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,
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
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
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.
The people behind the People-driven Digital Health and Wellbeing event on 13 & 14 May in Leeds (DHACA will be there) have now launched the People Driven Digital unAwards 2015. To quote: “On the 3rd July 2015 the inaugural People Driven Digital unAwards will give big kudos to people who have found clever ways to solve everyday problems through digital technologies. We know that ordinary people can help solve health and social care problems. We want to give the system a nudge and help more people do more to make a difference” Victoria Betton and colleagues are organising it and Roy Lilley will
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
DHACA Continues to grow, with new members signing up weekly, and at last count, we have over 400 members. The Special Interest Groups are also gaining members: Benefits & Value: 29 members Economics and Business Modelling: 36 members Healthcare Education: 22 members Information Governance: 20 members Medical Apps: 27 members Reference Architecture: 18 members Self-Care: 40 members To join DHACA, you can sign up on this website here. Following that, you can join Special Interest Groups, by Customising your Membership You will then receive information about forthcoming events and activities.
Following DHACA Day III in London, where DHACA members considered the NIB vision “Personalised Health and Care 2020“, DHACA has published a final considered response, focusing on what needs to be done to deliver the vision.