DHACA’s achievements

Introduction

DHACA (the Digital Health & Care Alliance) is a not-for-profit member-driven organisation set up by Innovate UK to help catalyse the market in digital health and care by addressing some key obstacles and points of market failure on a bottom-up, consensus-based approach. Key topics being addressed include:

  • Interoperability and consensus on basic architectures
  • Information governance, identity and consent
  • Evaluation of impact and benefits of new products and services ( for example, in testbeds)
  • Business models
  • Models for supported self-care
  • Certification and quality-assurance processes for mobile apps

These have been identified as the main barriers, both to SMEs

NIB roadmaps published – DHACA members’ comments please!

The National Information Board has now produced the promised ‘roadmaps’, the first significant deliverables from the Personalising Health & Care to 2020 paper published last November. As a result of strong DHACA membership feedback that was sent to the NIB directly, and via Helen Rowntree following our last London DHACA Day, your Association is represented on three of these workstreams and has made a major input into each.  Very briefly, this input has covered: Workstream 1.2 – the importance of an evaluation framework, and support for GPs to recommend apps (DHACA presentation to the Workstream

Free entry to eHealth Week in Riga for app developers applying by Monday 4th May: hurry!

The European Commission has kindly offered app developers who are DHACA members a free pass for their event in eHealth Week in Riga beginning May 11th. There is urgency though – they need names by close of play on Monday 4th May (which is not a Bank Holiday in Belgium although it is here). Please let me know (charles.lowe@dhaca.org.uk) as soon as possible if you want a pass so I can send the list on. They do stress that obviously the EC will not pay flight and hotel costs – however apparently both remain low at present. Their reason

At last everyone wants mHealth evidence – DHACA led the way!

The recent item in mobihealthnews draws attention to the article in the Journal of the American Medical Association about how people can tell which medical apps are effective, and the counterpoint discussion in the British Medical Journal on whether apps can help healthy people. Though both are a good read, neither will come as any great surprise to DHACA members who have been following the debate on medical apps, and the work that has been taking place within DHACA on these very topics under the auspices of the mHealth apps Special Interest Group (SIG).

EC’s first mHealth stakeholder event – key points for DHACA members

Charles Lowe, DHACA’s Managing Director, was invited to this event on 26th March as the editor of DHACA’s comprehensive EC mHealth Green Paper response. This is his summary of the event and the follow-on actions from it The event was very well attended – the EC’s engagement with mHealth is clearly an area of considerable interest to commerce as most of the big firms working in this area attended the event last week. Particular points of relevance to DHACA members were:.

  • Wearables and apps are increasingly seen as providing a single health-related service, together, yet currently are

What can the US learn from the UK’s approach to healthcare?

The Guardian article recently published an article entitled “What the NHS can learn from the US Obamacare system” which disappointingly spends almost all of its text talking about the challenges of implementing Obamacare, and just a few sentences espousing three very weak lessons, the first of which  is:

…Obamacare had a clear overarching goal: reduce the number of uninsured. Who can stand up and make such a clear case for the Health and Social Care Act 2012?

The rest are

A Fresh Approach at the Turning Point

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All, Tim Kelsey recently said that we will look back on 2015 as being the turning point, the moment at which the NHS started to take digital health seriously. For this to happen, we in DHACA believe that there needs to be a fresh approach to how the benefits and value of digital health services are assessed. The type of approach used in studies such as the WSD is, we think, simply not  appropriate to the general proposition that digital technologies can help transform and improve services and patient outcomes in myriad ways. The DHACA