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
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
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.
A selection of Telecareaware posts of interest to DHACA
- Choose and book – so near yet so far (UK), 27 Dec 2014
- Urgent NICE consultation: a great opportunity (UK), 21 Dec 2014
- Early 2015 healthcare events & awards (UK), 18 Dec 2014
- Biomedical Catalyst – Early stage awards (UK), 18 Dec 2014
“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
The final DHACA response submitted for the EU Green Paper is here.