Midsummer DHACA Day and Carers Tech

At last DHACA can openly publicise the work we have done for a Department of Health project, jointly with Carers UK, on how best to promote beneficial use of technology to carers. The resource on the DHACA website provides material for professionals; the resource on the Carers UK website is aimed at carers themselves. Members who have contacts in local authorities, health & care charities and in the NHS that can influence carers are encouraged to share the DHACA resource with as many as possible to raise the awareness of the technology.

Particularly relevant for members is that DHACA also produced from the YouGov poll and the focus groups run by Carers UK a summary of supplier-focused Commercial Considerations that I recommend all commercial DHACA members should check out. The most important message that members should draw from this work is that there is a huge market out there that is relatively untapped by suppliers. The finding that, once people have had explained to them the benefit of technology the proportion prepared to invest in caring technology rises from 5% to 69%, is surely the strongest indicator that the only way to realise that £1B+ market, is for suppliers jointly to promote the technology. One supplier asked recently “when will we see this on the side of a bus?”: with a health & care service strapped for cash and an opportunity as good as this waiting to be grabbed by suppliers, it’s hard to see how anyone else will be willing to kickstart it. Sadly DHACA with meagre funds certainly cannot (though we’d be delighted to to coordinate a supplier campaign to do it).

We will discuss this in detail on DHACA Day:

We will be returning to members’ favourite location at the Digital Catapult Centre for this on 21st June. Our current draft agenda for the event looks:

10.00-10.30 Welcome and refreshments
10.30-10.55 Dr Andrew Sant, White Light Consulting Ltd – using IP for competitive advantage
10.55-11.20 Will Seabrook, IT Health LLP – how to negotiate long term IT contract successfully
11.20-11.45 Adam Lewis, NHS Digital – what’s happening on Citizen Identity and how patients will access their records via NHS Choices
11.45-12.10 Emma Beswick, Director, Ingeneius Health – Lifecode Gx
12.10-12.35 Hazel Jones, Programme Head – Health Apps Assessment & Uptake (inc Wearables), NHS Digital – progress on NHS app assessment (invited)
12.35-13.35 LUNCH
13.35-13.45 Charles Lowe – a brief résumé of the Dept. of Health Carers’ tech project, in preparation for:
13.45-14.10 Mark Browne, Department of Health – the wider context of the Carers’ Tech project, how suppliers can get involved and possible next steps
14.10-14.35 Dr Baljinder Ghoman, Knowledge Exchange Manager, London South Bank University – who is promoting a free health and care simulation resource for developers to test their apps on
14.35-14.55 REFRESHMENTS
14.55-15.20 Lars Christian Dahle of Dignio, from Norway to tell us about “Improving Outcomes with Digital Care – the Norwegian Experience”
15.20-15.45 TBA
15.45-16.10 TBA
16.10-16.30 Charles Lowe – Wrap and agreed actions
16.30 Depart

All speakers are highly recommended, talking on topics that should be of great interest to members. All names apart from Hazel Jones are confirmed; we are in discussions with others who will be added shortly.

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