Record turnout at 7th Ecosystem meeting

The seventh meeting of the Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem attracted a record number of delegates to participate in talks, workshops and discussions on the theme of Interoperability and Integration.

The event, hosted by the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network in partnership with ECHAlliance and sponsored by The One Point, was held at the Royal Hotel in Hull.








It featured speakers from across the regional and national digital health community leading sessions on:

  • The local Context to Digital Health and Wellbeing (Emma Sayner, NHS Hull CCG)
  • A Digital Citizen: Life through my eyes (Maddie Julian, Digibite)
  • Interoperability is the solution – What is the problem? (Mike Smith, NHS England)
  • The Innovation Pathway (Dr Neville Young, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN)
  • Ecosystem Collaboration Opportunities (Matt Rigby, ECHAlliance)

These presentations are now available here

Delegates were then invited to take part in one of the following three workshops:

  • Let’s make a patient owned electronic record a reality (led by Lee Rickles, Head of Informatics, Humber NHS Foundation Trust)
  • How can digital platforms enhance mental health services? (led by Nicola Haywood-Alexander and Ben Sewell, South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Accountable Care System)
  • Co-producing a place-based digital maturity improvement tool (led by Dr Mary Tully, Greater Manchester AHSN)

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.

It 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: “Thank you to everyone who gave their energy and shared ideas to make this another very successful Digital Health & Wellbeing Ecosystem meeting.”

Mrs Cheryl Rickles, who cares for her husband following a stroke, and gave a compelling account of the barriers and challenges she regularly faces during the ‘Let’s make a patient owned electronic record a reality’ workshop said she was pleased to be invited to share her experiences with the group.

She said: “I would like to thank the organisers for giving me this opportunity and everyone for listening to me. The challenge now is to make sure that some action comes out of meetings like these so that progress can be made.”

Martin Lauer, Managing Director at The One Point, sponsors of the 7th Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health & Wellbeing Ecosystem meeting, said: “We really care about the health and care industries.

“Been able to contribute to the discussion today rather than just been on a stand and, as a result, interacting with people’s thought processes is a really great by-produce of our sponsorship.”

John Mitchell, Associate Director of IT for the CCGs across the Humber, said: “The event was well organised and well attended by a wide, varying audience, which helped the discussion.

“The most powerful messages on the day were delivered by real service users who did an exceptional job of describing their real world experiences.

“It’s this type of presentation delivery that provides the richest and most beneficial guidance to us as care service professionals as to the impact we have on people’s lives and it’s clear that we should be working with citizens as valuable partners in project delivery.

“I would recommend Yorkshire & Humber AHSN events to those looking to engage with a wide range of peers and to take part in stimulating debate.”

The eighth Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem meeting will be held in South Yorkshire in November. Further details will be announced shortly.

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