Policy Forum for Wales

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Next steps for digital health and health data use in Wales - policy - strategy - improving care and addressing inequalities - health records and data - infrastructure and interoperability - workforce engagement - life sciences industry

May 2023

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

This conference examined next steps for digital healthcare and use of health data in Wales.

It was an opportunity to discuss priorities for digital transformation as a new digital health and social care strategy is developed, as well as the landscape for digital health in Wales following developments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delegates assessed opportunities to attract investment and bring innovation to market in Wales, alongside latest thinking around interoperability, information governance and data collection, including next steps for patient records and the development of an NHS Wales app.

Further areas for discussion included priorities for upskilling the workforce, enhancing the personalisation and accessibility of healthcare, the future for remote consultations, and aligning with technological advancements in social care.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Robert Walker, Programme Manager for Health, Justice and Emergency Services, techUK; Rhidian Hurle, Chief Clinical Information Officer for Wales, and Executive Medical Director, Digital Health and Care Wales; and Aaron Edwards, National Programme Manager for Telecare, TEC Cymru.

Overall, the agenda included sessions on:

  • the context for change: policy ambitions - the landscape for digital health and social care in Wales - assessing the pathway for transformation
  • implementation: priorities for digital health service transformation in the NHS - applying lessons from the pandemic - addressing infrastructure challenges - development of an NHS Wales app
  • patient data: next steps for electronic health records - utilising data to inform and improve services and interventions - maintaining standards - guaranteeing interoperability - data security and information governance 
  • interoperability: integrating technological advancements across the health and social care system
  • addressing inequalities: improving personalised care and accessibility - the future for remote consultations
  • workforce: implementing innovative healthcare delivery - provision of support, upskilling and professional development - achieving the delivery of efficiencies
  • the Wales life sciences industry: priorities for innovation and investment - supporting digital innovation, appraisals and adoption of technologies - rollout and commercialisation
  • policy: transformation of digital and data-driven technologies in health and care services

The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from the Audit Wales; UK Statistics Authority; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.

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