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Future Healthcare Technology Conference

Date: 10 September 2015

Time: 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM

Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes

Venue: The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead


Change and Service Improvement

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Future Healthcare Technology Conference

Here's what happened...

The Future Healthcare Technology Conference on 10 September 2015 introduced delegates to some of the technology that’s available today… and some that may be available in the very near future. 

Watch the video to find out what speakers and delegates had to say about the event.


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Technology is transforming our ability to predict, diagnose and treat disease, and in the future, patients will be informed and empowered to take much more control over their own care and treatment. 

Technologies such as wearable health trackers provide opportunities for better health through increased prevention. Medicine is becoming more tailored to the individual; we are moving from one-size-fits-all to personalised care offering higher cure rates and fewer side effects. 

Family doctor appointments and electronic and repeat on-line prescribing are becoming routinely available everywhere. And expanding sets of NHS accredited health apps allow patients to organise and manage their own health and care.

The NHS is committed to raising its game on health technology – radically improving patients’ experience - and as leaders, we need to prepare for this future and accept a broad range of new healthcare technologies.

Wearable technology, paperless records, human genome sequencing and bespoke therapies, telehealth, smartphone apps, and much more, will have a major impact on how we provide patient care in the coming years.

The Future Healthcare Technology Conference will introduce you to some of the technology that’s available today… and some that may be available in the very near future.


Current agenda

  • 08:30 – 09:00    Arrival and Refreshments
  • 09:00 – 09:10    Welcome, Agenda and Introductions
  • 09:10 – 09:40    Digitally Equipped Provider, Digitally Enabled Physician, Digitally Empowered Patient
  • 09:40 – 10:10    Leaving Nobody Behind in the Digital Revolution | Developing the Digital Maturity of the Health and Care Workforce
  • 10:10 – 10:40    The Leeds Care Record
  • 10:40 – 11:00    Morning Break    
  • 11:00 – 11:30    Spread and Adoption of Patient Centred Technology
  • 11:30 – 12:00    Bio-Photonic Treatments for Macular Eye Disease
  • 12:00 – 12:30    A Virtual Reality Browser for the Human Genome Project
  • 12:30 – 13:30    Lunch    
  • 13:30 – 14:00    Motivating Healthy Behaviour through Games
  • 14:00 – 14:30    A Wearable, Wireless Early Warning System for Enhanced Patient Outcomes
  • 14:30 – 15:00    Making Public Health 2.0
  • 15:00 – 15:20    Afternoon Break    
  • 15:20 – 16:20    How Digital Technology Will Transform Health and Healthcare
  • 16:20 – 16:30    Wrap-up  

Speaker sessions and biographies

How Digital Technology Will Transform Health and Healthcare
Ray Hammond | Futurologist

Digital technology is starting to disrupt medicine and healthcare just as it is currently disrupting other industry and professional sectors such as retailing, banking, legal services, travel, hotels, taxis, etc.  Disruption will arrive as consumers are able to monitor their own biometrics using digital devices and to collect data about their biological responses every minute of every day.
Digital technology is likely to be of great help in reducing the baby-boomer burden on the NHS as this tech-savvy group starts to use both the internet and personal monitoring devices to monitor their own health. Direct-to-consumer DNA testing – usually of the exome – will present healthcare professionals will challenges. As patients learn about their own DNA strength and susceptibilities – and their likely responses to commonly prescribed drugs – doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals will be required to improve their own understanding of genetic components of health conditions. 

Ray Hammond is Europe's most experienced and most widely published futurologist. For over 30 years he has researched, written, spoken and broadcast about how major trends will affect society and business in the future.  In 2010 he was honoured with a UN gold medal for services to futurology by Mikhail Gorbachev. He is the author of 14 books about future trends (the first was published in 1982) and he is currently working on a book called SMART BODIES: HOW DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY WILL TRANSFORM YOUR HEALTH.

In 1986 he founded a company in the UK to design and produce a “health watch” – a stylish timepiece which would also measure heart-rate, BP, glucose and other important biometrics.  Although it was far too early for the concept to be viable, he has maintained his close interest in health monitoring technology ever since.

Twitter: @hammondfuturist

A Virtual Reality Browser for the Human Genome Project
Steve Jelley | Co Founder & Director, Hammerhead VR

The Big Data VR Challenge, organised by Epic Games and the Wellcome Trust, seeks to harness the skills of the games industry and the emerging virtual reality (VR) community to find new ways to manipulate and interrogate huge data sets generated by modern science studies.

