The health sector is a notoriously conservative technology adopter but Edge and IoT may pave the way to its transformation towards truly autonomous care. Companies are shifting health systems out of the hospital and into the era of telesurgery, remote monitoring and connected ambulances. However, do practitioners and patients trust the way in which the market is going?
CWIC: Track 2
Health & Social Care
Gold Sponsor: 8 west
8 West produces innovative Remote Monitoring software solutions for the Healthcare, Search & Rescue (SAR), and Lone Worker sectors. Since 1998, 8 West Consulting has been dedicated to providing tailored software engineering and business technology consulting services to a diverse range of multinational organisations.
8 West’s Covid-19 Remote Early Warning System (CREW) remotely identifies users who may be developing a temperature, symptomatic of Covid-19, facilitating early intervention by their monitoring organisation.
SafeTrx on which CREW is built, is the world’s leading marine tracking and alerting solution connecting water users and SAR organisations. Provided free to end users, in 2019 SafeTrx was involved in over 600 search and rescue missions in locations across the globe, from Europe to Australia.
8 West employs over two hundred and twenty highly qualified professionals in Cork, Ireland and Cluj, Romania who share our passion for technology and business.
Session chaired by Simon Fletcher, CTO, Real Wireless
John Murphy, Co-CEO, 8 West
The Future of Remote Patient Monitoring
In this presentation, 8 West co-CEO John Murphy will outline 8 West’s vision for the future of Remote Patient Monitoring. At a time when innovation is being fast-tracked in a way we have not seen in recent times, solutions that allow us to maintain pre-Covid levels of service, and to improve on them are in high demand, even more so in the Healthcare & Social Care space. Patient and social care client needs have not diminished in this new reality. The opposite is the case. How we as a society and an economy tackle these challenges is paramount. The opportunities afforded by developing sector leading Remote Patient Monitoring and Remote Social Care Client services will allow care givers to better manage their workloads, while reducing the risks both to their charges and to themselves.
Edwin Bijkerk, EMEA IOT Healthcare Lead, Intel
Unlock the value of AI, inference, and predictive analytics to translate data into care-enhancing insights at the edge
The growth in wearables gives clinicians a timely advantage whether it be with health monitors to collect key patient vitals (i.e. heart rate, blood pressure) to alert medical staff to issues before they become problems, by monitoring blood glucose levels and sending that information to a companion device to dispense insulin or by an AI-powered imaging model prioritising x-rays for radiologists to review. The potential from these emerging innovations is huge, but they all have one thing in common: they all generate data. Healthcare systems and providers must decide how to manage this data and what data should be sent to the cloud and what can be better managed locally – bearing in mind bandwidth expense, access and privacy regulations. This is where Edge Computing fits in – it brings data processing analytics and storage closer to the source of data generation (the 'Edge').
Dr Afzal Chaudhry, Director of Digital & Chief Clinical Information Officer, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Healthcare opportunities – a clinician’s view…
The ability to transfer high volumes of clinical data at very high speeds, when combined with a whole range of technologies including mobile, wearables and AI etc., unleashes a whole raft of possibilities for the delivery of high-quality care. What does that mean though for the practising clinician both now, and in the medium and longer term? For all the potential benefits of the technology and capability to be fully realised, clinicians and their patients will need to be fully engaged, contributing from the outset to help define and implement sustainable change.
Lucy Baker, Service Technology Director, CTIO, & Anastasia Karatrantou, Specialist Technology Partner, CTIO, BT Enterprise
Multi-access Edge Compute and healthcare
BT will draw on their extensive track record on healthcare innovation to explore why Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) is an enabler and outline BT’s ambition and strategy for materialising it. Real life examples will show how BT works with the NHS to co-explore and co-create opportunities by leveraging 5G.