NHS ‘Hackathon’ returns to Cardiff
28 January 2016
Self-confessed innovation geeks are gathering for University’s biggest ever NHS ‘Hack Day'
The event brings together people with different skills and specialisms - from healthcare technology to programming and data - to thrash out new ideas that drive innovation across the NHS.
Cardiff’s NHS Hack Day is the city’s third annual event of its kind, and this year 200 ‘hackers’ have signed up.
Professor James Morgan, Professor of Ophthalmology at Cardiff University’s Centre for Vision Sciences said: “NHS Hack Days are weekend events that brings together doctors, nurses, developers, designers, patients, carers and other “geeks who love the NHS” to create disruptive solutions to health and social care issues.
“By pooling our ideas and analysis, those who work with healthcare technology can come up with innovative ways of making life better for patients, the wider public and the NHS.”
The Hackday reflects Cardiff University’s growing emphasis on innovation, turning research, ideas and expertise into ‘real world’ answers.
The University is currently investing in a new £300m Innovation Campus, including spaces for clinical innovation at its Heath Park campus. Schools within Cardiff’s College of Biomedical Life already work closely with the NHS on a range of innovative partnerships, including the new Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, due to open this summer, and the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre.