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. 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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Plymouth University core team
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
- Torbjorn Dahl – Software Engineering
- Angelo Cangelosi – Artificial Intelligence and Cognition
- Gabriel Aguiar – Research Assistant
- Tony Belpaeme - Intelligent and Autonomous Control Systems
Evaluation (PhD students)
Webinar one – Wednesday 10 May 2017, 13.00–14.00
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.
Webinar two – Tuesday 23 May 2017, 20.30–21.30
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.
Webinar three – Wednesday 7 June 2017, 13.00–14.00
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).
Webinar four – Tuesday 20 June 2017, 20.30–21.30
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 – Wednesday 12 July 2017, 13.00–14.00
Webinar five will focus particularly on ehealth at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and will feature presentations by Frazer Underwood and Simon Goodwin. Katie Edwards from the EPIC team will give an update on the local workshops to be held across Cornwall during September.
Webinar six – Friday 4 August 2017, 12.00–13.00
This will be the last of this series of general introductory webinars about EPIC. A new series of webinars aimed at SMEs will be starting soon – watch this space.
The main focus of webinar six will be on the use of ehealth by Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, and the use of ehealth in the community. Speakers will include Dr Rohit Shankar.
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.
What is the plan of work?
There are two strands of work. The University of Plymouth will organise ten local working groups around Cornwall and work with them to identify ‘problems’ in health and social care that have possible technology solutions. We will work with project consortia to develop their ideas and – if appropriate – to apply to a Challenge Fund with funds set aside to support individual projects. Creative England will work with the digital and technology sector supporting them to enter the health and social care market and to match and support them working with clinician and patient groups. From this process we will identify new products or services that can be supplied from Cornwall both to Cornwall and hopefully to ‘export’ to the rest of the UK or internationally.
Local working groups
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Please note that there are two EPIC projects; 'Ehealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly', and 'Enabling Practice Innovation Challenge'.