Friday, October 22, 2021

Collaboration key to securing Yorkshire’s position in IT healthcare

As Yorkshire continues to play a leading role in the national and global healthcare sector, particularly in the field of IT, the region’s key players need to collaborate, capitalise on their strengths and put the ‘Yorkshire Healthcare’ brand on the map.

Last week, more than 40 senior personnel from some of the region’s biggest names in the sector came together at a round table discussion hosted by Clarion to discuss the opportunities presented by the rapidly changing healthcare landscape; the region’s particular strengths in the sector, and the collective actions needed to capitalise on the potential to create a centre of healthcare excellence.

The event featured three key speakers: healthcare entrepreneur Gary Shuckford looked at the UK macro healthcare sector, while Keith Ramsay, non-Executive Director and management consultant, and Amy Di-Balsi, Director at Leeds Futurelabs and owner at Herd, shared the findings of their research on the alignment of skills to the region’s healthcare and technology businesses.

Steve Crow, Business Development Director at Clarion, said: “Leeds has a strong digital technology sector, the fourth-largest outside London, with specific cluster specialisms in health analytics, fintech and data science and it also boasts some exceptional infrastructure, including having two world-class universities. As a result, the region is becoming a preferred location for many tech organisations.

“In fact, while there is some competitive overlap between some of the region’s healthcare businesses, to a large extent they are complementary and would have much to gain by combining their expertise and working together to promote a Yorkshire healthcare specialism nationally and internationally.”

He added: “Our roundtable showed the current level of excitement about the opportunities based on the change dynamic in the healthcare sector and by the region’s potential to collaborate in order to capitalise on them.”

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