I’m feeling just a little cynical today, so do please excuse my tone – don’t miss the webinar at 5pm on 9th July though.

So there is something the UK really is world class at

(…other than being world class at claiming we are world class that is.)

MobiHealthNews has an interesting piece entitled “How healthy are Health Apps” that includes the compliment: “The UK has been a role model when it comes to assessing health apps in Europe.” before launching into significant detail about the length the NHS goes to to ensure its recommended apps are sound. Great stuff and very well done to the NHS, PHE, NICE, Kryptowire and ORCHA…, and not forgetting the pioneering work done by OurMobileHealth. The UK is seen as the furthest ahead of the trailblazers with Germany and Finland following.

One of DHACA’s summer tasks this year is to update our app developers’ checklist that we first produced in 2015. The original is still circulating in digital form although as it is so out of date we blocked access to it from our website some time ago: do not rely on anything written in there now! At that time, before DAQs, MDR and GDPR, it ran to 44 pages. This time in order to make it manageable, it will be much more a “points to consider” and even then will likely exceed the previous length. As the review will take up significant resource, any offers of sponsorship will be most gratefully received, as will contributions covering practical expertise on topics like app design and usability testing.

No innovation please, we’re British!

During one of our recent webinars the point was strongly made by panel members that this country needs to spend more resource on successfully implementing existing innovations and less on chasing new ones before fully realising the benefits of those already implemented. The danger of innovations for innovations’ sake is that wheels will be reinvented. I even toyed with the above heading in the Webinar write-up though decided it might be misinterpreted.

I was therefore delighted to see that in Cheshire there is a new “COVID-19 Discharge Service” to help people get discharged from hospital early. We are told that “key workers will deliver a telecare alarm unit, pendant and install a keysafe”. This is described as “innovative” although I recall that when we first started rolling out proper telecare in LB Newham in 2004 (with smoke alarms, flood detectors etc as well), pendant alarms and keysafes were widespread so, although phone lines are now going digital, the service concept itself must be well over 20 years old; according to this article it is clearly still very much in demand. Perhaps the “innovative” element is installation within two hours, although even there we managed something close to that, except on Friday afternoons, ten years ago when I was working in Surrey (which claims to have had a service similar to this “innovative” service in operation since 2006). Then again perhaps we are now so obsessed with with everything being innovative that the term has perhaps lost its meaning,

Interestingly there is no mention of how what often turns out to be the weak link of telecare alerting is to be dealt with: who will respond to alerts received, other of course than those alerts appropriate for blue light attendance (which we sorted in Surrey).

…and finally:

  • The Columbia Institute of Teleinformation is hosting a worldwide panel of experts at noon EDT on July 9th (ie 5pm BST) on The short-term and long-term impact of Covid-19 on Tele-Medicine. A great panel – should be really interesting which is sad because….
  • …at the same time on the same day I had already committed to giving the opening presentation in a webinar hosted by ScaleFocus entitled “Get ahead with digital health” – after my introduction they will describe how they have improved healthcare process efficiency by up to a claimed 40% in a range of organisations,
  • Here is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded assessment of how well South Korea have done managing Covid-19, and why.
  • Find the latest guidance on the transition period and prepare your business for 2021. Find the latest information on the Free Trade Agreement negotiations and the progress the UK government is making on these. In addition, you can find information about how to move goods from the UK to the rest of the world here. Use this service to check rules and restrictions, tax and duty rates as well as what exporting documents you will need.

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