An event in Cornwall is looking to bring together the NHS and health technology companies to see how they can work together to benefit people across the region.
The event – Independence Day: Maximising Technology in Health and Care takes place on 04 July and will be co-hosted by Cornwall Council and Falmouth University.
The event aims to offer an opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and services to the healthcare sector.
Speaking about the event, Kathy Byrne, chief executive of Royal Cornwall Hospital trust, said: “Within such a large organisation as the NHS, we’re always amazed at the talent, innovative ideas and opportunities proposed to us by some of the smaller players in the tech sector, but rarely have the chance to meet so many health technology businesses in one place. Maximising Technology in Health and Care on 4th July provides a fantastic opportunity to meet the businesses and entrepreneurs and start those conversations about their products and services that have so often led to improving the healthcare system.”
Increasing demands on the NHS such as rising healthcare costs and ageing populations are placing health and social care system under great amounts of pressure. Cornwall is using emerging technologies to maximise the region’s opportunities through research and innovation.
Cornwall Council chief executive, Kate Kennally, said: “We believe we have got a unique opportunity in Cornwall to join up health and social care. Our geography, means that we have got coterminous health and social care organisations which are partnering with leading institutions such as Falmouth University to look at ways in which we can deliver integrated healthcare in rural, digitally enabled communities to improve outcomes and give people more choice and control. We have got a range of businesses interested in partnering with us, so I am delighted that we are hosting with Falmouth university a health technology event in Cornwall. We hope to promote the organic growth of partnerships between health technology businesses from across the world and representatives from the NHS, local government and health and care organisations – ensuring the right people are in the right place at the same time.”
Projects currently ongoing in Cornwall include EPIC and Smartline, both of which have secured funding within the region. EPIC (E-health Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) is designed to improve the use of technology in both health and social care. Smartline is a research project aimed at supporting the development of the eHealth and eWellbeing market in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Smartline is hoping to help Cornish SMEs develop innovative products, processes and services by increasing understanding of how technology can be used to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
The event will include representatives from a number of projects as well as key note speakers, places to explore the most exciting health technologies and networking opportunities.