Guildford Digital Health Hub (“GDH”), a new initiative backed by a range of local partners including Business South, recently launched their new website putting Guildford and the surrounding area on the map as a centre of excellence for innovation with digital health and wellbeing.
The aim of GDH, a collaboration between leading public and private sector organisations already headquartered in the region, is to support new and established enterprises in their ambitions to collaborate, to innovate, to grow and to bring their solutions to market at a local and national level. It will also provide a collective voice to help influence the national agenda and to challenge the status quo.
The founding members of GDH are Business South, Alloy Business Innovation, Bravand, Charles Russell Speechlys, Consentricare, Enterprise M3, Guildford Borough Council, Play Well for Life and the University of Surrey. A representative from each of the founding organisations is involved in driving the initiative forward, helping to create a shared vision to engage, connect and empower all stakeholders.
Bill Palmer, Chair of GDH and a founder and Co-CEO of Consentricare, comments: “I am very proud to be the first chair of this great new venture, a public-private initiative that seeks to lead the debate around digital health and to give not just a voice but a place to be for innovators, entrepreneurs, established enterprises and new that want to make a real difference in the market.”
Director of Strategic Services at Guildford Borough Council, Dawn Hudd says: “We are pleased that we were able to promote and fund the launch of the new Guildford Digital Health Hub. Digital Health and telemedicine, which provide care for patients through online services and digital technology, have great potential in the borough and we fully support the initiative. We have a growing number of healthcare start-ups with digital products as a key part of their offering in our borough, and we are keen to support these companies to understand how we can best connect them with the NHS and other healthcare providers.
“Guildford is home to the University of Surrey, the Royal County Hospital and the Surrey Research Park and has a thriving technology and innovation community. The Digital Health Hub is a huge opportunity to put Guildford on the map and bring major economic and social benefits for the future.”
Dr Sarah Campbell from Play Well for Life adds: “From my own experiences starting a digital healthcare business, I believe there is a real need for an organisation like Guildford Digital Health Hub to exist. Bringing excellence and inclusivity to healthcare innovation is something I am incredibly passionate about and something I want to ensure GDH is promoting right from the start.”
Andy Swift from Business South added “We have been both delighted and excited to be involved in this project that fits perfectly with our purpose to promote our People, the Place and Prosperity. We wish Bill and the team every success for the future”.