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Developing an eHealth ecosystem – Research Festival 2020

23rd January 2020 @ 12:00 - 16:00

EPIC – eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – has been bringing together digital technology businesses with health and care professionals, and patient and service user groups, to find technological solutions to improve health and wellbeing. 

This session will present how, locally, the EPIC project has succeeded in developing networks and helping small companies develop their products and services further. We will also show how, globally, ‘Testbed Cornwall’ is now a region to trial new digital products and services, from robots to health record systems.

The three-year project, funded by ERDF, presents a strong example of interdisciplinary working between health, arts, science, engineering and technology. It has brought considerable research impact for its positive effect on patients, carers and healthcare providers, and established foundations for a legacy of continuing innovation.

Join the team behind EPIC and some of the SMEs that have benefitted from their support, to learn about the journey so far, the next steps for health technology in the region, and the opportunities available to be part of the next generation of eHealth research at the University of Plymouth through its newly-launched Centre of Health Technology.


12:00 | Arrival, light lunch and exhibition with SME demonstrations

13:00 | Welcome


13:15 | Introduction: EPIC and local successes in Cornwall by Professor Ray Jones

Followed by students who have acted as digital health champions talking about their experience and contribution to EPIC, and then demonstrations from three Cornish companies (two software, one robotics) supported by EPIC and the knowledge transfer process:

  • Richard Wyatt Haynes, HCIA digital software company transforming healthcare with supportive content and analytics.
  • Jake Gibson Sutton Shaw, Robotriks. Robotics-focused research and development company.
  • Richard Doig, Hug. Developed a holistic platform to analyse employee wellbeing and match smart benefits to employee needs.

14:30 | Tea/coffee break


14:45 | Incubating, scaling-up and importing innovations through the Cornwall Testbed – case studies from Finland and Ireland by Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee, Associate Professor of Digital Health & Education at University of Plymouth, and Lloyd Taylor, Research Assistant at University of Plymouth

15:00 | How Cornish entrepreneurs can access ORCHA expertise through EPIC2 and SWITCH by Liz Ashall-Payne, Founding CEO of ORCHA

15:20 | Collaborating, importing and exporting opportunities in digital health innovation with a Spanish eHealth Ecosystem by Gisela Garcia-Alvarez, Managing Director of Galician Health EcosystemCluster Saúde de Galicia, Spain

15:40 | Harnessing the global infrastructure and reach of IBM to scale-up South West Digital Health Innovation by John McNamara, UK University Program Leader at IBM

16:00 | Discussion: The scope for increased inter-disciplinary collaboration between the University, companies, and health and care providers

Who is this event for

This event will be of particular interest to colleagues in science and engineering, such as computing and robotic engineering; arts, health or medicine; and anyone who works with digital technology. It may also appeal to those who work in Derriford Hospital and the NHSTrusts, those in community groups that support patient wellbeing, health-related charities, and further education providers.



23rd January 2020
12:00 - 16:00
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Stonehouse Lecture Theatre
Portland Square, University of Plymouth
Plymouth, PL4 8AA United Kingdom
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