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Returning to London’s Olympia for the third year, UK e-Health Week is devoted to the people and organisations that use the power of IT to transform health and care. Health Business analyses May’s show
Hosted by HIMSS and BCS - the Chartered Institute for IT, the e-Health Week agenda, developed with the support of NHS England and NHS Digital, will guide delegates through inspiring plenary discussions, informative workshops and practical tutorials, maintaining an overall theme of using data, IT and tech to transform health and care.
Attendees will understand the implications of the two-year planning cycle linked to agreed Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), supported by the established vanguard sites. This is enhanced by the newly created Global Digital Exemplars Zone, which will showcase the progress made by the 12 NHS trusts announced by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as the most advanced in their use of IT and data. The exemplars are to receive up to £10 million to continue to deliver innovative approaches to digitalisation and to help others in the NHS to learn from their experience, with the extra funding and support hoping to take these trusts from national leaders in health IT to world-class centres of excellence.
The interactive zone will operate as a ‘conference within a conference’, shining a light on the successes, ambitions and plans of the exemplars. The space will be a hub of collaboration and networking, with local innovators at the forefront of health IT delivery and influential leaders from national organisations shaping the digital agenda on hand to talk about their work areas.
Key themes for 2017
UK e-Health Week 2017 will tackle all of the current challenges and opportunities in healthcare IT, focusing on the progress towards a fully digital NHS, scrutinising the plans and roadmaps that NHS England and NHS Digital are putting in to place to make the NHS paper free. This includes the aforementioned Global Digital Exemplars Zone, as well as a focus upon cyber security, interoperability, digital maturity and the new Digital Delivery Board.
Additionally, conference sessions will examine leadership and culture within the NHS, using the Wachter Review to explore the new challenges facing healthcare IT leaders, emerging new customer profiles and voices and the new Digital Academy.
Key speakers to present sessions at the show include NHS England representatives, such as Matthew Swindells, national director for operations and information, Keith McNeil, NHS chief clinical information officer, Beverley Bryant, director of Digital Transformation, and Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer. On top of this, other speakers include: Andy Kinnear, chair of BCS Health; professor Ross Koppel, University of Pennsylvania; professor Chris Lehmann, Paediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University; and Steven Roberts, strategic transformation director and vice chair, Barclays UK.
Widening the digital experience
Following the conference welcome, to be presented by Stephen Lieber, president and CEO of show sponsor HIMSS, Juliet Bauer, director of Digital Experience at NHS England, will host the first keynote address. The first day os sessions will centre upon the aforementioned themes of digital health, leadership and patient centred care.
Following a talk by professor’s Ross Koppel and Christof Lehmann on the unintended consequences of digital health, a joint panel will discuss the importance of ensuring that digital transformation benefits patients and not just the system. Those involved in the presentation include Nick Hopkinson, chief information officer at Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Molly Watts, patient advocate for digital and Sue Farringdon, chair of the Patient Information Forum (PIF).
Mike Chitty, head of Applied Leadership at the NHS Leadership Academy and Tracey Watson, director for Innovation and Partnerships at NHS Digital will also speak on the morning of the first day to question whether leadership is the most important criteria to accelerate digital transformation. Juliet Bauer will then return to the stage to explore moving from examples of best practice to widespread adoption, alongside Will Warburton, director of Improvement at the Health Foundation.
As the first day reaches its close, Professor Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, will host her keynote and launch the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards alongside Chris Pointon, husband of the late Dr Kate Granger, a geriatrician, campaigner for better patient care and creator of the ‘#hellomynameis’ campaign, which encouraged healthcare staff to introduce themselves to patients.
Interoperability and integration
Andy Kinnear, chair of BCS Health, Keith McNeil, NHS England’s chief clinical information officer and Will Smart, chief information officer for NHS England, will lead the welcome and opening panel session on day two of UK e-Health Week. This will be followed by two keynote presentations - the first by Beverley Bryant, director of Digital Transformation and the second by Harpreet Sood, associate chief clinical information officer for NHS England.
Will Smart will then return to present a session on making interoperability and integration a reality, before Keith McNeil leads a talk on meeting the challenges of Paperless 2020, alongside Dr Afzal Chaudhry, chief medical information officer for Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust and Anne Cooper, chief nurse at NHS Digital.
Professor Martin Severs, Caldicott Guardian and lead clinician at NHS Digital, will lead a session on making place-based commissioning a reality with digital health. Severs will be joined in this session by Dr Geraint Lewis, chief data officer for NHS England, Dr Michael Dixon, chair at the College of Medicine, Andrew Griffiths, director of the NHS Wales Informatics Service, and Dr Saif Abed, EMEA medical director, Imprivata.
Unplugging healthcare expertise
NHS facilities go to great lengths to protect their data from network intrusions, hacking, viruses, and theft. However, many fail to protect against the disastrous consequences of data security breaches from media that they thought was deleted or erased, with various trusts having already been fined by the ICO over the loss of sensitive information and the maximum fine for Data Protection Act breaches is currently £500,000. This session analyses the consequences of data security breaches and garner erasure solutions.
In this session, Paessler AG take a brief look at how PRTG can help save lives by alerting system administrators and network managers to IT related issues before they impact patients. Maintaining uptime in a healthcare scenario is more critical than in most other industries and keeping pace with modern technology is not always easy. Using healthcare-specific protocols and sensors, PRTG can effectively be that vital extra team member IT managers have always needed.
XML Solutions will provide a demonstration of how easy it can be to go paperless using a publishing paradigm to avoid the slow cycle of requirements gathering, designing, coding, highlighting the importance of having a mechanism to put control of technology back into the hands of the business and clinical users.
Tap into the show app
Registered UK e-Health Week delegates have access to an exclusive mobile app to help them get the most out of their visit to the show, including planning their visit, networking with other app users and discovering more about show speakers and sponsors. Other features include personalised programme and ‘favourites’ functionality, which lets users save the sessions, speakers and exhibitors they’re interested in for easy access, and the ability to interact with other registered users through instant messaging.