[Manchester, UK] - A group of health informatics experts have agreed to share their visions of the future shape of health IT.
At the upcoming National Health IT Conference & Exhibition, usually shortened to ‘HC2014′ and which is confirmed for Manchester in March, 100 experts and stakeholders are being lined up to share their experiences and suggestions for best practice around using IT in health.
Perhaps the most exciting name confirmed so far is Professor David Haslam, the leader of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Former GP Haslam is immediate past-President of the British Medical Association, past-President of the Royal College of General Practitioners and visiting Professor in Primary Health Care at de Montfort University, Leicester.
Other reputable names who have agreed to speak at the two-day event (19-20 March) include NHS England′s National Director for Patients and Information Tim Kelsey, the Care Quality Commission′s Andrea Sutcliffe and Royal College of GPs′ Mike Pringle.
Kingsley Manning, appointed chair of the new NHS England data gathering body the Health and Social Care Information Centre in May – is also scheduled, according to the organisers, HIMSS Europe and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Delegates can expect in-depth analysis and perhaps even challenge from these and similar high-level presenters, as they grapple with rapid change in the NHS and the drive from government to harness technology to boost patient safety.
Already confirmed sessions on ‘Big Data, Better Outcomes,′ ‘Record keeping: structures, process and standards′ and ‘Mobile technologies′ have also been set up.
Health informatics: a ‘fundamental′ profession
“Our aim at HC2014 is to demonstrate examples of leading edge practice, showcase innovation and new technologies and reinforce the increasing status and importance of health informatics as a fundamental profession in modern health and care sectors,” notes Mike Sinclair, Chair of the HC2014 Organising Committee.
“The importance of information and information systems to the delivery of safe and high quality healthcare is growing at an almost exponential rate,” he added.
H. Stephen Lieber, President and CEO of HIMSS′ commercial arm HIMSS Worldwide adds, “At HIMSS, we recognise that IT decisions in the UK are influenced by clinicians as well as IT professionals - with exposure to the latest technologies supporting healthcare and leading industry speakers enabling informed choice.” [GF]
Please visit the event′s dedicated website for more information.