Ehealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC)

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 will start in May 2017 for three years.

Who are the project team and partners?

Plymouth University core team

Project management

Engagement and recruitment

  • Ray Jones – Health Informatics
  • Kim Young – Adult Nursing
  • Katie Edwards – Research Assistant

Behaviour change

Human computer interaction and app development

Commissioning and sustainability

Robotics

Evaluation (PhD students)

  • Zoe Doran (Supervisors: Arunangsu Chatterjee, Craig Newman, Ray Jones)
  • Clare Wyatt (Supervisors: Ray Jones, Sheena Asthana, Jon May)

Upcoming webinars


Webinar one – Wednesday 10 May 2017, 13.00–14.00

This is the first of a series of webinars for the Ehealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC) project. This will give an overview of the project.

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Webinar two – Tuesday 23 May 2017, 13.00–14.00

This is the second webinar for EPIC. This will be very similar to the first, giving an overview of the EPIC project.

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Webinar three – Wednesday 7 June 2017, 13.00–14.00

This will be an update and explaining more about how people can get involved in the locality groups and apply to the EPIC Challenge Fund.

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Webinar four – Tuesday 27 June 2017, 20.30–21.30

This will be an update and explaining more about how people can get involved in the locality groups and apply to the EPIC Challenge Fund (similar to webinar three in June but updated).

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Webinar five – Wednesday 12 July 2017, 13.00–14.00

This will be a reminder of the aims and methods of EPIC and a progress report on where we are in recruiting for the locality groups, and what upcoming meetings there are across Cornwall.

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Webinar six – Tuesday 25 July 2017, 20.30–21.30

Similar to webinar five.

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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 10 locality 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.

How can people become involved with EPIC?

We will be posting a longer video here soon to explain how people can become involved. In the meantime here is a short description.