The striking thing about UK e-Health Week was the energy. From the start of the first day right to the end of Thursday people had good reasons to be at the event. People worked their way through packed personal agendas, from listening to keynotes on the mainstage, to networking on the Global Digital Exemplar zone, to being part of a panel or presenting in one of the five theatres or the Global Digital Exemplar zone.
UK eHealth Week returns to Olympia London for a third year on 3rd and 4th May and is designed to give all delegates the latest news, views and workshops on health and care IT and the digital health agenda. Let me tell you more about what will be a profitable spend of your time among like-minded and enthusiastic colleagues: all of whom are convinced that IT has the power to transform health and care for patients and those who serve them.
By Cathy Fuhrman, Industry Manager of International Healthcare at OnBase by Hyland
In September 2016, NHS England named 12 trusts as Global Digital Exemplars. These trusts, identified as the most advanced in their use of technology, will become world leaders in digital adoption and patient centered care. The exemplars are tasked with developing sustainable digital transformation solutions that deliver measurable business value and can be replicated throughout the NHS.
The NHS needs help. Last week the BBC gave us a series of headlines like “Nine in 10 hospitals 'overcrowded' this winter”. Sir Robert Francis, now a non-exec at CQC, said that although politicians talk up the ‘extra money’ the NHS has received, “there is a front-line feeling that things have never been as bad as they are now and we can't deal with the pressures.”
Digital health on its own is not going to fix that. But it can help…
By Dr Saif Abed, NHS doctor and founding partner at Abed Graham
In 2016, clinical engagement emerged as the breakthrough topic of interest in health IT. Journalists, IT suppliers and healthcare organisations were increasingly taking an interest in what clinicians had to say and, as a clinician, I believe it’s about time too.
Recently, the HIMSS Europe Annual Survey gauged the mood and outlook of Health and Care IT professionals. There was broad agreement on the benefits of IT in the NHS, which shows we are at least all on the same page. However, in the UK the statistic that leapt out was that 77% rated opportunities to learn and share best practice with other organisations as poor, underutilised or average.