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Prof Theo Arvanitis takes part in debate on digital connectivity

Theo ArvanitisProfessor Theo Arvanitis, Professor of E-Health Innovation at the Institute of Digital Healthcare, recently took part in a live debate on the subject 'How can we harness digital connectivity to create competitive advantage, and what do we need to do to enable it in business?'.

The event, organised by BQ Magazine, revealed wide understandings and diverse interests in digital connectivity, from health to gaming, and from education to business. Guests discussed everything from how texting was ‘invented’, to creating digital ‘avatars’ for future generations.

The various challenges of geographical digital connectivity were also addressed – from weak signals in rural areas to blind spots on major roads. But two key issues that came out of the debate were:
interesting businesses and public sector organisations to access high-speed internet links;
encouraging these links to be fully used to the advantages of commerce and the good of wider society.

Professor Arvanitis commented at the event:

The important thing to remember is to see technology in a revolutionary way, not the way you might have thought about using it. For example, when we built mobile networks, the SMS was a carrier channel for the operator to send engineering messages. What it has done to the world is to revolutionise social interactions. So text messaging has changed our way of living. In healthcare, connectivity can change behaviour, the way you live your life, the way you might work and deal with chronic diseases.”

A transcript of the debate can be read at the BQ Magazine website.