The launch comes amid the success of the University’s EPIC and IHA projects, which take a similar form and are currently running in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Devon respectively.

The projects, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, have already seen initiatives such as Amazon Echo Spots being utilised in Cornish care homes, allowing them to impact on the people who need it most.

As well as ageing, EPIC, IHA and SWITCH are open to any area of health or social care that wants to bring forward a current issue for which technology might provide a solution. 

SWITCH will be part of the European Connected Health Alliance (ECH Alliance), and linked to the wider Digital Health Ecosystem Network across the globe, with groups sharing internationally-recognised technologies and data standards.

Among the speakers at the SWITCH launch event will be Ben Showers, Head of Digital Transformation at NHSX, a new organisation for digital, data and technology; Andrew Bannister from Microsoft UK, talking about ecosystem infrastructure support; and Professor Andrew Morris, Director of Health Data Research UK.


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