Event highlights technology for efficient healthcare

 

Medical technologies that advance the QIPP agenda by saving healthcare providers time and cost were the focus of an event featuring Government and NHS speakers alongside demonstrations of groundbreaking new technologies.

The inaugural Healthcare Efficiency through Technology Expo (pictured), held at Olympia Two, London, combined a high-level conference with an exhibition dedicated to solutions for more efficient patient care.

Speakers at the conference included Dr Mahmood Adil, National QIPP Advisor – Clinical & Finance Engagement at the DH; Lord Nigel Crisp, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health; and Bob Alexander, Director of NHS Finance.

Dr Adil identified the challenge for the NHS of achieving £20 billion of savings through the QIPP programme, arguing that “Efficiency without quality is unthinkable, and quality without efficiency is unsustainable.”

Dame Fiona Caldicott, Chair of the National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care, led a discussion on the challenges of information governance and security in the use of electronic healthcare systems.

Chris Chant, Executive Director, Digital at the Cabinet Office, discussed the Government’s digital strategy and said that a new cloud framework, G Cloud, will be in place by the end of this year to help IT providers deliver services to government.

The exhibition featured an area dedicated to Apps and Social Media for Healthcare. A Patient Journey feature, sponsored by 3M, showed the role of technology in pursuing the QIPP agenda in every phase of the care process: primary care, A&E, the operating theatre, the hospital ward and follow-up care at home.

Dr Simon Collins, Clinical Lead, MedOCC, Medway Community Healthcare, called the event “an inspiring and thought-provoking overview of the many ways that technology has been used to improve efficiency and also patient care in many parts of the NHS.”

He added: “I came away inspired that the QIPP agenda may not be such an impossible dream – and that the effective use of technology will be crucial in making it a reality.”

Next year’s Healthcare Efficiency through Technology Expo is set for 23 October 2012.