The Digital Health Summit 2017: Driving the technology revolution
“It’s essential that information technology across the NHS works well and can perform the tasks needed to deliver high quality, safe and efficient care.” - Professor Bob Wachter
While 70% of flights are booked online and banking customers access smartphone apps 7,600 times a minute, only 2% of patients have had any digital interaction with NHS services. The NHS has fallen behind when it comes to exploiting the latest digital technologies and opportunities are being missed to connect with the 71% of UK adults who have a smartphone and the 84% who use the internet regularly. Smarter technology can improve health outcomes, boost efficiency and give patients more of a say in how and when they are treated.
The Digital Health Summit will explore the latest innovations being adopted across the country, share best practice and give all delegates the tools they need to transform their organisations by harnessing the tech revolution.
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|Dr Shahid Ali||GP and Professor of Digital Health, Salford University|
|Dan Sheldon||Digital Strategy Lead, Department of Health|
|Matthew Harrington||Programme Lead / Product Manager - Register with a GP, Department of Health|
|John Turk||Director Centra Care & Support, Centra (part of Circle Housing)|
|Taz Aldawoud||Director of Clinical Innovation and General Practitioner, Local Care Direct|
|Joanna Smith||Chief Information Officer, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust|
|Jenny Thomas||Accelerator Programme Director, DigitalHealth.London|
|Dr Anthony Smith||Chief Clinical Information Officer, Yeovil Hospital|
|Neil Mortimer||Business Manager, West Midland Academic Health Science Network|
- Discover how the latest technologies are transforming health care and learn how embracing digital innovations can help you deliver for your patients.
- Come and explore our exhibition, where leading suppliers of healthcare technology will showcase exciting and innovative products. Enjoy the opportunity to see new technology in action, learn how it can improve outcomes, and forge lasting business partnerships.
- Connect with over 200 high quality delegates, problem solve shared challenges with other professionals and learn from the experiences of others.
- Attend a variety of topical seminars, engaging interactive activities, and keynote panel discussions with experts in health technology.
- Quiz experts from across a variety of disciplines to gain exclusive insights into pioneering approaches to digital health.
Given its long history of disastrous IT reform, it is perhaps unsurprising that the NHS as an institution has been reluctant to embrace digital innovation. But tasked with caring for an ageing population with increasingly complex care needs, health leaders can no longer afford to ignore the potential benefits of introducing new technology. With finite resources, the NHS must find new ways of doing more with less.
Professor Bob Wachter, who was commissioned by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to carry out an audit of NHS IT, believes the problem is as much to do with personnel as it is a lack of digital infrastructure. He believes staff are generally “just not very good at envisioning fundamental changes in the way they work”. These comments highlight a key issue surrounding digital health - in order to have a fully successful technology revolution, there must also be a significant shift in the NHS working culture.
While hospitals in the US have lead the way on digital health, there are some isolated examples of technology pioneers within the NHS. Airedale NHS Foundation Trust in West Yorkshire has been experimenting with digital healthcare for 12 years. The trust is at the forefront of “telemedicine”, which uses video technology to allow doctors to issue medical advice from a remote location. Equipment placed in the homes of the most at-risk patients allows them to request assistance at the touch of a button and get immediate access to medical professionals who monitor video screens 24 hours a day. The approach has seen a 35% reduction in hospital admissions among the target group.
Digital health is not just about exploiting new technologies like video screens, it can also mean the shrewd application of data to make the most of existing resources. By identifying the 4% of patients who between them consumed 50% of the care budget, Yeovil District Hospital was able to provide targeted pre-emptive care in order to make major savings.
Making these kind of efficiency saving and putting the NHS on a more sustainable footing is a key part on the ambitious Five Year Forward View. The plan also proposes a series of NHS accredited smartphone apps, greater data sharing between primary and acute trusts, a digital booking system for GP appointments and a fully paperless NHS by 2020. In order to achieve this, local health systems have been asked to draw up “Local Digital Roadmaps” for their area.
- Why have previous attempts to overhaul NHS IT systems failed and what cultural changes need to take place to bring the health service into the 21st Century?
- Which NHS trusts are leading the way when it comes to adopting innovative new technologies and what can other organisations learn from them?
- What role do new technologies have to play in saving money and putting the NHS on a more sustainable footing?
Can the NHS achieve its digital goals by 2020?
- What safeguards need to be in place to ensure patient safety is not compromised by the introduction of new health technologies?
Registration & Refreshments
Opening Remarks from Chair
Dr Shahid Ali, GP and Professor of Digital Health, Salford University
Dan Sheldon, Digital Strategy Lead, Department of Health and Matthew Harrington, Programme Lead / Product Manager - Register with a GP, Department of Health
Bernard Quinn, Director, Improvement Programmes, NHS Improvement
Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition
Sponsored Speaker Session
John Turk, Director Centra Care & Support, Centra (part of Circle Housing) and Taz Aldawoud, Director of Clinical Innovation and General Practitioner, Local Care Direct
Too much too soon?: Making space for collaborative digital innovation
‘Tele’ –technologies are crucial to improving services yet we are behind the curve. Through unique partnerships we can deliver real value to the health system .
Joanna Smith, Chief Information Officer, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
How the digital agenda is driving transformation at RBHT
Sponsored Seminar Stream 1
Seminar 1 – IMS Health
Seminar 2 – Valtech
Jack Fitzgerald, Healthcare Director, Valtech
Whatever happened to the scientific method? Why patient-centric digital transformation is like medicine, not surgery.
How can you harness tensions between innovation and clinical defensibility to improve health outcomes?
Seminar 3 – FlyingBinary
Seminar 4 – Elsevier
Breda Corish, Clinical Solutions Director – UK & N Europe, Elsevier Ltd
The role of Clinical Decision Support in delivery of sustainable, high-quality, cost-efficient healthcare
Lunch & Networking
Sponsored Seminar Stream 2
Seminar 1 – Ccube Solutions
Seminar 2 – Citrix
Seminar 3 – Our Mobile Health
With over 250,000 health and medical apps available, how do you find the good ones? Our Mobile Health assess apps to help health and social care providers build a portfolio of apps which can be confidently recommended, deployed and socially prescribed. We will discuss some of the criteria to be aware of when reviewing apps and issues to take into consideration.
Seminar 4 – Interact – The Intelligent Intranet
Sponsored Speaker Session
Jenny Thomas, Accelerator Programme Director, DigitalHealth.London
Improving patient care and saving money for the NHS by working with digital health start ups
Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition
Dr Anthony Smith, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Yeovil Hospital
Building a patient centred digital infrastructure
Neil Mortimer, Business Manager, West Midland Academic Health Science Network
"AHSNs & Digital Innovation - the art of not reinventing the wheel"?
Closing statement from the chair
Close of Conference
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- Importance of digital systems to the future of the NHS.
- How health technology can improve service efficiency and increase patient safety.
- Using digital systems to empower patients and offer choice.
- How IT can help the NHS achieve the goals set out in the Five Year Forward View.
- How we can use IT to reduce admin costs and work towards achieving a paperless NHS.
- How Local Digital Roadmaps can transform health economies.