South West Interdisciplinary Technology Consortium for Health and Care (SWITCH)

The Centre for Health Technology is an integral part of the SWITCH ecosystem - an interdisciplinary cross-sector consortium focused on digital health innovation and implementation.

It was created by the University’s Centre for Health Technology Co-Director and Associate Professor of Digital Health Education, Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee (AC) in order to address the historical difficulties in sustaining health innovation ecosystems beyond funding cycles. SWITCH will enable greater opportunities for collaboration and dialogue in addressing and supporting better health and care in the South West and the UK as a whole.

Part of the European Connected Health Alliance and linked to the wider Digital Health Ecosystem Network, SWITCH seeks to incubate, accelerate, embed and export innovative technology solutions in health and care.

It brings together organisations from the South West and beyond to create an ecosystem to collaborate, share best practice, explore shared challenges around health, care and wellness with the view to foster economic growth in the region.

It provides a single front door for industry, researchers and investors looking for partners, infrastructure and expertise, acting as the ‘go-to’ innovation enabler for service users, funders and local businesses.

SWITCH goals

  • A Knowledge mobilisation: strengthening and consolidating health and care technology networks in the South West
  • 4 Adoption: promoting health and wellbeing using technology for citizens in the South West by facilitating adoption
  • + Capacity and capability: building capacity and capability for a sustainable health technology economy in the South West

Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee speaks at the launch of German health ecosystem

Co-ordinator of the Centre for Health Technology and Associate Professor in Digital Health, Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee discussed the University's expertise and proven track record of delivering health technology projects through a developing ecosystem of health care, industry, government, research and voluntary partners, SWITCH. Launched in July 2020, it is part of the European Connected Health Alliance (ECH Alliance) and linked to the wider Digital Health Ecosystem Network. The virtual event launched the digital health ecosystem 'Health4All' in Hesse, Germany to local and international stakeholders. The ecosystem will connect startups, SMEs and large enterprises dealing with health solutions into a single integrated ecosystem.

View the full conference video here.

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