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London’s inaugural Ecosystem Meeting

19 June 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Smith
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On Thursday 15th June DigitalHealth.London worked in partnership with the Healthy London Partnership to host London’s first Ecosystem.


The afternoon focused on ‘virtual consultations in primary care’ and was aimed at bringing together industry and NHS primary care stakeholders to collaborate on breaking down the barriers to wider use of virtual consultation and triage technologies across general practice in London.


The event brought people together to support GPs to engage with the new technologies that exist in the online consultation space, highlight areas of best practice and move stakeholders along the implementation pathway.


90 delegates registered to attend from across London, eager to contribute to, and learn from, the fast-moving conversation around online consultations and the afternoon kicked-off with keynotes and updates from some of London’s trendsetting clinicians, Murray Ellender, Aumran Tahir and Ammara Hughes, each of whom brought particular perspectives to the need for change amongst primary care.


For the second part of the afternoon, delegates broke out into ‘mini hacks’, according to respective level of development with online consultation technologies. The discussions focused on the key barriers to implementation of online consultations, and explored ways in which these could be addressed collaboratively.


Some key points were:


  • There is a lack of clarity on central funding for this, but other options are available to those willing to look for it.


  • Working at scale, in partnership with other primary care practices, can really help GPs make progress with this.


  • Online consultations work - it’s not a case of reducing GP workload, but ensuring the right level of care reaches patients when they need it.



The afternoon was wrapped up by a series of lightning pitches from some really exciting companies working in this space, followed by networking and drinks.


DigitalHealth.London were pleased to welcome the following pitchers:


  • Babylon

  • MedicSpot

  • Engage Consult


  • Ada Health

  • Accenture - with their NHSMail 2

  • eConsult

  • Connected Healthtech Solutions

  • Veloscient

  • iPLATO

  • Cinos Communications Services - HealthConnect


The team thank all attendees for their contribution to the success of the afternoon - and look forward to releasing details of the next.