Digital health summit explores the art of the possible for the West Midlands

Posted on 28 November 2017 (Permalink)

A West Midlands-wide organisation, which supports the spread of innovation in healthcare, is launching a brand new digital service at an event next month, as well as discussing how new technologies have the power to transform people’s health and experience of care.

The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) is licensed by NHS England to bring together the whole healthcare sector to improve patient outcomes and generate economic benefits across the whole regional economy.

While many industries have embraced digital working, healthcare has yet to fully capitalise on the opportunity. To explore the prospects of digital and data in the sector, WMAHSN is hosting the Digital Health Summit on 12 December at iCentrum in Birmingham, examining the mechanisms for identifying existing technologies, and for working with partners in developing new tools and services that will benefit the West Midlands region.

The sell-out event will cover national perspectives on Global Digital Exemplars (GDEs) and look at how technology and data are critical in delivering Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships via Local Digital Roadmaps. Delegates at the summit will also discuss driving digital innovation in the West Midlands and digital transformation in mental health, as well as the opportunities afforded by local networks such as the WMAHSN Digital Health and Data Learning Community, the GDE Network, Health 2.0 West Midlands and the Midlands Accord.

Crucially, the event is also the springboard for West Midlands Digital Health, a service which is offered by WMAHSN to its members and will bring together a wide-reaching network of people from the NHS, academia, the wider health and care sector, industry and patient organisations to work together to spread the use of digital technologies, tools and services across the West Midlands.

Neil Mortimer, Business Manager at WMAHSN, said: “The introduction of digital technology has brought about massive changes to our lives and the way we interact with other people and organisations. However, while digital tools and the use of data are central to most organisations and industries, the NHS and the wider UK care sector have yet to lever the full benefits.

“This summit will encourage involvement from those with a stake in digital health across the West Midlands, including the NHS, academia and industry, and explore the art of the possible, looking towards the future of digital health in the region.”

High profile speakers include Will Smart, Chief Information Officer for Health and Social Care and Paul Fleming, Regional Head of Digital Technology, both at NHS England, as well as local presenters such as Ciaron Hoye, Chief Information Officer at Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups and Professor Simon Ball, Director of Digital Healthcare at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

There will also be breakout sessions on learning from industry, co-design and co-production with end users, investment and jobs through digital innovation and getting innovation into mainstream business, as well as a panel Q&A session and ample networking time.

“We will also be launching West Midlands Digital Health, a service which seeks out innovations that have the potential to improve the health of our population and create wealth within the West Midlands,” Neil added. “Through collaborative partnerships with industry, academia, patients, the public and the NHS, it is our ambition to make the West Midlands the UK’s first truly digital health economy.”