Supporting the development of digital technology within Health and Care.
eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC) is led by the University of Plymouth’s Centre for Health Technology, and largely funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
EPIC is fuelled by invaluable input from a large number of partners, organisations and individuals across the South West, including healthcare trusts, charities, social enterprises, patient groups, and students.
Using this input, EPIC aims to facilitate a sustainable eHealth sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, by maximising innovation networks, sharing expertise and experience from the University and our partner organisations, and providing sector-specific hands-on business support.
The project offered Cornish businesses the opportunity to apply to the £600,000 EPIC Challenge Fund, which has awarded 42 grants to support the development of new eHealth innovations. In the extension of the project, a further £600,000 will be available for local businesses to access funding.
The development of a thriving eHealth sector will not only create new jobs, new products and support the local economy, but will strengthen the existing health and care network in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - Enabling new technological innovations to be created and adopted, to improve the quality of life and boost well-being for all.
The EPIC team are utilising the Cornish designed platform Ask Cornwall to engage both the public and professionals to:
- Gather ideas – great new ideas as well as reviews and commentaries on current use of digital technology. This could be anything from apps through to devices and robotics.
- Help people make contact – connecting like-minded people in touch to take ideas forward, whether it is patients needing professional input, or professionals seeking patient groups to work with, or both wanting to work with small Cornish companies to prototype and test new products or services.
- Support all groups with sector specific help through the EPIC project – either through finding research evidence or sources of funding.