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Delegates put spotlight on digital healthcare

Representatives from the NHS, social care, patient organisations, academia and industry met last week (Wednesday 29th June) to discuss how the latest innovations in digital healthcare can help improve health and wellbeing across the region.

ECHAThe third meeting of the Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem (a member of the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) international Network of Permanent Ecosystems) was held at Kala Sangam, Bradford. Rob Webster, the new Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and former Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation was a key note speaker.

In his presentation, Rob focused on ‘demystifying’ the new Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) currently being drawn up by health and care systems in England to support delivery of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View. He spoke on the new approach health and care systems are taking to work together across the region to plan how local services can evolve and become sustainable and the important role of digital health in this work.

After the event Rob said: “The best innovations happen when you bring together the right people and put them in the same room. Patients, clinicians, citizens, academics and industry working together can get the best solutions to the problems that face us today.

“This event is a great example of how you can do that to have the biggest impact.”

Other speakers were:

  • Victoria McGregor-Riley from Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group who spoke about the ambition of being paper-free at the point of care by 2020.
  • Roz Davies from Recovery Enterprises who shared the findings of the recent Patients as Partners event. This explored how to create the right environment for people with long term conditions to establish positive partnerships with the health and care system.
  • John Elliott from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who provided an update on the Sheffield City Region Test Bed collaboration and how partners are working together to pioneer and evaluate the ‘Perfect Patient Pathway’ using new combinations of interconnected devices to deliver care to people with long term conditions.
  • Nicola Tiffany, Managing Director of HMA Digital, winners of the Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health Design Challenge, who shared her company’s experiences of co-design and building relationships with the NHS and social care services in order to understand unmet health needs.

The event also backed the launch of a new Digital Citizen Network – #YHDigitalCitizen – which will help build links between patients, members of the public and organisations with an interest in digital health and the Yorkshire and Humber Digital Health and Wellbeing Expert Advisory Boardsay yes to ecosystem 2

The #YHDigitalCitizen Network has been launched by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN in partnership with mhabitat. It is one of the ways the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN is demonstrating its commitment to integrating Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) into its frontline work and increase the power of ‘patient pull’ to accelerate the spread and adoption of new technologies and models of care.

During the event, delegates were able to take part in interactive breakout sessions. These included how to promote the use of health apps for better patient outcomes; improving how patients can2016-06-29 11.13.09 contribute to the co-design of health and social care and shared learning about project implementation from the Calderdale Vanguard.

The Digital Ecosystem provided a platform for organisations from around the region to showcase their innovations. Please click here for a full list of our exhibitors.

The dedicated Twitter hashtag #YHDigitalEco created lots of interest and engagement throughout the day, generating over 1.5 million impressions and over 600 tweets were sent resulting in the hashtag trending nationally. To follow the conversations via Storify, please click here or alternatively search the hashtag on Twitter.

Christine 2Philippa Hedley-Takhar, Head of Investment and Partnerships at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, said: “This was another successful meeting of the Yorkshire & Humber Ecosystem and I was pleased to see the number of NHS colleagues who were able to join us.

“Technology has a vital role to play in the future of health and wellbeing. At a time when the health service is under enormous pressure, digital tools such as self-management apps and tele-health can make a huge difference – not only enhancing the patient’s experience but helping the healthcare provider to deliver care more efficiently too.”

Nicola Tiffany, Managing Director of HMA Digital, thanked the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN for its support. She encouraged other health-focused digital companies to join the Yorkshire & Humber Digital Ecosystem to build understanding of the NHS and care organisations as well as the unmet needs of patients.

She said: “As a commercial organisation, we have really benefitted from the work of the Yorkshire and Humber AHSN.  By keeping the AHSN informed about what we’re doing and who for, they’re able to make connections, provide support and engage with us and our clients to add value to projects that will have a positive impact on the NHS.”

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The next Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem meeting will take place on Wednesday 14 September at the Pavilions, Harrogate. The theme for this meeting will be Connected Care, Homes and Communities and includes opportunities to:website yhdigital eco pic save the date

  • Inform national debate and practice on procurement of innovative technologies
  • Explored citizen purchasing power for digital health and care
  • Share real world challenges and successes in integration of digital enablers

The Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem was launched by the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) in December 2015 to bring together a growing network of individuals and partners from health and social care, academia, industry, the voluntary sector and patient organisations with the shared aims of increasing the update of digital health technology to enhance patient care.