EHI Conference 2013

6 November 2013

EHI-NEC-2013

The Jayex team attended this year's conference in full force to demonstrate the complete range of solutions. We met partners and customers alike several of whom commented "we didn't know you offered all that ...". Jayex indeed offer a lot more then just self check-in and patient call. In particular our outcomes and pre-op solutions attracted immense interest.

Conference organisers released the following news :

Nobody ever doubted NHS England's determination to bring about real change in healthcare IT, or to open up healthcare data to more users; including patients. However, over the past year or so there have been so many ideas and initiatives pouring out of Leeds that it has been hard to see how they all join up.

On the first day of EHI Live 2013,  there were indications of how things may fall into place. Both NHS England's director of patients and  information, Tim Kelsey, and its director of strategic systems and technology, Beverley Bryant, indicated that the Information Services Commissioning Group will take firm charge of the plans coming out of different national bodies, and make sure they speak with "one voice".

EHI-NEC-13 Predictably, the ICSG is also effectively becoming an organisation in its own right, and is about to have a website. Meanwhile, Bryant  also indicated that some £20m of the first round of 'Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards: Technology Fund' money will go on open source projects, and that there will be some co-ordination of the work done by the 20 pilots.

NHS England is also supporting EHI Intelligence's Clinical Digital Maturity Index, which launched at the show, as a way of finding out how best to fill in the gaps in trust administrative and clinical systems. Elsewhere at the event, Professor Jonathan Kay told the second CCIO Leaders Network Annual Conference that chief clinical information officers were also developing - and starting to work in teams.

The nuts and bolts of how to build effective, safe IT systems were the focus of the second day of EHI Live 2013. Away from the show, the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges issued a huge report on healthcare technology, calling for standardised records to support patient care and secondary uses, with coding built in from the start.

Meanwhile, Dr Maureen Baker, the clinical director for patient safety at the Health and Social Care information Centre, called for the NHS to make greater use of safety standards and safety cases at one session of the show. She went on to argue that a similar approach needs to be adopted for apps in the HANDI Health Apps stream. The regulation of medical apps has emerged as a big issue at EHI Live 2013, with some wary of stifling development, and others arguing the time has now come to apply some rigour. Dr Baker argued that the systems for regulating medical devices will not apply to apps, but NHS England is looking at the work the US Food and Drug Administration has done on regulating apps that turn devices into medical devices.

Join the debate on our comment button. A story that is certain to get comments is the news that NHS England is doubling the size of NHSmail inboxes ahead of the development of NHSmail2. But will this be enough to solve the perennial grumbles about the capacity of the system? Finally, EHI has launched a new Health CIO Network to act as a platform to give chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders greater professional recognition, and to help them influence policy at a national and local level. Watch www.ehi.co.uk for more information.

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