Healthy innovation

Lord Darzi of Denham, Chairman, Institute of Global Health Innovation

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
5th Floor
5 Canada Square
E14 5AQ 

Tuesday 26 February
08.30 – 16.15

Innovation is the key to making high quality care affordable and accessible. Already much progress has been made in the NHS, but there is still much to do to capture the potential of pioneering new approaches. In particular, there is now growing interest in the “disruptive innovations” in emerging markets, which are delivering a lot more for a lot less. The fiscal and demographic pressures on health systems across the globe have begun to create an international burning platform to transform healthcare. To ensure that the NHS can benefit from this innovation and improvement, it is now vital to have a national and international conversation on how to share and spread best practice.

Fostering innovation in healthcare is now a global debate and in 2013 Reform will convene a major international event to identify best practice and explore the implications for the NHS. This event takes place between the London Global Health Policy Summit in August 2012 and the Global Health Policy Summit in Doha in late 2013. It will be a defining opportunity to bring together the strongest group of health leaders and opinion makers for an agenda-setting event.

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Speakers will include:

Professor The Lord Darzi KBE
Chair, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

Earl Howe
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Jane Cummings
Chief Nurse, NHS Commissioning Board

Ciarán Devane
Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support

Dr Victor Dzau
Chair, International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery, and Chancellor, Health Affairs, Duke University

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett
Executive Chair, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

Jamie Heywood
Chairman, PatientsLikeMe

Anant Kumar
CEO, LifeSpring Hospital, India

Tim Murphy
President, Beacon Health Strategies

Javier Okhuysen
Co-Founder, SalaUno, Mexico

Sir John Oldham
GP and National Clinical Lead, Quality and Productivity, Department of Health

Cally Palmer CBE
Chief Executive, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Adrian Wooldridge
Schumpeter Columnist, Economist

Pedro Yrigoyen
Co-Founder, MedicallHome, Mexico

Full programme details:

08.30 – 09.00 Tea, coffee and registration

09.00 – 09.10 Welcome

09. 15 – 09.45 Keynote speech: Innovative delivery in healthcare 

The main public policy challenge for all nations in the 21st century will be to deliver high quality, affordable and accessible healthcare. Meeting this challenge demands a transformation in the model of healthcare. In his keynote speech Lord Darzi will describe the work of the Global Health Policy Forum and the progress made since the summit in August 2012. 

09.45 – 10.45 Panel session: What makes a disruptive innovator?

Innovators are already transforming how healthcare is delivered and organised. These pioneers have challenged established models of care and professional assumptions to develop radically different services that are cheaper, more accessible and safer. There are common factors in that make disruptive innovators in healthcare successful. This session explores what it takes to a disruptive innovator in health.

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 12.00 Innovative delivery model: Accessible primary care

Effective primary care can produce healthier populations at lower cost. However in both the developed and developing world access to primary care can be limited and quality can be variable. Modern technology has the potential to transform traditional primary care services based on family physicians, bringing safe and high quality care closer to the patient and using a wider range of clinical practitioners.

12.00 – 12.45 Innovative delivery models: Better hospitals

General hospitals are at the core of many health systems, where an increasing variety of medical services and specialities have been consolidated into single campuses. However this business model has proved highly inefficient and does not always ensure quality and safety. Specialisation of services and hospital franchises offer ways to maximise productivity and improve services for patients.

12.45 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.00 Keynote speech: Innovative delivery in the NHS

International pioneers in healthcare delivery are leading the way. The NHS now needs a step change in the rate of innovation. In his keynote speech Lord Howe will set out how the NHS will achieve faster innovation in healthcare services to improve productivity and quality for patients.

14.00 – 15.00 Innovative delivery models: Coordinated care

The fragmentation of traditional health systems has been a driver of costs and waste, and prevented patients receiving high quality care. However with patients often needing to obtain services from different providers and specialties, old professional boundaries have become obsolete. High performing systems are now able to coordinate care around the needs of patients and encourage population health.

15.00 – 16.00 Delivering innovation in the NHS

While the lessons of innovative healthcare are known, diffusion and adoption of best practice remains slow. In particular, the rate of innovation is faster in the developing world compared to the more developed healthcare systems such as the NHS. Legacy infrastructure, entrenched professional cultures and perverse incentives have made the radical innovation that is needed harder. Overcoming these barriers to innovation is a key challenge for policy makers.

16.00 Closing remarks
16.15 Close

This conference is kindly supported by:

Baxter Healthcare


McKinsey & Company


The Reform Research Trust is also grateful for a grant towards the costs of the event from the Health Foundation