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New project will support ehealth businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

A new project called EPIC will be of interest if you are a business based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and interested in the commercial opportunities linked to Ehealth

EPIC (E-health Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) is a new 3 year project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, that has a designated work stream to support businesses to take commercial EHealth opportunities forward; this includes a Challenge Fund awarding grants to Cornish SMEs. 

As well as supporting businesses the project will seek to develop an innovation ecosystem that is informed by locality networks from across Cornwall comprising of key stakeholders including doctors, nurses, health care professionals, care homes, patients and carers. The underpinning philosophy being that the proactive engagement of these groups in both identifying the key health and social care challenges that need to be addressed and then considering and informing potential technology solutions will ensure that the products and services that emerge from the project will provide more value and have a greater chance of commercial success. 

The project is led by the University of Plymouth and involves Kernow Health CIC, Cornwall Partners in Care, Patients Association, and Creative England. As well as the business support strand that is led by experts who have taken commercial activity into health and social care settings there are five other strands to the project which provide expertise in the following areas: 

  • Human computer interaction and app development – e.g. principles of good design/evidence 
  • Robotics – e.g. for example use of robotics in care home settings 
  • Behaviour Change – e.g. embedding leading behaviour change practice into technology solutions 
  • Commissioning and Sustainability – e.g. evidence required to promote adoption of technologies 
  • Stakeholder engagement - facilitating locality networks to inform product development 

Anyone interested in the Ehealth area is encouraged to find out more about the project and join the webinar series via the project website www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/epic or get in touch via epic@plymouth.ac.uk

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