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Health Secretary searches for HealthTech at Paris summit

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has traveled to Paris to attend the GovTech summit in search of revolutionary HealthTech to improve the NHS

The summit will explore emerging HealthTech and artificial intelligence.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron will be among other world leaders attending the event today (12th November 2018).

Mr Hancock said: “I’ll scour the world to find technology to improve the NHS.

“So as we build the most dynamic HealthTech ecosystem on the planet, it’s vital we work closely with our friends and neighbours.

“Britain and France have a centuries long tradition of medical collaboration and now we want to turn that into a collaboration on cutting edge health technology.”

The summit will attract representatives from the UN and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as well as academics from around the world, and tech giants including Facebook and Microsoft.

Oliver Dowden, Cabinet Office minister for implementation has been asked to promote life sciences in the UK, genomics, AI at the event. He will also highlight potential collaborative areas which will allow different countries to work together.

Mr Dowden said: “Britain is a global leader in digital innovation, with some of the best technology companies in the world operating in this country.

“We are keen to build on that, learning from best practice, both in the UK and overseas, to ensure we deliver the best possible public services.”

Mr Dowden continued: “By harnessing the power of technology we are delivering public services that are simpler and faster for users and significantly cheaper to run.”

An innovation strategy which looks at how areas of collaboration can be improved, will be published next year by the Cabinet Office.

The document will advise the Government on how best to use and implement technologies to improve the public sector.


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