have been supported to provide care from their homes - whilst patient portals are providing information, advice, results, connectivity and home testing capabilities; NHS 111 recorded 3,569,917 online sessions between June - November 2020, a 257% increase on the same period in 2019.

The adoption of technological innovation at an unprecedented scale and pace was a central plank of the NHS Long Term Plan and unlikely to diminish once the immediate crisis has passed. In dealing with the pandemic, the NHS has demonstrated it can adapt and respond at speed - the continued acceleration of technologies will be crucial in dealing with the excess demand and must continue as systems adjust to a post-pandemic future. However, as delegates will explore - this acceleration must be paired with a cognisant effort to bring people who are not digital-natives along for the journey; and recognise the importance of confidentiality and consent - ethics on which trust in medicine has been built on.

Delegates will take away the following benefits of attending this face-to-face conference:

  • Gain 10 CPD Points.
  • Hear how the NHS workforce is to be supported with the necessary training to equip them with new digital skills and realise the potential of humans and digital technologies operating together and revolutionising healthcare; supporting the delivery of world-class care, free-up staff time, diagnose earlier and empower patients to take greater control of their own care.
  • Learn more about the contentious issue of immunity passports. The conference will host a debate between experts on either side of the divide - delegates will weigh-up the pros and cons of digital immunity passports, including the potential risks associated with widening access to law enforcement and employers; as well as the inherent risk of privacy and personal data breaches - against the necessity of providing a safe environment in which to travel, work and socialise.          
  • Benefit from invaluable insight and information disseminated by our roster of expert speakers and panellists on topics such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, genomic medicine, interoperability and data flow. Learn more about the UK’s ambition to become a world leader in artificial intelligence through initiatives like the National AI Lab, the Artificial Intelligence and Data Grand Challenge as well as working with other G7 nations to establish internationally recognised standards for AI; harnessing transformative approaches to prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030.
  • Hear from the leaders and innovators behind NHSX, the NHS App, artificial intelligence, electronic observations and digital postnatal dischargeoutlining journeys of adoption from concept to planning and ultimately integration.
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  • Event Programme

08:30

Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

09:20

Chair’s Opening Address

09:25

Keynote Address

  • Lisa Hollins, Head of Digital Innovation, NHSX (confirmed)
"NHSX - Transforming NHS Technology for 21st Century Healthcare"

NHSX is the central unit set up by the Department of Health and Social Care tasked with transforming NHS technology and bring traditional models of healthcare into the digital age. NHSX allows patients and clinicians to benefit from the latest digital innovations, systems and technology, with a view to driving the most advanced health and care service in the world to diagnose diseases earlier, free-up staff time and empower patients to take greater control of their own healthcare.

 

COVID-19 has dramatically accelerated the uptake and application of digital technologies in healthcare - the conference keynote will address how NHSX will continue to drive digital transformation at pace.

09:45
  • Di Bullman, Workstream Lead, Digital Readiness Programme, Health Education England (confirmed)
"Building a Digital Ready Workforce"

Digital capacity is growing exponentially - initiatives such as the NHS Long Term Plan are driving ambitious digital transformations, whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has forced adoption of digital technologies by necessity. What are we doing to ensure NHS staff are equipped with the necessary skills to harness new innovations? What training will NHS staff receive to equip them with new digital skills, enabling them to embrace a technologically driven culture conceived to support the delivery of world-class care, free-up staff time, diagnose earlier and empower patients to take greater control of their own healthcare?

10:05

Headline Sponsor

10:25

Question and Answer Session

Lisa Hollins, Head of Digital Innovation, NHSX (confirmed)

Di Bullman, Workstream Lead, Digital Readiness Programme, Health Education England (confirmed)

Main Sponsor

10:45

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:30

Speaker TBC

"The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare"

The government’s industrial strategy paper set out the Artificial Intelligence and Data Grand Challenge; the mission is to utilise data flow, artificial intelligence, machine learning and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030. To support this ambition, the government has announced a £250 million fund for a National Artificial Intelligence Lab with the aim of making the UK a world leader in AI and genomic medicine.

11:50
  • Dr Sunita Sharma, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)
"Innovation Working Towards Exceptional Care and Experiences- A New Digital Postnatal Discharge System"

Every year approximately 700,000 women give birth in England and Wales - the majority of these births take place in NHS hospitals. NHS surveys demonstrate that 50% of women report delay(s) in postnatal discharge from hospital; the digital postnatal discharge system has been co-designed to enhance system efficiencies, improve communications between team members, women and families.

12:10

Case Study

VerseOne Group (confirmed)

Case Study synopsis coming soon...

12:30

Case Study

This slot is reserved for organisations looking to engage delegates with services and opportunities that compliment conference presentation and discussion panel topics. If you're interested in delivering a Case Study, contact us on 0161 376 9007.

12:50

Question and Answer Session

Dr Sunita Sharma, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)

VerseOne Group (confirmed)

Speaker TBA

13:05

Lunch in the Networking Area

We'll be working with venues to ensure lunch at our events is as delicious as ever and caters for a range of dietary preferences - whilst being served in a safe and seamless manner. Some of the new measures we will be introducing to this effect are:

  • One-way queuing systems with safe distancing in operation.
  • Individual snacking bags containing fruit, trail mix and sweets provided on arrival - this will prevent people mixing around snack bars during networking breaks.
  • Individually portioned dishes and pre-sealed cutlery will be served at collection points.  

Where possible, we will request food is sourced locally to reduce food miles, use seasonal vegetables, red tractor certified meat and eggs from free range hens. We cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten/dairy-free; just notify us ahead of time should you have any allergens or requirements.  

