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eHealth Innovation Summit 2021

eHealth Innovation Summit | 9th June 2021 | 9:30-11:30am

Event Description:

The inaugral eHealth Innovation Summit 2021 is a collaborative knowledge exchange webinar and showcase of Cornish eHealth businesses and new technologies in support of health and care and the health-related fields, including: health and care services, health surveillance, health literature and health education, knowledge and research.

Brought to you by Acceleration Through Innovation 2 (ATI2) and eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall (EPIC), two University of Plymouth led projects which are funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the online event will feature some of the vibrant and globally relevant digital health and health tech solutions that are emerging from within Cornwall’s thriving tech and creative sectors.

Headline speakers include Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee, Associate Professor of Digital Health and Education at the University of Plymouth, who will provide attendees with an insight into the digital health sector, with a particular focus upon the work of the EPIC 2 project which is helping to drive eHealth research and innovation in Cornwall.

Professor Sa’ad Sam Medhat, Founder and Chief Executive of the UK Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, will also be in attendance to share a wider view of the innovation landscape which will span the collaborative national and global efforts to innovate and solve real-world problems within the health sector. His particular focus will look at AI Innovations within Bio and Healthcare.

Chairing the webinar and panel discussion is Jo Hancock, ATI2 Programme Manager at the University of Plymouth, who will introduce eHealth Innovation from the ATI2 perspective, by sharing some of the many projects that their business support programme have assisted with throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly over the last four years.

In addition to our speakers mentioned previously, joining our panel discussion is Dr Paul Upton, Founder and CEO of Ultramed, and Liz Ashall-Payne, Co-Founder and CEO of ORCHA, who are both ‘First 100 UK Digital Health Companies’ as listed by the Department of International Trade. Gisella Garcia-Alvarez, Managing Director of Cluster Saúde de Galicia who is at the helm of this successful e-health cluster in Galicia, Spain, will also be on-board to provide an international perspective.

It is sure to be an insightful discussion and we invite you to send any questions that you may have for our panellists

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  • 9:30am – An Introduction to the eHealth Innovation Summit by Jo Hancock, ATI2 Programme Manager, University of Plymouth
  • 9:40am –  EPIC driving eHealth Innovation in Cornwall by Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee, Associate Professor of Digital Health and Education, University of Plymouth
  • 10:00am – AI Innovations in Bio and Healthcare by Professor Sa’ad Sam Medhat, Founder and Chief Executive of the UK Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange
  • 10:30am – Panel Discussion, including: Dr Paul Upton, Founder and CEO of Ultramed, Liz Ashall-Payne, Co-Founder and CEO of ORCHA, and Gisella Garcia-Alvarez, Managing Director of Cluster Saúde de Galicia.
  • 11:15am – Summary & Closing Notices
  • 11:30am – Ends

Headline Speakers

Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee
Associate Professor of Digital Health and Education, University of Plymouth

Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee is Associate Professor of Digital Health and Education in the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences at the University of Plymouth.

He is currently the Head of Digital Education and is responsible for the strategic vision and operational team to deliver innovative techno-pedagogical solutions, leading the Universities investment in digital education central to the 2030 mission.

His research interest spans across health and education technologies and specifically around how rapidly evolving digital technologies (innovation) facilitate capacity building for sharing and consuming practices of technology use in complex organisations (like NHS and HEIs). He co-leads the Centre of Health Technology and is a steering group member of the ‘Global Health Collaborative’.

He is the coordinator of the South West Interdisciplinary Technology Consortium for Health and care (SWITCH), an interdisciplinary cross-sector consortium, including NHS partners, industry partners, health and social care organisations and patient groups, set-up to enable greater connection and collaboration across the South West of England.


Professor Sa’ad Sam Medhat
Founder and Chief Executive of the UK Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange

Professor Sa’ad Sam Medhat is an Entrepreneur, Technologist and Philanthropist. He is the Founder and Chief Executive of the UK Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange and has led the innovation accreditations in many multinational organisations, such as: BAE Systems, EDF Energy, Hitachi, Panasonic, Raytheon, Thales and the University of Plymouth.

Medhat is a member of the ISO International Committee responsible for setting International Innovation Standards. He is also Visiting Professor to the University of Westminster, the University of Suffolk and Plymouth’s St Mark and St John University.

