Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme

Data Together: A Calendar of Collaboration-focused Conferences

February and March saw another busy events calendar for the IHDP team. As well as attending Digital Health & Care 2019, the Programme participated in a number of events focussed on building partnerships and collaborations.

February and March saw another busy events calendar for the IHDP team. As well as attending Digital Health & Care 2019, the Programme participated in a number of events focussed on building partnerships and collaborations.

 

Digital Health Product Forge

This year’s Digital Health Product Forge was held at the Crags Centre from 21 to 24 February. As Europe’s biggest health hackathon, the event brought expert mentors from leading health and technology organisations together with students and early career researchers to create the concepts behind innovative digital health products.

Over 200 participants formed 50 teams, each with a mentor, to experience the product creation process, from identifying a problem to pitching their digital solutions. Teams chose to develop their ideas within a specific track – Data Driven Cancer Care, Wellness and Wearables, Surgery or Precision Medicine. 

IHDP was a sponsor of the event alongside the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland, the Cancer Innovation Challenge, CodeClan, the British Computer Society and Canon Medical.

 

Grampian Cancer Care Network Professional Conference

On 13 March our Partnerships Coordinator visited Aberdeen to represent IHDP and the Scottish Cancer Registry and Intelligence Service (SCRIS) at an event held by the Grampian Cancer Care Network. Attending this event provided a valuable opportunity to network with colleagues in the North East of Scotland and to discuss the development of the national Cancer Intelligence platform.

It was inspiring to hear about the North Cancer Alliance (NCA), a collaboration between the six health boards in the North of Scotland which aims to facilitate regional working and improve patient outcomes. The collaboration, which replaces NOSCAN, provides strategic focus and vision across the three cancer centres hosted by NHS Grampian, NHS Highland and NHS Tayside.

Data Summit

IHDP also exhibited at Data Summit 21-22 March – a DataFest conference organised by The Data Lab which promoted the theme #datatogether. The event brought together leaders and practitioners across industry, the public sector and academia to look at data usage with a community and collaborative focus, considering what can be achieved when we work together. IHDP’s guest at the Summit was Qi Zhou, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering. Reflecting on the event, he said:

“The two-day Data Summit was definitely a wonderful occasion to learn about recent advances in big data, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. More importantly, it offered the great opportunity for academia, industry and government to discuss and inspect our usage of data so that certain ethics and regulations can be observed for public good while we are progressing toward a brighter future. What impressed me the most was how data innovation in healthcare has enabled us to gain confidence in the fight against diseases like cancer. I was thrilled at the thought of what can be achieved with the technological breakthroughs mankind is making.”