For this edition, we have a little DHACA navel-gazing, before listing upcoming events that DHACA has a cross-publicity agreement with. Obviously we don’t want to distract you from attending our DHACA Day on 18th March (which compared with Wired prices, even after discount, has to be a real steal) or our free pitch event at Baker Botts on 5th February, so please book for our events too!


DHACA has been generously sponsored by Kent Surrey & Sussex AHSN on behalf of the AHSN Network, to help small digital health organisations grow rapidly and improve patient outcomes. In order to ensure that money (and hopefully future sponsorship) is spent wisely, we asked over the summer and at previous DHACA Days for nominations for our Board. As we received just three, all of whom are excellent, and deeply committed to DHACA, this time around there is no need to involve members in the selection process. These are Patricia Roberts, a Coach and Mentor on the Clinical Entrepreneur Programme at NHS England, Seb Tucknott, who is a co-founder of, and Pilar Fernandez-Hermida who runs They join Graham Worsley and me. KSS AHSN has also been invited to propose a director.

You should now therefore shortly notice changes. For example on our website the purpose of DHACA is being updated to something like “DHACA is sponsored by the AHSN Network to support digital health organisations to grow as rapidly as possible to deliver improved patient outcomes” (going out for consultation today – any views most welcome).

Recent developments in AI and digital health – 24th February

This annual event (originally established by me) aims to update clinicians and technologists alike on recent developments, with a hugely impressive cast of speakers. Being a not-for-profit, Royal Society of Medicine prices are very low, and even lower to 24th January. As you might expect it is highly recommended – book here.

Rewired 4th March

DHACA is on the conference committee of this hugely impressive free-to-attend event. Book here

Wired Health – 25th & 26th March

This year we have negotiated a 20% reduced price for Wired Health attendance for DHACA members. We’re still waiting for the code though, so check with our Upcoming Events listing if you are going to book.

Care Tech Live – 17th March

A feature of both the Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo and Home Care Expo, Care Tech Live is a unique platform for social care business owners and management teams to receive education and source the latest technology that will help them to generate business growth, improve care quality and implement a sustainable social care model. More info and to book here.

SEHTA’s 2020 International MedTech Expo & Conference – 26th March

This is an SME-focused healthcare event for driving collaborations between Business, Care & Clinicians & Academics. For more info and to book click here.

And finally…

  • the Wall Street Journal has an authoritative, and worrying, piece about Google’s quest for millions of medical records. One quote is: “We want to be helpful”.
  • the OECD has produced a Country Profile for the UK for 2019. Only 24 pages long it is well worth a read. Tasters to whet you appetite are “The arrival of GP apps has challenged policymakers to re-evaluate how primary care is delivered and reimbursed with the potential to enable more flexible working patterns for doctors.” (P15), “As new models of digital primary care services are developed, unintended issues they may present are being examined to support innovation, while safeguarding patients, general practice and the wider system.” (P18). “…as elsewhere, the system favours acute care over preventive care services and, despite strong advocacy for prevention, in England the public health budget has been severely cut in real terms since 2015 and more spending cuts are planned…” (P19). As Prof Michael Short who kindly sent me this and other links points out, there are other great country summaries by the OECD too, just published.
  • Most of you will have seen health-related highlights of the CES last week – if somehow you missed them, Jon Hoeksma’s summary is worth a read.
  • Human body temperature has been falling since the 19th century – yes really! By 0.03 degrees Centigrade/decade, in the US. Read the caveats though.

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the pitch event on 5th February, and at DHACA Day on 18th March.

Best wishes,