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Yorkshire’s healthcare and IT companies urged to collaborate to secure region’s premier position

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We’re encouraging the region’s key players in the healthcare sector to capitalise on their strengths and put the ‘Yorkshire Healthcare’ brand on the map by working together and optimising Yorkshire’s standing as a leading player nationally and globally, particularly in the field of IT technology.

On 25th November 2016, we hosted a roundtable event which saw more than 40 senior personnel from some of the region’s biggest names in the sector gather to discuss the opportunities presented by the rapidly changing healthcare landscape. They also assessed the region’s particular strengths in the sector; and looked at the collective actions needed to capitalise on the potential to create a centre of healthcare excellence.

Gary Shuckford, healthcare entrepreneur, looked at the UK macro healthcare sector; non-executive director and management consultant, Keith Ramsay, and director at Leeds Futurelabs and owner at Herd, Amy Di-Balsi, shared their research findings on the alignment of skills to the region’s healthcare and technology businesses.

“The city has a strong digital technology sector, Leeds has the fourth-largest outside London, and also benefits from specific cluster specialisms in health analytics, fintech and data science.  In addition, it also boasts some really strong infrastructure, including having two world-class universities. Consequently, the region is increasingly being chosen as a preferred location for many tech organisations."

“Although there is a little competitive overlap between some of the region’s healthcare businesses, it’s notable that, to a large extent, these businesses tend to be complementary and would, in fact, have a lot to gain by working together and combining their expertise with the aim of promoting a Yorkshire healthcare specialism both in the UK and overseas."

“Given the level of excitement expressed at our roundtable about the opportunities based on the change dynamic in the healthcare sector and by Yorkshire’s potential to collaborate in order to capitalise on them, we are already planning a follow-up event. Do get in touch if you’re interested in taking part.”

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