14:00

Chair’s Afternoon Address

14:05
  • Charles Lowe, Managing Director, Digital Health and Care Alliance (confirmed)
"Why Digital Health is Different"

This presentation will cover:

  • The many interventions involved in digital health implementation
  • Why most people digital health pilots don't work
  • The importance of buy-in from both health professional users and patients
  • Key pointers to success
14:25

Debate: Digital Immunity Passports

Speakers TBA

Immunity passports are digital tools that authenticate a person's health status, including their COVID-19 status and vaccination records - providing a guarantee they are 'fit to fly', so to speak. Under the 'Vaccine Credential Initiative' global big tech organisations and state health platforms have undertaken joint-work on digital immunity passports in anticipation of international government agencies requiring proof of vaccination(s) upon entering a country.

 

In the UK, biometric companies have announced trials of their own vaccination passport. Upon administering a vaccine, clinicians would be able to create an online certificate using a smart phone or tablet (via an app). The vaccine recipient will then upload a picture of themselves to the electronic certificate in order to verify themselves when proof of vaccination is required. When somebody wishes to access their vaccination certificate they will need to verify their face against the image of themselves stored on the electronic 'passport'. The certificate does not include name(s), address, NHS number or any other identifying information. It is understandable in modern times that people turn to digital technology in order to facilitate liberation from lockdowns and counter-COVID measures; but do we want to live in a world where immunity passports are normalized? This debate will explore the pros and cons of immunity passports, including:

  • The social risks that immunity passports present, the obvious being a route to exclusion and discrimination; as well as more opaque issues - what could be the consequence(s) of employers or law enforcement gaining powers to view immunity passports. 
  • Experts have warned of the security dangers inherent in using bar/QR codes in COVID test certificates/immunity passports as they are susceptible to cloning and hacking, putting sensitive information at risk. Will health passports be built on privacy frameworks that allow the end user to choose what information is included and ensure the data is safeguarded?
  • Can existing NHS infrastructure be extended to immunity passports in order to enable healthcare professionals to provide accreditation securely given the rise in illegitimate vaccine invitations exploited by scammers?
  • Should immunity passports cease post-COVID? The 'digital identity industry' existed prior to the pandemic, conversations hailing the necessity of ID Cards and digital identity systems have been creeping into public discourse over time; to ensure immunity passports are developed as a genuine solution to risks presented by the pandemic, particularly travel - not a trojan horse for further infringements on people's privacy and freedoms - should immunity passports have a 'shelf-life' that expires after the pandemic?
14:55
  • David Hodnett, Head of Operations, NHS App Organisation, NHS Digital (confirmed)
"The NHS App - From Discovery, to Now"

This presentation will take delegates on a journey charting the history of the NHS app - from early-stage research to a product used comfortably by over 250,000 people within a year. David Hodnett, Head of Operations for the NHS App will discuss how it has grown, impart best practices for creating and implementing an app for use in healthcare settings and present delegates with the App's agenda over the next 12 months.

15:15

Afternoon Refreshment Break

15:30

Case Study

This slot is reserved for organisations looking to engage delegates with services and opportunities that compliment conference presentation and discussion panel topics. If you're interested in delivering a Case Study, contact us on 0161 376 9007.

15:50
"The Delivery of Interoperability "

Data, employed correctly, can empower patients to take greater control of their healthcare from a remote setting, increase efficiency in the healthcare system, reduce costs and improve public health. To truly benefit from its potential, data interoperability - the secure exchange of electronic health information across technology systems - needs to be established.

16:10
"The Role of Electronic Observation Technology in a Hospital Setting"

Presentation synopsis coming soon...

16:30

Question and Answer Session

Speaker TBA

Speaker TBA

Speaker TBA 

16:50

Chair’s Closing Remarks and Conference Close

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  • Gain 10 CPD Points.
  • Review how technological innovation in the NHS has supported the workforce in stepping-up to the COVID-19 pandemic response - learn more about how the rapid uptake and dissemination of data-driven approaches to care, digitalisation of consultations and app/portal-based connectivity will be integrated into standard practice.
  • Benefit from invaluable insight and information disseminated by our roster of speakers and panellists on topics such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, genomic medicine, interoperability and data flow.
  • Receive updates on how NHS staff will receive training to equip them with new digital skills, enabling them to embrace a technologically driven culture conceived to support the delivery of world-class care, free-up staff time, diagnose earlier and empower patients to take greater control of their own healthcare.
  • Develop your understanding of the role NHSX plays in the application of technological solutions that benefit patients and clinicians.
  • Hear about the forward plans for the NHS App, NHSX, National Artificial Intelligence Lab, Accelerated Access Collaborative and other initiatives driving the adoption of digital innovation in healthcare. 
  • An opportunity to build contacts within the NHS, establish relationships with service providers outside the public sector as well as networking with speakers, sponsors and delegates. 
  • Develop your understanding of the new structural organisation for IT strategy and the allocation of responsibilities to deliver technological transformation; receive greater insight into the programmes of work that are to be progressed and built upon, whilst ensuring integrity and security are upheld.
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Venue

The Royal National Hotel, London

The Royal National Hotel, London

Offering breathtaking views across Russell Square the hotel is within easy walking distance to the British Museum. Well located with Russell Square underground station a 2 minute walk away.

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    • 08:30 - 16:45
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  • Digital Healthcare Revolution: Harnessing NHS Technology

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    • 08:30 - 16:00
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  • DigiHealth UK: Harnessing Technology and Innovation

    • 17 October 2017
    • 08:30 - 17:00
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  • Digital Healthcare: Cutting Edge Innovation

    • 08 February 2018
    • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Digital Innovation in Healthcare: Creating a Health Service Fit for the Future

    • 11 October 2018
    • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Digi Health UK: The Future of Healthcare, Digital, Data and Technology

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    • 08:30 - 16:30
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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