Posted on May 16, 2017 by staff

MediaCityUK’s Landing to host major health tech conference


The Landing at MediaCityUK will host a major two-day national health tech conference, focusing on delivering health and social care to residents of Greater Manchester.

Digital Health Summit for Manchester will feature senior policy makers and commissioning experts from the likes of the Quality Care Commission, the GM Health and Social Care Partnership and the GM AHSN.

They will be joined by technologists – including repressive from Google’s Artificial Intelligence programme and IBM’s health diagnostic team – and investors and funders who specialise in backing health tech and digital wellbeing start-ups and scale-ups.

Funded by the European Regional Development Programme, the free event is primarily aimed at tech businesses and SMEs wanting to find out more about working within the health and medtech space.

Topics covered in the ‘Delivering the promise of digital health’ event on May 24 and 25 will include how to secure investment, and how to engage patients and non-patients using technology.

Jon Corner, chief executive of The Landing, said: “My vision is for The Landing to be a leading digital health hub for the North West and beyond, and we are already home to the PwC Future of Health accelerator.

“We have also invested substantially in AI, VR, user experience and IoT facilities which are specifically calibrated towards health tech and digital wellbeing products and services, and we recently installed some revolutionary 3D-printing technology in our maker space which can reproduce CT scans of bone fractures which mean surgeons to make crucial decisions before they pick up a scalpel.”

Also in attendance will be  some of the UK’s top clinicians and medical practitioners attending and presenting, including surgeons from Royal Brompton Hospital who utilise Virtual Reality in their training and development, and a team from Warwick University who are developing surgical robots.

Sarah Thew, innovation and user experience manager for the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science network (GM AHSN), added: “With so much great work going on around Greater Manchester in driving innovation and technology is areas such as healthcare, it’s fitting that this national summit is being hosted at The Landing in the heart of MediaCityUK.

“I’m really looking forward to sharing our experiences and insights with other practitioners, designers and technologists in looking at best practice in successfully embedding health technology into our everyday lives safely, ethically and economically, with two days of debate, discussion and collaboration between leading experts within the digital health sector.”

Keynote health practitioners and policy-makers speaking at the event will include:

• Stephen Dobson, Chief Digital Officer, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership
• Chris Day, Director of Engagement, Care Quality Commission
• Sarah Thew, Innovation and User Experience Manager, Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GM AHSN)
• Dr Sunil Bhudia, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
• Dr Lloyd Humphreys, VP Business Development, Patients Know Best
• Paul Clitheroe, Digital Care & Innovation, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group
• Mark Duman, Non-Executive Director, Patient Information Forum