Leeds becomes home to second UK Health Informatics Forum

Following the success of our Bristol UK Health Informatics Forum (#UKHIF) we needed to find a host city which could further the success of the series. UKHIF needed a location which would attract innovators from across the country. With a rich history within the health and innovation sector and working towards becoming the UK’s first digitally enabled city, Leeds was the natural choice.

Leeds is a base for a wide range of health technology services and providers. The industry has strong backing from public sector bodies including Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and tLeeds and Partnershe University of Leeds. The council works closely with local NHS organisations to improve patient experience and overall efficiency of services by using information more effectively.

The UK Health Informatics Forum is one of the specialist health innovation events taking place during the Grand Départ International Business Festival. The three day programme is designed to drive trade, generate inward investment and raise the profile of the opportunities that the region has to offer. Held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th July, this will be the first business festival organised alongside the Tour De France and will be held across four key locations in Yorkshire.

We have built a strong partnership with Leeds and Partners and welcome the experience they bring from the health and innovation sector. Leeds and Partners is responsible for attracting inward investment, supporting trade, growing visitor economy, and raising the profile of the Leeds City Region. By establishing the Leeds Innovation Health Hub (LIHH) Leeds aims to become the UK’s ‘First City for Health and Innovation’, by focusing on medical technological innovations in health informatics to attract inward investment into Leeds. The LIHH creates potential for the city’s health and innovation sector aiming to create £1bn in investment and 7,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.

The Forum’s aims are also supported by the University of Leeds who will be sending an academic delegation and producing documentation of the key messages raised throughout the process. Built on key areas of strength including health informatics, geo-informatics, environmental data analytics and behavioural analysis, the University of Leeds is establishing a world-claUniversity Logo blackss centre in big data analytics, harnessing the strength and depth of interdisciplinary research for patient benefit, high social and economic impact and international reach.

Tim Straughan, Director of Health and Innovation at Leeds and Partners commented “The Health Informatics Forum is taking place at an exciting time for Leeds as investment in Leeds health and innovation organisations continue to grow. The event is a great fit within the Grand Départ to showcase some of the unique work taking place within both public and private sector organisations in the city”.

For more information about the city of Leeds, the Health and Innovation Sector and the Grande Départ International Business Festival visit: http://www.leedsandpartners.com/ or for details about the University of Leeds Big Data Centre visit: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/125082/health_services.

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