EMAHSN is collaborating with the National Centre for Rural Health and Care to hold an Innovation Exchange to address some of the challenges that rurality presents to the delivery of both health and social care.

A workshop in June 2018 with colleagues from across the region identified multiple challenges and this event will provide the opportunity to develop digital and technology based solutions in the following areas:
  • Support for people with multiple and complex needs to live independently in their own homes for longer in remote settings whilst underpinning their well-being.
  • Support for people in rural and remote settings who find it challenging to travel to a service centre to receive the health and care support they require, particularly if they have conditions which require frequent travel: oncology, dialysis etc.
  • Support for people suffering from loneliness in rural areas to address the challenges to their health and well-being including the option of remote “solutions”
  • Support for professionals delivering health and care services for people in rural settings

This event will bring together representatives from the NHS, Social Care providers and Commissioners, academia, citizens, third sector and the commercial sector to build shared understanding, develop collaboration and support the uptake of proven innovations focused on addressing these significant challenges.

Workshops will provide an informal platform for attendees to review current service models and clinical pathways, transformation plans and innovations, and work together to identify sustainable digital and technology based solutions.

After the workshop, the EMAHSN will work with STPs, CCGs, local authorities, citizens and provider organisations across the region to issue a call for proposals for the implementation of a number of these solutions in testbed deployments across the region.

View the agenda for the day here.

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