Hammerhead VR has been chosen to develop a VR browser for the Human Genome Project, working with The Wellcome Sanger Institute and Pi & Power. The VR browser will enable researchers to navigate and visualise the large scale epigenomic data sets generated by the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

Hammerhead VR believes that a VR browser can harness more of the capabilities of the human eye and brain to help researchers recognise correlations and associations between genomics data, and accelerate the pace of innovation.

Steve is co-founder and director at Hammerhead VR, a dedicated Virtual Reality and Immersive Content Studio based in London and Newcastle. Hammerhead specialises in the creation of commercial and entertainment applications for Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, and other HMD's. It has seen rapid growth over the last 12-months and is currently working with international companies, acclaimed film directors, and leading research institutes at the sharp edge of VR innovation and content creation.

Delegates at this event will have the opportunity to try VR headsets for themselves in live demonstrations.

Read about the Big Data VR Challenge

Watch a video of the browser in action (2D)

Twitter: @sjelley 

Bio-Photonic Treatments for Macular Eye Disease
Richard Kirk | CEO, PolyPhotonix Ltd

PolyPhotonix has developed a home-based, non-invasive, monitored treatment for one of the principal causes of blindness in the western world, Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) and Diabetic Macular Oedema (DMO). The Noctura 400 Sleep Mask, offers a novel and innovative treatment for Diabetic patients with these serious sight complications, and will significantly change the patient experience and cost basis compared with current treatments. At a fraction of the current treatment costs the Noctura 400 can be administered to late stage patients as per current interventions, however also enables early-stage, preventative treatment to a larger patient group before expensive clinical procedures become necessary. 

With over 15 years experience in the field of medical research and printed electronics, Richard is well recognised as a pioneer in material science and its applications. He is credited for many world’s first’ applications using inorganic and organic light emitting materials. He is a regular keynote speaker internationally and sits on a number of industrial and government advisory boards. Richard and his company have won many international and national awards for innovation, research and business.

Twitter: @ppxrichardkirk

Spread and Adoption of Patient Centred Technology
Phil O’Connell | Visiting Fellow, Staffordshire University

Why do so many seemingly superb patient centred innovations and technical wonders fail to gain traction and adoption in the NHS?  Phil will explain why its important to forget the ‘tech’ to ensure ‘future tech’ gets adopted and spread in the NHS.

Phil is a Visiting Fellow at Staffordshire University's Faculty of Health Sciences, hon lecturer at Keele University's Medical School,  has won NHS Leadership Academy accolades of The NHS Innovator of the Year and The NHS Inspirational Leader of the Year, is the creator of the NHS's patented Simple Telehealth technology and Florence, is Clincal Messaging Consultant to the he US Veterans Health Administration, is Principle of 'The nhssimple Social Enterprise Initiative’ and is a Chartered I.T. Professional.   Phil is currently using his unique approach to assist NHS and healthcare organisations throughout the UK and USA to develop effective but low cost methods of increasing quality of care and convenience at scale, whilst reducing cost and saving time for patients and clinicians.  

Watch a video about Phil's award as NHS Innovator of the Year 2012

Read the recent BMJ Paper: Patient and professional user experiences of simple telehealth for hypertension, medication reminders and smoking cessation: a service evaluation

Twitter: @nhssimple

Motivating Healthy Behaviour through Games
Adrian Hon | CEO, Six to Start

How can we use new technology to motivate people to exercise and stay healthy? Apps and wearables like MyFitnessPal and Fitbit are used by tens of millions every day - but their focus is on tracking. Six to Start believes that gaming represents one of the most powerful and effective ways to encourage young and old alike to start moving and stay healthy.

Six to Start is the world's leading developer of smartphone fitness games, with almost two million players on its running, walking, and home workout apps for iPhone and Android. 

Adrian will share their experiences from designing and developing apps including "Zombies, Run!", the world's most popular smartphones fitness game, and "The Walk", a walking game funded and developed with the Department of Health and NHS.

Adrian Hon is co-founder and CEO at Six to Start, creators of gamelike stories and story-like games including the world's bestselling smartphone fitness game, "Zombies, Run!" with over one million players. Six to Start's clients have included Disney, the BBC, Channel 4, and Penguin, and the company has won multiple awards including Best of Show at SXSW. 

