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NHS and academia partner to catalyse digital research and ‘transform healthcare’

A new digital innovation centre will look to solve some of the most prominent underlying issues affecting the NHS including waiting times, staff burnout and patient flow.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is ultimately looking to roll out more cutting-edge digital research across both the local area and the entire UK.

The organisations will do this via a new facility – the Health Innovation Lab.

The new centre will look to identify innovative fixes to the various issues the NHS is facing, including the challenges related to high demand within emergency departments.

The university and NHS trust is hosting a launch event on the 1st of June 2023 that will set out the plans and vision for the new facility.

The University of Gloucestershire’s director of business engagement and partnership, Dr Polly Pick, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the official launch event for the Health Innovation Lab, a landmark project that aims to drive digital healthcare transformation in Gloucestershire.

“Through collaboration and a systems-based approach, the Lab will tackle pressing issues like the ‘front door’ problem, ultimately creating a sustainable, patient-centric healthcare ecosystem. The launch event for the Health Innovation Lab will start the process of driving innovative solutions through expert collaboration of excellent people, ideas and systems.”

The event will allow heath leaders, academics and students to engage with a variety of stakeholders that were involved in the development of the Health Innovation Lab, including the West of England Academic Health Science Network, The Evidence Quarter, and City, University of London.

Former BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones will headline the event, sharing his insight into how digital technology can change lives.

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