CONNECTED HEALTH: Are we at the tipping point or another false dawn?

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Date & Time: Thurs 29 Nov, 12:45 –14:30

Venue: Clifton House Heritage Centre, 2 North Queen Street, Belfast BT15 1EQ

Presenter: Professor Norman Black, University of Ulster

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9073 7809



CONNECTED HEALTH: Are we at the tipping point or another false dawn?

29th November 2012

“The world is facing unprecedented health challenges—steadily rising costs and budget pressures, aging populations, rising chronic disease rates and growing expectations for more convenient, affordable, high-quality and personalised care. Add to the mix the simple fact that people are living longer—by some estimates, 50 percent of people born today will live to 100—and increasing chronic obesity rates directly contribute to rising healthcare costs. These challenges highlight the need for a complete transformation of healthcare—one that is integrated across the entire continuum of care and can offer a more sustainable health system in the twenty-first century and beyond.” Accenture, 2012

Yet, after three decades of initiatives in telemedicine, telehealth, and telecare, and more recently in e-health and m-health, the evidence for large-scale uptake is weak and remains largely an aspiration. Even with new and smarter technologies, uptake by both service providers and users, remains low.

Why is this?

It has been assumed for some time that technology holds out potential benefits but, technology, in itself, is only one element in a connected health system and successful, evidenced-based, systems, which consider holistic and not just performance-related benefits, are only starting to emerge.

In this presentation we will consider the practical factors associated with the development, uptake and future developments of connected health systems. We will explore connected health’s ability to live up to expectations, and the importance of ecosystems in its success and consider what might be the tipping point to allow the potential to be turned into reality.



Cost: Free of charge


Date: Thursday 29th November 2012


-   12:45 – 13:30 Registration

-   13:30 – 14:30 Presentation

Venue: Clifton House Heritage Centre, 2 North Queen Street, Belfast BT15 1EQ

Contact: Peter Edgar, Programme Manager, NISP CONNECT

T: +44 (0) 28 9073 7809

M: +44 (0) 779 906 84 20

Note: Lunch will be provided


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Founders and executives of science and technology growth companies, business development personnel, investors, professional services firms, industry leaders, politicians, public officials, press and representatives of the region's economic development agencies.


More About…


Norman Black

Norman Black is Professor of Medical Informatics at the University of Ulster. He worked for British Telecom for 14 years before joining the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, in 1985 as Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, becoming Director
of the Northern Ireland Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) in 1992. He has held a number of positions at senior management level including Dean of Informatics, Dean of Engineering and Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation).

Professor Black has extensive research experience having been President of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine (ESEM) and a Founder Member of the Institute of Telemedicine. He has significant Entrepreneurial and Innovation experience having been responsible for enterprise and innovation at the University of Ulster for several years. He continues to be active in research and has research interests include biomedical engineering, medical informatics, connected health, smart technologies, data fusion, and bioengineering education.

NISP CONNECT Frontiers in Science and Technology

Launching in June 2012, The Frontiers in Science & Technology lecture series aims to enhance the dialogue between the business community and Northern Ireland’s leading scientists, engineers and researchers. 

These frequent lunch seminars provide access to a number of cutting-edge research efforts underway within Northern Ireland's leading research institutes.


A leadership platform and catalyst between Northern Ireland’s entrepreneurs, research institutions, investors, technology corporations and professional service providers by linking entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success.

NISP CONNECT is an independent, non-profit organization fostering entrepreneurship by accelerating the growth of promising technologies and early stage companies. A collaboration between Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP), the University of Ulster, Queen's University, Belfast and AFBI (Agri Food & BioSciences Institute), NISP CONNECT acts as an ‘honest, neutral broker’ within the region.

NISP CONNECT focuses on: research institution support, business creation and development, entrepreneurial learning, access to capital, public policy advocacy, awards, recognition and networking… by mobilizing and leveraging the private sector’s best on a pro-bono basis.

NISP CONNECT is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for
Northern Ireland 2007 – 2013.


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