ABHI & OUH Partnership Sees a Commitment to HealthTech Collaboration
In representing ABHI members, and the wider UK HealthTech community, it is important that we play a leading role in cultivating partnerships and engagement opportunities that promote the critical role of our sector. This is important for ensuring that the value that technologies bring, to both patients and the health system, is recognised and utilised effectively.
With this in mind, ABHI was pleased to partner with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) this month to hold a health symposium, where we discussed new approaches and technologies that can accelerate the elective recovery and wider clinical improvements. In attendance were the OUH executive and their clinical leadership, as well as representatives from across the ABHI membership, with the conversation focussed on how the adoption of HealthTech can increase surgical capacity, innovation, and excellence in education.
OUH, which is undertaking its own theatre improvement programme, is also a member of the Shelford Group. This is a collaboration between ten of the largest teaching and research NHS hospital Trusts in England, and the symposium was an important opportunity to detail how HealthTech can support the Shelford Group membership with their own challenges.
As a result of the symposium, a smaller standing group from those in attendance is being considered, so that in collaboration we can explore further opportunities for the HealthTech sector to support improvements across OUH and the wider NHS. We look forward to sharing details on the progress and outputs of this work.
Dr Bruno Holthof is the Chief Executive Officer of OUH. He added: "During the pandemic Oxford University Hospitals demonstrated the value of working with the University of Oxford and the private sector. I strongly believe this collaboration will help us reduce the waiting lists for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions created by the pandemic."