DHEW aims

Its key aims include:

  • Accelerate the delivery and adoption of the latest digital solutions to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs
  • Create a pathway for access to health and care data through the development of APIs in a test environment.
  • Foster innovation from all stakeholders, encouraging cross-sector co-operation and implementation
  • Support the development of new products and services to drive business growth, job security and creation, ensuring prosperity for all

We hosted the first Digital Health Ecosystem Wales event at The Principal St David’s Hotel, Cardiff on Tuesday of March 2018. It attracted more than 120 people from all sectors and organisations interested in digital health. The event introduced the Digital Health Ecosystem Wales and the aim of bringing together the NHS, NWIS and industry to accelerate improvements in health though the use of data and technology.

NHS Wales Informatics Service API

The NHS Wales Informatics Service has been developing the first in a series of application programming interfaces (APIs) to simplify integration with NHS Wales National Architecture. The first API provides simulated demographic details of NHS Wales patients in a test environment. Click here for more information.

DHEW Summer Event

The DHEW Summer Event was held on July 18th 2018, with 120 people gathering to hear about future funding opportunities. We had presentations from Innovate UK about the current competition for disruptive technologies and the future competitions on Healthy Ageing and Mental Health, WEFO and the ECH Alliance on the upcoming Horizon 202 Calls, an update on the ACCELERATE programme from the Life Sciences Hub and a presentation from the GovTech Catalyst team on the upcoming funding round and Monmouthshire Council on their GovTech Catalyst project tackling rural isolation.  

The afternoon offered in depth presentations on how to succeed with Innovate UK and Horizon2020 bids, as well as information on the support available from WEFO and a workshop exploring the challenges and opportunities available through ACCELERATE.  

To see the speakers presentation slides from the Summer Event, click here.

Resource Tracking Demonstration Project  

At the first DHEW event in March 2018, resource tracking was identified as an unmet need within NHS Wales. The delay in finding equipment or people reduces the amount of time available for patient care and can delay discharge, with consequent impact on bed availability.  

The Welsh Government have provided funding for DHEW to co-ordinate a demonstration project for resource tracking technology at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. The aim of this piece of work is to evaluate the time and cost savings of the resource tracking technology. We wish to understand how much time is currently spent tracking resources or patients and the associated savings that are generated by using resource tracking technology.  

We have started the procurement process, run through Sell2Wales, for two contracts – one to install the technology and a second contract to conduct an evaluation of the benefits of the technology

To sign up to the Ecosystem mailing, to be kept up to date with information and events please email digital@lshubwales.com

To discuss the Ecosystem please contact:

Helen Northmore 
Programme Delivery Manager for Digital Health Ecosystem Wales
Email: Helen.Northmore@lshubwales.com 
Phone: 07741 635439