Published: 4 July 2018 at 12:00
Anglia Ruskin professor says East of England has vital role in NHS changeTechnology can change the face of the NHS and the East of England has the opportunity to be at the forefront, according to the Anglia Ruskin University professor also tasked with leading innovation in the country’s health service.
“The Topol Review highlights the need to prepare the NHS workforce for digital innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence, digital health and genomics.
“Chiefly, we need to move from an intermittent and reactive healthcare system to one that is continuous and proactive, using technology to help people stay well and stop these health issues surfacing in the first place. This is an exciting time and we are trialling a number of innovations that could have life-saving potential.
“One device we are rolling out across the region is the AliveCor, a device that clips onto the back of your mobile phone, can record your heart rhythm and detect atrial fibrillation. If left untreated, this condition leads to an increased risk of a stroke. So the smartphone in your pocket could save your life.
“With Anglia Ruskin’s new School of Medicine, we have an opportunity to embed innovation and entrepreneurial qualities into the doctors of the future to ensure that this region can take the lead transforming healthcare through the adoption of the latest, greatest technologies that will save the NHS money as well as improve patient care.”