Digital health and data

The introduction of digital technology has brought about massive changes to our working lives and the way we interact with other people and organisations. While many industries have embraced digital working, healthcare has yet to fully capitalise on these opportunities. The digital health enabling theme seeks out innovations that have the potential to save lives, improve the health of our population and create wealth within the West Midlands. We are seeking to spread the use of existing technologies, and working with partners to develop new tools and services that benefit the region. Through collaborative partnerships with industry, academia, patients, the public and the NHS, it is our ambition to make the West Midlands the UK’s first truly digital health economy. 

Digital Health and Data Support Programme

The introduction of digital technology has brought about massive changes to our lives and the way we interact with other people and organisations. While many industries have embraced digital working, healthcare has yet to fully capitalise on these opportunities. The Digital Health and Data Service seeks out innovations that have the potential to improve the health of our population and create wealth within the West Midlands. We are seeking to spread the use of existing technologies and to work with partners in developing new tools and services that benefit the region. Through collaborative partnerships with the NHS, academia, industry, patients and the public, it is our ambition to make the West Midlands the UK’s first truly digital health economy.

To access this service, contact Neil Mortimer, Business Manager, on neil.mortimer@wmahsn.org, 0121 371 8061 or 07887 506198.

Premium Digital Health and Data Service

While digital tools and the use of data are central to most organisations and industries, the NHS and the wider UK care sector have yet to lever their full benefits. The Wachter Review, published in September 2016, provided clear recommendations that resonate with our own experience and which support WMAHSN’s approach. They were:

  • The establishment of Global Digital Exemplars (GDEs), with targeted investment to help specific NHS organisations to become world class
  • Developing a workforce of trained ‘clinician-informaticists‘
  • Sharing learning and experience between GDEs and other NHS organisations

Our work to date has established a wide-reaching network of people from the NHS, academia, the wider health and care sector, industry and patient organisations. We already support NHSE and partner NHS organisations with the development of Local Digital Roadmaps. We have a proven model (through our Premium Innovation and Adoption Service, the Serendip® Digital Health Incubator and our opportunities process) for establishing productive partnerships between the NHS and digital innovators, whether commercial, public or third sector.

The challenge now is to provide a clear focus on driving improvements in infrastructure, interoperability, use of data and technology, and the capability and capacity of care and technology professionals, citizens and patients. The foundations exist, with WMAHSN’s investment in Serendip®, the successful implementation of the GENIE digital platform for genomics, and a Regional Image Sharing Platform currently being deployed, as well as our support of NHS partners in applying to become GDEs (or to identify themselves as ‘fast followers’ of GDEs).

To access this service, contact Neil Mortimer, Business Manager, on neil.mortimer@wmahsn.org, 0121 371 8061 or 07887 506198

Digital Health and Data Ambassadors

As part of the Digital Health and Data Service, we will provide three sub-regional ambassadors based in the north, south and centre of the West Midlands region. They will provide:

  • Support for the existing GDEs to identify solutions that address the challenge of becoming world class
  • Support to ‘fast followers’ and other premium NHS members in rapid adoption of learning from GDEs
  • Help clinical, academic and technology professionals in premium member organisations to develop their skills and capacity to drive digitally enabled improvements
  • Help industry and premium member academic institutions to develop and deliver innovative solutions that meet the NHS’s needs, resulting in the mainstream adoption of digital innovation.

To access this service, contact Neil Mortimer, Business Manager, on neil.mortimer@wmahsn.org, 0121 371 8061 or 07887 506198

Digital Health and Data Learning Community

Based at and incorporating the services of the WMAHSN’s Serendip Digital Health Accelerator, the learning community will be led by the WMAHSN-funded Digital Health and Data Ambassadors and facilitate a number of workshops and challenge-led events designed to help existing and future Chief Clinical Information Officers, academics and IT professionals to mutually develop their own and the region’s capabilities.

Both the Digital Health Service and the Digital Health and Data Network will maintain and develop work already underway within other WMAHSN priorities, such as technology enabled care services for people with long term conditions and predictive analytics and other digital tools to support the RAIDPlus Test Bed.

To access this service, contact Neil Mortimer, Business Manager, on neil.mortimer@wmahsn.org, 0121 371 8061 or 07887 506198

Digital health opportunities for innovation

All members have full access to WMAHSN’s opportunities for innovation process, which is delivered through the Meridian online health innovation exchange and allows them to propose innovative digital health and open data solutions to deliver on our four priority areas and which may need investment to spread at scale and pace across the region. 

Past and current programmes

Contacts

To discuss this theme, please contact Neil Mortimer, Business Manager, on neil.mortimer@wmahsn.org or 0121 371 8061.