10:00 am - 12:00 pm

GM Connected Health Ecosystem: Digital Health Inequities


The next Connected Health Ecosystem of 2021 will be held virtually on Monday 6th December, 10.00 – 12.00.

The global pandemic has highlighted the extensive health inequities that exist in our society, as well as accelerated the uptake of digital technologies in frontline health and social care delivery. Digital technologies are a double edged sword when it comes to health disparities: they have the potential to make health and care delivery more equitable (e.g., by reducing the need to travel) but can also easily exclude groups or amplify existing inequities. For instance, digital health technologies may reproduce racial and gender disparities via the people building them or though the data used to train them, and digital transformation can widen health inequities through the ‘digital divide’. In this Greater Manchester Connected Health Ecosystem, we will address the topic of digital health inequities through insights from academia, industry, and healthcare practice.

(Information below will be updated)


10.00 – 10.10 Introduction
Niels Peek (University of Manchester)

10.10 – 10.20 What can we bring in from other ECHAlliance Ecosystems
Andy Bleaden (ECHAlliance)

10.20 – 10.35 Title TBA
Louise Laverty (University of Manchester)
10.35 – 10. 50 Title TBA
Prof. Chris Todd (University of Manchester)
10.50 – 11.05 GM’s approach to inclusive digital transformation in health and care
Laura Rooney (Health Innovation Manchester)

11.05 – 11.20 Empowering our people through digital
Phil Swan (GMCA)
11.20 – 11.45 Panel Discussion
12.00 Close

Registration for the Connected Health Ecosystem is now open – tickets are limited, so we recommend securing your place now. 


The Ecosystem, which is coordinated by Digital Futures and Health Innovation Manchester and the Christabel Pankhurst Institute, plays an important role in bringing together key organisations and personnel in this area, creating a platform for sharing new and important policy developments, research, funding opportunities and innovations.

We are a member of the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), a network of permanent multi-stakeholder Ecosystems across Europe, North America & China.

To find out about future Connected Health Ecosystem events and to discover more about Digital Futures, sign-up to our mailing list here: https://manchester.us13.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ad639f09ca77836def20e7f13&id=f04db72adc

The Ecosystem is delivered in partnership with the ECHAlliance and Health Innovation Manchester.

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