We now have a firm programme going forwards of great webinars.
Next week on 24th February at 9:45 (note earlier start) we have Webinar XVI – How to find the perfect assisted living aid: just AskSARA! which has a great speaker line-up and already has over 100 people signed up for it.
The following week, on 3rd March at 10:00, we have Webinar XVII – Connected Nottinghamshire – which is the second in our ICS series and will centre on how the NHS App and Patients Know Best are working together with the ICS to deliver fabulous levels of interconnectivity…and what that is doing for the citizens of Nottinghamshire. I still need to add more information to our website, however speakers and some details, plus how to book are already there.
On 24th March at 10:00 Brown Rudnick has kindly offered to deliver our XVIIIth webinar, on Data protection, the top tips for digital health companies. One of the biggest issues I find when assessing proposals or talking to DHACA members is that there is still a significant misunderstanding of the importance of building data protection in at the very start of any product or service development plan so do please be sure to watch this important webinar.
Following the Brown Rudnick webinar, two of the three authors of the Lancet Comment paper I highlighted two weeks ago have kindly agree to participate in a Webinar on the implications for developers of the changes in the doctor:patient relationship as digital technology delivers ever more objective outcomes.
Finally, the recording from last Friday’s very popular DTAC Preview is on the website if you missed it, or thought it was so good you want to watch it again!
ISO 13131 – Health informatics – Telehealth services – Quality planning guidelines
DHACA member Melvin Reynolds is doing a fantastic (unpaid) job ensuring that digital health-related ISO standards are good. He reports that the above final stage document has just been made available through BSI for final vote for publication. The UK ballot closes on March 19 so he’ll need DHACA members to have provided him with comments before March 15th in order to resolve any discussion points by the deadline.
It’s worth noting that the UK voted negatively at the last round because of notable omissions in the provisions (Information security management & means to preserve patient confidentiality): these appear to have been addressed now.
Under BSI rules commenters have to be Committee Experts but if Melvin has a name, address & email, role and affiliation he can quickly ‘sign them up’ and provide the document for the purposes of comment. Do get in contact with MelvinR@AMS-Consulting.co.uk, if only to tell him how much you appreciate him looking after this truly vital feature of our work for us – I know how lonely it can feel at times when no-one responds! (Which is why BTW I have hugely appreciated a recent sprinkling of compliments – many thanks to all of you: it makes all the difference).
The Impact of Management Consultants on Healthcare
As someone who has watched consultants work their way into major digital health programmes, “borrowing watches, and asking to be taught how to tell the time”, I was intrigued by an article in today’s FT that includes a study by Ian Kirkpatrick, chair in management at the University of York, and Andrew Sturdy, a professor of organisation and management at the University of Bristol and others who examined 120 English hospital trusts over four years to discern the relationship between expenditure on consultants and efficiency, including levels of patient satisfaction. They found that the more trusts spent on consultants during that period, the more inefficient they became. However the jury is out apparently on why. There’s much more so do read the article.
- Faculty is running its XVIIIth Demo Day on 18 March 12:00 to 13:45 on Zoom. As regular readers of this newsletter will know i’m a huge fan of their short demos by postgraduates from their fellowships – they really are worth watching and a great practical intro to AI. Highly recommended.
- There is a PPP Call for Report Evidence State of the Nation: The Social Care Challenge: Implementing a Connected System. The report is set to be launched at the Local Government Association Annual Conference in July 2021. For those that are interested in submitting evidence please click one or other of the following links to download and complete the relevant evidence submission form(s): Innovation evidence submission form; Integration evidence submission form; Infrastructure evidence submission form. Members are asked to send completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org by 26th March.
- There’s another Innovate UK call for Smart Grants, with last submission date 26th May.
- Innovate UK is also offering pitching training, supporting innovative UK SMEs to develop their investment proposition and get investment ready.
- Brown Rudnick, together with BDO and Lloyds Banking Group is also hosting another webinar on 23rd February 17:00-18:00 which will involve a discussion centring on the current state of the US market and cross border expansion from the UK to the US. Book here, to put it in your diary click here, or just turn up when it starts here.
- The Longevity Leaders World Congress runs virtually from 4-7 May 2021, covering ageing science and the biology of ageing, Age Tech innovation and financing longevity. All of the content can be accessed for free (choose ‘Content Only’ on the registration page) on the website at www.longevityleaders.com
- When I was last at BT in 2001 they were very much into serving the healthcare sector, then they weren’t, then they were, then they weren’t, and now it seems the current CEO is thinking of doing it again.
- There’s a great short BBC clip of health-related things you can do with a smartphone that includes the LMD finger blood pressure monitor – the only cuffless BP monitor that meets medical quality standards (and also, in the interests of full disclosure, the only one I have an extremely small interest in).
- Future Care Capital is running a free Social Care: Technology and Transformation webinar on 23rd February at 4pm. It will cover the key findings of recent research and provide an opportunity to learn from a range of tech providers developing solutions for independent living and improved care at home. Register here.
- The Department of Health and Social Care’s legislative proposals for a Health and Care Bill, entitled “Integration and Innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all” was published on 11th February. If anyone feels strongly, I am happy to submit a DHACA response.
- Cambridge Consultants claims to have produced the first ever FDA-approved fully at-home Covid-19 test.
- The RSM’s AI in healthcare: From development to deployment, a virtual masterclass – Day 2 is on on 24th February 13:00-17:00 and includes Prof Mike Short (to whom thanks also for pointing me to items I might otherwise have missed today) on the panel
I do hope you can join us for the DHACA webinar on 24th February at 9.45 too!