18th July MoMoEdi: Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Challenges in mHealth and Wearables

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Geoff Ballinger

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While out at MWC in Barcelona this year I attended a session at 4YFN entitled "The future of Health is Wearables & vice versa” where we were treated to an inspiring discussion around the possibilities for making huge advances in healthcare using wearables and mobile technology in general, but also emphasising the difficulties posed by the entrenched business models in that sector.

The topic seemed an ideal candidate for MoMoEdi’s next "Entrepreneurial Opportunities” event to explore all the special ups and downs provided by working in this particular space and engaging with the public sector etc, and be inspired about the opportunities for mobile and wearable businesses in healthcare, but educated about the challenges. Once again we are delighted to be hosted by the Entrepreneurship Club at the Business School.

I looked around for local companies working actively with mobile and wearable tech in the healthcare sector. We will be hearing from two of them will give us very distinctive viewpoints based on their direct experience of working in the healthcare sector.

Christopher McCann is a serial entrepreneur whose startup snap40 uses wearable technology to provide automated risk analysis and continuous vital signs monitoring to allow health services to easily and quickly identify high and low risk patients, both in the hospital and at home. They have been selected to join the sixth cohort of the London Stock Exchange ELITE programme, designed for high-growth companies with global ambitions. He will provide the startup's eye view of healthcare, and in particular the peculiarities of building a health tech business, the challenges of building a wearable medical device, and getting customer traction in the NHS and further afield.

Dave Romilly from Waracle will talk about mHealth initiatives in large healthcare enterprises today - Waracle are Scotland’s largest mobile and IoT specialist. Digital health and mhealth is a core component of their work and they have worked with some of the worlds largest healthcare organisations including NHS and Imperial College London. Waracle's experience covers clinical trial candidate recruitment, selection and management, patient self-testing, mood sampling, patient satisfaction and of course workflow and process re-engineering for healthcare colleagues. They are delighted to share ideas around the opportunities they see in digital health.

As usual we will finish with an open discussion session followed by a networking reception with wine.

We will kick off at 6.30pm at the Business School:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+University+of+Edinburgh+Business+School/@55.943058,-3.187513,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4887c783a7834b83:0xbd87d24a2b46d2a2?hl=en-GB

This is a free event but places are limited so pre-registration is required via the Business School site:

http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/event/entrepreneurial-opportunities-and-challenges-in-mhealth-and-wearables

Speaker Bios:

Christopher McCann left school at the age of 16 to begin an MEng in Computer Science, graduating with distinction at 21. Christopher founded his first company, Dizeo - the world’s first safe social network for children in 2010 and in 2012 began studying medicine. After successfully completing three years, Christopher founded snap40 based on his clinical experiences and left to run the company full-time.

Dave Romilly is Waracle's Business Development Director.  Dave plays a crucial role in 'triaging' projects to ensure their success and along with his team on-boards all of our clients.  Although his title is Biz Dev ... he's actually an economist.

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This event is kindly supported by deltaDNA - http://www.deltadna.com/.

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