With its ageing population and rural location Cornwall presents a range of issues for the health and care of those living in the county. On the flipside Cornwall makes the ideal testbed for eHealth innovations as it presents exactly those problems that can be addressed by technological solutions.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC) is bringing together innovators with those working in health and care along with end users in order to address access to and improve the quality of health and care.  Any eHealth innovation must have a direct impact on the people that use them and that is at the heart of EPIC.

Led by the University of Plymouth’s Centre for Health Technology, EPIC’s grassroots approach has seen the team engaging people throughout the region, people who otherwise might not have been able to get involved.

Thanks to their feedback and collaboration with local businesses and start-ups, the first three years of EPIC funded more than 40 projects that are already making a difference to people’s lives. In March of last year, EPIC received a three-year, £4 million extension, to continue the work, and a second three-year project.

EPIC is inviting start-ups and SMEs across the region interested in working within this exciting sector to join it next week for Digital Ambitions: The EPIC eHealth Conference 2021 at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre, Truro on Tuesday October 19 (9am – 1pm).

Whether you are a start-up, SME or are an individual with a new concept, it’s an opportunity to hear from businesses that have developed eHealth innovations. The panel discussions will explore routes to growth along with available funding streams such as angel investment and venture capital to grant pots and the gathering of evidence to support an innovation’s advance to market.

Delivered by EPIC, Digital Ambitions: The EPIC eHealth Conference 2021 is a fully-funded event. EPIC provides sector-specific support for local businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to develop new eHealth products and services.

To book a place at this half-day conference, click here.

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