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Institute of Digital Healthcare Hosts 3rd Annual West Midlands Health Informatics Network (WIN) Conference

On 24th January the Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) successfully hosted the 3rd Annual WIN Conference in the Rootes Building, University of Warwick. Over 150 delegates attended the event which for the first time was sponsored by external organisations – Birmingham City University, Comfort Care, IBM Watson Healthcare, HiCOM, Synaptic – as well as the Institute of Digital Healthcare with support from the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network. 30 exhibitors supported the event showing off their products and services.

The event took roughly six months of planning and implementation by the IDH team of Sarah Lim Choi Keung, Research Fellow (Health Informatics); Martin Rowland, Digital Health Network Co-ordinator Lesley-Anne Bryant Digital Health Network Digital Health Network Administrative Assistant.

It was really good to see such a great attendance at the WIN 17 Conference, with nearly 30 exhibitors and over 150 delegates, from so many stakeholder groups, coming together and networking.

Sarah Lim Choi Keung

Networking at WIN17

The day was hosted by Dean of the Warwick Medical School and director of the IDH Professor Sudhesh Kumar and Head of Research for the IDH, Professor Theo Arvanitis. The day saw Noel Gordon, Chairman of NHS Digital talking about the need for ‘Digital revolution in health and care’; Dr Harpreet Sood outlined implementing the 10 recommendations from the Wachter Review to inform the English health and care system’s approach to the further implementation of IT in healthcare, the use of electronic health records and other digital tools to achieve a paper free system; Jenny Wood, Director of Adult Services, Solihull speaking about ‘Personalised, Coordinated, Connected: health and care Integration’ and John Crawford Healthcare Industry Leader, Europe, IBM and President, European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) closed the event with a talk on ‘Care System Innovation: Predicting the Future’.

The Conference had a really good feel about it, with so much on offer. It’s great to have received such positive feedback about the depth of knowledge and quality of the speakers.’

Lesley-Anne Bryant

Noel Gorden Keynote Win 17

Delegates also enjoyed a wide range of plenary sessions both in the morning and the afternoon covering various aspect of digital healthcare research and developments including:

  • Using routinely collected data to inform service design and delivery: trials, tribulations and successes
  • Engaging older consumers to invest in technologies to sustain independence into great old age
  • Automated conflict resolution between multiple clinical pathways
  • Providing Patient Home Clinical Decision Support using Off-the-shelf Cloud-based Smart Voice Recognition.

Feedback from delegate, speakers and sponsors alike was very positive

‘Thanks to all the organisers for a very enjoyable and interesting conference’ Speaker

‘Thank you for a most interesting and enjoyable conference.’ Sponsor

‘It was indeed an excellent event - very well organised and informative! Made some good contacts’ Delegate

The next WIN event is on the 16th March at the IDH and is themed ‘Sensors and Wearables’ and interested attendees are invited to enrol online