The main purpose of this newsletter is to remind you about our free webinar tomorrow (14th July) on ORCHA, app assessment and the future.
However there’s been so much interesting stuff come in the last week that I’ve added it too, as well as a brief summary (there is much more) of my personal digital health challenges on leaving hospital.
Wednesday’s webinar – ORCHA 14th July 10:00
This is our last call for tomorrow’s webinar from ORCHA on app assessment and the future which should appeal to almost all DHACA members, as ORCHA seems to be the biggest show in town just now if you want to promote your app.
We start at 10:00 BST on 14th July.
If you’ve not completed our member survey yet, do please click here to do it as soon as possible. It should take no more than two minutes and will really help us to make sure that we take account of your views in the review of DHACA’s offerings to members.
DHACA member Mona Hyatt CEO of Nexus Digital Technology has asked me to send members this message:
“My company has just launched our crowdfund raise. The link is here. We are seeking to raise £1m. If you are interested in investing or know of other colleagues you can pass this link to who maybe interested (anything from £5 upwards) we would appreciate the support. Needless to say investors will receive an equity share in the business.”
Mona has a deck she’s keen to send you if you are interested – contact her at email@example.com
NB DHACA is not licensed by the FCA to offer or promote securities for sale or to make any recommendation associated with that so this represents neither an offer nor a promotion, nor a recommendation: merely relaying a message as requested.
Another message I am relaying is from member Wesley Fogel CEO of On The Mend, a digital platform to support everyone involved with physical rehab, who has upcoming funding plans. Please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested to learn more.
DHACA member Malcolm Clarke, Professor of Telemedicine and Communication Systems, Department of Electronics, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey informs me that he is trying to kick start research there in telehealth topics. “There are some excellent doctors, facilities and a very dispersed population that would suit well a telehealth approach.” Anyone interested in helping him or sponsoring a trial, do get in touch at email@example.com
The HRA wants to pay you!
Member Alice Richardson informs me of their study for the HRA (Health Research Authority) who want to understand the needs of different user groups to make their services more accessible.
She asks if any members would be interested in having a say in their review process?
People she’d like to speak to as part of the research are:
1. Startup founders / co-founders / SME leads
2. Students in Computer Science / AI / Bioinformatics / Fitness & Lifestyle
3. Specialists/professionals working in digital health
4. Independent specialists (what we’re calling ‘bedroom coders’!)
…in other words just about all DHACA members, so form an orderly queue because her organisation is offering a £60 Amazon voucher for a one-hour chat, if you are chosen. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other important news
Standard contractual clauses for data sharing
In this last edition of the “Tech Matters” podcast series, Brown Rudnick’s Intellectual Property and Data Protection Partner Mark Lubbock provides an update on the main issues you need to know about the new Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) for data transfers between EU and non-EU countries that came into force on 27 June 2021.
Listen to the podcast here.
Why new post-Brexit ‘UKCA’ standard is proving such a headache for industry
This Financial Times item makes a strong point that the UKCA standard, particularly because it duplicates so much existing EU standards, is creating unnecessary work. In particular:
- UKCA marks must be handed out by UK-based testing or “Approved” bodies and there is not enough capacity in many sectors to handle the applications;
- EU businesses placing goods on the UK market need a UKCA mark, meaning UK businesses need to convince their EU suppliers to do the paperwork;
- UK companies placing EU products on the GB market (that will now bear a UKCA mark) must take legal responsibility for those products — and vice versa for EU companies putting GB products on the EU market.
An excellent summary, well worth the read (although it is behind their paywall).
That sinking feeling Part IV
The BMJ has a great editorial the main message of which is that Data saves lives…But only through creating knowledge that informs practice.
Sadly that also is behind a paywall.
Improving the prediction of postoperative surgical complications
Lancet Digital Health has an interesting paper entitled “Assessing the utility of deep neural networks in predicting postoperative surgical complications: a retrospective study” that clearly shows the benefits of AI/ML in improving prediction.
Unequal pandemic, fairer recovery
The Health Foundation has produced an excellent report on impact the virus had on different socioeconomic groups, and how they have fared more equally since. Picking one shocking statistic at random, “those younger than 65 in the poorest 10% of areas in England were almost four times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those in wealthiest.” Worth a read and a ponder, perhaps as to how digital health can help the leveling up process more..
Tackling obesity: the role of the NHS in a whole-system approach
With a slight connection to the previous item, the Kings Fund has produced an interesting report with the above title.
- QuantuMDx today announces the launch of Q-POC™ – a rapid, PCR point of care diagnostic system with a first test for SARS Covid-19. I’m no expert however this looks to be a step forward in specificity and sensitivity vs existing tests.
- Alumnus DHACA member AliveCor has secured FDA clearance for its handheld, six-lead electrocardiogram device, unlocking the rapid detection of potentially dangerous cardiovascular side effects that can come with certain medications. The small, business card-sized KardiaMobile 6L can now be used to remotely monitor for abnormal QTc intervals, or delays in the heart’s ability to electrically recharge between beats. QT prolongation is a known side effect of more than 100 FDA-approved medicines. With three electrodes—one pad for each thumb, plus a third placed on the ankle—the device creates a triangle of ECG leads across three limbs, to measure the electrical activity of the heart in the centre.
- Telehealth use drops for the third straight month as patients return to face:face appointments
- Final updates have been made to the list of standards harmonised for the European medical devices directives. (Although Date Of Application of the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) is 26 May 2021, manufacturers can still use harmonised standards to support certificates or declarations of conformity for the MDD to place devices onto the market until their certificates expire or until 26 May 2024, whichever is the sooner…plus of course the MDD still applies in the UK.)
Thanks as always to Prof Mike Short for alerting me to items I might otherwise have missed.
Thank you also to those who sent good wishes for my brief hospital visit last week. The surgery seemed to go fine, however as someone who has had relatively few inpatient visits in his life so far, it came as quite a shock to digital me to find a major London hospital still shuffling through paper files when I came to register, and forever referring to my hospital number only, thereafter.
On discharge they forgot to give me a major follow-on medication, and forgot to mention it in the discharge letter. When our local branch of a nationwide chemist chain whose stock control said they could supply the medication actually didn’t have it in stock, and the NHS111 doctor who was meant to allow the pharmacist to supply a different dosage instead sent a repeat of the original prescription, it became clear that there is even more scope than I had thought for digital health to improve things.
I do hope you can join us tomorrow at 10:00 for our last webinar before the summer break!