As the founder of the STEM Foundation, an educational charity and think-tank that supports the professional development of science, engineering and technology lecturers, his Charitable work has positively impacted the lives of over 700,000 STEM students and created national and regional STEM strategies that attracted both inward and foreign direct investments to stimulate local and regional economies.

A former UK Director of the Engineering and Technology Board, Medhat instigated and shaped the transformation of the Professional Registration of Engineers and Technologists and conducted national studies on behalf of Government Ministers. He is a member of the UK’s Parliamentary and Scientific Committee that helps to influence the impact of new and emerging technologies on policy and society.

Medhat was the founding Principal and Chief Executive of Dubai Polytechnic (now Dubai University) and built the polytechnic from scratch as a new model attached to the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with then over 45,000 members.

He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of several Royal Chartered bodies including RSA, IET, CIM, CMI and IoD. Medhat has published widely, holds invention patents and founded 9 businesses. His work has spanned a number of decades and he is a strong believer in active and responsible leadership to improve the quality of life and deliver economic value and social benefit.

Expert Panellists

Dr Paul Upton
Founder and CEO at Ultramed

Dr Paul Upton was a consultant anaesthetist from 1995 until his retirement from the NHS in 2016. During his NHS career he helped establish the Peninsula Medical School in the South West of England including leading on the development of the year 5 undergraduate curriculum. He served for 2 years on National Confidential Enquiry into Peri Operative Deaths (NCEPOD) review panels and then on the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance group developing the national guidelines on preoperative testing.

Following this he moved into a medical leadership role becoming Medical Director (Chief Medical Officer) in his hospital for 4 years between 2009 and 2013 which included holding Board level responsibility for clinical governance. He had over 600 doctors reporting to him. Paul then moved into the role of Director of Transformation building on his interest in health informatics. In this role he won the National Clinical Informatics Leadership award in 2014 from the Chief Clinical Informatics Officer’s network. It was out of this interest in health informatics, that Paul founded Ultramed Ltd.

Having now retired from the NHS he is devoting his time and energy into Ultramed. The companies strap line is ‘health technology for people’. Paul particularly enjoys networking opportunities and being able to share the learning from his experience of 32 years of clinical practice, having qualified in 1984. He was honored to win the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland’s Innovation award in 2019 for MyPreOp®. In 2020 he was appointed as a Fellow on the NHS Innovation Accelerator national program and has recently built on this success in being awarded Innovate UK funding to build 10 new products based on the principles of MyPreOp®.


Liz Ashall-Payne
Co-Founder and CEO of ORCHA

Liz Ashall Payne is co-founder and CEO of ORCHA, the world’s leading provider of digital health accreditation and distribution services. A trained Speech and Language Therapist, for almost 20 years Liz led NHS transformation programmes, helping to unlock the power of digital across the UK and Europe.

In 2015 Liz founded ORCHA, attracting investment from Sir Terry Leahy and Bill Currie.  The organisation has grown exponentially, now providing digital health assessment and distribution services in eleven countries and in the UK to organisations in 50% of NHS regions.

ORCHA has won numerous awards, whilst Liz has been selected as a Tech Trailblazer by the BIMA 100, picked as a Healthcare IT Leader by the HIMSS Future 50, named Entrepreneur of the Year by the British Chamber of Commerce and has featured within the LDC top 50.

Liz was appointed a NHS England NIA fellow, is a coach for the NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur program, a member of the OCS Advisory Board, the Tech UK Health and Social Care Council and is the Associate Vice Chair for Standards for the British Computing Society.


Gisella Garcia-Alvarez
Managing Director of Cluster Saúde de Galicia

Since the end of 2016, Gisela Garcia-Alvarez has been the Managing Director of Cluster Saúde de Galicia (CSG), the Galician Health Cluster in Spain. She is a Doctor in Biochemistry with more than 15 years of experience in health systems in Europe and Asia. She led the first health and life sciences cluster in Singapore in 2010, combining it with her research and teaching activities at Duke-NUS.

In three years, she has developed a successful internationalization strategy of the Galician healthcare and social care companies, attracting public funding and investment for the ecosystem and the region. She has also placed CSG as a direct channel of communication between regulators, providers and users and has signed several collaboration frameworks within sectors which have increased synergisms at a global level. She is currently participating in the launch of #CSG4Impact, a new CSG program to support social impact projects. In addition she is part of the strategic plan working group of DIH DATALIFE.

Event Chair

Jo Hancock
ATI2 Programme Manager, University of Plymouth