Great turnout at latest Digital Ecosystem meeting

IMG_0508More than 120 delegates attended the sixth meeting of the Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem meeting to participate in talks, workshops and discussions on the theme of the Digital Health Adoption Challenge.

The event, hosted by the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network in partnership with ECHAlliance and sponsored by the University Centre at Wakefield College, was held at Unity Works in Wakefield.

It was opened by Cllr David Jones, Deputy Cabinet member for Economic Growth and Skills at Wakefield Council and featured speakers from across the regional and national digital health community leading sessions on:

  • Shared learning on innovative commissioning collaborations and the role of leadership
  • Resources for innovators to create their own adoption ‘toolkits’
  • National and regional initiatives to empower digital ready workforces and communities

Speakers on the day included:

  • Rahna Riley – Rochdale Borough Council
  • Bruce Elliott – NHS Digital
  • Alison Braithwaite – mHabitat
  • James Rawlinson – Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Julia Reynolds – Innovation Agency
  • Andy Williams – Answer Digital
  • Representatives from the Sheffield City Region Test Bed Advisory Board

These presentations are now available here:

Digital Health & Wellbeing Ecosystem presentations part one

Digital Health & Wellbeing Ecosystem presentations part two

Workshops were led by:

  • The Importance of Evidence: Andrew Scally – the University of Bradford
  • Creating the Digital Health Adoption Toolkit: Victoria Betton – mHabitat
  • Bradford Bright Ideas – Innovation Calling: Ian Sharp (DHEZ), Dick Clark (Medipex), Dawn Clissett and Dr Andy Withers (both from NHS Bradford Districts CCG)

The dedicated Twitter hashtag #YHDigitalEco was used throughout the event to enable people who could not attend to join in the conversation.

The Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem was launched by the Yorkshire & Humber 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 uptake of digital health technology to enhance patient care.

ECHAIt is a member of the ECHAlliance International Network of Permanent Ecosystems.

After the event Philippa Hedley-Takhar, Head of Investment and Partnerships at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN said: “I’d like to thank everyone who came and contributed to another successful Digital Health & Wellbeing Ecosystem meeting.

“It was really encouraging to hear so many positive accounts about how we can all work together to encourage innovators to use their talents and expertise to help people maintain their independence and manage their health conditions.”

Digital health projects and collaboration opportunities are available to view here

The seventh Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th July in Hull. Further details, including venue information, will be announced shortly.