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Simon Stevens, Sir Bruce Keogh and Tim Kelsey to address the first UK e-Health week

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, National Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh and National Director for Patients and Information Tim Kelsey are to give their views on the latest advances in health informatics and their potential to transform healthcare.

They will be among a programme of national leaders including Director for Strategic Systems and Technology Beverley Bryant and NHS England board member Lord Victor Adebowale at the first ever UK e-Health Week being staged at London Olympia on 3-4 March.

The event will address key questions facing e-health today, including how to use information to improve services and how IT systems can best support an integrated patient pathway.

It will feature a range of exciting activities including a Future Stage where visitors can hear from and question speakers about future health technologies, processes and products which could make a real difference to patient care.

There will also be an ‘App Village’ where health tech companies will showcase their latest and most powerful apps.

Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information said: “Finding the best innovations in health and social care and spreading them to every corner of the system is crucial to ensuring services evolve to meet the changing needs of patients.  This event brings together all those with a stake in delivering cutting edge care to exchange ideas on how we can best use technology and data to improve the lives of patients and citizens.

“The National Information Board (NIB) is responsible for making this work possible and we have set out a bold vision for how technology should work harder and better by 2020.  We will be holding our second quarterly board meeting on the open stage to offer people the chance to find out more about these ambitions and comment on our progress.  It will feature guest speakers and be followed by a panel session with our board members; all are welcome to attend and I encourage you to do so.”

As set out in the Five Year Forward View, the NHS is committed to the use of technology to help ease the mounting pressures on the system, including an aging population, more long-term conditions, rising costs and constrained budgets.  State-of-the-art, cost-effective solutions and new ways of delivering care are essential to improving the health of the nation.

Delivered in partnership with the Department of Health, the Health and Social Informatics Centre, national clinical colleges and bodies and leading academic and research organisations, UK e-Health Week provides an opportunity to debate a range of issues from leadership and strategy to implementing technology and improving data.

  • The event – to be staged on 3-4 March at London Olympia – is free for the public sector to attend. Full details can be found at: ukehealthweek.com

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