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South West Interdisciplinary Technology Consortium for Healthcare (SWITCH) – Ecosystem Launch Event

8th July 2019 @ 11:45

ECHAlliance Ecosystems

Organised by the University of Plymouth and the South West Academic Health Science Network.

As part of the Centre of Health Technology (CHT), University of Plymouth we have been working with a range of stakeholders in the region over the last 10 years to implement integrated healthcare using digital technologies.

Among others, in 2017 we received two large grants across Devon and Cornwall to facilitate bottom-up innovation by increasing capacity and improving capabilities across the Digital Health continuum in the region. The projects were run in collaboration with the LEP’s, Councils, SW ASHN, CCG’s, Creative England, Patient Association’s and a large network of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary care organisations. Historical evidence indicates that successful projects are incredibly difficult or impossible to sustain beyond the funding lifecycle of such initiatives. Reviewing the evolving good practise on models to sustain bottom-up innovation in healthcare using technology we are setting up an interdisciplinary consortium to create opportunities for greater collaboration and dialogue in addressing and supporting better healthcare in the South West and UK generally.

Over the past two years, we have been collaborating with the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), based in Ireland; to learn about their work and especially the International Ecosystem Network. The ECHAlliance is a not for profit organisation and their expanding International Ecosystem Network reaches across Europe, UK and North America. Soon they will add ecosystems in Australia, Sri Lanka and Africa. In discussion with the ECHAlliance we have modelled the proposed consortium as an ecosystem to incubate, accelerate, embed and export Innovative technology solutions in Healthcare coalescing around internationally-recognised technology and data standards.

On the 8th of July 2019, CHT in collaboration with SW ASHN will launch our ‘ecosystem’ in the South West and linking it to the wider Digital Health Ecosystem Network across the globe.

  • Andy Bleaden Director Ecosystems will be talking about The ECHAlliance Ecosystem Network; Exporting Health Technology Innovation as well as leading an Innovation Showcase Event

ECHAlliance members wishing to attend should contact [email protected]

View the agenda below

11:45 Registration

12:00 Lunch, Networking & Exhibition of Digital Health Innovation

12:55 Welcome – Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee, Centre of Health Technology, University of Plymouth

1:00 The need for Digital Health Innovation in the SW – Amanda Stratford, CEO, Healthwatch Cornwall

1:15 University of Plymouth – Regional Hub for Research impact and Knowledge Exchange – Prof Judith Petts & Prof Jerry Roberts, Vice Chancellor/Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Plymouth

1:25 Health Alliance – Incubating Health Technology Innovation & Beyond – Adrian Dawson Head of Research & Innovation, Ian McFadzen CEO, Plymouth Science Park

1:35 The ECHAlliance Ecosystem Network; Exporting Health Technology Innovation – Andy Bleaden, Director Ecosystem Development, European Connected Health Alliance

1:50 South West Interdisciplinary Technology Consortium for Healthcare (SWITCH) ; Purpose & Vision – Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee & Prof Ray Jones, Centre of Health Technology, University of Plymouth

2:10 Coffee & Networking

2:30 Transforming Healthcare – Artificial Intelligence and integrated digital care – Andrew Bannister, UK Health & Life Sciences Lead, Microsoft

2:45 The Safe Use of Artificial intelligence in Care – David Shanon Director of Strategic Development & Improvement, Andrew Forrest Chief Information Officer, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

3:00 Keynote – NHSX: the future of technology within the Health and Social Care space – Ben Showers, Head Digital Transformation, NHS X

3:30 Coffee, Networking & Exhibition of Digital Health Innovation

Innovation Showcase – 3-minute pitches to demonstrate selected innovations 1 slide only

Moderated by Andy Bleaden – ECHAlliance

4:00 openEHR and the Digital Health Ecosystem – Anze Droljc, Director, Better Care (Marand)

4:15 Agile Strategy: building out Cornwall’s ICS Digital Strategy from acute and community to county wide and beyond – Kelvyn Hipperson, Chief Information Officer, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust

4:30 Keynote – HDR UK & Digital Innovation Hubs – Prof Andrew Morris, Director, Health Data Research UK

5:00 SWITCH next Steps –

Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee & Prof Ray Jones University of Plymouth

William Lilley & Dr Rupa Chilvers Associate & Partnership Director, SW ASHN

5:20 – 6:00

Drinks Reception, Networking and Close



8th July 2019
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