The UK Health Informatics Forum (#UKHIF) is pleased to welcome leading health and biomedical informatics company Aridhia to the Leeds Forum. The second forum is an excellent platform for private sector innovators providing technological solutions to public sector healthcare providers to build on their successes. Aridhia provides services to a varied international client base including NHS Scotland, the Northern Sydney Local Health District and University of Sydney in Australia, and the Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait. Aridhia is an excellent case study and example of the innovation which is created through public and private sector integration.
UK based Aridhia was established in 2007 and delivers informatics and analytic services to support the management of chronic diseases and inform the delivery of stratified medicine. Aridhia enables NHS services and healthcare focused collaborations to gain further insight and understanding from their clinical and patient data by offering a collaborative analytics platform, AnalytiXagility, which helps to shift healthcare management towards an efficient data-driven delivery model. This model of healthcare will help organisations to gain better understanding of the context of data based on inter-relationships between data and their environment as well as meet strategic objectives with measured and clearer results.
Aridhia Co-founder and CEO David Sibbald commented “Good data and analytics are vital to enabling healthcare organisations to provide more cost-efficient, patient-centric outcomes and create wealth. We are looking forward to engaging with some of the key stakeholders involved in the delivery of healthcare in the UK to discuss the complex yet vital area of health informatics, and to demonstrate that the importance of the data integration and analysis approach cannot be overstated.”
Aridhia represents the principles of UKHIF very closely and we look forward to the contribution their speaker will bring to the agenda. The UK Health Informatics Forum aims to build close relationships between public sector providers and private sector innovators, these partnerships are crucial in facilitating the adoption of new technologies aimed at pushing our health providers further.
Registration for eSE’s second UK Health Informatics Forum will be closing shortly due to availability. If you would like your organisation or team to be involved, please register your interest at www.esehealth.com/register and one of our team will be in touch.
Research from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has found that 71% of healthcare leaders believe their organisation needs to change faster over the next three years. The report, which was commissioned by Ricoh UK, also argued that more than half of European healthcare professionals believe technology is the single biggest contributor to change. The findings highlight the growing importance of technology adoption with healthcare services.
A number of concerns were indicated by the project including the time constraints imposed on healthcare professionals to implement changes, as well as the challenges involved with linking technology platforms across a number of initiatives. The new EIU study titled ‘The Challenge of Speed’ interviewed leaders from hospitals, medical device manufacturers and pharmaceuticals and has shown there is a consensus that new technologies are crucial to help the NHS achieve a better level of patient care. The NHS is currently undertaking a challenging process of digitisation as it attempts to meet an ambitious paperless target by 2018.
Alisdair McCormick, National Sales Director – Government, at Ricoh UK commented “The need for immediate and secure access to medical information that is easily shareable between patients and healthcare providers – coupled with access to critical information at any time, from any location – are crucial factors increasing pressure on UK healthcare leaders to become more digitally-centric”.
Ricoh UK is a strategic sponsor of the eSE’s UK Health Informatics Forum, which is a platform for bringing together decision makers from private sector technology providers and public sector healthcare providers. The findings of Ricoh’s commissioned report echo the objectives and issues highlighted by our ‘Agenda Advisory Board’ and delegates participating. Discussion topics for the day include utilising and managing data and the current technology available to healthcare providers to improve efficiency and produce a cost effective healthcare model.
The Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) has offered its continuing support to the Powering Middle East Summit series. The summit has already set itself up as a hub for solar innovators and experts but is also a strong platform for the development and adoption of water energy technologies. By welcoming ACWUA as an official sponsor, the summit will become an opportunity for the region to consider the growing need for water management and production technologies.
H.E Khaldon Khashman, who will be speaking on behalf of ACWUA at the summit, commented “I look forward to representing ACWUA at the Powering Middle East Summit in Jordan. There are a number of chronic problems within the water sector, such as water scarcity, poor environmental policies and an increasing demand from a growing population. It is therefore crucial to bring together and engage professionals and governments across the borders of the Arab world. We fully support the organisation of this summit and are hopeful it will be a leap forward in the development of sustainable water resources across the region.”
On 30 July 2009, the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), was officially launched in Amman, Jordan and the ACWUA Secretariat office is located permanently in Amman. ACWUA is a Global Exchange Platform for Water and Wastewater Utilities in the Arab World; it is the centre point where regional and international experts would meet to exchange their knowledge and expertise, get introduced to latest water technologies and seek the utmost benefit for all.
ACWUA is a regional center of excellence that partners with water supply and wastewater utilities in Arab Countries, the association is working on expanding its members network to reach more than 100 water utilities, private sector companies and academic institutions. ACWUA has signed several agreements and memorandums of understanding with various international organizations, which led to extensive benefits to the association, and a great support in achieving its goals and objectives.
ACWUA’s partnership will ensure that the summit agenda will encourage debate and strengthen relationships between key delegates from the water energy sector. eSE is pleased to continue our work with ACWUA to bring water energy solutions to the MENA region. To find out more about ACWUA visit: http://www.acwua.org/.
If you would like your water energy organisation to be participate within the Powering Middle East Sustainable Resources Summit, please register your interest at http://ese-poweringmena.bksites.net/register-1. A special rate is available to members of ACWUA to take participate. Comments and questions welcome using the contact form below.
eSE is pleased to announce that our UK Public Sector event series now features the Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Forum (#UKTEES), which will be held in Liverpool on November 26th 2104. The format is based upon our successful UK Health Informatics Forum and will benefit from an agenda built by industry experts. Delegate numbers are limited to 100, bringing together private sector innovators with officials from the UK Government, Police, Ambulance and Fire Services therefore creating a tailored environment for building long term constructive relationships.
