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Citylabs Lounge: Introducing Health North - Connected Health Cities

10 Oct 2016

Free monthly networking event for clinicians, academics and healthcare businesses located in the heart of Manchester’s Innovation District

On Wednesday, 23 November 2016 (8-10am) at CityLabs 1.0, Nelson Street, Manchester, M13 9NQ.

Why staff should go on the seminar

Citylabs Lounge is a monthly networking event for clinicians, academics and healthcare businesses located in the heart of Manchester’s Innovation District. These events give a valuable opportunity for people working in the healthcare and life science sector to engage with prospective clients and customers, as well as discussing some of the most topical issues of the day.

At next month’s seminar, Wednesday 23rd November, Connected Health Cities will share with all the latest about their  ground-breaking £20 million ‘Health North’ project has been launched which will see four Northern city regions using data and technology in a revolutionary new way to help improve patient care and ultimately save lives.

Health North is a Government initiative operating across North England (15 million population) to generate innovations that can deliver more effective and efficient health and social care.

The foundations of Health North are to establish a social contract with citizens that gives license to use health data for public good. The project will use new intelligence sources to understand pathways of care across different provider organisations and target resources to needs in much more agile and specific ways than at present. This was also significantly accelerate business growth in the digital health sector in North England.

Connected Health Cities will be piloted in four city regions in its first phase, with the common principles of:

  • engaging and involving the public to build public trust and civic partnerships
  • working with data custodians and existing infrastructure at local, regional and national level to create linked-data critical masses for deeper understanding of health in defined populations;
  • developing at the heart of each city region an Ark – a secure, combinatorial data analytics facility, with state-of-the-art data management and analysis tools, underpinned by research, education and training;
  • bringing people from academia, NHS and industry into deep collaboration in the Ark, working in partnership to create new knowledge that will inform decision-making at levels.

The aim is to pilot data-intensive health service optimisation methodology and understand how it can work efficiently in city regions, then to network those regions so they can ‘borrow strength’.

About the speaker

John Ainsworth is Professor of Health Informatics at The University of Manchester, where he is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Informatics. He is involved in numerous research projects, but with one common aim - to use computing and information technology to improve the health of the population. He is also Deputy Director of the MRC Health eResearch Centre, part of the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research and is the Director of the Connected Health Cities Coordinating Centre.


8-8.30am - Breakfast 

8.30-9.30am - Presentation and discussion with Q&A

9.30-10.30am - Networking