Guest blog: Connecting the current & future worlds of digital health

In this guest blog Jon Hoeksma, CEO of Digital Health discusses how healthcare leaders and the tech supplier community can address interoperability challenges ahead of Digital Health Rewired 2020, 3-4 March at London Olympia.

UK healthcare is replete with innovative digital projects big and small, but the key challenge remains to share knowledge, identify and scale up best practice. And despite the promise of new disruptive technologies, they often struggle to get on the radar of the NHS IT leaders leading transformational change.

When we launched the first edition of Digital Health Rewired earlier this year, we set out to bring the diverse UK digital health community together to discover new possibilities for delivering health and care services through technology.

Built on our in-depth industry experience and knowledge, we wanted to create a new kind of event, focused on building lasting connections between local and national health IT leaders and the most innovative suppliers.

 

The first edition

In its launch edition, Rewired attracted over 1,600 NHS IT leaders, had over 120 speakers across seven different tracks, and an amazing innovation and start-up focus that included the Rewired Pitchfest and Hack Days.

The reason Rewired was so unique, according to our attendees - made up of our core audience of NHS CIOs, IT directors, CCIOs and clinical IT leaders, CNIOs, chief executives, finance directors, and other senior health leaders - was the originality of the programme, engaging  speakers, range of networking opportunities and overall event buzz.

And exhibitors, an important part of the health tech ecosystem, felt engaged. Many commented on the high number of quality relationships with the NHS they had built.

 

Bigger and better for 2020

How to make Rewired will be bigger and better for 2020? For a start, we’ve added a dedicated new CCIO and CIO track on day two, exploring how the roles are evolving locally, reflecting the diverse range of approaches to lead the development of integrated care, data science, research and clinical engagement.

Also new for 2020 is the Rewired Data Lab, helping delegates gain a better understanding of the latest developments in the use of data and data science tools, and Digital Health Developer Conference, a new educational event for developers working across all parts of health and care.

The two-day format that worked so well in 2019 remains. Rewired kicks off with the one-day Rewired Leadership Summit for the most senior NHS CCIOs and CIOs. For 2020, the keynote is a hugely impressive digital leader, none other than techUK’s president Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, who will open the summit. She will discuss the key attributes of effective digital leadership to achieve large-scale digital transformation and draw on the vital importance of having a diverse range of leaders, reflective of wider society outside healthcare.

Day two is the Rewired Conference and Exhibition, aimed at everyone interested in helping shape the digital future of health and care. The conference will feature seven packed tracks of top speakers and inspirational leaders on digital health, will provide delegates with practical insights, knowledge and ideas they can take home and act on. The fast-paced Rewired Pitchfest returns with 16 of the best start-ups in digital health competing live on stage.

We’ve already confirmed a mix of compelling speakers including the NHSX senior management team - Tara Donnelly (CDIO), Matthew Gould (CEO), Simon Eccles (Deputy CEO), Digital Health Awards winners - Mandy Griffin, (CIO of Calderdale and Huddersfield), Gareth Thomas (CCIO at Salford Royal), Natasha Phillips (CNIO at UCL) - and a range of digital disruptors such as Daniel Nathrath (Co-founder of Ada Health) and Carron Manning (Co-founder of iPrescribe Exercise).

By placing innovation, digital transformation and interoperability centre stage, we will ensure the most pressing themes at the heart of the digital health revolution are addressed. 

 

Partnering with techUK

The last of the three themes - interoperability - forms a key part of our new partnership with techUK. The membership body will contribute top-class speakers to the Rewired programme and share its expertise on how digital technologies are reshaping health and social care.

Four years on from the techUK Charter and Newcastle Declaration accelerating progress on interoperability remains elusive, yet critical to achieving the benefits of digital health for all. 

So, in the run-up to Rewired 2020, we’ll work with partners to hold the first of a series of joint Health Interoperability Debates to bring together suppliers with CIOs and CCIOs to explore how to measure progress on interoperability, with results presented at in the Interoperability track at Rewired.

We hope the Health Interoperability Debates and Rewired will now help bring suppliers and NHS IT leaders together around shared and measurable goals.

You too can be part of the debate. Contact us if you would like to get your organisation involved in Rewired 2020 and help shape the future of health IT. To register to attend, book your place here.

See you in March.

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