Rob ParsonsHi. My name is Rob Parsons. I work for a company called Health Partners International some of the time. My job description, well, my business card says Healthcare Technology Management Consultant. I know nothing about healthcare, very little about technology. I am quite good on management, which is why they give me gigs like this.

We do health systems strengthening in developing countries. Mostly in Africa and that is mostly in Nigeria. We do operate in many places all over the world. We have a specialist division that grew organically that deals with, what we call healthcare technology and what other people call, medical equipment. We not have a lot of experience of dealing with how we manage healthcare technology in low resource settings.

andy juggMy name is Andy Jugg. I look after proposition development and business development for our Connected Care practice in BT Global Services - long history of product development, mainly in the telco side. I'm not a clinician in any way, shape, or form but have been heavily involved with this.

I guess the first thing is, actually, what do you think of BT? But I'm keen to do a quick hands-up, actually: how many people know what telehealth is? Keep your hands up if you're involved with it in any way, shape, or form. Great, good, and same for telecare, who knows what telecare is? Not many. I thought it was going to be short presentation, never mind.

Alex ZarnehGood morning, everybody. My name is Alex, I'm head of medical physics at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which encompasses corridor of M62. That includes Wakefield, Dewsbury and Pontefract.

So we're a large acute Trust with an establishment of around 40 members of staff within my remit. We offer services in terms of management of medical devices, medical devices library, radiation protection, laser protection and recently the trust made a decision that the HSU department should also come under our remit, which is an interesting concept.

john sandhamMy name is John Sandham. I’m doing a presentation on device management policy and why device management policy is important. It may seem like a dry subject, but device management policy is important for a number of reasons, the two core reasons being risk and cost.

 

In 2011, the Department of Trade and Industry issued a document called ‘Strength and Opportunity’. In ‘Strength and Opportunity’ it stated that the medical technology market is going to grow internationally at 10% a year for the next five years. That’s growth in terms of product range as well as suppliers, especially from countries like India and China, where there are more and more manufacturers becoming prevalent. It’s important for us to understand that that’s an opportunity with regard to buying products, but it’s also a risk with regard to variance in product.

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