UK e-Health Week: A HIMSS EVENT

   OLYMPIA LONDON - 15-16 MAY, 2018

May 15-16, 2018 | Olympia, London

Counting down to my e-Health Week experience

I’m proud and delighted to announce that one of my first duties as HIMSS International’s new Chief Clinical Officer will be to take an active part in this year’s UK e-Health Week.

The event has always been a key date in the digital calendar, but this year it somehow feels even more important.  Health tech’s profile is higher than ever, and for good reason – the NHS is at a critical crossroads and only taking the road marked ‘digital transformation’ will guarantee a successful onward journey.

That’s why it’s so exciting to see that the agenda for UK e-Health Week 2018 is its most ambitious and compelling yet.

Key themes for this year are leadership, global learning and digital advances. Core content has been shaped around the pressing challenges of data and population health, cyber security, professional development, digitising care and digital therapeutics, moving to the cloud and encouraging public participation.

We’ll be hearing from, and networking with, over 100 different speakers, including national leaders such as Matthew Swindells, NHS England’s Director for Operations and Information, who will be asking whether digital can save the NHS, National CCIO Simon Eccles, exploring what tomorrow’s CCIO will look like, NHS England’s Chief Digital Officer Juliet Bauer and Will Smart, CIO Health and Care in England.

There will also be an opportunity to join in with debates and discussions hosted by members of the HIMSS UK Advisory Board including:

  • Rachel Dunscombe, Chief Executive of the NHS Digital Academy
  • Dr Victoria Betton Founder & director of mHabitat
  • Anne Cooper, Chief Nurse at NHS Digital
  • Dr Richard Corbridge, CIO Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Afzal Chaudhry, Chief Clinical Information Officer at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Andy Kinnear, Chair, BCS Health and Director of Digital Transformation, NHS South Central and West CSU

In a first for UK e-Health Week, this year we will be able to hear from two high profile international guests - Taavi Kotka, the former Chief Information Officer for the Estonian Government and Marcus East, Chief Technology Officer National Geographic.  These two renowned global innovators are sure to provide fascinating insights and lessons based on their respective experiences of leading Estonia’s pioneering e-Citizen programme and overseeing the world’s biggest digital brand.

UK e-Health Week  has been designed to provide much, much more than the usual conference experience. As well as seeing first hand some of the technologies that are making a positive difference to patients right now, there will be facilitated opportunities to meet the presenters, engage with exhibitors and sponsors, learn new skills and hear real stories of success from the frontline – no doubt some relating to the recent submission of bids to be one of the Local Health and Care Record Exemplars (LHCRE).

This year’s event even boasts a dedicated Global Digital Exemplar zone, where the trailblazers in healthcare technology will be showcasing their successes and sharing their learning.

From a personal perspective, I am looking forward to using my first major HIMSS event as an opportunity to meet a wide variety of health tech professionals and to learn directly from them how HIMSS UK can best support the delivery of the NHS’s demanding digital agenda. The HIMSS vision, both internationally and in the UK, is built around the provision of the right information and tools to help innovators succeed, and events like UK e-Health Week are the perfect opportunity to understand where the priorities lie from the viewpoint those working at the coal face.

UK e-Health Week is shaping up to be the biggest and most influential digital event of 2018 and I would strongly recommend that if you haven’t already booked your place, you act quickly to be part of the great digital debate by logging in at

Dr. Charles Alessi was appointed to the new role of Chief Clinical Officer at HIMSS International in May. He is a GP in south-west London, a Senior Adviser to Public Health England and in addition acts in a variety of external facing positions with government and other agencies. He is also lead for dementia and risk reduction and recently was appointed as director of antibiotic prescribing for Public Health England as part of the Antimicrobial Resistance initiative.

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