30 March 2023
DHCW and the digital health community came together for two days of learning and networking at Digital Health Rewired earlier this month. NHS and social care organisations, private healthcare providers and suppliers were all in attendance at London’s Business Design Centre.
A comprehensive programme of speakers was the focus of the event, with seven members of DHCW highlighting the role of DHCW in the digital transformation of health and care in Wales.
On day one Assistant Chief Architect John Meredith discussed how openEHR-based platforms are a game changer for health IT, making patient data more easily accessible and shareable for healthcare professionals.
Fran Beadle and Claire Bevan talked about reducing the burden of documentation in healthcare. They shared the success of the Welsh Nursing Care Record in achieving this, allowing nurses to spend more time with patients.
CEO Helen Thomas rounded off day one talking about the strategies DHCW have implemented to build a workforce that meets the current and future demands of digital health.
Day two of Rewired saw Executive Medical Director Rhidian Hurle join healthcare leaders from Scotland and Northern Ireland to talk about the progress being made in using digital and data to meet the challenges facing the NHS in Wales and beyond.
Assistant Director of Cyber, Jamie Graham reflected on the August 2022 cyber-attack on Advanced Health and Care. This affected services such as NHS 111 and mental health. Jamie shared key lessons to improve resilience in the future.
Matt Cornish wrapped up the conference by sharing the progress being made on the new NHS Wales app and the learnings from the private beta phase. Matt shared the roadmap for the app and the next step of moving to public beta.
DHCW also had a stand at Rewired, providing a great opportunity to share the work being done across the organisation to transform digital health and care in Wales.