EPIC’s Work

Improving health and care
is at the heart of what we do.

is Epic?

Living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has enormous benefits. From opportunities to make the most of the miles of coastland to the community culture that permeates every nook and cranny of the county.

While the benefits of living in a place like this are clear, we recognise that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has an aging population (well above the national average) and access to health and care is affected by the rurality of the county. That’s where we come in.

We work with SMEs to develop the digital health sector to provide new or improved products or services. By offering a package of bespoke support, new and existing enterprises can benefit from the access to testing of an innovation, which we can provide.

Bringing a new product or service to market means evidencing the benefits to show end users why they need the product or service. Whether this is through demonstrating that there is room in the marketplace for the innovation, to testing it out with people in specific health and care settings, EPIC can help an SME to develop the evidence base for their innovation, if, of course, the proof is there to evidence.

And that’s just the beginning of our work.

Our strategic
aims are to:

Drive economic growth and productivity within the eHealth market

Unlock barriers to innovative eHealth systems

Nurture a sustainable Cornish eHealth ecosystem

eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall (EPIC2) is a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary project, initially funded in 2017 by a grant of £2.7 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). EPIC received a further £4m to extend the project until 2023.

Led by the University of Plymouth’s Centre for Health Technology, EPIC centralises the valuable input from a variety of stakeholders across the eHealth ecosystem in in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to strengthen the innovation network and help to bolster sustainability.

By providing sector-specific hands-on business support for local businesses to develop new eHealth products and services that will not only create new jobs and support the local economy, but create truly useful innovations which could improve quality of life and boost wellbeing for many.

In particular, for this phase of our project, we welcome ideas that:

  • Consider how to make technology more accessible to all; including differences in IT literacy, sight challenges, age or hearing loss
  • Address difficulties of providing care in remote locations, such as telepresence or internet of things
  • Integrate with existing systems, to either improve user experience, strengthen their use, or offer cost savings solutions to NHS Trust Innovations which address loneliness and isolation, and the strengthening of support networks and community
  • Boost the tech sector in our region, including in robotics and devices.