Minister measures health for Manchester’s digital health revolution

7th March 2016

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Leaders from Manchester’s academic, healthcare, local authority and business organisations will today welcome the Minister for Life Sciences, George Freeman, to launch key components of Manchester’s digital health revolution.

Life Sciences Minister George Freeman will open the new home to the Health eResearch Centre of the Farr Institute at The University of Manchester, creating a North of England hub for some of the world’s best digital and health research. Vaughan House will be one of the leading venues in the country to develop new technologies that can empower patients to understand and take control over their own healthcare through smartphones, wearable devices and healthcare records.

From citizen science experiments such as www.cloudywithachanceofpain.com (arthritis and weather) to NHS-linked projects such as www.clintouch.com (mental health symptoms and medication), HeRC is helping to connect citizens, patients and care-services for better prevention and care through technology. Academic, healthcare and business leaders have welcomed the minister to see how Manchester is leading the way in the digital health revolution.

George Freeman will also endorse Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network’s DataWell project at Citylabs. The project is linking data across different health care organisations to provide an innovative solution to improving both direct clinical care and how patients access information about their healthcare.  He will also see how Manchester Science Partnerships is developing a new concentration of innovative businesses at the junction of NHS and University campuses within the city’s Innovation District, and support business incubation and growth in the digital health sector.

Life Sciences Minister George Freeman MP said: “It is fantastic to see Manchester playing a central role in developing new 21st century innovations, supported by our annual investment of £1bn through the National Institute for Health Research. By shifting the digital power to patients we are allowing them to monitor their own health through things like wearable devices and apps. “The Academic Health Science Network is helping to drive forward the Northern Powerhouse in Manchester which is supporting the local needs of the health and social care services.”

Rowena Burns, Chief Executive of Manchester Science Partnerships said: “The magic of Manchester is the way in which academics, health professionals and businesses work together to improve healthcare through innovation. By involving industry at the heart of this work we are driving transformational change, improving health outcomes and creating economic growth.”