Today we live in a technology rich, digitally enabled world that has influenced many aspects of our daily lives, such as how we shop, socialise and communicate, to mention just a few. However, the health and social care services have been lagging behind in adopting and utilising healthtech and innovation to support better care provision. In the Autumn of 2018, the government published the policy paper The Future of Healthcare-Our Vision for Digital, Data and Technology. The paper lays out the ambitions to better serve the needs of all users of the NHS through the use of new generation technologies and products. It highlights developments in areas such as modular IT, robotics, AI, data drivers and cloud-based data sharing, whilst understanding the need for greater interoperability and the requirements for privacy and security.The Digi Health UK: The Future of Healthcare, Digital, Data and Technology conference is the latest in a series of events hosted by Open Forum Events focusing on digital transformation and emerging technologies within the healthcare sector. The event will highlight:The ambitions for the future of the healthcare as laid out in the latest policy paperHow data, digital and technology innovations can be implemented to improve care provisionDevelopment of the NHS digital, data and technology standards framework which will outline the key standards for clinical safety, the use of data, interoperability and design interactionsExamples of where cutting-edge technologies are making a difference to patients, staff service users and carersThe day will feature a series of presentations, discussion sessions and interactive networking to reinforce the Health and Social Care Secretary’s vision for a more tech-driven NHS.The NHS is the largest integrated health system in the world and is regarded as one of the best. It employs 1.7 million people and treats 1 million patients every 36 hours, undertaking a colossal number of interventions and generates a vast amount of data and information. Despite ongoing efforts to apply modern day technology, the NHS has fallen behind the rest of society with ‘outdated and obstructive’ systems that cannot communicate with one another.Matt Hancock, The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in a speech about his vision for the NHS, said;“Now is the moment to put the failures of the past behind us, and set our sights on the NHS being the most cutting-edge system in the world for the use of technology to improve our health, make our lives easier, and make money go further, harnessing the amazing explosion of innovation that the connection of billions of minds through digital technology has brought to this world.”In October 2018, a policy paper was produced by NHS Digital. The Future of Healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care lays out ambitious plans to ultilise technology and data to improve the health and social care systems and support patients and staff. It focuses on 4 guiding principles;user needsprivacy and securityinteroperability and opennessinclusionThe paper commits to ensuring a modern-day architecture is in place with the ideas to put tools in modern browsers, usage of the public cloud, building a data layer with registers and accessibility over application programming interfaces (APIs).The four areas targeted as priorities are;Infrastructure where open standards will be set, and systems can talk securely to one another to help provide joined up careDigital services to meet user needsInnovation to benefit the health and social care systems and boost the healthtech economySkills and Culture to build a digitally enabled workforceAccording to Matt Hancock;“The tech revolution is coming to the NHS. These robust standards will ensure that every part of the NHS can use the best technology to improve patient safety, reduce delays and speed up appointments.”“A modern technical architecture for the health and care service has huge potential to deliver better services and to unlock our innovations. We want this approach to empower the country’s best innovators — inside and outside the NHS — and we want to hear from staff, experts and suppliers to ensure our standards will deliver the most advanced health and care service in the world.”To deliver the digital transformation, the Secretary of State has announced the creation of two new bodies. The Healthtech Advisory Board will help guide the government on its mission to transform technology in the NHS and look at how the NHS can harness the potential of technology and create a culture of innovation, with the aim of improving patient outcomes and reducing the workload on NHS staff. The other new organisation, given the working name NHSX, is to bring together the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement to oversee digital transformation of the health and care system.Join us at the Digi Health UK: The Future of Healthcare, Digital, Data and Technology conference where the discussions and interactions will inform delegates as to the future ambitions for a technologically enriched NHS