Book your next DHACA Days on 27 April and 21 June!

Today bookings for the next two DHACA days have gone live on Eventbrite. The Leeds meeting is here and the London meeting is here. For Leeds, so far we have confirmed: Opening address by Ian Sharp CEO of the Bradford Digital Catapult (which focuses on digital health and digital manufacturing). Note that we will be joining forces with the Catapult for this event: they will be marketing it jointly. Andrew Sant Managing Director, White Light Consulting Ltd whose role is “Business Strategy for Intangible Assets or, put another way, Getting The Most Out of your IP”. In my view that does

PoRs & PEPPOL – two acronyms you ought to be aware of

As DHACA was introduced on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme last Friday as the organisation representing digital health in the UK it seems appropriate now to step up a gear so we have two acronyms for you today that may be of interest. PEPPOL stands for Pan European Public Procurement On-Line. It enables government organisations and private companies to exchange electronic trading documents over an interoperable network.   Alongside GS1 (standardisation of codes for products, suppliers etc.) it is being adopted by the NHS as doubtless those in large NHS suppliers will be well aware. For anyone wanting a brief

Calling all diabetes prevention apps

DHACA member organisation Our Mobile Health is seeking to identify the best digital behaviour change interventions aimed at helping people diagnosed as pre-diabetic to reduce their risk of onset of Type 2 Diabetes. They are working with NHS England and the Diabetes Prevention Programme to identify the best 4-5 of these that are suitable for deployment to around a total of 5000 people across England. The aim is to build up an evidence base for digital behaviour change interventions for people diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Organisations with suitable digital behaviour change interventions are invited to submit their solutions for inclusion. These should be either actually deployed

Wearable & Digital Technology show – 7-8 March, Excel

Visit  the Digital Health Technology Show to learn how technology has the power to transform the NHS, saving the UK’s public health service billions and improving patient care. The event is a new launch for 2017, taking place on 7-8 March at ExCeL in London. It is co-located with the Wearable Technology Show, IOT Connect, Smart Home Show and Augmented Reality and VR 2017 and the MXR Summit. DHACA members will have access to over 30 thought-provoking conference sessions in the Digital Health Keynote and Health 2.0 Innovation theatres. They will also be granted an

Help Requests

Many thanks to everyone who responded to my recent requests for help with the Carers’ technology project and Brexit –  here is more on these and also a help request from Sue Dunkerton. Following completion of the research into potential care technology usable by carers that was the subject of my previous email, DHACA’s next task is to identify the best means of promoting the use of technology to carers via local authorities and GP surgeries. Because of the tight timetable, Carers UK is developing the dissemination material as I write, so your comments & suggestions would be hugely appreciated,

ADASS Care Apps Event – 7th March

This note is to ensure you are aware of the ADASS Care Apps Showcase and Conference 2017 on March 7th because this year they are supporting DHACA & Carers UK’s DH-sponsored work to encourage greater use of technology by carers. Of particular interest to members should be that the event will feature presentations from providers of digital products and from services and organisations supporting development of the market in these services with the care sector. In particular, the event will highlight around a dozen care apps and digital services selected from those uploaded to the Public Service Digital Exchange platform

Have you an interest in social care, Brexit or SBRI?

DHACA is being asked to represent its members on a couple of important issues. The most immediate is the future of SBRI where I will be attending a half-day session on this Friday 27th. I have already had some very helpful comments from members though would welcome more, especially from those not at last week’s meeting, before Friday, if you have any. On behalf of DHACA members I am now also plugged in to the Brexit planning for life sciences for which there is a weekly call, as well as various events. So far, though it is early days, I have

Want to get known worldwide as a digital health exporter?

Healthcare UK is committed to growing exports for British digital health organisations into emerging markets: the exporters’ directory is a critical part of our strategy. They are trying to get ever better at matching the opportunities identified in our target markets with the most appropriate organisations in the UK. To this end, they are seeking to understand what these organisations have to offer and the type of overseas opportunities those organisations would be keen to contract and deliver. This will also guide Healthcare UK’s colleagues in Embassies and High Commissions and enable them to find and qualify opportunities more effectively.