Leeds Digital Festival 2017

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In Leeds we are fortunate to have a convergence of digital health and care focused start-ups, SMEs and big health/med tech companies, alongside headquarters of NHS England, NHS Digital and other national bodies such as NHS Employers. Our city has many assets to be proud of, such as the Leeds Care Record which enables health and care professionals to access information for better co-ordinated care.

We’d like to share our learning with the digital community in Leeds and create a space to stimulate conversation and collaboration between health, social care and digital sectors for the benefit of citizens and innovators in our city.  

mHabitat and Dotforge are pleased to be curators of the health and social care strand of the 2017 Leeds Digital Festival. Details of the events that took place can be found below, watch this space for information on next years festival.

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The health and social care strand of the Leeds Digital Festival is sponsored by 100% Digital Leeds. 

Digital literacy is a vital skill to participate fully in the modern world.  People who are digitally included can communicate more easily with the world around them, access learning and job opportunities, manage, make or save money and manage and improve their physical and mental health.

But 23% of the adult population of Leeds lack basic digital skills (approx. 90,000 people).  These people are also more likely to be disabled, older, unemployed, on a low income or have low literacy and numeracy levels. These are the very people who would most benefit from being digitally included.  Our ambition for 100% Digital Leeds is a city where everyone has the opportunity to get online and can find the support they need to develop their digital skills and confidence.

Find out more: https://datamillnorth.org/smart-city-leeds/

Description: Health and care in the UK and globally is changing rapidly. The emergence of powerful new technologies and analytics capabilities provide the potential to understand ‘Population Health’ from new perspectives and deliver well being in radically different ways. However with new capabilities come new levels of risk as data proliferates and responsibility for decision making shifts from expert to patient groups and their members. Could the result be fragmentation rather than integration?

This breakfast session will consider the promise of population health and the benefits planned to come through investment in the big three essentials that will really make it work; better business intelligence, ensuring and trusting a single source of truth and near patient testing. We’ll hear about lessons available from the private sector where the use of unstructured data gleaned from and through social media has driven growth of whole new sectors based on new consumer behaviors and led to the demise of others. We’ll also explore whether some of the pitfalls experienced in other sectors can be avoided or managed better by analytics practitioners in the health and care sector.

The event is likely to be of interest to analytics practitioners, policy makers, SME’s with an interest in the sector and larger companies wishing to know about thought leading ideas in Leeds in the field of HealthCare Analytics.

The speakers will be Dr Jason Broch, GP and CCIO of Leeds Health and Care will describe the promise of population health and the plans to develop this capability. He will be joined by Peter Laflin a Data Scientist from Bloom Agency who will describe how many of the capabilities required are already in place in consumer markets in the private sector and the learning that has been gained from creating these.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A as well as networking over a light breakfast.

Audience: The event is likely to be of interest to citizens, analytics practitioners, policy makers, SME’s with an interest in the sector and larger companies wishing to know about thought leading ideas in Leeds in the field of HealthCare Analytics and data science.

When: Tuesday 25th April 2017 at 8.00am-10:00am

Location: Futurelabs, 1 Eastgate, Leeds, LS2 7LY

Description: Leeds is the third biggest city in the UK with an ageing population, of which the 60-74 age group is projected to grow by over 8,000 (+8%) and the 75+ group by almost 6,000 (+10%) between 2015 and 2021. How can we make our city the best place to grow old and how is the role of digital technologies supporting this ambition? Led by Mick Ward, Deputy Director Integrated Commissioning of Adult Social Care at Leeds City Council & NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups, this session is an opportunity to hear about and actively contribute to inform developments and share good practice on a range of initiatives and collaborations to support active ageing in our city. In addition to Mick, our presenters are:

  • Hilary Brock – Age UK
  • Kit Lam – chief officer innovation at Samsung UK
  • Rohit Ail – project lead, innovations group at Samsung UK

Audience: Anyone interested in Smart Cities, active ageing and the role of digital technologies. This will be of particular interest to digital health SMEs and wearable technology providers as there will be a call to market later this year to support Smart City initiatives.

Date: Wednesday 26th April 2017 at 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Clinical Skills Suite (Floor 7), Leeds Beckett University City Campus Leeds United Kingdom LS1 3HE

Description: Hosted by Julian Blake of Digital Agenda, this seminar shares stories about where we have come from and where we are going in terms of citizen focused and digitally enabled health and care systems. The seminar will be an opportunity to find out about how technologies are making health and care better for citizen in Leeds. The Leeds care record, personal health record, patient online and electronic patient prescriptions are just some of the initiatives we will be sharing. 

