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West Midlands AHSN to use Idea Spotlight platform


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) has signed up to use Wazoku’s Idea Spotlight platform.

It is planning to use it as the basis for its Meridian interactive innovation health exchange – which is used by academia, industry, health and care providers – enabling participants to share ideas and details of innovations, along with building networks.

The organisation has indicated that it hopes to double the number of contributors to more than 3,000 to support the adoption of good practice in health and social care.

It is also planning to use the platform in addressing health issues facing its region, including low life expectancy and high levels of obesity, and to improve the region’s economic prospects.

Improving health and wealth

“Our aim is an active innovation exchange with challenges being matched to solutions and the healthcare ecosystem interacting and working together to improve the health and wealth of the region,” said Tammy Holmes, head of innovation exchange at WMAHSN.

“We want the West Midlands to be healthier and more productive and for the region to be known as the first digitally enabled health economy in England.”

Wazoku said that Idea Spotlight is used by public sector organisations including the Ministry of Defence and Worcestershire County Council to capture, evaluate, improve and implement ideas, share information and improve collaboration across networks of users.

Image from Blondinrikard Fröberg, CC BY 2.0

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