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Designing Digital Solutions to Improve Patient Care

Designing Digital Solutions to improve patient care,
Digital Health & Wellbeing Ecosystem, Sheffield

HEALTH and wellbeing stakeholders from across the region had the opportunity to explore ways to improve patient care through an increased use of digital technology at the second Yorkshire & Humber AHSN Digital Health & Wellbeing Ecosystem event.

Over 70 people from the NHS, industry, academia and other health and social care settings attended the event in Sheffield, which aims to increase the uptake of digital health technology to enhance patient care.

Held in partnership with ECHAlliance, the focus of discussion for the day was  self-management of long-term conditions through the use of digital solutions to empower citizens living with long term conditions to maintain a better quality of life and independence.

A packed agenda provided delegates with the opportunity to participate in workshop sessions to progress projects in Diabetes, Young People’s Mental Health and the practicalities of Self-Management, and hear from a series of guest speakers with practical experience of developing digital solutions that suit the needs of both patients and clinicians.

Guest speakers included

Sue Sibbald, Mental Health Advocate and Founder of Peer support group, #BPDChat talking about “What is good self-management?”

Sharron McMahon from Kirklees Council provided a demonstration of “My Health Tools” an online toolkit for people in Kirklees enabling people to self-manage their long term conditions.

Richard Quine, InHealthcare, and Huw Jones, ADI, shared learning about how digital health solutions have been developed by listening to patient needs.

Professor Paul O’Brien, Elaros summarised the resources and networks available to innovators in Yorkshire & Humber to develop digital solutions

Dr Peter Cudd, CATCH, explained how the University of Sheffield are working with industry, patients, charities, clinicians and others to research, develop and evaluate technologies for cognitive and mental well-being, independent living and self-managed health and rehabilitation.

Delegates were also treated to an early preview of Health Innovation Exchange, the Yorkshire & Humber AHSNs new portal, available as a platform for innovators to showcase their health care solutions and connect with prospected consumers and customers from the health and care sector.

Pippa Hedley-Takhar, Head of Partnerships at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN said “There are a wealth of digital solutions available which can help patients better manage their own care.  By taking advantage of the solutions available we can help improve patient outcomes and experiences whilst helping reduce unplanned events.

Through our second digital health & wellbeing ecosystem meeting we have been able to help organisations understand how they can involve patients in the design of their solutions, and showcased the extensive expertise, knowledge, energy and interest in collaborative working across the region and we will continue to connect Ecosystem partners and build on these great foundations to grow the Ecosystem and progress projects.”

Iain Strickland, from Electrocore, said: “This was an extremely informative and productive event which has sparked a great deal of thought around collaborative approaches to healthcare. The event has potentially opened the door for us to have meetings in both West and South Yorkshire. We are looking forward to further meetings to progressing ideas that will have a positive impact on the NHS system across the UK.”

The next Ecosystem meeting will be held in Bradford on Wednesday June 29th, new attendees are welcome.  Click here to register your interest.

For the associated resources from the last Digital Health & Wellbeing Ecosystem meeting click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.