Making the UK Number 1 in Digital Health

Making the UK Number 1 in Digital Health

Digital healthcare and healthy living is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world and the UK must create the right conditions to ensure its businesses and digital healthcare industries are at the forefront of this revolution. As part of its long-running programme of growing business-university collaboration, the National Centre for Universities and Business has launched a top level Task Force to review and make recommendations on the innovation and graduate skills necessary to strengthen the UK’s position.

Chaired by Beverley Bryant (Director of Digital Transformation, NHS Digital); John Jeans (Chairman, EM Imaging; Chairman, UK Biocentre and Adviser to the Prime Minister, Medical Technologies) and Professor Patrick Johnston (VC Queen’s University Belfast), the Task Force will focus on major challenges, such as the use of real time clinical data, the digital skills of the next generation of healthcare providers, and using digital games in mental health.

John Jeans (Chairman, EM Imaging; Chairman, UK Biocentre and Adviser to the Prime Minister, Medical Technologies) said: 

“Digital technologies can change the way medical professionals care for patients, and their families. I hope the Task Force will identify opportunities for transforming healthcare delivery and explore the potential for new business models in this exciting environment.” 

Beverley Bryant (Director of Digital Transformation, NHS Digital) said:

"Digital is an increasingly helpful interface for people with mental health problems, and this is a great opportunity to try to help resolve anxiety among children and adolescents.  The health and care sector is coming late to digital but momentum is growing and industry can help the sector to digitalise to improve patient care".

Professor Patrick Johnston (Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast) said:

“My involvement in the Task Force is driven by a desire for patients to have the best quality of life possible. Bringing universities, business and industry together we can find new ways to make the NHS a true digital adopter to improve patient care and improve patient benefit.”

David Docherty, Chief Executive of the National Centre said:
“The digital healthcare revolution is one of the most exciting challenges for the UK’s emerging industrial strategy. It is absolutely imperative that businesses, universities and government join forces to deliver and drive success.”

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About the National Centre for Universities and Business - Inspiring universities and business to work together for growth and prosperity.  A National Centre Task Force convenes leaders from universities, government and business to focus on a particular economic sector or issue. We work together to identify problems and examine issues in depth. The Digital Healthcare and Healthy Living Task Force will review and make recommendations on innovation and graduate skills necessary to strengthen the UK’s position.
 
For further information

Shivaun Meehan Head of Communications  T: +44 (0)20 7383 8193 M: 07989 567826
James Lenney Digital Communications Officer T: +44 (0)20 7383 8185

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