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Data use in healthcare and life sciences - collection and trust, innovation and improving patient care, and the contribution to fighting COVID-19

November 2020

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine the key issues for the use of data in healthcare and life sciences.

The discussion at a glance:

  • improving patient care and health outcomes - priorities for the use of data in reducing health inequalities, supporting community care, and the greater use of online and remote services
  • the impact on research - enhancing the role of data and data-driven technology and what it can offer to support UK healthcare
  • the UK’s genomic database - priorities for scaling up and utilising data to modernise diagnostics and support precision treatment
  • access - improving provision of datasets to researchers and institutions
  • use of data - priorities for the National Centre of Expertise in its mission to provide the NHS with specialist guidance
  • safety, security and trust - priorities for improving public confidence and engagement, and allaying concerns over data collection and use
  • training - next steps for ensuring that the workforce is equipped with the skills needed to utilise data effectively
  • tackling the pandemic - assessing NHSX’s recent How data is supporting the COVID-19 response statement covering confidentiality and use, providing access to up-to-date information, remote monitoring, contact tracing, supporting vulnerable people, response planning and responsible and safe use of health data for research and innovation

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

  • COVID-19 - data on the spread of being shared with local authorities to identify and contain potential outbreaks in workplaces, care homes and schools
  • the NHS Long Term Plan - with goals to improve access to and the use of data
  • enabling clinical use of data - the Health Secretary’s goal for doctors to have relevant patient data readily available to them, the tools needed to process it, and the training to understand it by 2030
  • The National Data Strategy - aiming to build the UK data economy and public trust
  • The PHE Strategy 2020 to 2025 - including to utilise data to support more informed decision-making and produce better outcomes for the public
  • The Topol Review - Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future
  • COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes - Public Health England’ report including how data can be used to support targeted interventions to protect those most at risk

The agenda:

  • Health data - progress since the industrial strategy and future impact
  • Improving the collection and utilisation of data in healthcare - supporting rapid response, track, trace and test services, trust, access, training and regulation:
    • Increasing availability and access to data as a resource in healthcare and how data is shaping services during the pandemic
    • Developing a system for data use that is trusted, and improving engagement from patients across the UK
    • Preparing the workforce with the specialised skills and techniques needed for utilising data
    • Key legal and regulatory considerations for utilising data in healthcare - and implications for the COVID response
  • The potential for innovation and genomics to improve diagnosis and treatment
  • The role of data in in the COVID-19 Pandemic - contact tracing, resource management and improving patient care
  • Opportunities for improving patient care using data - health outcomes, identifying vulnerable and at risk groups, and supporting online and remote services:
    • Using data to innovate and improve the patient experience
    • Case study: The health data research hub for respiratory health
    • Data and medicine development - supporting personalised effective treatment
    • Using data to understand quality and integration across health and social care
  • Next steps for policy and meeting long term goals

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

This one looks no different. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department of Health and Social Care; the MHRA; the Office for Life Sciences; the Department of Health NI; BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the Department for International Trade; the National Audit Office; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles