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Digital Health Conference and Exhibition 2015
July 7, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm£299
Transforming Healthcare Service Delivery Harnessing Technology for Patient Benefit
The UK leads the world in many aspects of digital health thanks to its academic base, its visionary clinicians and policy makers, the private companies and public organisations active in the field, and the NHS which is responsible for commissioning and, in many cases, delivery of care services.
Healthcare, in common with other areas such as banking, travel and commerce, is being improved and transformed by the rapid growth and capability of telecommunications and information technologies. The e-healthcare revolution is now allowing clinicians, patients and their families to use laptops, tablet PCs and smart phones both to collect and retrieve information and to access support, ushering in the world of digital health.
Faced with increasing demands on healthcare systems, driven by higher expectations of their citizens, the rising burden of the long-term management of non-communicable diseases and ageing populations in need of care, many healthcare providers see that digital health offers a fresh approach to delivering healthcare.
Services such as telecare, telehealth and mobile healthcare all offer more efficient and effective healthcare delivery with the patient or service user at the core. These services are important to assisted living programmes that are increasingly necessary to support elderly and vulnerable people. Similarly, information systems, often described as eHealth, are increasingly holding large datasets which assist with clinical decision making, health service management and medical research.
Following a period of great change across the whole of the NHS, any initiative that reduces the patients’ need for interventions or, when still needed, reduce the requirement for a high value face-to-face contact between patients and healthcare professionals by incorporating technology into these interactions would be welcomed. So long as there are positive impacts upon both the patient experience and public finances, there will always to be a receptive audience. One example isDigital First (formerly Digital by default), a Department of Health initiative, which is about using technology in healthcare where it can deliver the same high standards in a way that is more flexible and convenient for patients, and at a lower cost.
Rising healthcare inflation, an ageing population and increasing public expectations will soon make the current way of working in the healthcare system unaffordable. The NHS needs to change and move with the times by taking advantage of technologies widely used in other sectors. This means switching some face-to-face appointments to more convenient, lower cost alternatives, using digital technologies. 90% of all interactions in healthcare are face-to-face with the stark that every 1% reduction in face-to-face contact could save up to £200m.
The UK is a recognised world leader in healthcare with unrivalled experience and expertise in meeting the complex health demands of diverse populations. With an international reputation for excellence, the National Health Service (NHS) is at the forefront of healthcare delivery, research and training. It works in collaboration with commercial healthcare companies and academia to develop innovative, integrated, high-quality and cost-effective systems of care. Uniquely, the UK’s commercial healthcare sector has in-depth experience of working in partnership with the NHS in planning and delivering facilities, clinical services and deploying new technologies
Attendance at this conference will provide you with knowledge and skills that you can take back to your workplace to the benefit of yourself and your organisation and the wider health and care system, including:
- Using technology in healthcare where it can deliver the same high standards in a way that is more flexible and convenient for patients
- Reducing unnecessary face-to-face interaction so that appointments can be given to the people who really need or would prefer them.
- Fitting in with people’s busy lives and delivering faster and more convenient services.
- Improving patient choice and satisfaction levels and enhancing quality of care.
- Helping to deliver efficiency gains by reducing face-to-face interaction.
- Empowering patients to take control of their own healthcare needs and promoting self-care.
- Improving collaboration across healthcare, social care and industry.
The Conference will include morning and afternoon plenary sessions, as well as a number of seminar sessions and an opportunity to network amongst your peers and industry experts and leading solution providers
Key topics covered across the day will include Mental Health, Dementia, Diabetes and Integrating health and social care.