What can the US learn from the UK’s approach to healthcare?

The Guardian article recently published an article entitled “What the NHS can learn from the US Obamacare system” which disappointingly spends almost all of its text talking about the challenges of implementing Obamacare, and just a few sentences espousing three very weak lessons, the first of which  is:

…Obamacare had a clear overarching goal: reduce the number of uninsured. Who can stand up and make such a clear case for the Health and Social Care Act 2012?

The rest are

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A Fresh Approach at the Turning Point

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All, Tim Kelsey recently said that we will look back on 2015 as being the turning point, the moment at which the NHS started to take digital health seriously. For this to happen, we in DHACA believe that there needs to be a fresh approach to how the benefits and value of digital health services are assessed. The type of approach used in studies such as the WSD is, we think, simply not  appropriate to the general proposition that digital technologies can help transform and improve services and patient outcomes in myriad ways. The DHACA Continue reading

Outline agenda for DHACA Day III

The headline theme for DHACA Day III will be: “delivering the Personalised Health & Care 2020 vision” Charles wrote a post about this when it was first published last month, and DHACA is taking up the challenge to deliver this vision through the cross-sector expertise of its members. The second theme for the day will be one of DHACA’s headline goals, “How to avoid duplication in Digital Health and Care” Both themes will be directly addressed by DHACA’s Special Interest Groups, both in the

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Personalised health & care 2020 – required reading! (UK)

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PH&C2020The NHS’s National Information Board (NIB) this week published its long awaited document on its plans for personalising health and social care activities, with a strong England focus. It breaks new ground for such a document in many ways (not least that when you put ‘apps’ or ‘telehealth’ or a myriad of other terms into the search engine, you get many hits!). Before describing at some length why this editor considers the document to be so important, it is of course important to recognise that there will be

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Touch Surgery – the video

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“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

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“Events, dear boy, events”

Events, dear boy...

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

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