Health Conference: Unlocking the promise of digital health

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England
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 Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England will be giving the opening welcome. 

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 - 10.20     Opening remarks by Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England

10.20 - 10.30     Putting the patient at the centre - interview with a patient

10.30 - 11.20     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 - Denise Silber, Founder, Doctors 2.0 (confirmed)
  • Talk 2: Typical trap: the tech-first approach - Emma Bradley, Product Strategy Lead, NHS England (confirmed)
  • Talk 3: The dangers of poor health tech design - Pete Trainor, Strategic Design Director, Us Ai (confirmed)

11.20 - 11.50     Break and refreshments

11.50 - 12.45     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 - Yvonne Gallagher, Director of Digital Value for Money, National Audit Office (confirmed)
  • Talk 5: Delivering high-value partnerships - Lydia Torne, Managing Associate, Simmons & Simmons (confirmed)
  • Talk 6: The Sovereign Health Fund - Annemarie Naylor MBE, Director of Policy and Strategy, Future Care Capital (confirmed)

This session is kindly sponsored by Baxter:

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12.45 - 13.00     Session 3 - User voices: experiences of digital healthcare 

In this session a patient will describe how their story and experience helped shape the design of a healthcare technology. They will remind us of the importance of the patient experience in the development of digital technologies.

  • Talk 7: Patient storytelling - Liz O’Riordan, Consultant Breast Surgeon with recurrent breast cancer (confirmed)

13.00 - 13.45     Session 4 - Reimagining the future of healthcare

The session will explore 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 - Jonathan Pearson, UK and Ireland Healthcare lead, PA Consulting (confirmed)
  • Talk 9: Imagining a better care system for a fairer future - Lydia Nicholas, Programme Manager of Better Care Systems, Doteveryone (confirmed)
  • Talk 10: A healthy future: Health beyond healthcare - Maneesh Juneja, Digital Health Futurist (confirmed)

This session is kindly sponsored by PA Consulting:

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13.45 - 13.50     Closing remarks and event close     

Many thanks to our sponsors: