Data innovation, data research and data interoperability - the three 'pillars' at the heart of FutureScot's next Digital Health & Care leaders' conference are set dominate the discussion as we move into the all-important implementation phase of Scotland's national Digital Health & Care strategy, launched in April 2018 at FutureScot’s annual Digital Health & Care conference.
The latest iteration of our Digital Health & Care series will take a deep dive on some of the looming delivery issues surrounding how data is surfaced, permissioned and used widely across the health and care eco-system in Scotland - at both patient and population level.
Taking place exactly a year since the launch of the Scottish Government's new vision, we once again welcome globally-renowned experts to Glasgow to debate the future of the NHS and how it integrates with the wider care sector.
With national governance structures now in place and a new organisation - Public Health Scotland - set to be launched in 2019, there are multi-faceted, complex challenges that lie ahead: if digital transformation is to deliver real value in can only do so in accordance with a wider programme of public health reform.
However, with the development of a new 'world first' National Digital Platform to improve access for patients to their health records, there are genuinely exciting new developments that will are being led by Scotland's finest innovators.
And with the rapid evolution of sophisticated Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning platforms we will look, too, at how new insights from powerful supercomputers and ‘precision medicine’ approaches can help solve urgent patient and population health challenges, potentially saving health and social care billions of pounds and generating new economic opportunities for the nation.
AUDIENCE, EVENT FORMAT & PARTNERS
Senior figures across NHS and Social Care services – as well as public, third sector and industry partners – will convene on Thursday, April 25, 2019 to review progress on this emerging new platform, being led by former Skyscanner CTO Alistair Hann, and what it means for legacy systems, both local and national.
Crucially, FutureScot will review all this work in the context of a critical goal for the NHS as a whole – to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and leverage the power of technology to better manage patients – especially the elderly – safely and securely in their own homes.
Digital Health & Care will feature expert panels which will discuss what problem-solving and project management skills are required to deliver resilient, scalable and ultimately easy-to- use digital tools and products to deliver a successful 'digital transformation' within health and care in Scotland.
The conference will also utilise workshops to explore developments around emerging technologies - and the skillsets needed - to fully realise the scope and potential of the likes of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.
We are proud to be a partner organisation of the national Scottish Digital Health & Care Week, curated by the Scottish Government's Technology-Enabled Care Division, NHS 24 and the Digital Health & Care Institute.
If you are a senior leader working in the health and care sector in Scotland and want to discover how digital transformation can positively effect change in your organisation, register your interest now.
THEMES THIS YEAR
Join us for FutureScot's Digital Health & Care 2019 leaders' summit with an opportunity to learn:
How the National Digital Platform will improve access to information for both citizens and health and care staff;
How Data Driven Innovation (DDI) will underpin the delivery of new patient and population health and care solutions;
How to make health information exchange a reality - identifying and overcoming data interoperability barriers;
How government agencies can successfully engage with the public to embed safety, security and trust at the heart of service design.
In April 2019, the Scottish Government launched its Digital Health Care Strategy, which lays out the roadmap to creating a new National Digital Platform for Scotland, through which:
'Relevant real-time data and information from health and care records, and the tools and services they use, is available to those who need it, when they need, wherever they are, in a secure and safe way.'
Digital Health & Care 2019 will be the first time a public audience has had the opportunity to hear from the people who are leading this truly radical departure for the NHS and Social Care in Scotland.
Incubated by NHS Education for Scotland, the National Digital Service (NDS) is an exciting new concept that will see workers in health and social care given better access to information that helps them do their jobs.
It will also empower 'end users' to interact directly with their services for the first time: whether that's booking a GP appointment or reordering a prescription.
But as Scotland stands on the cusp of a new citizen-focused service, there remains a considerable challenge to ensure data within different silos in the NHS itself and Social Care can be integrated.
That is now the focus for NDS following a report released at the beginning of 2018 by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, which found that a single platform was ‘the best way forward for data sharing'.
And the opportunities for such an achievement are boundless: Scotland is internationally recognised as a leading nation for data science; work that can be done by researchers to identify patient and population trends in health and social care data can further enhance that reputation for discovery and innovation.