Karen Taylor is a high profile senior Director with extensive experience in leading research into healthcare and life-science issues; including publishing white papers, value for money audits, policy and strategy evaluations. For the past seven years as the Director of Deloitte UK’s Centre for Health Solutions, I have led key research projects that help our internal and external stakeholders understand the challenges in, and solutions for, tackling some of healthcare and life sciences most pressing problems

At the LIFE 4.0 Conference, Karen will talk about Smart Hospitals and convergence of Medicine and IT. Improvements in our knowledge of science, new treatments and technologies, increased patient expectations and advanced digital and cognitive technologies, is changing our perceptions of healthcare – what needs to be delivered, where it needs to be delivered and by whom. This transformation comes at a time when most countries are facing growing demand and affordability issues and a healthcare estate that is increasingly not fit-for-purpose. The presentation will discuss the rise of the smart hospital, the changing nature of community and primary care and the important role of digital technology in improving staff productivity and efficiency across the health eco-system; it will also cover how digital technology is changing the ways that patients engage with their healthcare providers and enables them to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.