1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

GM Connected Health Ecosystem: How the Pandemic has Sparked Innovations and New Partnerships


The next Connected Health Ecosystem of 2021 will be held virtually on Thursday 10th February, 13.00 – 15.00.

The pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of lives and has turned most industries and organisations upside down amidst the threat from COVID-19. However, in times of uncertainty comes the opportunity to innovate, deliver new ways of working and achieve long-lasting change beyond the immediate challenges presented by the pandemic.

Health and care is no exception and innovation has been at the heart of how Greater Manchester has managed the demands placed on it due to the pandemic – whether this is through the use of new digital technology to manage demand on services, or forging new partnerships between clinical, academic and industry worlds.

The latest in our series of events will explore these themes and demonstrate some of new innovations and partnerships that have been created during the pandemic that will deliver long-lasting change to our ecosystem.


13.00 – 13.05: Introduction – Laura Rooney, Director of Corporate Strategy Health Innovation Manchester

13.05 – 13.25: Digital transformation of health and care in response to the pandemic – Laura Rooney, Director of Corporate Strategy Health Innovation Manchester

13.25 – 13.30: ECHAlliance Network Update – Andy Bleaden, Director Ecosystems and Membership, ECHAlliance

13.30 – 13.50: Jack Williams, Better

13.50 – 14.10: eLab health data science workbench: collaborative research and teaching in a pandemic – John Ainsworth (Professor of Health Informatics, University of Manchester)

14.10 – 14.30: Social care data analysis and advice – Ian Hall (Professor of Mathematical Epidemiology and Statistics, The University of Manchester)

14.30 – 14.50: Digital access to primary care in GM during the pandemic and beyond – Steve Boyle, Programme Director – Health Innovation Manchester

14.50 – 15.00: Close – Laura Rooney, Director of Corporate Strategy Health Innovation Manchester


The Ecosystem, which is coordinated by Digital FuturesHealth Innovation Manchester , the Christabel Pankhurst Institute and the ERDF, 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.

Research & Innovation Health Accelerator Programme:

Not yet Enrolled in the Research and Innovation Health Accelerator Programme?

Are you an SME looking to collaborate with Greater Manchester’s research and innovation institutions? Would you like access to expertise and support for your business?

CONTACT US (bertenshaw@healthinnovationmanchester.com) to discuss the programme further and to see if your company is eligible to enrol.

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