Last week, Zesty CEO James Balmain spoke at the Digital Health Forum, a conference showcasing the world’s leading digital health companies. Held at the Royal Society of Medicine, the forum provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to connect with investors and supports a spirit of collaboration and innovation within the rapidly expanding industry of digital health.
As one of only five companies selected from around the world to speak at the forum, Zesty has become well recognised as one of London’s most successful digital health start-ups, having already secured significant funding and a large consumer base. Zesty CEO James Balmain spoke at conference about this ever-growing market and how Zesty fits into the digital health ecosystem.
Focussing on Zesty’s journey over the past two years,the presentation explained what challenges we have faced along the way and dispelled common misconceptions such as the difficulties involved in working with the NHS. James also provided critical insight into the opportunities available in the private healthcare market. Private healthcare in the EU is worth approximately £250Bn and investment in digital health companies in the US grew 134% from 2011 to 2013. The presentation concluded with our exciting plans for the future; with the introduction of Apple’s new tool for developers, Health Kit, Zesty aims to make the process of booking a healthcare appointment as simple and seamless as possible.
What is the Digital Health Forum?
The Digital Health Forum is an exclusive gathering comprised of a diverse range of the world’s leading minds in the industry. The event is invitation only, with a limited number of tickets available to ensure a good combination of entrepreneurs and investors to help create the products and platforms that will play an integral role in the future of healthcare.
Speaking at this year’s event was DHF Chairman and healthcare investment expert Vishal Gulati. Vishal is a qualified doctor and has invested in successful businesses in biotech and diagnostic across Europe, the US and India. Other speakers included Jack Young of Qualcomm Ventures, genetics researcher and Directors of the William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Professor Mark Caulfield and MP for Mid Norfolk and science and innovation enthusiast, George Freeman.
The key goal of the Digital Health Forum is to help improve clinical outcomes by promoting deep-rooted change to our healthcare services via a digital medium. In order to achieve this, the DHF focuses on four major areas: Firstly, the support of innovative new ideas in healthcare management from both emerging and established markets. Secondly, promotion of reorganisation in healthcare through the integration of innovative technology with existing systems. Thirdly, collaboration between patients, healthcare professionals and industry partners the DHF believes will help create a strong foundation on which to develop new digital systems. Finally, the forum concentrates every step of the way on achieving the best patient outcomes possible.
By Sarah Ruscoe
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