Posted on September 27, 2016 by staff

Technology in healthcare conference set for Lancashire


A major conference looking at the impact of technology on the healthcare sector will be taking place in Lancashire in November.

Lancashire and South Cumbria Digital Health Board and Chorley Council have joined forces with BusinessCloud to hold the ‘Transforming Healthcare through technology’ conference to look at how tech can enable the public to interact better with the health system.

Chorley Council’s Lancastrian Suite will be hosting the event on November 23 and it’s free to attend.

Speakers from across the UK have already been confirmed including: Pankaj Chandak, transplant registrar, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London; Ajith George, consultant head and neck surgeon, University Hospitals of North Midland NHS Trust; Dan Riley, managing director / CEO, Spearhead; and Dominic Cushnan, Digital Innovation Manager, NHS Horizons.

A number of speakers from Lancashire will also be speaking including Declan Hadley, digital health leader of Healthier Lancashire; Annette Ferrier, digital care hub team leader, Airedale NHS Trust; Gary Hall, chief executive, Chorley Council; and Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health and wellbeing, at Lancashire County Council.

The conference will be hosted by award-winning journalist Chris Maguire, who said it was vital that the health service embraced technology.

“It’s crazy that 95 per cent of plane tickets are issued digitally as e-tickets but only two per cent of people engage with the health and care services digitally,” he said.

“A digital revolution is occurring in healthcare. Wearable technologies, 3D printing and the increased presence of telecare are pieces of an increasing health technology jigsaw – and one that is only going to gather pace as the sector comes under pressure to be more efficient and spread innovation.”