Published on 02 May 2012 03:30 PM
The Health Minister today gave his support to the Connected Health Engagement Day. The conference brings together stakeholders groups from across health, academia and industry.
Speaking at Belfast’s new Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) the Health Minister, Edwin Poots, said: “Today is all about making a difference to the quality of people’s lives and it is encouraging to see people here from across the different sectors all wanting to work together.
“I have witnessed how Connected Health can improve patient care. It embraces the use of the latest technology in health care to give patients more freedom to lead a more independent life. The health sector can’t achieve these improvements without the help of colleagues in academia and industry, who will develop and market the necessary technology. Only by working together can we all achieve our goals and this is why events like today are important to create strong bonds and effective working relationships.”
Concluding the Minister said: “We need to maintain the momentum so that we can progress to identify new challenges and synergies. Today is all about moving the agenda forward, by developing a collaborative forum with all the stakeholders, where we can continue to bring our ideas and challenges and work together on delivering solutions.”
Moving forward it is hoped that delegates will form linkages to take forward joint projects in the development and use of technology to support health and social care.