I was invited to an event on the NHS App on Wednesday where very dramatic advancements in the development of the app were unveiled. An open call was launched to organisations wanting to become part of the app ecosystem – in particular to take advantage of the secure patient identification – to apply now. As it seems this is now becoming increasingly popular, members are encouraged, if they are at all interested in participating, to register their interest soon at The NHS front-end design toolkit is here. The log-in integration toolkit is here. Because of these amazing changes since he last presented to us in November, David Hodnett has kindly agreed to present them, and answer questions at our DHACA Day on March 18th, making it even more appealing. It’ll be worth attending just for that!

DAQs replacement

The NHS is planning to replace the DAQs, which were aimed specifically at assessing patient-facing apps, with a broader standard for assessing all digital software & hardware purchased by the NHS, including clinician-facing as well as patient-facing kit. Before they do this, there will be a period of consultation with suppliers beginning at the end of the first quarter – ideally placed for our March 18th DHACA Day. We are therefore currently in discussion to work out how best we can use the DHACA Day to initiate the collection of feedback, so watch this space!

Wired Health

DHACA is proud to work with WIRED Health 2020 – the one-day conference mapping the future of health. All members are eligible for a £199 + VAT all access ticket rate – use discount code: DHACA199 when booking here.

WIRED Health will explore and map the future of health, highlighting the thought-provoking disrupters, scientists and practitioners paving new paths in how we access, provide and improve patient care. Speakers include one of the most influential biotech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Bob Hariri, the former CEO of Celgene and co-founder of Human Longevity; Edward Chang, the neurosurgeon who has figured out a way to translate brain activity into speech; and Indra Joshi, the Director of AI for NHSX, the new joint organisation driving forward the digital transformation of health and social care. The full speaker list is here.

And finally…

  • Erik Vollebregt has used his regular advice on lack of progress on MDR and IVDR implementation to explore how the trading relationship between the UK and the EU may develop, with particular reference to medical regulation..
  • Incredible but apparently true, Tivic Health’s FDA-approved ClearUP(tm) sinus device, previously mentioned here for sinusitis relief, also relieves the symptoms of allergy-related sinus pain, now thrust to the fore in the Southern US with “cedar fever” – with the current Notified Body capacity problems i guess that sadly it’ll be a while before it achieves EU MDR approval, though it’s one more step for digital therapeutics into traditional pharma territory…
  • …and another step into that territory is possible use of neuromodulation by Theranica to cure migraine
  • Mears is selling off its domiciliary care business – a far cry from 2011 when they signed a strategic partnership agreement with Tunstall “to create a integrated (sic), preventative service, delivered against a set of service outcomes, which could for example lead to an individual being enabled to live independently at home for longer.”
  • The Commonwealth Health Accelerator Micro-scholarship Program (CHAMP) is designed to enable high achievers in key fields including health informatics, electronics, software, machine learning, artificial intelligence, medical research and behavioral science to take part in developing and scaling up frugal digital healthcare products and services. The programme is managed by the Commonwealth Digital Accelerator (CDA). There’s more detail here although it looks as though the key link has yet to be inserted at the time of this newsletter going to press.
  • Accompanying WHO’s change of advice on the new coronavirus, they have also produced a list of mythbusters like “can pets be infected or spread the disease?”.
  • Science Minister Chris Skidmore set out his vision for how to level up research and development so that it benefits every corner of the UK in a speech on 24th January.
  • The world’s most downloaded apps – note UK is the only European country (bar Russia) in the top ten. No health apps in the top ten though they are on the rise.

As always a particular thanks to Prof Mike Short for alerting me to some of the above. Thanks are also very much due to Kent Surrey & Sussex AHSN for sponsoring us on behalf of the AHSN Network, and to Baker Botts for their continued support of our events.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our DHACA Day on March 18th, and perhaps our pitch event on February 5th. If you are signed up for the pitch event, do please let Baker Botts know if you can no longer attend.

Kind regards,