5 June, 2019
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England

Health Conference: Unlocking the promise of digital health

Reform was delighted to hold our annual health conference which explored how to maximise the potential of digital technologies within the NHS to create efficiencies and deliver better outcomes for patients. It was highlighted the main barriers to implementation and how to overcome them. This conference brought an audience of around 150 attendees including healthtech leaders, policy makers, leading NHS practitioners and senior business leaders.

We were delighted that Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England gave the opening welcome.

The conference consisted of shorter plenary sessions and TED talk-style presentations from top academics, business leaders and policymakers.

See highlights from the day below:


09.30 - 09.55     Registration 

09.55 - 10.00     Welcome and introduction

10.00 - 10.20     Opening remarks by Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England

10.20 - 10.30     Putting the patient at the centre - interview with a patient

Charlene Young, Bone Cancer Survivor, Cancer Support Coach and Community Entrepreneur

10.30 - 11.20     Session 1 - Digital Healthcare: decades of promises?

Well-designed and effectively implemented healthcare technology can deliver service transformation and better outcomes for patients. Whilst well-intentioned, the push towards digital healthcare with the NHS, has often lacked consideration of the data infrastructure and buy-in necessary to successfully deploy these solutions. Bringing together examples from private and public sector initiatives, this session discussed the factors that lead to failure in health tech implementation.

  • Talk 1: Bad ideas or poor implementation - Denise Silber, Founder, Doctors 2.0
  • Talk 2: Typical trap: the tech-first approach - Emma Bradley, Product Strategy Lead, NHS X
  • Talk 3: The dangers of poor health tech design - Pete Trainor, Strategic Design Director, Us Ai

11.20 - 11.50     Break and refreshments

11.50 - 12.45     Session 2 - Getting the implementation right

The discussion highlighted the key enablers for delivering successful digital healthcare solutions from getting data to partnership models right.

  • Talk 4: Getting the data right - Yvonne Gallagher, Director of Digital Value for Money, National Audit Office
  • Talk 5: Delivering high-value partnerships - Lydia Torne, Managing Associate, Simmons & Simmons
  • Talk 6: The Sovereign Health Fund - Annemarie Naylor MBE, Director of Policy and Strategy, Future Care Capital

This session was kindly sponsored by Baxter:

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12.45 - 13.00     Session 3 - User voices: experiences of digital healthcare 

A patient described how their story and experience helped shape the design of a healthcare technology.

  • Talk 7: Patient storytelling - Liz O’Riordan, Consultant Breast Surgeon with recurrent breast cancer

13.00 - 13.45     Session 4 - Reimagining the future of healthcare

The session explored the future of healthcare, discussing emerging trends and the technologies that are likely to come into fruition in the coming years.

  • Talk 8: The global perspective - Jonathan Pearson, UK and Ireland Healthcare lead, PA Consulting
  • Talk 9: Imagining a better care system for a fairer future - Lydia Nicholas, Programme Manager of Better Care Systems, Doteveryone
  • Talk 10: A healthy future: Health beyond healthcare - Maneesh Juneja, Digital Health Futurist

This session was kindly sponsored by PA Consulting:

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13.45 - 13.50     Closing remarks  

Many thanks to our sponsors:


Health Conference 2019 - Unlocking the promise of digital health

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