New video encourages healthcare innovators to collaborate via online platform


Posted on 16 August 2017 (Permalink)

A video has been released by WMAHSN, showcasing its online health innovation exchange, Meridian.

WMAHSN launched Meridian last year, an online platform which allows healthcare innovators to collaborate, share ideas, find solutions to healthcare needs and spread the word on up and coming health devices, services and treatments. There are now 762 active users on the exchange, with that number growing day by day. You can access Meridian simply by clicking Log in/Register and following the simple steps to join this virtual healthcare community.

The new video features “talking heads” from just a few of the health innovators who have benefited from Meridian, discussing how the exchange has supported them, from initial engagement with potential collaborators to the adoption and spread of the innovations. These include, from the NHS, Dr Ruth Chambers, a Tunstall GP and Chair of Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group, and Hamid Zolfagharinia, Innovation Manager at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Academia is represented by Aston University’s Dr Chris Buckingham, while industry figures such as Simon Hudson, Director of Cloud2 Ltd; Mark Terry, Senior Consultant at Wendy Fisher Consulting Ltd; Joe Robinson, Training and Development Director of Move It or Lose It!; and Georgina Horton, Marketing Executive of Isansys, also talk about how Meridian has helped their companies.

The video also shows illustrates some of the innovation impacts that WMAHSN has made in 2016/17, ultimately improving patient care, attracting investment or saving the NHS money.

Dr Christopher Parker, Managing Director of the WMAHSN, said: “Meridian is the central part of our offer to our members and at the core of our Innovation and Adoption Service. Alongside Meridian, the service also offers expertise and support, an Industry Innovation Gateway and advice around intellectual property for NHS innovations.

“Meridian pulls everything together for us, allowing people to connect across partner organisations, whether they are from academia, healthcare commissioners or providers, local authority providers or the life sciences industry.”