DigiHealth UK: Delivering Digital Transformation

  • Wednesday, 09 February 2022
  • The Royal National Hotel, London
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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Join us at our 8th Annual DigiHealth UK: Delivering Digital Transformation conference which will focus on how the adoption of technological innovation at an unprecedented scale and pace is a central plank of the NHS Long Term Plan. Through 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.

We will discuss how 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 communication, confidentiality and consent - ethics on which trust in medicine has been built on.

Our fully CPD Accredited programme of expert speakers will feature an overview of the challenges and opportunities ahead with guidance from organisations such as NHSX, Health Education England, NHS Digital and Digital Health and Care Alliance plus many more…

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. 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.

Open Forum Events are delighted to be gaining a reputation for “truly inspirational” health and social care conferences. Our delegates are telling us that they leave our events with “new ideas and approaches” they can “actually apply” within their own organisations. We are proud to be recognised as a leading organiser of Digital Healthcare national conferences

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  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair’s Opening Address


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.

  • 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?


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Question and Answer Session

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

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

Speaker TBC


Coffee in the Networking Area


David Hodnett, Head of Operations, NHS App Organisation, NHS Digital (invited)

"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.


Speaker TBC

"The Role of Artificial Intelligence in the NHS"

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.


Case Study

VerseOne Group (confirmed)

VerseOne Group is a multi-disciplined product and services organisation providing cutting edge digital transformation solutions to the NHS, Social Housing and the wider market. The depth and breadth of VerseOne’s solutions is evidenced through powering over 50 NHS organisations, and this coupled with their Innovation Fund - specifically set up to nurture and support novel products and services within the Healthcare sector - further enhance and support the company’s leadership in delivering patient centred digital solutions.


The Vocoll suite of software, is VerseOne's market leading communication and collaboration platform, which is driving integration of care and enhancing patient experience across the NHS. Currently deployed across multiple care settings, including CAMHS, Appointments, internal staff communications, external patient relations and maternity ambulatory care, Vocoll provides the digital backbone needed to support integration of patient centred care in the NHS.


Question and Answer Session

David Hodnett, Head of Operations, NHS App Organisation, NHS Digital (invited)

VerseOne Group Representative (confirmed)

Speaker TBC


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.  


Chair’s Afternoon Address

  • 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

Speaker TBC

"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.


Debate: Digital Immunity Passports

Speakers TBC

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.

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-pandemic? The 'digital identity industry' existed prior to the pandemic, conversations supporting the necessity of ID Cards and digital identity systems have been present in 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?

Afternoon Refreshment Break


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.


Speaker TBC

"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.


Speaker TBC

"The Role of Electronic Observation Technology in a Hospital Setting"

Presentation synopsis coming soon...


Question and Answer Session


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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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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