On 7th November key partners from across Cheshire & Merseyside came together to connect with industry experts and discuss how digital technologies could be embedded into organisations to improve health and social care outcomes.

In the light of the NHS Five Year Forward View and the Care Act  there is a need to change how the health and social care system operates to maintain high levels of care. There are significant opportunities to embed technology to reduce demand, improve efficiencies and improve health outcomes.

With a panel of expert speakers the event gave the perfect platform from which to raise awareness and knowledge of the range of digital technologies available, explore the "art of the possible", share best practice on technology already being used.
A market place of industry experts enabled delegates to view technologies and discuss possible pipeline projects.                                                                

Opened by Councillor James Noakes, Mayoral Lead for Energy and Smart City for Liverpool the event provided a selection of breakout workshops giving delegates the option to chose between a number of sessions. The format of the workshops saw a current sector problem presented followed by a number of possible solutions using technology.

Picture: Cllr Jim Noaks, Liz Ashall-Payne, Richard Harding and Ipek Caliskanelli.

Themes for the workshops were:

  • Apps
  • Digitalising transactions
  • Self monitoring and sensors
  • Artificial intelligence

The event also made use of an innovative interactive Q&A session giving delegates the opportunity to interact with live Q&A and take part in real time polls.

Delegates gave positive feedback following the event and some examples of areas delegates found most useful are as follows:

  • The range of technologies in place, looking to be introduced to improve lives
  • Knowing tech can improve wellbeing and apps can be regulated
  • The range of solutions for different issues across a broad spectrum
  • There was lots of useful information to take away and hopefully use on surgery website and in house to help patients and staff
  • Be more aware of how to utilise IT in everyday practice
  • Very good, very interesting, the future is looking good!

Presentations from the event will be available shortly on the Champs website.

A programme for the event can be found here.