The headline theme for DHACA Day III will be: “delivering the Personalised Health & Care 2020 vision” Charles wrote a post about this when it was first published last month, and DHACA is taking up the challenge to deliver this vision through the cross-sector expertise of its members. The second theme for the day will be one of DHACA’s headline goals, “How to avoid duplication in Digital Health and Care” Both themes will be directly addressed by DHACA’s Special Interest Groups, both in the
The NHS’s National Information Board (NIB) this week published its long awaited document on its plans for personalising health and social care activities, with a strong England focus. It breaks new ground for such a document in many ways (not least that when you put ‘apps’ or ‘telehealth’ or a myriad of other terms into the search engine, you get many hits!). Before describing at some length why this editor considers the document to be so important, it is of course important to recognise that there will be
“How can you start doing anything with healthcare apps when there are over 40,000 of them out there?” I was asked at least ten times at EHI Live this week. My answer was that there are only some 0.5% of those that are what I call “medical apps”, that really deserve attention, now. These are apps that for example might either meet, or be close to meeting, the definition of a medical device in the Medical Devices Directive 93/42EC: that have the power to do great harm if in error, and great good if properly constructed and maintained. Or
Harold Macmillan probably never said that in response to the question “What is most likely to blow a government off course?”, however we thought we’d use the quote to highlight a few cracking events coming up. The Wearable Technology event, is being hosted by the Digital Catapult Centre, on 18th November, in London. On the topic of wearables, the BBC’s “the Bottom Line” had a great programme on 30th October on the subject. In the UK (at least) you can download a podcast or listen on iPlayer. There’s also an update
This week the European Commission published its green paper on mHealth previously announced in the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020, kicking off a broad stakeholder consultation on existing barriers and issues related to mHealth deployment and helping to identify the right way forward to unlock mHealth potential. To accompany it, a very short video by Neelie Kroes is available. An accompanying short (10 page) paper by the EC on the current legal position for people using health & wellbeing apps is also well worth a read. Finally, to complete the set, the EC has produced an mHealth infographic as well. Responses
DHACA were pleased to be invited to be present at the TSB – Kingsfund ‘Self-Care in a Digital Age’ conference on Tuesday 24th June 2014. We attracted a lot of interest and we hope many new members. If you want to be a part of or stay in the conversation then being a member of DHACA is a great way of doing so! Please Download the briefing which was released to the press and media following the event.
DHACA has been invited by the British Standards Institute to represent the interests of users of healthcare technologies in standards-setting discussions. Clearly there is no desire to replicate the excellent work already under way by, for example, Continua and Brunel University, so we will be seeking members’ views on priorities before we decide on the extent and the focus of appropriate activities. In the meantime, we will be seeking BSI advice on standards under discussion and flagging them up on this site.