Written by Vivienne Raper

Smart technologies are increasingly embedded in networked medical equipment and the physical fabric of healthcare facilities, and a dedicated stage at Digital Health Rewired 2023 will explore their potential.

The Smart Health Stage brings together visionary NHS leaders and suppliers to explore the potential of new software, data and sensors to transform the future of healthcare.

Highlights of the programme include Sarah Thomas, New Hospital Programme Digital Director at NHS England who will be explaining how new technology will help deliver the smart hospitals of the future.

Also joining the one-day stage will be Rachel Dunscombe, openEHR International Board co-Chair for Integrated Care, and John Meredith, Assistant Chief Architect for Digital Health and Care Wales and Director, openEHR.

They will explain how the openEHR architecture is underpinning exciting developments in health information sharing as it’s being steadily implemented across the UK.

Other speakers include Professor David Loughton, Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Dr Paul Hudson, Consultant Anaesthetist and Deputy Medical Director at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.

They will be providing an update on how virtual wards can be scaled up to reduce the pressure on the NHS. Dr Peter Thomas, Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundaton Trust and Digital Health CCIO of the Year, will also highlight how telehealth can improve patient care outside hospital.

Other sessions will cover sustainability in digital, as well as showcasing future smart technologies, including virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing, robots and drones.

Modular EPR provider, Alcidion, is the confirmed sponsor of the Stage. Lynette Ousby, UK managing director, said, “we’re excited to sponsor the Smart Health stage and the discussion on innovative technology available today, shaping the hospitals of tomorrow”.

Lynette continued: “Many NHS organisations and integrated care systems find themselves needing to unlock value from existing technology to enhance digital maturity. Automating routine activity and having a view of real-time capacity and demand across entire systems is crucial to achieving their ambitions.”

“We’re looking forward to hearing from industry and NHS partners to explore how innovative technology can deliver clinical value quickly, while solving specific frontline and operational challenges.”

Cyber Security Stage

On day two the stage will transform into the Cyber Security Stage, sponsored by cloud data management and data security company Rubrik.

A keynote featuring Mike Fell, executive director of national cyber security operations at NHS Digital, and Daniel Jeffery, chief information security officer and deputy chief information officer – (Digital Data and Technology Services) at NHS Blood and Transplant, will open proceedings.

They will explore the increasing threats posed by cyber threats to UK healthcare at the national and local level, providing insights on the current cyber strategy for healthcare and best practices to ensure patient safety.

The next session on the stage will delve into the aftermath of the August 2022 cyber attack on Advanced Health and Care, the biggest Digital Health News story of the past 12 months.

It will explore how NHS services including NHS 111 and mental health were affected and key lessons to improve future assurance, resilience and recover.

Taking place on March 14-15 at the Business Design Centre in London, Digital Health Rewired 2023 is a conference and exhibition that 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.

Returning for its fifth year is the Pitchfest competition, which will be split into two categories for 2023. The competition will see 23 shortlisted candidates battle it out, with the best start-up winning an NHS test bed for their idea or solution.dhi

You can register here to secure your place at Rewired 2023.