Digital Health Rewired 2023

Digital Health Rewired returns on 14-15 March 2023 bringing the UK’s digital health community together at a pivotal time for the sector.

Members of the fast-evolving, dynamic multi-disciplinary community – including NHS and social care, private healthcare, suppliers, start-ups, innovators, policy makers and patients – will convene at London’s Business Design Centre to debate the most pressing topics across eight CPD-accredited stages. Here’s a preview of what’s to come.

Future direction for national policy
Just months after NHS Digital’s planned merger with NHS England in January, Dr Tim Ferris the latter’s director of transformation will speak on the National Policy and Keynote Stage. With major changes in programmes and priorities afoot, Tim will share the next steps for digital and data to support NHS recovery, help alleviate pressures and underpin future delivery of safe, convenient, and equitable health services.

Joining Tim will be the interim CEO of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery. She will draw on experiences from NHS Provider’s digital board programme to outline the next steps for delivering digital at trust-level against the backdrop of political structural reform.

Digital is an becoming an increasingly effective tool to address health inequalities, according to Richard Stubbs. The CEO of Yorkshire and Humber AHSN and vice chair of the AHSN Network will explore how digital solutions can be scaled to different geographical variations, ages and levels of affluence, sharing digital inclusion case studies from the Yorkshire and Humber region.

From policy to patient flow. In December Dr Vin Diwakar, the medical director for secondary care in NHS England’s national medical care and transformation directorates, announced the go-live of 40 new data-driven traffic control centres to help local NHS teams manage hospital capacity in real time. Rewired delegates will hear Dr Diwakar share how science, technology, digital and data is being used to address improvements in patient outcomes and relieve under-pressure NHS services. 

Charting the digital course for integrated care
Fast evolving integrated care systems (ICSs) are finding their feet with digital leaders being appointed to explore new ways to deliver integrated health and social care. On Rewired’s Integrated Care Stage, you’ll hear from pioneering teams making integrated care a reality, with examples of work from across the country on delivering shared care records, population health, patient portals and remote care at scale.

Rob Webster, CEO of West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership is one of the true pioneers of integrated care systems. He will discuss key challenges in delivering ICS digital strategy and investment priorities. While Lisa Emery, chief transformation, innovation and digital officer for NHS Sussex ICS, and chair of the CIO Network, will share her experiences of moving from an NHS trust to ICS-land and the required shift in focus and priorities.

Developing roles of digital nursing
The vibrant fields of digital nursing, midwifery, AHPs and pharmacy continue to develop at pace. Back for the second edition, the Digital Nursing Summit – which now runs across two days – will focus on latest developments and showcase digital leaders and initiatives of all four sectors from across the NHS.

Keynote speaker Dr Natasha Phillips, CNIO at NHS England will share findings from the May 2022 Phillips Ives Review, outlining the next steps for empowering England’s 300,000-strong nursing and midwifery workforce to deliver the NHS’s digital future.

Key themes include how to reduce documentation burden, the influence of shared-decision-making councils, quick-fire career snapshots sessions and interactive debates around the digital roles across nursing, midwifery, AHPs and pharmacy.

Confirmed speakers include national representatives Helen Balsdon, Acting CNIO & Director of Digital Clinical Safety, NHS England, Fran Beadle, CNIO of Digital Health and Care Wales, NHS Wales.

Local digital leaders on the programme include Sarah Thompson, CCIO, Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, Misbah Mahmood, Digital Midwife at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Sarah Hanbridge, CCIO for Nursing & AHPs, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and Chair, CNIO Network, and Ramandeep Kaur, CCIO, NHS University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.  
 
Service transformation at scale
The Digital Transformation Stage will showcase how digital is enabling health service transformation at scale in the NHS and internationally. Delegates will learn lessons from leaders who will share their experiences of implementing successful digital transformation programmes.

Teams at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and University Hospitals Birmingham are working to simplify Gloucester’s lung cancer pathway, which includes 34-87 steps, 14 clinical systems and 15 different specialities, through digitisation and automation. Doctors and researchers from the trusts will explain how at this key Rewired session.

How do we prepare NHS staff to help deliver the digital future? Helen Thomas, CEO of Digital Health & Care Wales, named the best place to work in IT at the British Computer Society’s annual UK IT industry awards in December 2022, will speak about how to build a digital workforce, with FEDIP’s CEO, Andrew Griffiths.

Richard Corbridge will bring a patient-focused perspective on digital transformation. The CIO of pharmacy chain, Boots, will be talking about personalised health on the high street and the potential to support service transformation across the NHS.

The critical era of smart health
Smart networks and infrastructure provide the essential basis for digital health and care. This is the focus on day one of the Smart Health Stage. Software, data and sensors are increasingly embedded into worldwide networked medical equipment and physical fabric of healthcare buildings and facilities. We explore the questions such as where does the NHS stand on cloud, sustainability and green IT?

Day two of Rewired explores how health and care are now critically reliant on IT infrastructure, digital services, smart networks and medical IOT. What are the next steps in securing and ensuring the availability of vital digital networks, assets and data?

Cyber security is firmly back in the NHS spotlight again after the August cyber security attack on supplier Advanced which disrupted NHS 111 and has left 12 mental health trusts without access to vital patient records. This must-attend Rewired 2023 stage learn how the NHS can level-up its cyber security resilience to best protect patient data and avoid disruption to health services.  

The NHS’s security chief Mike Fell is the day two keynote for the Smart Health Stage. Hear the NHS cyber security boss discuss the latest developments in national cyber strategy for healthcare, incidents cyber threats and best practice in managing risk.

Where next for AI and analytics?
How is AI, data and analytics is being used to drive healthcare innovation? The AI, Data & Analytics Stage explores the key emerging challenges and opportunities around research, and the latest use of new analytical and predictive capabilities to support patient care.

Renowned doctor, academic, writer and broadcaster, Prof. Ben Goldacre, returns as Rewired keynote speaker. Hear directly from the author of ‘Better, Broader Safer’, the review into better using health data for research and analysis published in April 2022.

His recommendations included making Trusted Research Environments the model for accessing NHS patient records data, and creating more career and development opportunities for NHS data analysts.

Start-ups and scale ups square up
Over 80 of the hottest digital health start-ups and scale ups across Europe, the US and Canada have entered Rewired Pitchfest 2023. The live final of the entrepreneurial competition, which offers entrants a game-changing opportunity to win an NHS test bed site, takes place on day two, Wednesday 15 March.

Eight finalists will be put through their paces by a panel of VCs, investors and NHS tech leaders before one start-up or scale up is crowned Pitchfest 2023 champion. 2022 winner Dr Rachael Grimaldi, Chief Executive of CardMedic who returns as a judge, says: “There’s no better opportunity for young digital health companies to get in front of a relevant, interested, engaged audience.”

Pioneers share digital successes
Shining a spotlight on pioneering digital projects from across the NHS provides a shared knowledge base to enable transformation efforts to scale. Running across the two days of Rewired as a show-floor feature, the Best Practice Showcase blends curated open call sessions from NHS presenters with best practice sessions from suppliers.

These quick-fire sessions will offer actionable takeaways from NHS pioneers and industry experts to take back to your organisation. They are ideal for anyone looking for insights and inspiration for your next high-impact digital project or programme.

Join the community at Rewired
Rewired 2023 is the premier education and networking event for all members of the UK digital health community; bringing the best of NHS IT, digital, data and innovation under one roof. The event is free for NHS, public sector, charities and education. Follow updates via #Rewired23.

Date: 
Mar 14 2023 to Mar 15 2023
Venue: 
London’s Business Design Centre

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