Please note that there are two EPIC projects; 'Ehealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly', and 'Enabling Practice Innovation Challenge'.
Ehealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC)
EPIC is a collaborative project partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund with additional financial support from the South West Academic Health Science Network. University of Plymouth and partners aim to improve the use of e-health in Cornwall.
We aim to improve the use of technology in both health and social care hoping:
- to improve health and wellbeing of people in Cornwall
- and improve the Cornish economy in this sector.
The EPIC project started in May 2017 for three years.
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EPIC – the project
Watch our short animation video describing the approach of the EPIC project
What do we mean by 'Ehealth'?
By 'Ehealth' we mean any digital technology that can help with health and wellbeing. This will include apps and programs such as for personal use by people (eg trying to lose weight, increase exercise etc), apps for clinicians, programs such as Skype and FaceTime, websites for cognitive behavioural therapy. But it also includes sensors and devices such as alarms about environment or if someone falls, trackers for fitness or for people with dementia, or around a hospital. It also includes use of robotics such as Paro the ‘comfort’ seal for people with dementia, Giraff telepresence, and humanoid robotics such as Pepper.
First EPIC Conference and launch of Challenge Fund
The first EPIC project conference was held on 1 November 2017 at Truro’s Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre with the team delighted to welcome more than 120 people who attended the event – including representatives from the county’s major health and social care organisations and the clinical community and participants from the original workshops.The conference also saw the launch of the project's £600,000 Challenge Fund which will be used to help Cornish companies tackle the challenge identified within the eight project workshops held across Cornwall in September 2017.
For more information about the event, and to download copies of the programme and presentations made on the day, please follow the link below.
Future EPIC webinars
- Monday 12. February, 4-5pm – Social prescribing
- Thursday 15 February, 1-2pm – Technology and workforce development/capacity
- Monday 19 February, 1-2pm – Mental health
- Monday 19 February, 4-5pm – Promoting healthy lifestyles
- Monday 19 February, 8-9pm – Delivering digital information
- Wednesday 21 February, 3-4pm – Technology in later life
- Friday 23 February, 12-1pm– Empowering people through technology
University of Plymouth core team
- Ray Jones – Health Informatics
- Michael Paisey – Project Manager
- Anita O'Connor – Project Administrator
Engagement and recruitment
Human computer interaction and app development
Commissioning and sustainability
- Sheena Asthana – Health Policy
- Rod Sheaff – Health Services Research
- Deborah Shenton – Research Assistant
Evaluation (PhD students)
Our delivery partners
Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum – 23/08/17
South West Academic Health Science Network – 21/08/17
www.cornishstuff.com – 29/06/17
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership – 27/06/17
Invest in Cornwall – 23/06/17
Pirate FM – 03/06/17
Cornish Times – 12/05/17
Digital Health Age – 11/05/17
Cornwall Live – 10/05/17
This was the first of a series of webinars for the Ehealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC) project. This gave an overview of the project including a commentary by Anna Mankee-Williams from Falmouth University.
This was very similar to the first webinar (so was not recorded), giving an overview of the EPIC project including a commentary by Anna Mankee-Williams from Falmouth University.
This explained the EPIC project but in particular looked at the involvement of SMEs. It included presentations by Paul Upton (Ultramed), Robert Salvoni (Bluefruit and Software Cornwall), and Joanne Evans (Creative England, part of the EPIC team).
After an update on the EPIC project this webinar focused especially on General Practice and included presentations by Dr Rehan Symonds (Oak Tree Surgery) and Nigel May (East Cornwall Patient Participation Groups).
Webinar five focused particularly on ehealth at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and featured presentations by Frazer Underwood and Simon Goodwin. Katie Edwards from the EPIC team gave an update on the local workshops held across Cornwall during September.
This was the last of this series of general introductory webinars about EPIC. A new series of webinars run by Creative England aimed at SMEs will be starting soon – find out more information.
The main focus of webinar six was the use of ehealth by Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, and the use of ehealth in the community. Speakers included Dr Rohit Shankar.