Events and recordings
Orcha, app assessment and the future 14th July
Our next free webinar will be on Wednesday 14th July at 10am when Liz Ashall-Payne, CEO and Lloyd Humphreys, Managing Director, present on recent developments at Orcha, their new methodology for app assessment and how they see the company changing in the future, To find out more and to book, click here.
Medical device regulation, UKCA and CE certification
A recording of the BSI presentation earlier this month is on the website, together with a copy of the presentation, and the BSI’s most recent publication on the topic. All are accessible here.
Our next DHACA Day
As mentioned in the previous newsletter, the intention is to run our first DHACA Day on 15th September. It’ll likely be a half-day only – just he morning plus lunch. So far we have three speakers sorted – let me know if you particularly want someone invited to speak. Worth holding in your diary.
The chip shortage seems to be a good reason for all sorts of things not happening, including slowing the advances of the cellular IoT industry. Berg Insight reports that a double whammy is still impacting the sector.
First, the pandemic affected demand in several major application areas in 2020. And second, extra pain is being inflicted by the global chip shortage, which is expected to curb growth in IoT device shipments this year. Over the longer term, Berg thinks a key accelerant will be so-called reduced capability (RedCap) devices poised for introduction following the upcoming 3GPP Release 17. These will be less expensive than the 5G devices being deployed today but offer higher data rates than LPWA technologies such as LTE-M and NB-IoT. It says modules supporting the specification will likely reach the market in 2023 on wearables, video surveillance and industrial monitoring devices. You can get more detail from this brochure.
Personal health technologies and infectious diseases
Continuing our theme on how technology is changing the role of doctors, Lancet Digital Health has a Viewpoint article entitled “The hopes and hazards of using personal health technologies in the diagnosis and prognosis of infections”. There’s a good summary in there particularly of how personal health technologies can be used in diagnosing and caring for infectious diseases. However many of the points should be familiar to DHACA members, such as that parameters like blood pressure, pulse rate and body temperature vary between individuals so a good sensing methodology first establishes the base from which deviations might then be identified. Most medical research papers seem to include a requirement for more research and this is no exception, though it seems especially valid: “As new metrics are added to sensors, substantially greater research is needed to better understand wearable changes for different infections, asymptomatic infections, non-infectious insults, and tracking long-term consequences, such as with post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection.”
And whilst we’re on wearables, Dr Eiman Kanjo of Nottingham Trent University on LinkedIn claims to have developed a wrist-worn sensor that is significantly cheaper than any other, although at present the URL for her Sensor Lab is not resolving.
Digital tools for mental health management
Lancet Digital Health has a short Editorial on Digital tools for Mental Health in a Crisis. Apparently WHO found that, of 130 countries surveyed, 91 (70%) have adopted telemedicine or teletherapy for MHPSS; evidence suggests that these remote consultations have been effective at improving and treating mental health conditions, including anxiety and substance abuse. The article suggests that digital phenotyping using social media could be used proactively to identify cases and monitor them for changes, is which what I’d understood the the Healthy London Partnerships Good Thinking programme had been doing for some years. There is other useful material in the edition, culminating in a paper on Dynamic prediction of psychological treatment outcomes: development and validation of a prediction model using routinely collected symptom data. There’s also interesting information on the direct and indirect impacts of Covid-19.
That sinking feeling Part III
In the continuing GPDPR debate, into which Camilla Cavendish in the FT has injected a very level-headed proposal, the Lancet has an important contribution, Health data poverty: an assailable barrier to equitable digital health care, to the debate about pointing out that without in depth anonymised data, medical research, particular digital health-related, will be seriously impaired and the digital divide will widen.
- Interpol reports that More than 100,000 online fake pharmacies offering illicit drugs were removed as part of their Operation Pangea. Between 18 and 25 May, 277 arrests were made, involving 92 countries, and pharmaceuticals worth more than $20m seized.
- The Health Foundation ran an interesting webinar on 25th June entitled Tech and NHS recovery: what you should know. Panellists included Rory Cellan-Jones. It’s still available as a recording on that site – well worth a watch.
- If you cannot get enough of him, “Always on – why the iPhone won” is a great video starring Rory Cellan-Jones. Very well worth watching by anyone interested in marketing technology against the odds. Also makes you realise that even now a great technology may be being stifled for lack of Apple’s muscle.
- The Edison Accelerator, a combined Wayra and GE venture, has chosen five organisations for its first year: Legit Health; Spryt; Radiobotics; Lucida Medical; Vinehealth. More details here. (Disclosure: I have been invited to mentor one or more of these)
- UK Telehealthcare is running Digital Marketplace 2 on 29th June from 11:00-13:00 featuring presentations including one from Chubb urging users to “futureproof your estate with the latest 4G technology.” (As 4G is repeated that presumably means it’s not a typo.). To book go here.
- The Pew Research Centre has just produced a detailed report on the ethics of AI, reporting that “Experts Doubt Ethical AI Design Will Be Broadly Adopted as the Norm Within the Next Decade”.
- A LinkedIn post on the Arab Health event last week has a quick presentation on “the five ways that UK Digital Health is solving global health challenges”.
- Amazon launches digital health accelerator with a focus on virtual care, analytics startups
- Applications for Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka this year are invited. They are looking for Smart Cities & Living startups from around the world to enter into the Japan market.
- Microsoft has big plans for healthcare, and it’s taking a different path to the rest of big tech
- NHSX is working with its partners to help social care providers adopt digital records.
- EHTEL is currently recruiting new Members. “Join a growing community!“
- A blood test that finds 50 types of cancer is apparently about to be rolled out – wow!
- The first calls for Horizon Europe have already opened, and UK entities are eligible to apply.
- Endava has produced a white paper on POCT connectivity.
- Changing lifestyle choices could apparently cut $730B in annual health care spending: a new study estimates that more than a quarter of all health care spending is due to conditions such as smoking, diabetes and poor diet.
- When Americans refer to telehealth, we usually find it’s what Europeans call telemedicine, so this American article is interesting in clarifying the difference between asynchronous telehealth and synchronous telehealth and stressing that the asynchronous version (telehealth to us) has lots of value.
- In the run up to the implementation of the IVDR next year, various items are surfacing including further guidance on GCP (Good Clinical Practice) for IVDs, where a new standard, ISO 20916 on “In vitro diagnostic medical devices — Clinical performance studies using specimens from human subjects — Good study practice”, is now current, replacing the previous ISO 14155. Even though the IVDR will only come into force in May 2022, it is our understanding, that all IVD manufacturers conducting clinical performance studies should consider ISO 20916 requirements for their study design and conduct.
- The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services closes on 2nd July. They are looking for start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in Africa, South or South East Asia.
- Samsung has developed stretchable displays apparently and can combine one with a heart-rate sensor in a single device.
Particular thanks to Prof Mike Short who has pointed me to many items I might otherwise have missed, and to Dr Nicholas Robinson who in spite of recovering from serious knee surgery has kindly kept up the flow of such items too.