HC2014 now open for registration

21 November 2013

Safer hospitals, patient engagement and mobile technologies are just some of the topics that will feature at HC2014, the UK’s longest running IT healthcare event. The conference will focus on a number of themes in relation to the call for paperless NHS by 2018. The event, which will take place at Manchester Central 19-20 March, is now open for delegate registration.

HC2014, the Health Informatics Congress (previously Healthcare Computing) is a collaboration between BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and HIMSS, a cause-based, not-for-profit global organisation focused on improving health with information technology.

Mike Sinclair, Chair of the Conference Organising Committee says: “We’re very excited to be bringing HC2014 to Manchester as part of our plan to take the event to different regions across the UK on a rotating basis.

“The importance of information and information systems to the delivery of safe and high quality healthcare is growing at an almost exponential rate. Governments across the world are realising this more and more - our aim at HC is to demonstrate examples of leading edge practice, showcase innovation and new technologies and reinforce the increasing status and importance of health informatics as a fundamental profession in modern health and care sectors.”

The 2-day event will feature over 100 speakers including:

  • Justin Whatling, Chair BCS Health
  • Tim Kelsey, NHS England
  • Andrea Spryopolous, President of the Royal College of Nursing
  • Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult SC, Care Quality Commission
  • Mike Pringle, President, Royal College of GPs
  • Martin Murphy, Clinical Director, NHS Wales Informatics Service
  • Professor Patrick Soon-Shiong, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Professor David Haslam, Chair of NICE

The exhibition will include suppliers, innovators and entrepreneurs showcasing systems, services and innovative solutions available to healthcare professionals and organisations across the UK.

Mike Haynes, Programme Director for HC2014, comments, “Once again our partnership with Royal Colleges and other national bodies is providing a world-class healthcare conference with many high profile speakers. The conference committee has been inundated with submissions this year - particularly around Safer Hospitals, Patient Engagement and Mobile Technologies. Such a high calibre of presenters has made the selection process a real challenge; and it is clear that we will be providing yet another packed high-value conference programme for the event.”

H. Stephen Lieber, President and CEO of HIMSS WorldWide, comments: “HIMSS is committed to delivering world-class events to the UK market.  Our organisation is focused on ‘better health through information technology’ - this typifies current UK initiatives including Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards. At HIMSS, we recognize that IT decisions in the UK are influenced by clinicians as well as IT professionals, with exposure to the latest technologies supporting healthcare and leading industry speakers, both enabling an informed choice.”

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