EHealth Insider is launching a new Digital Health Festival to “take the pulse of digital health.”
Taking inspiration from music and cultural festivals, there will be a series of conferences, meetings and social events taking place at different venues at different times from 30 April to 16 May.
EHI director Linda Davidson said: “EHI has worked hard to make EHI Live the most successful conference and exhibition for healthcare IT in the UK, but we wanted to offer something different this spring.
“The digital health festival will encourage the e-health community to explore how the innovative use of new and disruptive technologies can be used to transform traditional healthcare; and to meet up socially at the same time.”
A number of events have already been confirmed as part of the festival, full details of which can be found on the dedicated website that went live today.
These include the HANDI Digital Health Spring Symposium, which will take place on 14 May at the Royal College of General Practitioners in Euston Square, London.
The symposium will explore how lightweight digital tools, running on mobile devices, are going to change the way users interact with the health system. It will also explore key issues – such as how to secure finance for start-ups and how to assure the quality of new apps – in detail.
Other confirmed events include an invitation only CCIO open source conference on 16 May at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, which is developing the Open Eyes electronic patient record, and a summit on health systems interoperability on 30 April at the British Computer Society in London.
Around the fringes of the event, there will be tweet chats, sessions on mentoring, and an EHI Pub Quiz. The TPP national user group – or SNUG – annual conference will be part of the festival, and other user groups are invited to join in.
Davidson said: “We hope the digital health festival will have something a little bit different to offer everybody working in healthcare IT.
“We also hope lots of people interested in digital health will come along for an event, join us on social media – or make it for a pint at the pub quiz.”