Landmark summit to highlight possibilities of Digital Health Care

University of Salford
University of Salford

Digital Health technologies and new models of care will be the focus of a landmark health and care conference.

The event, which is hosted and led by the University of Salford in collaboration with NHS England and healthcare analytics company MedeAnalytics, will bring together leading figures from across Health and Social Care in England on Tuesday 7 July.

Taking place in Salford, Greater Manchester, where ‘Devo-Manc’ is set to bring together devolved health and social care services for the first time in England as part of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, the conference will give delegates the chance to explore how they can fundamentally redesign services.

Attendees will discuss how Digital Health technology can enable individuals and local health economies to achieve genuine integration and meet the entire health needs of individual patients.

The Summit will also equip delegates with new understanding of how collaboration across healthcare, social care and the private sector can be achieved. Sessions will explain how technology can be used to plan flexible approaches to care that are built around the needs of patients, whilst improving efficiencies and enhancing quality.

In addition to workshops and keynote speeches, a panel discussion of senior Health and Social Care figures will discuss the need to place patients at the heart of healthcare and how digital precision analytics can achieve this.  Panellists include;

•           Lord Victor Adebowale, chief executive Turning Point and non-executive director NHS England

•           David Haslam, Chair of NICE.

•           Mike Farrar, former NHS Confederation chief executive

•           Dr Mark Davies, medical director at MedeAnalytics and former medical director of Health and Social Care Information Centre

•           Prof Shahid Ali GP & Professor of Digital Health, former National Clinical Lead

Dr Shahid Ali
Dr Shahid Ali

Speaking ahead of the conference Dr Shahid Ali, Professor of Digital Health at the University of Salford, said: “We want to work in partnership with the NHS, academics and industry to demonstrate how integrating fragmented services to deliver real patient-centred care and enable system wide change at scale. Set in a pioneering part of the country, the Digital Heath Conference will showcase real examples and approaches that are starting to address this challenge, and will share ideas of how we can really empower patients and deliver services around the individual.”

Jane Dwelly, Head of Health and Care Innovation at NHS England, said: “Health and care is changing right across England, and Devolved Greater Manchester is the prime example of those reforms. Developing really effective, integrated and user-friendly digital solutions is key to transforming our health and social care systems in the Five Year Forward View, and great ideas can come from anywhere.

“At our Wild Camp Expo ‘un-conference’ at Salford’s Digital Health Summit, delegates will be able to present their ideas and visions for how digital solutions can make dramatic improvements to health and care. The format is designed to generate inspiration and practical advice, ahead of our Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester on 2 and 3 September. Hosted by NHS England, Expo 2015 is the most significant health and care event of the year. Delegates will be inspired by the most influential speakers from home and abroad, and can learn and network in our feature zones and pop-up university which will include in-depth content around Digital Health and Devolved Greater Manchester.”

Wayne Parslow, UK general manager at MedeAnalytics, added: “Managing the health and particularly wellness of individual patients very differently and placing them at the heart of local health economies is the future. We have a real opportunity to move from centuries-old generic approaches of public health, to really understanding the individuals that make up populations so that we can take responsibility for their entire outcomes, join-up services around patients and unlock opportunities around risk stratification, predictive care and more. The Digital Health Summit takes place at the beginning of this journey and will help shape the direction of travel, drawing on powerful examples from the North.”

Kay Hack Acting Head of School of Health Sciences said: “It’s a delight to welcome so many renowned speakers to the University Digital Health Summit and a real opportunity for us to showcase some of the excellent work that is going on here at the University”.

The Digital Health Conference will be held at Salford University on 7th July 2015. Individuals interested in attending should visit to reserve a place.