Founded in 2005 by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA), is now one of the biggest health technology networking organisations in the country.
Since 2005 is has grown to 1300 members from 20 different countries and a health-related database in excess of 7000 contacts.
SEHTA has provided significant support to companies, universities and public and private health providers through publicly-funded resources and programmes. SEHTA has built excellent relationships with Academia, Business and Care/Clinicians and it sees itself in a unique position as the interface between them.
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SEHTA has been focused on the telecare and telehealth market for the past three years. In September 2009, SEHTA established its pioneering International Centre for Excellence in Telecare (ICE-T), a market-led approach to telecare and telehealth. Since its launch, ICE-T has grown to become a dynamic network of more than 1,500 contacts in companies, medicine and academia in the UK and internationally. The initiative has also helped to raise more than £1.5 million for innovative businesses involved in the development and delivery of telecare and telehealth products and services.
“Because of an ageing population, there are already significant pressures on the healt service and support services for the elderly,” said Dr David Parry, CEO of SEHTA. “As more and more people live longer in the future, the challenges will increase in several areas, such as helping individuals to remain living in their homes, providing support for their medical needs and welfare, and also relieving some of the pressure placed on family members to look after their older relatives.
“It has already been proven that technology solutions, such as those in telecare and telehealth, have an important role to play. This project will enable us to explore the potential for creating systems and environments where independent living can be supported by advances in technology and applications.”