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DHACA News

DHACA is taking a short break from AHSN Network-sponsored webinars whilst we get to work on updating our website. Our next webinar is currently scheduled for 2pm on 19th May on Kryptowire’s service for checking app security, including a live demonstration. We will be opening bookings shortly. We are also trying to finalise a date for a BSI masterclass on medical device regulation.

In the meantime, do check out our library of 22 past webinars which you’ll find listed here. There is a recording available for each, and presentations, where provided by speakers. I have also produced a written summary for a few.

Sir Simon Stevens…as we go to press

As I was just about to press Send on this newsletter, the news came through of Sir Simon Steven’s resignation from the NHS – this Huffpost article covers it very well.

Interim replacement for Sarah Wilkinson announced

It was announced on Wednesday that Simon Bolton will be replacing Sarah Wilkinson as Interim CEO of NHS Digital

Anyone who watched the presentations given by Sarah Wilkinson and by Matthew Gould, CEO of NHSX, at Rewired 2021 will know how much of a loss Sarah’s departure will be to the NHS. Simon has very big boots to fill!

Medical Device and Privacy Regulation

The EU has produced a rich source of guidance information for interpretation of the MDR and IVDR. Most is endorsed by the Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) in accordance with Article 105 of the MDR and Article 99 of the IVDR.

The European Commission has published its draft on the adequate protection of personal data in the UK and the strengthening of sharing of health data between the EU and the UK.

Celebrating those whose engagement was essential though who never got remembered

Michael Collins died on Wednesday (aged 90, of cancer). “Michael who?” you say: he was the person who stayed on Columbia (aka the Apollo 11 Command Module) whilst Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to stand on the moon. Many are those whose support is essential for those who achieve worldwide name recognition, yet who are quickly forgotten.

How many do you know?

Making it easy

One of the main issues encountered by those who have been implementing digital health for many years is getting people to use it. In olden days, telehealth and telecare base units often had to be installed in entrances, because that was where the telephone cables were terminated, which caused all sorts of concerns by residents who feared the stigmatisation of old age and frailty in front of their friends and neighbours. Likewise the pendants they had to wear to call assistance and, more recently, detect falls.

The end result was that base stations were hidden, and pendants were not worn, so people died for vanity. Thankfully new companies and individuals recognised the problem and started working on telehealth solutions that either worked purely on remote sensing (as claimed by eg Lifelight) or at least dispensed with the blood pressure cuff whilst still achieving clinical accuracy (Leman Micro). Others built sensors into existing items that people wore, such as watches (eg the Apple watch from which I could not be parted) and jewellery. The most recent examples of the latter are the stylized wearables that aim to look like jewellery that Fitbit has rolled out,

And finally…

  • The AHSN Network has a brilliant summary in their most recent newsletter of all the funding available to digital health companies.
  • Amwell is rolling out a new open telehealth platform in the US that integrates with digital health tools, called Converge. They also have a forthcoming service involving integration with TVs.
  • If like me you like visual puzzles, though you don’t regularly read the excellent daily Nature Briefing, can I introduce you to Leif Penguinson, a Rockhopper Penguin that gets hidden in some of the most amazing places on earth? Here is a full collection of all the photos to date, each one of which has Leif in there somewhere (and in one case with four other colleagues). Try not to look at the answers for some time as some hiding places can be quite challenging!
  • Upskill your Business with the  DIT’s Export Academy Events Programme. The programme will run from May-June and July-August. Sign-up and choose from two dates to attend the workshops here.
  • Join the Virtual Midlands Engine and Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission to the Healthcare World Festival, 4 – 20 May 2021. To find out more and to register click here.
  • The DIT is also running an event n Mental Wellbeing and Longevity in Europe on 20th May. This is aimed at UK suppliers interested in these topics and the European Market (Austria, Switzerland and France). For further information on the programme and to register your attendance, please go here.
  • Located at the center of a busy crossroads for European business activity, Eurasanté’s Bio-Accelerator aims to jump start medical and AgeTech startups or young companies looking to develop in Europe. 11th May 8:00 BST for more info.
  • Proximie raises $38m for augmented reality surgery. Wow!
  • Finally, just in case anyone missed the announcement if there was one, the NHS Apps Library has now been shrunk to cover free apps only.

As always, a big thank you to Prof Mike Short and Dr Nicholas Robinson for alerting me to items I might otherwise have missed.

Kind regards,

Charles