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On 13 November 2018 the Executive Leadership Summit (ELS) will bring together senior NHS and industry leaders to explore and address the most pressing challenges in health care information and technology.

“A thought provoking agenda, great talks, and an audience of interesting and influential people. A good event.”
Simon Ashworth, Head of Specialty - Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

What you need to know:

13 November 2018 | The King's Fund
The King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AN
Main summit: 9:00 - 16:45
Drinks reception: 16:45 - 17:30

Tickets to attend Executive Leadership Summit are free for NHS colleagues.

Who will be there:

Due to its exclusivity, the event is by invite only. Our attendees are made up of CIOs and CCIOs in the NHS, leaders from NHS England and NHS Digital and health information and technology innovators from the industry. And last but not least, twenty high-level executives from Finland have also confirmed they will be attending!

Why attend:

Join this high-level event which gathers a number of digital health stakeholders. Together, work through a packed agenda designed to maximise learning opportunities and ignite debate around current and future priorities in healthcare.

The invite-only event gives delegates:

  • a full day of learning, networking and expert-led workshops
  • and unrivalled forum to meet and share ideas with key influencers and leaders in healthcare/NHS IT
  • the possibility to discuss with high-level executives from Finland, the 3rd strongest health technology economy in the world
  • a working lunch

“The excellent and informative summit had some very thought provoking sessions relating to AI and integration of systems which will encourage and drive further debate.”
Kathy Farndon, Partner, The IT Health Partnership

About the event theme


Data empowers patients and drives insights supporting the delivery of a new type of healthcare.

So why are we afraid of giving patients access to their data?

What is the vision for “full, frictionless” access?


The recently published policy paper “The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care” sets a strong vision and direction for the digital transformation of the NHS. One of the guiding principles is that every service must be designed around users’ needs, including patients and the public. The policy paper also clearly states that "citizens who wish to personlise their use of health and care services should be able to access their care records" and that "every patient must have full, frictionless access to all of their health records to use in our growing ecosystem of healthtech solutions and services".

While accessing their records can be viewed as as a logical first step to empowering and engaging patients, many questions still need to be answered:

  • Are clinicians and patients ready for access to their medical records in a fully open manner? Are patients armed with the appropriate level of health literacy and are clinicians prepared to have the conversations that ensue? What do we need to do to get there?

  • Are medical records simply ready for viewing? Is the recent policy paper providing a roadmap to get there?

  • While a few advocates claim full ownership, what, if any, is the appropriate level of access? Also, should lifestyle, activity and preferences be part of the medical record? The policy paper indicates that patients should be able to contribute to their records. How would that work concretely?

  • What are the security implications for the NHS? The policy paper indicates a need for the highest cloud security standards, but how to we get there?

  • What should be the strategy for interoperability with NHS Apps? And who should drive it?

  • What are the implications for data analytics, research, and the commissioning of health services in the future?

  • What will the healthcare system of 2022 look like when data is free to all at the point of care?

Join NHS leaders in a discussion exploring patient expectations and their implications for NHS leaders and health professionals.

Charles Alessi, Chief Clinical Officer at HIMSS International, commented on the paper: “The new policy consultation paper published by the Secretary of State Matt Hancock is welcome in a whole host of dimensions.

It delineates very comprehensively the need for England to “step up and deliver” and this is an urgent call for action as there have been a few false dawns in the past. Furthermore, its focus on people is particularly welcome.

The challenge is aligning these approaches with policy changes affecting health and care models and with the metrics that drive them. The likelihood of success will increase exponentially if this alignment is satisfied.”

Questions? If you are interested in attending this event, or have any questions about registration, please get in touch with Charlotte. If you are a supplier and would like to raise your company’s visibility amongst this exclusive group of people, contact Michael.

Michael Burke
Sales Manager, HIMSS
Office: +44 (0) 776 602 2144
Mobile: +44 (0) 776 602 2144
Email: mburke@himss.org

Charlotte Misseldine
Events Coordinator, HIMSS
Office +44 (0)1423 526 971
Mobile +44 (0)7958 423 730
Email cmisseldine@himss.org