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D is for digital

D is for… Digital

Here at the West of England AHSN we’re exploring the possibilities and potential offered by digital technologies to transform health care, and helping to broker practical relationships between innovators and the regional health and care community to ensure we make the best progress together on our digital health journey.

Diabetes Digital Coach

Over approximately two years, our Diabetes Digital Coach will enrol people in the West of England with type one and type two diabetes, providing them the opportunity to better self-manage their condition using a specially selected suite of integrated digital tools.

Enabling individuals to ‘do the right thing at the right time’ the Diabetes Digital Coach platform will be launched in 2017 and will also encourage more timely and appropriate interventions from peers, healthcare professionals, carers and social networks.

Diabetes Digital Coach is one of seven test beds announced by NHS England in January 2016. Patients, citizens and health and care professionals in these seven areas are pioneering and evaluating the use of novel combinations of interconnected devices such as wearable monitors, data analysis and ways of working which will help patients stay well and monitor their conditions themselves at home.

Find out more about the Diabetes Digital Coach.

The Digital Art of the Possible

Last year, our Digital Art of the Possible event in Bristol helped to stimulate thinking around the potential offered by emergent digital technologies, acting as a ‘speed horizon scan’ for health and care leaders to consider some of the innovations and opportunities available that might support delivery of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Local Digital Roadmap (LDR) priorities.

Find out more here and watch our short film of the day:

Design Together, Live Better

Our Design Together, Live Better initiative is an innovative, citizen-led design programme, which aims to help people living with challenging health conditions improve their quality of life and maximise independence.

We are embarking on phase three of this programme, which will increase the extent we can connect people who are interested in creating or being part of designing new healthcare products with innovators of new technologies and solutions. We are working with digital developers to help us create an effective and easy-to-use online engagement platform where these connections can happen. We plan to launch this new platform later this year. Watch this space!

Healthcare from your living room

At this event in February 2017, we explored how we can use new and emerging technologies in order to help more people care for themselves in their own homes. Featuring speakers from Bristol Community Health and Designability, as well as special guests from Denmark to talk about their Living Labs concept, we brought together innovators and health and social care professionals for a day of interaction and inspiration.

Find out more on the Business West blog.

Science and Innovation Audit

A recent audit into the science and innovation strengths of the South West and South East Wales has highlighted both health and life science and digital health.

The audit report refers to the region’s strength in leading the development of integrated care systems and suggests this presents an opportunity to “catalyse innovation, including attracting businesses to research, pilot and test innovations in the region, alongside catalysing the region’s hi-tech SME cluster and the broader entrepreneurial community to respond to clearly defined challenges in the health system identified through the increased investment into health research.”

Read more here.