Economics & Business
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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.
A PIN (Prior Information Notice) has been published by NHS England Urgent and Emergency Care. The primary purpose of this PIN is to outline the intention for pre-tender market engagement and to inform suppliers of prospective opportunities in connection with NHS England’s Digital Urgent and Emergency Care Programme in transforming Urgent and Emergency Care. Currently the “Scheduled date for start of award procedures” is blank so there appears to be no immediate deadline though clearly an early response will be most likely to win business. The NHS Five Year Forward View explains the need to redesign urgent and
Hat tip to Richard Foggie for notifying DHACA of a brokerage workshop to be held in Manchester on 7 Jan. EC CCG, as a partner in the EU supported STOPandGO project, is after some innovative diabetes services extending to TECS and education/social cohesion apps. It is short notice however it’s a €3M pie – with some slices destined for innovative SMEs. For more details, and to book in to the event, click here.
Innovate UK is launching a Tech Inspired Innovation Feasibility Studies Competition in January. Their plan is to invest up to £2 million in technical feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics; and information and communication technologies (ICT). The aim of the competition is to ensure that small and micro businesses in the UK are equipped to respond to market opportunities across a range of economic sectors. They are seeking proposals that will kick-start the delivery of genuinely new products and services, with substantial and scalable commercial potential. Projects must be led by a small or micro company, working either alone or in collaboration with one
BSI is inviting DHACA members to comment on the draft for PAS 212 during its four week consultation period. PAS 212 is entitled “Automatic resource discovery for the Internet of Things” so is clearly very relevant to the DHACA community, particularly for those involved in deployment of sensors/wearables. A PAS (Publicly Available Specification) is a sponsored, fast-track, consensus-building informal standard that is produced by the UK national standards body, BSI Standards Limited. The development of PAS 212 has been sponsored by Flexeye. Although non-mandatory, historically BSI PAS standards have often been later incorporated into mandatory standards, so it
As many of DHACA’s membership will be aware, we have been actively engaged in the creation of an information privacy Code of Conduct for health & wellbeing app developers. As of today this is now out for comment from the app development community, with a deadline for comments by November 13th. Please send any comments you have on the draft EU Code of Conduct to me (charles.lowe@DHACA.org.uk) as soon as possible, and no later than November 12th so I can be sure to get them in by the deadline. Note that although initially voluntary, such codes often end up as mandatory, so
DHACA Day VI took place on September 23rd at Lancaster University’s InfoLab21.
It was held alongside a North West Coast AHSN event when they are inviting their NHS “scouts” in for a quarterly event (these are senior managers, one per NHS organisation, with a particular focus on innovation). The morning focus was on some of the very exciting work being done at the University of Lancaster, that DHACA members were be invited to participate in, plus a really interesting view from SEQOL, Mutual of the