NHS IT chiefs took centre stage on the second day of Digital Health Rewired to speak about the lessons learned during the coronavirus pandemic. Here is a roundup of the key discussions which took place.
Sarah Wilkinson, CEO of NHS Digital, told the Rewired Digital Leadership Summit audience what her five key digital takeaways from the last year have been. This included ‘the NHS had extraordinary digital, data and technology capability’, adding that the organisation had ‘no idea what we were capable of’.
Also speaking today was Matthew Gould, CEO of NHSX, who said the NHS took “bigger and bolder” steps on digital during the Covid-19 pandemic and needs to “bottle that spirit”.
Gould also said it has been a “remarkable” year for health technology, adding that there was renewed focus on the need for digital to be at the heart of the NHS.
Views from New Zealand
There was a very early 6.30am start to the Leadership Summit as delegates were treated to keynote addresses from digital leaders from New Zealand.
Shayne Hunter, deputy director general, data and digital at the Ministry of Health New Zealand, said there was a “massive” effort to coordinate technology, medical supplies and medical technology at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Contact-tracing was rapidly stood up, with the national system iterated 21 times in 12 months, Hunter added. It’s now a tool used by public health units across the country, which he said can be expanded for other forms of communicable disease.
Second Pitchfest finalist is revealed
Congratulations to @MediShout, winners of Pitchfest Heat 2! They will compete in Friday's live final at 1.25pm #DHRewired21 pic.twitter.com/i13L7QJ3Ov
— Digital Health Rewired (@DHRewired) March 16, 2021
Over the lunch break we had the second Rewired Pitchfest heat where MediShout was announced the winner.
The app that digitises operational processes to save time will appear (virtually of course) again at the live final on Friday (March 19).
Shuri Network reaches 1000 members
The afternoon saw a session on actions to develop diversity in digital leadership which was led by Dr Shera Chok, the co-founder and chair of The Shuri Network.
Dr Chok told the audience that since it’s launch almost two years ago, the network has grown to more than 1,000 members. She also provided an update on what lies ahead for the group which includes developing practical opportunities and challenging organisations to take action when it comes to increasing diversity and inclusion.
What a great session #DHRewired21 from @NetworkShuri about what's next for us, and also excellent presentation from student ambassador Ghazel about what BAME female students interested in #digitalhealth want from their careers. Most important, advice on career pathways! pic.twitter.com/EAfFFtpWVm
— Ayesha Rahim (@AyeshaRahimCCIO) March 16, 2021
Great to hear from the Shuri Network Panel on today's programme at ReWired 2021 #DHREWIRED21 @NetworkShuri @AyeshaRahimCCIO #inspiringladies pic.twitter.com/yLz9ZqnSWG
— NWSkillsDevelopmentNetwork 💙 (@nwsdn) March 16, 2021
Digital Health Rewired 2021 is running from 15-19 March and is free for everyone from NHS, public sector, independent providers, charities and education sectors, plus start-ups less than three-years old.You can book your place here
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