The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has awarded £4 million of investment to fund the South Yorkshire Digital Health Hub.
From September 2023, the Hub will support academic project teams as they develop new technologies to improve the health of individual patients and the wider population. The Hub will be a collaboration between researchers at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, the region’s health and care system, the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, patient and public representatives, and a wide range of businesses.
The process of developing and commercialising a new digital health technology is complex and requires an understanding of many different factors, including the needs of patients and healthcare professionals, regulatory requirements, design and manufacturing processes and how to secure investment.
The Hub will bring together patients of all ages, community groups, academic researchers, clinicians, health and social care providers, designers, behavioural scientists and industrial partners. The partners will combine their experience and expertise to create a new Digital Health Innovation Curriculum – an extensive collection of training resources to guide researchers through the process of developing new digital health technologies. Yorkshire & Humber AHSN will support the Hub and individual project teams by providing specialist expertise on how to successfully adopt and spread innovation across the health and care system.
By working in collaboration, the Hub’s partners will achieve their shared objective of supporting the development and commercialisation of new digital health technologies that will improve the health of individual patients and the wider population.