Morning, Thursday, 2nd April 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This seminar will consider the next steps for diagnostics and pathology in England - looking at supporting innovation, rolling out networks and developing standards.
It follows the commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to roll out pathology networks across England by 2021 and diagnostic imaging networks by 2023, and will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the use of technology, artificial intelligence and genomics to improve the diagnosis of disease.
Data, Artificial Intelligence and Genomics
The seminar provides an opportunity to consider the progress of the Artificial Intelligence and Data Grand Challenge Mission, which aims to use data and AI to improve the diagnosis of chronic diseases by 2030, following the recent announcement of £250m investment in artificial intelligence and the development of a National Artificial Intelligence Lab.
Delegates will consider what support can be provided to innovators through the regulatory and approval process, as well as any barriers to uptake, ensuring data protection and maintaining public trust.
The agenda includes discussion on the role of genomics in diagnosis, in light of the government’s ambition to sequence 5m genomes by 2023-24.
Attendees will consider the priorities for scaling up to meet these ambitions, with discussion on developing skills in the workforce and managing patient data, as well as the opportunities for using genomics to develop personalised treatments.
Accelerating the Diagnostic Process
Further sessions will consider how to accelerate the diagnostic process, in light of the Accelerating Detection of Disease programme which announced £79m of government investment for research into the early diagnosis of diseases including cancer, dementia and heart disease, as well as goals to recruit up to 5m healthy participants in research.
Attendees will assess the next steps for achieving the aims, looking at the development of diagnostic standards, supporting patient and public involvement in research, and upgrading imaging and pathology infrastructure following the announcement of £200m of government funding to replace MRI machines, CT scanners and screening equipment.
We expect further discussion on improving diagnostic times for cancer as Rapid Diagnostic Centres are rolled out across England and with a new faster diagnostic standard to be introduced from 2020, and the agenda includes sessions on the opportunities for learning from the Rapid Diagnostic Centre pilots.
Following the commitment in the Long Term Plan to roll out diagnostic imaging and pathology networks, attendees will consider the opportunities and challenges for developing networks.
There will be discussion on supporting integration across traditional boundaries, making best use of shared resources and overcoming workforce challenges including recruitment, development and retention.