Michael Seres

As mentioned in our last missive, Michael Seres died a fortnight ago now.. He spoke at a couple of conferences I organised at the Royal Society of Medicine where he impressed everybody with his determination to overcome all obstacles whilst maintaining a kind, gentle and welcoming demeanour. He was one of the first of the new breed of ePatients – not accepting the constraints of conventional medicine he used his own experiences arising from an early diagnosis of Crohn’s disease to develop technology and processes to improve healthcare delivery.

CNBC produced a great obituary, here. There’s a short tribute video here too. Giovanna Forte has kindly let me know that his family has set up this website, so people can pay tribute. as she says “His legacy is to digitise patient care in areas much overlooked the world over.”

He is very greatly missed.

DHACA Webinars

We have briefly called a halt to these whilst we develop the material we already have. Most recently we have added presentations, plus a two-and-a-bit page summary to the website for our most recent webinar, on June 3rd, on how best to encourage take up of technology by carers and vulnerable people. All the nine webinar recordings and other relevant data can be accessed here.

In the meantime, a couple of recommended future webinars are:
“Beyond the Fog: Rethinking healthcare in a technology-enabled 21st Century” – join report authors and co-founders of the not for profit Vision4Health; Andy Wilkins and Richard Gold on Friday, June 26th at 12.30pm (BST) as they explore an exciting and inspiring vision of the future. The webinar will cover:

  • Why is long term thinking so important?
  • What are the mega trends that will re-shape healthcare?
  • What would a new shared vision for health and care look like?
  • How will new technology reshape how care is delivered?
  • How do we start to chart a course that embraces the future?

The RSM’s Digital Health Section  is holding another of their excellent lunchtime webinars at 12pm (noon) on 17th June entitled The Power of Patient-generated Data: the Patient Perspective. To book go here.

A couple of Accelerator calls of potential interest to members

IBM has a Call for Applications – Cohorts 2 & 3: IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator “If your startup is collecting, storing, and/or transmitting sensitive data such as medical and/or financial records and looking for a platform to help keep your customer data secure, you have found the right program.” Entries close 15th June at 5.00pm PST.

Tech Nation is looking for companies for their Applied AI programme call. “Applied AI is Tech Nation’s first growth programme for Artificial Intelligence to help the UK’s most promising founders who are applying AI in practical areas and to create real-world impact. The programme is based on peer-to-peer support and the shared experience of later-stage founders, all curated under the values of honesty, intimacy and trust.” For more information and to apply go here. There is no closing date immediately evident.

And finally…

  • Babylon Health admits GP at Hand app data breach caused by ‘software issue’…thankfully not one that affected the health of patients.
  • MWC brought to your PC! Between 30 June – 2 July, the GSMA will be showcasing their first online event, GSMA Thrive China, featuring industry leaders from around the world, focusing on 5G & Networks, AI, Future IoT, and Digital Transformation.
  • Erik Vollebregt shows no sign of slowing down in his unique style of alarm-raising, this time over the time to achieve compliance with the IVDR in May 2022. Of course whether the IVDR (or for that matter the MDR) still applies in the UK after 31st January 2021 remains to be resolved though many exporters will of course still need to conform.
  • The BSI-AAMI white paper ‘ Machine Learning AI in Medical Devices’ that DHACA has been involved with is now published, here. BSI are now starting work on developing some risk management guidelines for AI as a medical device, aligned to ISO 14971.
  • The DIT has updated ts Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) calendar. More information on TAP can be found here and the updated 2020-21 programme calendar can be found here, both as individual webpages for each month or downloaded as a single spreadsheet with a sector filter.
  • ScotlandIS has produced a blog on How smart cities are fighting Covid-19. (Pedant alert – you may be upset, as I was, by an incorrect Latin plural of “virus”.)
  • The GSMA has produced lots of material on how 5G is Empowering Recovery and Fighting Misinformation, including a two hour video summary.
  • The Welcome Trust is starting a new programme entitled Broadening Horizons to offer a cross-sector mentoring programme designed to support, develop and empower early-career researchers who are interested in translational research for impact on health. More info and to offer to be a mentor/apply to be a mentee, go here.

Thanks as always to Professor Mike Short (who points out that he is an adjudicator for the Tech Nation programme).

With best wishes,
Charles