Our speakers include:

  • Alastair Cartwright – digital programme director for health and care in Leeds
  • Julie Oxley – portfolio lead for self management and rapid response for the Leeds Digital team, Leeds
  • Phil Barrett – programme manager at Ripple OSI
  • Alexandra Stephens – social worker at Leeds City Council

Audience: Anyone with an interest in citizen focused and digitally enabled health and care in Leeds. This seminar will be of particular interest to health tech SMEs who want to understand the ambition for citizen focused health and care and how their innovations may support this direction of travel.

Date: Wednesday 26th April 2017 at 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Futurelabs, 1 Eastgate, Leeds, LS2 7LY

Description: The hype around digital technologies to transform an ailing health and social care system has never been stronger. But what are the realities for digital innovators on the ground? Once you’ve developed and tested your innovation how do you overcome the hurdle of implementation towards sustainability? Chaired by Emma Cheshire of Dotforge, this panel session is an opportunity to consider a range of sustainability models already gaining traction and to work out which might work best for you. Watch this space for our panel members.

Audience: digital innovators and SMEs in health and care

Date: Monday 24th April 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Futurelabs, 1 Eastgate, Leeds, LS2 7LY

Description: As we move towards an increasingly digitally-driven integrated health and care system, cyber security is becoming a massive issue, with health and care records representing an extremely attractive target for cyber criminals. Accordingly, the Department of Health is expected to invest £1bn to tackle this issue, nationally and locally, including implementing new safeguards for keeping health and care information secure and ensuring the public can make informed choices about how their data is used.

According to a recent article in Business Review Europe Healthcare suffered more breaches than any other sector in the UK in the final quarter of 2015, with half of all data breaches reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) coming from private or public health organisations, so concerns might appear valid. Healthcare organisations are preparing watertight policies and procedures but recognise that there is no solution available that can guarantee security. As cyber-attacks become more complex, can our healthcare organisations stay on top with their security strategies in order to deal with threats?

This session will explore some of the key concerns from a number of perspectives within health and wider public sector and encourage participants to think about what more can be done now and as new threats arise in the future.

Chaired by Adam Beaumont and hosted in AQL, a leading data centre in the UK, Leeds Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr Jason Broch; Local GP and Chair Leeds Informatics Board – will discuss the importance of trust between GP and patients in moving towards use of integrated care records and Personal Health Records and how this can only be built through near patient recording of secure reliable data
  • Detective Sergeant Matt Fleming, Regional Cyber Crime Unit – Yorkshire and Humber – will share examples of emerging risks including scams, the black market, weak encryption and leaky clouds! and the measures being developed to tackle these
  • Chris Flynn, Security Operations Lead at NHS Digital – will describe how the ‘CareCERT’ Programme is helping to dramatically  reduce the volume and impact of threats, in the NHS Network and how the ‘CareCERT’ programme will enhance the strength of company and partner defences and response to ensure cyber readiness today and in the future.
  • Yunus Mayat from Bradford MDC and Chair of the Warning Advice Reporting Point (WARP) network for the Yorkshire and Humber Region will talk about its work
  • Stuart Hyde will describe the scope and work of the Regional Cyber-Security Information Sharing Partnership(CiSP) to ensure there is a collective defence against threats
  • Mr Emlyn Butterfield, Course Director Security & Forensics at Leeds Beckett University, will explain the role Global Corporations can help or hinder the NHS secure its data

Date: Friday 28th April 2017 at 08:00am to 10:30am

Location: AQL, 13-15 Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

Description: Co>Space North is a new venture by the mHabitat team to help people passionate about digitally enabled health and care to connect, collaborate and co-create. We invite you to come along and take a peek during the Leeds Digital Festival.

We plan to open Co>Space North in early June. In the meantime, if you’d like us to update you on developments then join our mailing list. If you join our mailing list during the Leeds Digital Festival and decide to become a member of co>space north then we’ll give you the first month’s membership for free. Please share widely – the more people that become involved then the greater impact we can have between us!

co>space north is supported by our founding members – Leeds City Council, the NHS in Leeds, NHS England, NHS Digital, NHS Leadership Academy and the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network. Co>Space North is the opportunity for them to connect with you and for you to connect with them, and of course, each other.

We’ll be holding an open day on Tuesday 25 April 2017 2.00pm-5.00pm at Futurelabs  so do drop in, check out the space and share your ideas.