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Keeping up Standards In Healthtech (OHT Midlands)
Join us for a cross-sector discussion on why standards are SO important in the digitisation, development and delivery of health, care and clinical research. This is will take a "community hangout" form which means we'll hear some short provocations from our speakers before having a group discussion.
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In a world where nothing seems certain, technology standards can provide us (or at least the nerdiest among us!) with stability - facilitating safe development and effective collaboration. Despite being a vital part of assuring high quality digital health products and services, they’re not always given the leading role in policy and decision making they deserve. We’ve therefore asked some incredible speakers to join us for a cross-sector discussion on why standards are key to catalysing healthy innovation, what we should prioritise and how we can drive their adoption across the digital health system.
We have the pleasure of being joined by Xiao Liu, Clinical Research Fellow at University Hospitals Birmingham and driving force behind the standardisation of AI and health research via SPIRIT-AI and CONSORT-AI, Jeanette Kusel, Director of NICE Scientific Advice and Ira Bolychevsky, the NHSX Director of Standards & Interoperability. This is designed to be a ‘community hangout’ (with some help from your friendly comperes!): we'll hear short provocations from our speakers before having a group discussion around key questions.
The purpose is to network with like-minded individuals interested in standards and standardisation, and to learn how diverse areas of health technology, across research, policy and the NHS, think about and approach standards.
17:30 Welcome from the OHT Midlands Hub, Lauren Bevan, OHT Midlands
17:35 Standards Show & Tell - Maxine Mackintosh, OHT
17:45 Speaker intros - Hosted by Lisa Murphy, OHT
18:00 Group discussions
18:50 Speaker takeaways
Some of the questions we plan to cover in the group discussions include:
Why standards should be a focus for the health tech community
What are 'quick wins' or low hanging fruit that would have a big impact
How do we develop standards: is there a 'best practice' approach for this? how do we prioritise which standards should be developed?
How do we incentivise the adoption of standards: what are the facilitative factors to ensure adoption? how does this differ from a national to an international context?
How do we know if our standards are effective: how do we assess their impact, particularly on patient care and health outcomes?
The format will be that our three speakers will give their take based on their research, regulatory and NHS perspective before opening up for an informal group discussion.
We welcome those who are new to the world of standards to those whose have FIHR as their mother tongue - we know these are complex and technical topics, and rest assured we don't intend to shy away from the detail!
AND to get our creative juices flowing, every attendee needs to bring with them a standard, either one they love, one they've heard about, one they know is important but don't have the foggiest what it means. It's just your standard show & tell really....
I know what you're thinking...Xmas party on Zoom, naaaah...
This however, is no ordinary Xmas Party - this is an OHT XMAS PARTY!
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HO-HO-HOHT Merry Xmas!
If there was ever a year to need some festive cheer, it was surely 2020! We would love to invite you over to our place for an evening of festive cheer that will warm the cockles of your chilly, December hearts. This is open to EVERYONE - those who're involved in the community, those who are new to it and those who just fancy popping along to see some professional adults being very silly!
Here's our festive line up: Dasher, dancer, comet...wait no - that's another festive line up. Here's the actual one:
7:00 PM - general merry chit-chat
7:10 PM - a welcome from OHT
7:20 PM - exciting mystery speaker
7:35 PM - festive fun!
quick-fire festive quiz
review of our festive family portrait submissions
fancy dress prize awarded
christmas creations game
OHT Heros Nominations
9:00 PM - end of formal activities but feel free to hang about and share a mince pie over some chat
We would love for you to get involved with some of our activities ahead fo the party:
Festive family portrait submissions
It's time to get creative with your hub's submission of a family christmas card. This can be created over Zoom or using photoshop (or MS paint - we're no paint snobs!). Once you've created your portrait, send it over to or, if you're on the community Slack, share it with one of the Xmas team there.
We're also looking for your nominations for OHT's 2020 HealthTech Heros. I want to stress that these do not need to be all-out, shining armour acts of valour in the face of unbeatable odds. Sometimes someone, through some action, big or small, makes an impact on your life, those of others or those of the public at large, just through being an incredible human. We want to celebrate those people. So this Christmas - nominate your Healthtech Heroes - HERE - and we'll give them a shoutout at the event!
Deepest apologies for the amount of corny jokes in this announcement, the festive spirit just seems to bring them out in us.