People Drive Digital Festival 2016

A debate on what frugal innovation has to offer the NHS, social care and wider public sector will launch the People Drive Digital Festival (#PDDigital16) at the Open Data Institute, Leeds on Monday 28th November.

Professor Jaideep Prabhu from the Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and Krsto Pandza, Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the University of Leeds’ Business School will be joined by Mark Brown, development director at Social Spider and Emma Cheshire, Chief Executive and co-founder of Dotforge to debate how challenging complexity in health innovation has the potential to create better solutions to citizen health challenges than traditionally designed digital technologies.

The debate will begin at 6pm on Monday 28th November and will be live streamed on YouTube at Anyone can participate in the People Drive Digital conversations by following #PDDigital16 on Twitter.

#PDDigital16 will take place on Tuesday 29th November and is a ‘digital citizen takeover’ of the Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem’s fifth meeting.  The event is also supported by Leeds Council, NHS England, ECHAlliance and European Health Futures Forum.

The Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem was launched by the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) to bring together partners from health and social care, academia, industry, the voluntary sector and patient organisations to accelerate the uptake of digital health technology. #PDDigital16 aims to grow this community to share learning, collaborate and find out about the latest research and evidence in this emerging field.philippa-hedley-takhar

Philippa Hedley-Takhar, Head of Investment and Partnerships, at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, said: “This is a great opportunity for our networks to be in listening mode to advance understanding on what works for patients and healthcare providers alike.

“The Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem provides a great platform to bring people together with a common interest in digital tools and techniques, to drive and enable disruptive transformation in healthcare delivery and we are excited to be a part of the #PDDigital16 Festival.”

Victoria Betton, founder and director of mHabitat, the organisers of People Drive Digital, added: “Our festival creates a space for conversations between patients, practitioners, innovators and leaders about citizen orientated approaches to digital technologies and online social networks.

“Digital technologies are affecting all aspects of our lives from how we access news to how we engage with governments, so it’s not surprising that people are also actively finding new ways to engage with health and care services as well as think about their own health and wellbeing.”

The sixth meeting of the Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem will take place on Tuesday 14th March 2017. Information about the agenda and registration details will be announced in December.

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