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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
NICE has a consultation underway seeking views from the sector on a list of proposed topics, with an encouragement to suggest new ones too. Details here. DHACA aims to produce a consolidated response from members so please either copy your comments or send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2nd October.
DHACA (the Digital Health & Care Alliance) is a not-for-profit member-driven organisation set up by Innovate UK to help catalyse the market in digital health and care by addressing some key obstacles and points of market failure on a bottom-up, consensus-based approach. Key topics being addressed include:
- Interoperability and consensus on basic architectures
- Information governance, identity and consent
- Evaluation of impact and benefits of new products and services ( for example, in testbeds)
- Business models
- Models for supported self-care
- Certification and quality-assurance processes for mobile apps
These have been identified as the main barriers, both to SMEs
The National Information Board has now produced the promised ‘roadmaps’, the first significant deliverables from the Personalising Health & Care to 2020 paper published last November. As a result of strong DHACA membership feedback that was sent to the NIB directly, and via Helen Rowntree following our last London DHACA Day, your Association is represented on three of these workstreams and has made a major input into each. Very briefly, this input has covered: Workstream 1.2 – the importance of an evaluation framework, and support for GPs to recommend apps (DHACA presentation to the Workstream
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 (email@example.com) 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
The recent item in mobihealthnews draws attention to the article in the Journal of the American Medical Association about how people can tell which medical apps are effective, and the counterpoint discussion in the British Medical Journal on whether apps can help healthy people. Though both are a good read, neither will come as any great surprise to DHACA members who have been following the debate on medical apps, and the work that has been taking place within DHACA on these very topics under the auspices of the mHealth apps Special Interest Group (SIG).
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