HIMSS launches events programme to improve digital health education

The Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has announced a partnership with the Social Kinetic to help improve access to information technology and digital learning within the UK health sector.

The partnership will prioritise the growth of digital health to help improve access, efficiency and quality throughout the NHS and beyond. The aim will be to help educate those involved within the UK’s health sector on how to implement proven digital solutions.

The partnership will utilise the Social Kinetic’s unique approach to engagement, information sharing, knowledge transfer and event management whilst HIMSS UK will focus on showcasing and sharing best practice in healthcare innovation.

Dr Mark Davies, chief medical officer at HIMSS UK, said: “Health technology is a critical part of the solution to the current challenges the NHS is facing and HIMSS UK is ideally placed to provide thought leadership and support. We want people to have been part of something at our events and to take away learnings they can implement.  It is no longer enough to just hear about what’s new in health tech – the ‘how to do it’ is critical.  Our events and insights will give delegates an experience to remember and to act on, providing them with clarity and professional growth through leadership and networking.”

The new approach to the events programme offered by HIMMS will be designed on consultation with its recently formed UK Advisory Board, which brings together professionals from across the health tech sector.

The partnership will cover HIMSS’ flagship event, eHealth Week, held in May, as well as the HIMSS Executive Leadership Summits and some new platforms to be unveiled during 2018.

Rachel Dunscombe, chair of the new HIMSS UK Advisory Board said: “Modern CIOs and CCIOs in healthcare face huge responsibilities to staff, patients and the public – they need to be able to support their organisations with the very best leadership. How organisations, such as HIMSS, engage, educate and support the sector has to match that.  I am very excited to be part of this new HIMSS UK events programme to ensure learning, networking and best practice sharing matches the ambition of the health sector.”

The Social Kinetic’s founder and hacker-in-chief, Claire Cater, said: “HIMSS recognised a need to reinvigorate their programme to meet the changing demands of their audience. We specialise in engaging with stakeholders to design and create programmes which educate and excite. We are delighted to be working with HIMSS to offer learning and networking opportunities for a group of very time-poor individuals where every second out of the office, the hospital, the consulting room or the community counts.”

Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via: reece.armstrong@rapidnews.com

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