Personalised health & care 2020 – required reading! (UK)

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PH&C2020The 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

Save the day – 7 Oct

Hello everyone. Just a short note to ask you to keep the 7th October in your diaries for the next DHACA-Day. It will be held at Anfield football ground in Liverpool. Current plans are to invite the Liverpool Mi dallas project, and the North West Coastal AHSN to spend an hour or so each telling us about their achievements and aspirations, as well as a presentation on how suppliers can use service providers to trial new software & hardware, and elicit customer requirements, plus a stadium tour for anyone who would like to go on it. We will also have

EU Green Paper on mHealth

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 exceeds 220 members

Scalability

Digital Health and Care AllianceDHACA (Digital Health and Care Alliance) has recently exceeded 220 members. Meanwhile, the DHACA core team within i-focus are busy preparing the first events and working out the governance details. The intention is that once this initial phase is over, members themselves will have the most important say in how DHACA is run, and what are its priority activities.  To get things started, we are proposing a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in the following areas

  • mHealth

Kingsfund ‘Self-Care in a Digital Age’ Conference

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 in standards work

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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.