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Patient champion to be keynote speaker at healthcare technology event

A patient champion and former BBC Tomorrow’s World presenter is to be keynote speaker at a digital healthcare innovation event in Barnsley, supported by the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network.

Lindsey Fallow will join the line-up at the Connected Healthcare lunchtime forum to be held at the Digital Media Centre (DMC) on Thursday (January 21).

Lindsey, who is based in Littondale, Yorkshire, is a digital developer, technology journalist and blogger who, since her diagnosis with Addison’s Disease in 2013, has become a dedicated advocate for better use of design and technology to improve the patient experience across the healthcare sector.

Lindsey Fallow speaker at Connected Healthcare

Connected Healthcare aims to bring together creative and digital innovators and key personnel from healthcare organisations in Yorkshire and Humber to explore opportunities for developing technology products for the NHS and healthcare sector.

It will look at existing innovations such as mobile apps, virtual reality, telehealth, animation and robotics tools – and focus on how the commissioners and suppliers could work together to develop future projects and ideas.

Connected Healthcare project manager Ceri Batchelder said: “It’s great to have Lindsey on board to add her insightful perspective as both a patient and digital technology expert and enthusiast.

“Innovative technological products, software and digital solutions are already helping to improve the delivery of patient care and our event aims to support further collaborations between talented designers and developers and representatives from healthcare organisations.

“Connected Healthcare will bring them together to get to know each other and learn more about how they could work together to tackle challenges to healthcare provision with bespoke design and technology solutions.”

Connected Healthcare has been organised by the DMC, through Enterprising Barnsley business support; in partnership with the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), which aims to promote service improvement through innovation in the NHS. The event is also supported by Tech North, a government-backed body which aims to accelerate growth of the digital economy in our region.

Another speaker will be Nicola Tiffany, managing director of Barnsley-based digital agency HMA. She said: “Digital health solutions which place users at the centre of design and development can help patients, carers and professionals access, use and share information much more easily and transform the way care is managed, improving the quality of outcomes.

“This is an increasingly important area of development and it is fantastic to have an initiative like Connected Healthcare to help us forge connections across healthcare, digital and creative sectors and to drive forward more innovation.”

HMA has collaborated with the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) on digital self-management and independent living projects and is now working with NHS Blood and Transplant to create an app to help clinicians prescribing blood components.

Other speakers and exhibitors will include Leeds-based Shift.ms, a social network for people with multiple sclerosis; design and digital specialists Hacksaw of Barnsley; Sheffield-based digital health business Elaros 24/7and video-enabled care company v-connect of Shipley; plus Sheffield Hallam and the University of Huddersfield; the Y&H AHSN, Tech North, mHabitat of Leeds, and the Bradford Digital Health Enterprise Zone.

A series of other events, facilitated by the DMC, will follow in 2016, including a programme of practical ‘hackathon’ workshops where partners from healthcare and creative and digital sectors will sit down and tackle real, identified patient care challenges – and seek to design digital prototype solutions. A further Connected Healthcare forum will then concentrate on how to access finance for product development.

Connected Healthcare will be held at the DMC, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW, on Thursday January 21st 2016 between 11.30am and 2pm. The DMC is a two minute walk from Barnsley interchange and town centre parking is available. To register for free, visit http://www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk/events/connected-healthcare