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Digital Transformation and Ageing in Greater Manchester

The third Connected Health Ecosystem of 2021 was held virtually on Monday 26th July.

The Ecosystem event, which is coordinated by Digital Futures and Health innovation Manchester, brought together key organisations and personnel in this area, creating a platform for sharing new and important policy developments, research, funding opportunities and innovations.

This meeting was chaired by Ben Bridgewater (CEO, Health Innovation Manchester) and featured presentations on a range of projects and research areas related to Digital Transformation & Ageing in Greater Manchester.

Andy Bleaden (Director of Ecosystems and Membership, ECHAllinace) was also present and gave a brief overview  of the current activities across the Ecosystem network. More information here.

The first focussed talk came from Jay Hamilton (Associate Director of Health & Implementation / Patient Safety Collaborative Lead), who spoke about deploying digital interventions in care homes in the context of COVID-19.

Daniel Zamora (Commercial Programme Manager, Health Innovation Manchester) then followed with a presentation on support for companies in digital health and ageing, with reference to the R&I accelerator scheme, the SME voucher scheme and the UKRI £12m healthy-ageing challenge.

Next, Dr Saima Ahmed (ARC) gave a talk on implementing a digital falls prevention and healthy ageing technology with older adults, followed by Dr Omer Ali (Lecturer in Public Health, UoM) who discussed how the digital healthcare revolution can leave the most vulnerable behind.

The final presentation of the Ecosystem meeting came from Prof. Chris Todd (Deputy Director Healthy Ageing Theme NIHR Applied Research Collaboration GM). This talk addressed the digital divide of falls prevention in a digital age.

Ban Bridgewater then rounded up the talks with a Q&A session where participants were invited to put their questions to the panel. 


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