Cuts in governmental spending have resulted in police forces across the country being told to save money on large scales, in some cases up to 20%. Fire Services also face financial pressure with a cut of 25% in capital grants for fire services over four years and cost saving measures across the NHS has resulted in the shrinking of some A+E departments. The adoption of new technologies is a major solution to maintaining efficient emergency services in the face of financial pressures. A recent Capita report found that UK Police forces are wasting £221m and 193 man hours a year due to lack of connectivity and access to information on the beat, this forum is designed to explore the solutions available to eliminate these costs.
UKTEES will explore the technological solutions available to deal with challenges facing ‘Blue light’ service providers. The forum acts as a platform which facilitates key relationships between private sector solutions with end user decision makers resulting in efficient and cost effective services. The structure of the forum is built around four interactive panel sessions chaired by industry experts but inclusive of the issues contributed by all participating delegates. The themes for the day are put together by a board of senior level industry experts from the blue light services. Our Liverpool board includes Steve McGuirk (Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue) and Phill James (North West Ambulance Service),both of whom are spearheading the adoption of new technologies within their respective fields.
Steve McGuirk commenting on the forum said “The implementation of new technology into ‘Blue Light’ services is imperative to maintain an efficient and cost effective service which is fast and reliable. We are in need of platform such as this to highlight the current restraints within the sector and to explore new opportunities for collaboration between public sector service providers and new technologies from the private sector.”
If you would like to find out more about the UK Technology Enhanced Emergency Services forum and how your organisation can be involved, please register your interest at http://www.ese-emergencyservices.com/register and one of eSE team will be in touch.
We are pleased to announce that Sensium Healthcare will be sending a delegation to the second UK Health Informatics Forum. Sensium will be making full use of this unique platform by contributing a speaker and showcasing their futuristic solutions in UKHIF’s demonstration space. Sensium Healthcare is a division of Toumaz Group PLC and was created to develop and commercialise unique and low powered wireless healthcare technology, including ‘SensiumVitals®’ which will be demonstrated at UKHIF.
SensiumVitals® is an ultra-low power wireless system that monitors the vital signs of patients in general wards or A&E departments. The light-weight, single use patches monitor the patient’s heart-rate, respiration rate and temperature every two minutes. The vital signs data is then wirelessly communicated to nurses via a bridge to the nurse station or web-enabled portable devices. There are many benefits to this interesting creation, in particular, the early warning of patient deterioration which allows for faster intervention and hence shorter stays in hospital. The wireless nature of the device also aids patient mobility – another important factors in helping to speed recovery. SensiumVitals® is a clear example of the innovative solutions the private sector brings to the table at the UK Health Informatics Forum.
Commenting on Sensium Healthcare’s UKHIF participation, Steve Atkinson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, said “The carefully tailored environment at the UK Health Informatics Forum is an excellent opportunity to educate a wide range of end users to the kind of technology available to them. Sensium Healthcare is a pioneer in creating wireless and digital technology to aid the health sector and we look forward to that technology being involved in the agenda for the forum.”
The Powering Middle East Summit to be held in Amman, Jordan, later this year has gained another partner in the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC). CEBC are a non-profit and independent association bringing together local and international public and private sector clean energy organisations from the MENA region. The shared values between the Summit and the CEBC make the partnership advantageous in developing the dialogue between innovators and governmental decision makers.
Upon announcing the partnership the CEBC commented “The CEBC is proud to support the Powering Middle East summit in Jordan where we hope to meet, engage and initiate discussions with key stakeholders from private and public sectors within the clean energy industry in the region. Jordan has shown its significant commitment to clean energy generation and the summit is taking place at an exciting time for the country. As a partner and member of the Summit Advisory Board, CEBC hope to contribute to the success of the event and its agenda.”
CEBC seeks to become the leading forum for local and international corporations and local government entities that are committed to the development and deployment of clean energy. CEBC encourages constructive dialogue between its members supplemented by the latest developments in clean energy policy, research and technology. As the only industry group to cover the MENA region, membership within the council is hugely advantageous for the region’s green pioneers.
Alice Cowman – CEBC Program Director
As a testament to the shared values of the CEBC and Powering The Middle East, Program Director Alice Cowan has stepped forward to help build the final agenda for the summit. The CEBC shares our expectations for the Powering Middle East Summit and we look forward to working together to build new relationships which will continue to drive Jordan and the MENA region forward. To find out more about The Clean Energy Business Council visit: http://www.cleanenergybusinesscouncil.com/en/
The Cots for Tot charity golf day took place yesterday with the event raising a fantastic £1500 for the Bristol based charity. The event hosted by the Clifton Connection and facilitated by eSE was a huge success, bringing together 18 Clifton based offices and firms to compete against each other for the golfing top spot. The day proved to have a very competitive spirit with a number of prizes and titles up for grabs.
We are pleased to announce that First Class Comms were the main competition winners walking away with the top prize – a four ball golf day at Castle Coombe Golf Course. eSE’s own Andrew Bell and his team were the main competition runners up with Amarelle finishing in third place. There was also a Par 3 Competition with John Hayfield of The Brunel in Clifton taking the title.
Andrew Bell speaking at the event said “We are thrilled by the level of support from Clifton Connection firms taking part today. The money raised will go a long way towards funding the specialist equipment the charity so desperately needs”. Alistair Allison, co-founder of the Clifton Connection, was equally pleased with the turnout for the event “I am very pleased that Clifton Connection members got behind the cause and gave it their all today, it is hugely encouraging to see local business come together in aid of charity”.
eSE would like to thank all of the teams who took part in the day as well as the work by the Clifton Connection setting up the event. We would also like to thank the sponsors for donating some great prizes, and a final thank you to The Player’s Club for allowing us to facilitate the event at a fantastic local venue.