Adrian is author of A History of the Future in 100 Objects, and has written a column about technology for the Telegraph. He originally trained as a neuroscientist at Cambridge, UCSD, and Oxford.

Twitter: @adrianhon

A Wearable, Wireless Early Warning System for Enhanced Patient Outcomes
Dr Alison Burdett | CTO, Sensium Healthcare (Toumaz Group)

The majority of patients in hospital have measurements of their vital signs taken and recorded only intermittently; typically at six or eight hourly intervals. As a result, patient deterioration can occur to a point of serious consequence before it is recognised by the clinical staff.

This talk outlines recent advances in technology which enable a new wave of miniature, wearable and wireless healthcare devices. SensiumVitals® is an FDA (510k) cleared and CE-approved patient monitoring system targeted for supplementary use in hospital general wards. Alison also discusses how SensiumVitals can be integrated with other digital technologies such as e-Obs and mobile notification systems. One example is Medxnote, a secure mobile messaging platform that ensures alerts are delivered to healthcare providers with a full audit trail tracking each message.

Alison has over 25 years of experience in electronic engineering and semiconductor design, particularly in the field of ultra-low power wireless communication for medical applications. She joined Toumaz in 2001 as Technical Director, and is currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of both business divisions (Sensium Healthcare and Frontier Silicon).

Twitter: @sensiumhealth

Digitally Equipped Provider, Digitally Enabled Physician, Digitally Empowered Patient 
Joe MacDonald | Chief Clinical Information Officer at Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Trust 

The technology to transform the NHS is already here and it’s free or very inexpensive. The NHS is not so different from other industries that are already digital but it lacks the will to transform –
this must change.

Joe will talk about a proposal to modernise the NHS that uses technology to put the patient at the heart of healthcare and save the NHS money through new models of care. 

Joe McDonald is a practising NHS consultant psychiatrist. Over the past five years he has been an NHS trust medical director and national clinical lead for IT at NHS Connecting for Health – a stint that included 18 months as medical director of the Lorenzo delivery team. 

His experiences in the National Programme for IT in the NHS have left him with a passion for usability and "end user knowledge networks.” He is chairman of the Chief Clinical Information Officers National Network. 

Twitter: @comparesoftware 

Read Joe’s column in Digital Health magazine

The Leeds Care Record
Rob Kenyon | Chief Officer Health Partnerships, Leeds City Council, with Dr Tony Shannon | Director, Leeds Care Record

The Leeds Care Record has been developed in response to  Leeds’s pledge to its citizens that it will work towards a “Best City approach” to health and care services. The Leeds Care Record is a measure which enables us to tell the same story across organisations, to be clear about joint values shared by health and care organisations, and to begin the process of acting as one organisation that supports citizens’ health and care needs.

Rob Kenyon will describe the city’s journey toward partnership working and integration between primary and specialist health care, between health and social care, and between physical and mental health care.

Dr Tony Shannon will go on to describe how the Leeds Care Record allows health and care practitioners access to information at single patient and “virtual ward” level, leading to improved communications and patient engagement.

The presenters summarise benefits and outcomes to date, take-up of the new record service and, spend to date. Lastly, they will assess the lessons learned along the way to implementing the Leeds Care Record and the challenges that remain.

As Chief Officer for Health Partnerships at Leeds City Council, Rob was responsible for establishing the Health and Wellbeing Board and Integrated Commissioning Executive which set the overarching strategy and commissioning intentions for the city. He led the city’s Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the push to develop the Leeds £. He is lead officer for the Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing and advises other cabinet members with health portfolios.   

A former pilot, sales manager, therapist, academic researcher and clinical director, Rob has held a number of leadership roles within the NHS and local government. These include regional and national development roles with the Home Office, National Treatment Agency, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Department of Health, NHSE and LGA.  

Tony Shannon qualified in Medicine in UCD, and trained in Emergency Medicine & Informatics between Ireland, UK and the US. He is a director of Frectal Ltd, Leeds Care Record Programme, and Ripple Community Programme.

He has over 20 years frontline clinical practice, including 10 years as Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the NHS. Tony has been involved in Informatics at local/regional/national/international levels over the last 10 years.He has interests in change in complex systems, clinical leadership, process improvement, information technology, the pursuit of "value" in healthcare.

