Venturefest South West, a flagship event for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors, has announced a top line up of speakers for the digital health sector. Sessions will help participants understand the digital health market, explore market opportunities for digital innovation in the NHS and showcase cutting-edge innovation. The digital health programme will form part of the overall event which will see speakers from the Met Office and Innovate UK share insights.
The digital health programme will also include the opportunity to learn more about how to access the NHS market and participate in individual ‘Market Access Surgeries’ – individual sessions focused on helping digital health innovators/ businesses access the NHS market.
In the morning session Digital Health – the current ‘state of play’, participants will hear from digital health leaders in the healthcare system about the plans for rolling-out digital technology and interoperability across the healthcare system. This session will also consider the challenges associated with developing digital solutions in the healthcare market and help participants to better understand market access in the NHS.
Speakers will include: Annette Benny (IT Lead for NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group), David Calder (Knowledge Transfer Manager for Health, KTN) and Rob Berry (Head of Innovation and Research, Kent-Surrey-Sussex AHSN).
In the afternoon session Digital health – the opportunity for innovators, Cathy Francis (Regional Director for Patients and Information (South), Department of Health) will set out the future trends in the digital health market and highlight potential opportunities for innovators and businesses to respond to the challenges facing the NHS.
Lars Sundstrom (West of England AHSN) will share his views on the future of the digital health market, drawing on experiences developing the Diabetes Digital Coach Test Bed, followed by real world examples of innovators developing digital health solutions, including Ignat Drosdov, Managing Director of Bering Limited ; Jonathan Burr, CEO of Intelesant ; Matt Jameson Evans, Chief Medical Officer of HealthUnlocked ; and others.
The day will conclude with a ‘deep dive’ into the mobile health market with Dr George Brighton (GP and NHS England Clinical Entrepreneurship Fellow) and Dr Craig Newman (Senior Research Fellow & Mobile Health Tech Innovations Lead at Plymouth University). Participants will be taken through the key things to consider when developing a mobile health application, including usability design, regulation, efficacy/evidence and patient engagement.