Underpinned by key assets and skills in digital, tech and data science, Greater Manchester is world-class when it comes to health innovation. The city-region is at the forefront of a digital and technological transformation in healthcare utilising advanced analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) for remote monitoring, increased efficiency, and the optimisation of patient health.

In 2016, Greater Manchester was the first place in the UK to take charge of its £6bn ($8bn) healthcare budget to make more informed decisions to meet the needs of the local people. This has further enabled the city-region through Health Innovation Manchester to embrace its diverse and vibrant digital eco-system to provide an established framework for companies with digital health technologies who wish to rapidly drive their innovations into practice.

This session will draw how Greater Manchester has accelerated its integrated digital health care record for 2.8 million patients in response to COVID-19 and the opportunities for digital health / MedTech innovations, the role of Health Innovation Manchester in terms of  helping international investors get into the UK market, and introduce the new Christabel Pankhurst institute for health technology research and innovation.

From small innovative companies to large established organisations Manchester provides the right infrastructure for companies to prosper.


  • Chair – Catherine Davidson, Business Development Leads, Life Science and Healthcare
  • Niels Peek, Professor of Health Informatics, The University of Manchester (Pankhurst Institute Lead for Digital Health and Care / Turing Fellow, Alan Turing Institute)
  • Ben Bridgewater, Chief Executive Officer, Health Innovation Manchester
  • Kate Leonard, Health Economics & Commissioning at Medtronic UK
  • Lee Omar, Chief Innovation Officer, Safe Steps




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