Digital health chiefs demonstrate joined-up thinking as they hold summit in Leeds

The delegations at the summit.
The delegations at the summit.

Leaders in the digital health field from opposite sides of the world shared their expertise at a summit meeting in Leeds.

NHS Digital hosted a delegation from the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) for the talks on how technology can improve health and care.

During the two-day event at NHS Digital’s head office in Leeds, executives from the two organisations discussed topics including cyber security, the NHS’s national digital systems and how to better involve patients in their own health and care.

Officials from NHS England and the Department of Health also attended.

Sir Ian Andrews, non-executive director at NHS Digital and co-chair of the summit, said: “This was a really exciting opportunity to explore ways in which we can learn from each other’s experience and to identify opportunities for future collaborative working. It is clear that we face many of the same challenges.”

Fellow event co-chair Tim Kelsey, chief executive officer of the ADHA, added: “In both the NHS and in Australia, there are some very exciting innovations, and sharing how these services are being developed will help both of us to improve.

“Though we operate in different contexts, we share common objectives to maximise the opportunity that digital technology offers to local communities.

“In Australia, the ADHA is committed to a digital transformation of the health sector that will empower healthcare providers and improve health outcomes for consumers.”

NHS Digital has four sites in Leeds and employs around 2,000 people in the city.

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