Health Conference: Unlocking the promise of digital health

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Wednesday 5th June 2019, 09:30
- 14:00

Reform is delighted to be holding our annual health conference which will explore how to maximise the potential of digital technologies within the NHS to create efficiencies and deliver better outcomes for patients. It will also highlight the main barriers to implementation and how to overcome them. This conference will bring together an audience of around 200 attendees including healthtech leaders, policy makers, leading NHS practitioners and senior business leaders. 

We are delighted that Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care will be giving the opening keynote speech. 

The conference will consist of shorter plenary sessions and TED talk-style presentations from top academics, business leaders and policymakers.


09.30 - 09.55     Registration 

09.55 - 10.00     Welcome and introduction

10.00 - 10.45     Keynote Speech: Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

10.45 - 11.35     Session 1 - Digital Healthcare: decades of promises?

Well-designed and effectively implemented healthcare technology can deliver service transformation and better outcomes for patients. Whilst well-intentioned, the push towards digital healthcare with the NHS, has often lacked consideration of the data infrastructure and buy-in necessary to successfully deploy these solutions. Bringing together examples from private and public sector initiatives, this session will discuss the factors that lead to failure in health tech implementation.

  • Talk 1: Bad ideas or poor implementation
  • Talk 2: Typical trap: the tech-first approach
  • Talk 3: The dangers of poor health tech design

11.35 - 12.05     Break and refreshments

12.05 - 12.55     Session 2 - Getting the implementation right

Why do some health tech innovations succeed? What can the NHS to effectively scale-up health tech solutions and meaningfully embed them into the wider healthcare system? The session will discuss the key enablers for achieving sustainable and positive innovation in healthcare and recommend new approaches to technological adoption.

  • Talk 4: Getting the data right
  • Talk 5: Getting the design right
  • Talk 6: Delivering high-value partnerships

12.55 - 13.10     Session 3 - User voices: experiences of digital healthcare 

The session will bring together patients and carers, who will share their stories using health tech and how these technologies have changed their experience of care. They will also discuss the areas they feel technology is failing to deliver and how the NHS can start addressing these gaps.

  • Talk 7: Patient storytelling

13.10 - 13.25     Session 4 - Reimagining the future of healthcare

The health tech landscape is changing rapidly, with AI getting more sophisticated by the minute. The potential applications in healthcare are vast and exciting. Whether used for predicting the root causes of long-term diseases, or discovering new drugs, AI could fundamentally transform health and medicine. The session will look into the future of healthcare, discussing emerging trends and the technologies that are likely to come into fruition in the coming years.

  • Talk 8: The global perspective
  • Talk 9: Futurism in healthcare: reality or science fiction?

13.25 - 13.45     Session 3 & 4 - Q&A

13.45 - 13.50     Closing remarks and event close