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Belfast Healthy Cities

Our vision is that Belfast is recognised globally
as a healthy, equitable and sustainable city

Healthy Cities 21st Century

Making Technology Work for Health and Inequalities 11 March 2016

This seminar explored leading edge learning and expertise on using technological innovation to benefit health and help tackle inequalities. It also explored ways of addressing the digital divide, in order to ensure people of all backgrounds can benefit from technological innovation. The 2015-16 series focuses on sharing learning from Belfast Healthy Cities’ Finnish colleagues in the WHO European Healthy Cities Network, and also features expertise and experience from other European Healthy Cities.

The seminar also showcased local innovation and how current initiatives are contributing to health and tackling inequalities.


Approaches from elsewhere

Innovation technology and life-course approaches
Arto Holopainen, Senior Advisor, Kuopio Innovation Centre, Finland (watch video)

Connecting stakeholders for innovation in healthcare
Brian O’Connor, Chair, European Connected Health Alliance (watch video)

Technology and innovation locally

SMART Cities and contribution to wellbeing  
Deborah Colville, Digital Portfolio Manager, Belfast City Council (watch video)

Local innovation

The FieldLab Project – Ulster University launches Ireland’s first Interactive Health & Wellbeing FieldLab
Kyle Ferguson, Director of the Centre for Sports Enterprise, Ulster University (watch video)

Gray Matters Smartphone App – to help aid prevention of developing Alzheimer’s
Chris Nugent, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Ulster University (watch video)

Experior: Rapid Radiology Test, New X-Ray App can be used for testing and training worldwide
Tom Lynch, Consultant Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine Physician, Head of Nuclear Medicine, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust (watch video)

Bridging the gap in the digital divide

Swansea Early Years Strategy – reducing the gap
Nina Williams, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health Wales (watch video)

Digital inclusion/Bridging the digital divide
Healy King, Senior Support Services Officer, Supporting Communities (watch video)


Links to videos of individual speakers can be found above.

NVTV Video Coverage

BBC Radio Ulster Interview

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