I’m keeping the same layout as our last newsletter, covering the four things we do (see also the third slider on DHACA’s website)

1) DHACA Day goes virtual

In the past few days we have had to cope with a transfer of DHACA Day to Brown Rudnick LLP (due to Neil Foster’s move there) and its subsequent cancellation, sadly. Hopefully all who had bought tickets have now been refunded – if not please get in touch soon.

Kent Surrey & Sussex AHSN has kindly offered to run a short online conference for us on Wednesday. We are still finalising speakers. The intention is to include a discussion on what the silver linings will be from the Covid.19 outbreak, and how we can ensure they endure. All attendees will be encouraged to join in. Clearly digital health and indeed any online remote clinical engagement, synchronous and asynchronous, will benefit hugely. At a Kings Fund event last Wednesday, the point was made though that many hospitals will need to improve their discharge processes significantly to clear beds. Hopefully the discussion will unearth many more such opportunities; the intention is to write it up afterwards. Keep a look out for the invitation in the next couple of days.

2) Mentoring and matchmaking

The EC has just announced a call for applications that are welcome from startups and SMEs with innovative solutions to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak. A budget of €164m is mentioned. Apply by 5pm CET on Wednesday 18th March. (DIT passed me this info so I assume UK SMEs can apply).

Our current sponsorship from the AHSN Network expires on 31st March, after which, currently, we may have to charge for our mentoring services to provide income to keep DHACA going. so, if you want to avail yourself of our services, please contact me soon.

3) Representing digital health concerns

NHS Digital Health Technology Standard consultation

As mentioned in our mid-February Newsletter, NHSX is developing an open, NHS-recognised Digital Health Technology Standard consolidating existing industry and health standards including the DAQs into a set of 10 principles. This is designed to streamline and speed up how health technologies are reviewed, commissioned and scaled for use across the NHS and social care. Rhod Joyce who was due to presenting at our DHACA Day is keen to elicit comments from members. Please read the proposal online and make your comments before the closing date of 22nd April. Note that this is a part of the bigger NHS Designing and Building Products and Services set of advice.

Longevity report consultation

Tina Woods, another speaker due to present at our DHACA Day, remains keen to get comments and suggestions from members following publication of the APPG Health of the Nations report in February – please send yours to APPG@longevityinternational.org.

4) Disseminating useful information (aka “and finally…”)

  • BSI have come up with yet another very useful infographic, this time on how post market suveillance (“PMS”) will work under the MDR – there are big changes here, hugely increasing the scope of PMS over previous legislation so it’s well work a look.
  • An ultrasound probe that works with your phone now has FDA clearance, bringing that little bit closer the day when you’ll be able to have your own full health checkup kit a home.
  • Erik Vollebregt offers a pretty bleak view of progress towards MDR (and IVDR) implementation in his most recent blog – well worth a read if CE certification is of concern to you.
  • Innovators with proposals for how technology can improve health outcomes are to be supported by a new Health Tech Accelerator funded by the Enterprise M3 LEP, based at the University of Surrey and led by Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation NHS Trust (SABP). It’s still in development though.
  • Hospify has become the first NHS-approved clinical messaging app: congratulations – it’s been a long ride!
  • The GSMA has published the Mobile Economy in 2020, highlighting the grwoth of 5G expected during the year
  • If you ever wondered why Bluetooth was so named, there’s a long (& rambling) explanation by the person claiming to have named it in the last edition of Incisor, recently published
  • “Europe’s GDPR has been considered a trailblazer. But it turns out that interpreting it is difficult, and digital healthcare is where these difficulties manifest most.” – a US take, including the European Health Data Space, consent, and cybersecurity.
  • “Britain is ahead of many of its competitors in technology startups”, showing that the UK is second in terms of unicorns/m of population to the US – great Economist article

Thanks as always to Prof Mike Short for pointing me to items I might otherwise have missed.

I am sorry we won’t be getting together for some whle now – I do hope though that you will be able to join us for Wednesday’s discussion, if we can get it all together in time.

Kind regards,
Charles