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Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem

Patients and their representatives will take centre stage at the fifth meeting of the Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem.

pdd-logo-2016The meeting is taking place on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th November and, on this occasion, is part of the People Drive Digital Festival being held at the Open Data Institute, Munro House, Leeds.

Demand for places is expected to be high so please book early using this link

The People Drive Digital Festival (#PDDigital16) aims to bring people together to share learning, collaborate and find out about the latest research and evidence in this emerging field.  It will create a space for conversations about patient and citizen orientated approaches to digital technologies and online social networks.

Attendees will include healthcare providers, commissioners, policy makers, industry and investors interested in extending their understanding of how digital driven by patients and citizens can support the future transformation of health and care.

The Yorkshire & Humber 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 uptake of digital health technology to enhance patient care.

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

Themed Ecosystem workshops take place every three months and members can review current healthcare challenges and discuss ways in which digital technology can help address them.

The sixth Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem will take place on Tuesday 14th March 2017. More details about this will be announced shortly.

To get a feel for the ethos of the ecosystem, please watch this short video

Dr Stephen Stericker, Head of Programmes at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, said: “The Five Year Forward View places great emphasis on digital healthcare and the efficiency and economic benefits that it can bring to the health service at the same time as improving the patient experience.”

Here’s what some of the delegates who attended our September Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem meeting in Harrogate had to say:

Delyth James, Consultant Psychiatrist, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

“I would really encourage clinicians to attend the Ecosystem meetings to feed into the debate about how technology can help improve services for patients. I hope more organisations will release clinicians to attend events like this as they provide a great forum where we can all learn from each other.”

Richard Main, Connected Care Team at Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group

“The Digital Ecosystem meetings allow us to see what is out there and give us insight into what we could expect providers to put forward for commissioning.

“The value in this is the Ecosystem meetings are not sales-type, they are focused conversations about services to gain insight from the speakers and other delegates – this is an invaluable source of knowledge.”

Tony Harwood, Project Manager, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

“The Ecosystem meetings provide a great opportunity to network and gain an understanding of what other people are doing and what their experiences have been. It’s also interesting to see the exhibitors and get the chance to talk to them about their services.”

Read Dr Victoria Betton’s blog on what frugal innovation has to offer digital in health and care