EC’s first mHealth stakeholder event – key points for DHACA members

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

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DHACA Exceeds 400 members

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.

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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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