HC2013 opens for registration

Highly respected conference celebrates its 30 anniversary; This year´s theme "Digital health – realising the potential for information in health and care"

BIRMINGHAM, UK - (HealthTech Wire / News) - Digital health – realising the potential for information in health and care is the theme for this year’s HC2013 organised by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and HIMSS and incorporating HEALTH+IN4MATICS. The conference opens for registration and takes place on 16-17 April 2013 at the ICC Birmingham.

Story Highlights
  • For the first time organised by the BCS with HIMSS and incorporating HEALTH+IN4MATICS
  • Conference looks at digital health through three focus areas: commissioners; providers of health and care services; and the citizen
  • "The health and care system must optimise the use of information and technology if it is going to survive and prosper.”

Matthew Swindells, Chair of BCS Health says: “We live in a digital age.  Each of us uses technology 24/7 to work, socialise and live. Our health care system should be no different. The challenges are all around us: culture, funding, governance, privacy, security, interoperability, complexity - all set within a health and care system that seems in constant organisational flux. The health and care system must optimise the use of information and technology if it is going to survive and prosper.”

The conferences key themes will be looked at through three distinct ‘lenses’:

  • Commissioners of health and care services; whether nationally or locally, all commissioners need information and supporting technology to make the best decisions for planning and funding health and care
  • Providers of health and care services; whether public, private or third sector, and covering provision in any location, including the home, providers need to make information and technology work to deliver efficient, integrated care, irrespective of organisational and system boundaries
  • My Health; citizens have an increasing responsibility and role in managing their wellness and any care they may need, including self care.  Both information and technology are integral to citizens being ‘intelligent consumers” of their health and care

The conference is open to a wide range of professionals ranging from medical staff, nurses, therapists, social care workers, senior management decision-makers from commissioners and NHS provider organisations, technical staff, scientists and researchers to information, knowledge management and IT specialists.

HC2013 will be supported by many of the UK’s national organisations and professional bodies:

  • National bodies: The National Commissioning Board, The Health and Social Care Information Centre, The NHS Confederation, NHS Wales, UKTI and Intellect
  • Clinical leaders and standard setting bodies: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence, The Royal College of Physicians; The Royal College of Nursing and The Royal College of GPs
  • Professional bodies: The Institute of Health Records and Information Management; and BCS Assist

Matthew concludes: “Technology may be for the specialists but information is for everyone and everyone working in the health and care services should want to know about the opportunities and challenges to realising the potential for information. Our conference is open to everyone who has an interest in creating, managing or using information, supported by technology, to improve healthcare.”

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Source: HealthTech Wire