We’re part of the world’s leading supplier of high quality, cost efficient generic medicines, treating an estimated 200 million people around the world every single day. In addition to generic medicines, our portfolio also includes a range of over-the-counter therapies and innovative specialty medicines which treat conditions affecting the central nervous system, respiratory diseases, oncology and pain.
We also have a pipeline of medicines in various stages of clinical development, and work hard to make a difference beyond simply supplying medicines to the NHS. We are involved in several partnerships with NHS organisations to provide support to patients, and we support the NHS mission to improve and modernise services while delivering cost efficiencies.
And this is why we are here. We know that healthcare is becoming increasingly digital, so we’re partnering with technology and e-health companies to help make treatment options that are fit for the future.
Matt Hancock MP, recently appointed as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has singled out technology as one of his early priorities.1 In a recent speech, he said that our health system was uniquely placed to become the most advanced health system in the world and that, used right, technology is “a catalyst for greater connectivity and empowerment – on both sides.” He added: “The opportunities of new technology, done right across the whole of health and social care, are vast. Let’s work together to seize them.”
On the HealthTech Zone, we will showcase how digital innovations in health and care are helping patients and the public to live healthier lives, and support the work of frontline staff. There will be interactive features and discussions showcasing how digital and technology are transforming health and care.
We’ll have presentations on a wide range of topics, including how patients and the public are being empowered to manage their own health and care through health apps and other digital technologies, the game-changing role 3D printing is playing in therapeutic advances and surgery, how online consultations are transforming general practice and how virtual reality is improving prosthetic limb rehabilitation.
You can hear about how artificial intelligence is being used in the supply chain to make ordering low-cost medicines as quick and easy as possible for pharmacists and dispensing doctors, and hear about how virtual and augmented reality are being employed in facilitating discussions between healthcare professionals and their patients.