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Digital Healthcare projects: COSMIC-19 and EMBRaCE


The second Connected Health Ecosystem of 2021 was held virtually on Tuesday 18th May, 10.30-12.00.

The meeting focussed on two new projects in connected health that are led by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust:

COSMIC-19: A pilot study to assess whether artificial intelligence combined with continuous vital signs monitoring from wearable sensors can predict clinically relevant outcomes in patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection on general medical wards.

EMBRaCE: Enhanced Monitoring for Better Recovery and Cancer Experience in Greater Manchester.


Zoe Merchant (Specialist Occupational Therapist, The Christie) 

Anthony Wilson (Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, MFT)

John Moore (Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine, MFT)

Anthony Wilson gave a presentation the COSMIC-19 (COntinuous Signs Monitoring in COVID-19) Project and the lessons that have been learnt from undertaking a wearables trial with patients in a hospital setting.

Zoe Merchant then spoke about EMBRaCE-GM and the rationale for a wearables trial in cancer from a PPI perspective before Anthony Wilson gave an overview of the study and the infrastructure that is in place to support it. Zoe then went into more detail on the qualitative methodology in EMBRaCE-GM with regards to Patient participants and Healthcare Professionals. John Moore rounded up the talks on EMBRaCE-GM, giving a presentation on the future direction for the EMBRaCE-GM research group and the potential for collaborations in the GM system.

COSMIC-19 and EMBRaCE-GM Presentation

Seonaid Lafferty and Effa-Bassey Ettah then gave an overview of the current GM AI & Cyber Foundry projects which are offering SME's the opportunity to access expertise which will provide the skills and knowledge to clarify their visions, enhance internal operations and bring innovations to market. Find out more by opening the presentation linked below or by contacting seonaid.lafferty@manchester.ac.uk (Project manager, Cyber Foundry) or effa.ettah@manchester.ac.uk (Project manager, AI Foundry).

GM AI & Cyber Foundry Presentation 

The final presentation was given by Ania Jolly who talked about the ERDF R&I Accelerator which focuses on helping SMEs to commercialise their research and collaborate with research institutions. The project will work with Greater Manchester SMEs to accelerate their development and improve commercialisation of innovative health & care projects and services within the life sciences sector. More information can be found here or by contacting ania.jolly@manchester.ac.uk or radina.ivanova@manchester.ac.uk

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