From monitoring the spread of Covid-19 to helping determine the priority list for the vaccine – data and AI became vital tools during the pandemic and is one of the reasons why there is a dedicated stage to it at Digital Health Rewired 2022.

The AI and Data Stage will bring together data scientists and researchers, clinicians, and health IT professionals to explore how AI and data are transforming healthcare.

Highlights of the programme include Dr Nicola Byrne, the National Data Guardian for health and adult social care in England, who will be speaking on 15 March.

Dr Byrne will share her insights on ensuring future public trust in how data is held and used, as the Department of Health and Social Care brings forward an ambitious new data strategy.

With the use of data vital to the future of health and care the role and advice of the National Data Guardian is key in ensuring that citizens’ confidential information is safeguarded securely and used properly.

Other speakers include Ayub Bhayat, director of insight and data platform at NHS England and Improvement, Mathew Watt, senior programme manager for AI imaging at NHS Transformation Directorate, and I-Lin Hall, head of data and digital applications at North of England Commissioning Support (NECS).

GP IT provider EMIS is the confirmed sponsor of the AI and Data Stage. Alex Eavis, director of analytics, EMIS, said the “potential” for AI and data usage in healthcare is “enormous”.

“Not only can we get a better systemic understanding of what is happening right now but we have the opportunity to completely transform care pathways,” he added.

“The better insight we have and the quicker we can get to that insight, the quicker we can improve the detection of disease, develop new treatments and deliver care – enabling rapid change and the ability to evidence the impact of that change.

“The ethical use of AI and analytics will not only enable us to make informed changes to the way we deliver services, but it will allow us to shift from looking at what happened in the past to predicting what will happen in the future. It is the key to moving from reactive care to proactive and personalised interventions.”

Taking place on March 15-16 at the Business Design Centre in London, Digital Health Rewired 2022 is a conference and exhibition which brings together all parts of the digital health community to celebrate the best of digital, data and innovation in health and care.

Health and care professionals will be able to network, collaborate and learn in person during two days of educational conference sessions, exhibitions and meetings, all focused on sharing best practice and innovation.

All the conference sessions will be CPD accredited.

Also taking place will be the Pitchfest competition, which returns for its fourth year. The competition will see another 16 digital health start-ups battle it out to the live final to win an NHS test bed site for their idea or solution.

You can register here to secure your place at Rewired 2022.