Wednesday Webinars

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, 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.

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I do hope you can join us for the DHACA webinar on 24th February at 9.45 too!

Kind regards,