Zesty is proud to announce that we will be sponsoring one of the key events in healthcare innovation this year, the NHS hack day. Taking place from the 24-25th of May, the healthcare hackathon will bring together tech wizzes and NHS lovers from around London to generate new ideas and develop IT systems that will help improve patient care.
Our Zesty community manager and health tech innovation enthusiast, Ben Heubl will be representing us at the event. Ben will be acting as a mentor for budding entrepreneurs in the industry, as well as providing critical insights into the key problems we have faced in our mission to improve access to healthcare, and how we have overcome those challenges. Zesty will also be involved in raising awareness of the event among healthcare professionals and patients in our network with regular Twitter and Facebook updates.
Here at Zesty, we’re passionate about driving innovation and working with the NHS to secure a more positive future for patients across the private and public health sectors. In our experience, even the most sceptical healthcare professionals are surprised to find how fast and effective digital systems can be, given they are intuitive and designed with the user in mind. We hope that this NHS Hack Day, we can share some of our expertise in this field to help developers create new products that have a real application in healthcare practices and hospitals.
So what is NHS Hack Day all about?
The NHS is known for being slow to adopt new technology and embrace the potential benefits that a paperless future has to offer. Since 2012, founder of Open Healthcare UK, Dr Carl Reynolds and a team of supporters have sought to change this through a series of NHS Hack Days held throughout the UK. This next Hack Day in London will mark the seventh in a very successful and exciting journey towards a safer and more effective national health service.
Taking inspiration from a Hack Day at the Cabinet Office, which slashed the costs whiling improving the efficiency of their digital services, Dr Reynold’s stated in his original proposal that we require ‘cost-effective NHS digital services that supports quality in health care by giving world class user experiences, promoting clinical effectiveness, and promoting patient safety.’ Reynold’s bemoans that under the current system, the NHS model is not only unnecessarily expensive and but also undermining quality healthcare.
What happens on the day?
The key objective for an NHS Hack Day team is to produce a basic product through a digital medium that solves a problem in the healthcare sector. After several individuals pitch their ideas to the rest of the assembly, teams develop organically and the scope for creativity is extremely broad. At the end of the Hack Day, each team presents what they have learned as well as their project to a panel of judges who assign prizes to the winners.
The NHS Hack Day organisers, however, are keen to stress the event is not about prizes, but having fun and getting people motivated about the future of the NHS.
By bringing together a range of healthcare professionals, software developers, statisticians and graphic designers, the hackathon hopes to foster a spirit of collaboration, build a community, create the basis for quick and viable solutions to real problems and perhaps most importantly, demonstrate to people working within the NHS how digital innovation can help, rather than hinder them.
By Sarah Ruscoe
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