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Birmingham NHS Trust & Aston University collaborating on digital healthcare
Sat, 7th Oct 2023

Aston University and the Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust are gearing up for an innovative collaboration aimed at exploring the potential of digital technology, big data and artificial intelligence in revolutionising healthcare. The collaboration will focus on how these advanced technologies can bring about transformative changes in the field of paediatric and women’s healthcare and the young people's mental health sector.

Aston University's Engineering for Health Research Centre will co-host this ground-breaking event with Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust. The Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Innovation Summit will be a confluence of tech firms, healthcare professionals, and academics. The objective of the summit is to bring individuals from across these sectors onto one platform, fostering a spirit of collaboration and sparking conversations about the transformative potential of digital health technologies.

The event slated for October 11th at Conference Aston will feature representatives from renowned organisations such as Hitachi, KPMG and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN).

Amanda Baugh, Head of Innovation at Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, expressed her excitement about the forthcoming event. She elaborated, "The event is an opportunity to bring together professionals from different disciplines to foster collaboration and springboard ideas on the future of healthcare. We want to get a wide range of experts in one place to explore and define challenges and set out plans about how we can adapt and adopt existing technology, products and devices, along with how we might develop products and solutions not currently available to meet these challenges."

Dr Antonio Fratini, head of Aston University's Engineering for Health Research Centre, chimed in with his views. He stated, "The University's College of Engineering and Physical Sciences is delighted to be co-hosting this event which highlights Aston University's mission to be a leading university of science, technology and enterprise. Through harnessing the power of medical and digital technology, analysis of big data and artificial intelligence we will be able to change healthcare - for example, by providing care closer to home, improving access and therefore reduce inequalities."

The Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust (BWC) offers an expansive range of specialist healthcare services to more than 50,000 women and their families yearly, leveraging the expertise of its team of world-leading healthcare professionals. Birmingham Children's Hospital, part of BWC, is the UK's leading specialist paediatric centre, which houses a comprehensive range of advanced treatments, complex surgical procedures, and innovative research and development projects.