Twitter: @1RobKenyon

Twitter: @frectally

Developing the Digital Maturity of the Health and Care Workforce
Victoria Betton | mHabitat Programme Director, Hosted by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

A digitally mature and confident workforce can harness digital technologies within their day-to-day interactions to provide better care and widen participation. This might be anything from assisting someone to access reliable information via the Internet through to helping them use Skype to keep in touch with family. 

Digital technologies can enable health and care staff to offer more person-centred care and to help people take more control of their health and wellbeing. Data and technology can improve effectiveness, safety and experience, and there is an extensive evidence base about the productivity potential of existing data and technology interventions. 

Health and care workers are increasingly being expected to work in a variety of community settings; mobile technologies enable them to work more flexibly as well as offer virtual consultations and capture data at the point of care. New ways of working hold the promise of reducing delays and duplication of effort and will help us fully realise the significant investment made in digital. Increased digital maturity could stimulate intrapreneurial innovations from within the health and social care sector, that will in turn provide a receptive context for digital innovation supporting service improvement and redesign.

With Masters Degrees in Women’s Studies and Social Work, Victoria is currently undertaking PhD ethnographic research in the field of social media and mental health at the University of Leeds. She is programme director of an NHS digital health programme called mHabitat which you can find on Twitter @mHealthHabitat. Victoria co-founded the People Driven Digital #PDDAwards and authored a white paper entitled People Driven Digital Health and Wellbeing in June 2015. She is a member of Mind’s External Relations Committee and is an Improvement Fellow at the Y&H Improvement Academy. Victoria founded the Arts and Minds network and the award winning Love Arts Leeds – the first of its kind in England, exploring the relationship between arts, mental health and wellbeing. Her writing includes various published journal articles, an e-book Social Media in Mental Health Practice and her blog which you can find at www.digitalmentalhealth.co.uk and on Twitter.

Twitter: @VictoriaBetton

Read Victoria's blog

Leaving Nobody Behind in the Digital Revolution
Bob Gann | Programme Director - Widening Digital Participation, NHS England

A revolution in digital health is going on all around us. Smart phone and web applications are supporting healthier lifestyles, self diagnosis and self management. Electronic transactions such as appointment bookings and access to online personal health records are increasingly the norm. These are exciting innovations – but we face a challenge. Seven million people in the UK have never been online in their lives, and eleven million people lack basic digital literacy skills. Those who are least likely to be online are exactly those who make the most use of health services and experience the greatest burden of ill health (older people, people with low incomes, people with long term conditions and disabilities). So we need to take serious steps to ensure that the digital revolution does not create a world of online haves and have nots, and increase health inequalities. We need to make sure nobody is left behind.

NHS England is tackling this challenge through a major national programme of Widening Digital Participation. Working with a social enterprise, Tinder Foundation, centres in community settings around the country are providing supported environments where people can get online, often for the first time, and develop digital skills to access health information and health transactions. Over 250,000 people have been engaged with the programme to date. We are increasingly seeing digital skills development included as part of social prescribing and community health initiatives.  

The NHS Five Year Forward View commits to technology as a great leveller and to “building the capacity of all citizens to access information”. The Widening Digital Participation Programme shows how we’re putting the commitment into practice.

After a career in the National Health Service and not-for-profit sector, Bob Gann is now an independent consultant in digital health for clients in UK & internationally. His specialisms are digital health strategy, partnerships & stakeholder engagement, and digital inclusion. 

He is currently working as Programme Director for NHS England's Widening Digital Participation initiative, which is delivering digital skills training and assisted digital access to increase health literacy and reduce inequalities. Previously in his career Bob was Director of Strategy & Partnerships at NHS Choices and Director of New Media at NHS Direct.  He is Visiting Professor in Health Informatics at Plymouth University, and co-investigator on public health information research projects at Universities of Oxford & Southampton. 

Twitter: @Bob_Gann

Public Health 2.0
Dr Madeline Balaam | Lecturer in Interaction Design​, Open Lab, Newcastle University

Madeline will talk about taking a bottom-up approach to healthcare, and platforms for community commissioning of health technologies — key issues  still in their infancy.

Madeline is a lecturer at Open Lab, Newcastle University centre for cross-disciplinary research in digital technologies. Her research is concerned with Interaction Design for healthcare, education and wellbeing.

Twitter: @MadelineBalaam


Please note speakers and topics may be subject to change due to circumstances outside our control.