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Professer David Crossman - chairman of Healthcare Innovation Live and Chief Scientist for Health and Social Care in Scotland

A live summit will bring together leaders in Scotland and England to identify future health priorities.

The aim of the event is to create a platform for critical thinking about the challenges that lie ahead.

The virtual event ‘Healthcare Innovation Live – Maximising the Future of Life Sciences and Healthcare’ will bring the health care industry, NHS and social care providers together to brainstorm ideas which can be turned into services to directly benefit the patient.

Fresh funding opportunities will be shared during the event on March 4 – chaired by Prof David Crossman, Chief Scientist for Health and Social Care in Scotland – while an ‘Investment for Innovation Ecosystem-Life Sciences, Health and Social Care’ working group will be formed.

The working group will be led by investors and supported by the Scottish Government’s Head of Investment Katrine Feldinger.

Prof Crossman said: “The opportunities for businesses to contribute to domestic and global health care have never been more diverse as we continue to move through the pandemic and consider the post-Brexit landscape.

“This virtual event will see UK and Scottish Government leaders, alongside clinical and industry leaders, providing important updates on plans to remobilise and recover the economy with NHS and social care services to the fore.

“It’s also an opportunity to hear from Scotland’s clinical leaders in innovation on what the NHS and social care need most in 2021/22 and identify where there are opportunities to collaborate.”

The event is supported by the Life Science Industry Leadership Group and Scottish Health Industry Partnership.

A national network of test beds is already established across Scotland.

This model has helped to produce significant success stories at speed thanks to a COVID-19 app which allows doctors and nurses to complete a standardised assessment of patients, in turn informing the wider strategy for handling Coronavirus.

Consultant respiratory physician, Dr Chris Carlin, who has been working with industry partners as part of the test bed model, has co-designed and is evaluating an AI-powered digital service to support COPD patient management.

He said: “This event represents an important gathering of innovative, proactive, like-minded individuals who are committed to driving positive change and better care.

“Innovation test beds in particular offer resources, connections, and time – all the hurdles that are usually so difficult to overcome – while transforming research and fresh ideas into routine care.

“Successfully identifying and developing future test bed projects is vital at this time.”

Among other discussions taking place will be ‘Creating the Optimum Investment Ecosystem for Rapid Growth’ and a look at ambitions for ‘Diagnosing Skin Cancer within 25 minutes by 2025’ including the clinicians and industrialists attempting to make it a reality.

The event, starting at 10am, offers the chance to take part in a live Q&A via online chat functionality.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. To register, please go to: https://book.shsc.scot/shsc/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=125204&eventID=349&CSPCHD=000001000000iZbADI8dc1m6gBjpwchXUr5eNiP5YRd7G1FpmI

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