Businesses scope potential commercial opportunities within Connected Health Cities in Greater Manchester

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Posted on the 6th December 2016

Businesses scope potential commercial opportunities within Connected Health Cities in Greater Manchester

Over 100 digital health ambassadors attended a recent event, organised by The University of Manchester’s Connected Health Ecosystem, to hear how the £20m Connected Health Cities project will accelerate business growth in the local economy.

The aim of the event was for the Connected Health Cities team in Greater Manchester (GM CHC) to develop a pipeline of new industry-centred partnerships from across the city’s vibrant eHealth sector.  These partnerships will then be harnessed to help identify commercial opportunities within two of the GM CHC’s data-intensive health improvement projects.

By partnering with Manchester’s Connected Health Ecosystem the programme’s leadership team were able to capitalise on the region’s strong, cross-sector network of eHealth providers and suppliers.

At the core of the GM CHC are care pathway projects.  Focusing on different disease domains (stroke and antibiotic resistance) each project will use de-identified NHS data to gain a better overview of how patients journey through the local health system.

By linking information together, health data scientists can work with health professionals to better plan and manage services so that patients receive better, outcome-driven care.

After arriving at The Studio in Manchester city centre attendees were welcomed by Ecosystem manager Dan Morley and then given an overview of the GM CHC aims and objectives by programme director Dr Niels Peek.

Care pathway lead Prof. Tjeerd van Staa from The University of Manchester’s Health eResearch Centre then outlined how his team will implement a learning health system to tackle the over-prescription of antibiotics in primary care. This was followed by Dr Adrian Parry-Jones who presented his plan for a new stroke care pathway. This pathway will improve how patients move between health providers to receive treatment, making sure people receive the best care in the most efficient way.

Through structured group discussions, attendees were invited to brainstorm ideas and opportunities that could increase the efficiency and impact of both projects in Greater Manchester.  The results of these discussions will be reviewed by the CHC research team to create a roadmap outlining potential commercial opportunities that exist across the two care pathways. Industry partners will then be invited to develop solutions to capitalise on the projects’ ability to ‘spin-in’ new ideas and products for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Throughout the morning a variety of potential business opportunities were identified.  These included increased use of video technology by paramedics, better point of care testing in GP surgeries and an enhanced digital platform for collecting and analysing patient data.

Industry partners will be encouraged to maintain contact with CHC through a pre-competitive consortium.  Applying an open-innovation and collaborative approach to identifying barriers and finding solutions will improve health for patients and drive economic prosperity in the local digital health industry.

Dr Niels Peek said: “Digital health is one of the most vibrant areas of product and service development today. The private sector has the flexibility to respond to market demands in an agile and dynamic way. The GM CHC plans to work with digital health businesses to ensure this innovative and ambitious project delivers the best results for patients and the public.”

Future industry events and calls for innovative proposals will be communicated through the Connected Health Cities website ( and via Twitter (@CHCNorth).

Presentations from the event can be accessed here:

Click here to see photos taken at the event


For media enquiries please contact Nina Hayes-Thompson, Communications Officer, Connected Health Cities Hub. Tel: 0161 306 4325 Email:


  • Connected Health Cities (CHC) is a £20 million pilot project that will safely and securely combine population data and technology to address chronic disease burdens and reduce early mortality in city regions of Northern England.
  • Funded by the Department of Health and commissioned by the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), CHC will unite experts from academia, the NHS and industry to improve services for patients and will build public partnerships that are based on transparency and trust. #datasaveslives

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