MP Bob Seely: Isle of Wight Could Become a “Center of Technology and Innovation”

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Bob Seely MP

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely believes the island can emerge from the Covid-19 epidemic as a renowned “center of innovation and technological know-how”.

Seely said he was proud that the Isle of Wight is leading the way with three new government-led initiatives using technology to fight disease and improve health care.

Seely spoke after the last drone deployment to transport medical supplies from the mainland to St Mary’s.

The island is also at the forefront of the new test and trace application, while a £ 48 million grant was awarded last summer to help the island develop advances in health.

In addition, many other local companies, including members of the Island Technology Group, had launched their own initiatives to use high-tech know-how in the fight against Covid-19.

Mr. Seely said:

“I am delighted that the island is part of this innovative approach using new technologies to improve the quality of life and potentially save lives.

“I hope the drones will help us transport PPE and other equipment to the island faster and cheaper than other modes of transportation. I also hope that they can help speed diagnoses by reducing the time spent traveling on ferries and roads.

“Drone and telemedicine trials are helping to transform IW health services and the quality of life for Islanders. With these new forms of technology, Islanders will have less need to travel to the mainland, or even to St Mary, which will improve their quality of life and allow them to access certain health services more quickly. It will also make better use of the time of NHS staff.

“We are a community full of ideas, know-how and a willingness to embrace new technologies. Fortunately, any lazy and unfair idea that we are somehow slow to evolve over time in terms of technology has fortunately been exposed by recent events.

“The Isle of Wight leads the way. I want more pilot projects that can benefit Islanders and I want the island to be at the forefront of NHS technology at the head of the rest of the country. “

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