Welcome to our mid May newsletter.

A practical approach to validating the security and privacy of mobile health Apps – Webinar 19th May 14:00

As members will be aware, the quality of mobile apps, including health apps, varies considerably. Initiatives such as DTAC, which DHACA has covered extensively, go a long way to helping improve the situation. Thorough application testing is one way to ensure robust security.

For this webinar we will be joined by Kryptowire, who are one of the leaders in ‘automated’ mobile application security testing.  Kryptowire’s cloud-based, state of the art solution enables the security and privacy of mobile applications to be assessed to stringent standards in less than 2 hours, (average 40 minutes). They are improving the security and privacy of apps, enabling the primary focus to be on their functional and accessibility merits, supporting more effective benefits to users.

The webinar will provide context and a capability brief, and include a Kryptowire demonstration. Do join us on Wednesday 19th May at 14:00 BST (because Kryptowire are US based). Booking direct is here, or for more information, including about who else Kryptowire works for, go here. Two attendees will be offered the opportunity to receive free reports for apps they own.

(Do note though that all machine-produced reports require expert review and interpretation after receipt and before use – Kryptowire reports will identify all potential vulnerabilities although these may include aspects of the app, such as camera use, that are features and not issues. It is also worth bearing in mind is that use of the Kryptowire tool is heavily regulated so as not to allow bad guys to find those vulnerabilities before they have been eliminated.)

How much of the £160m will be spent on digital health?

The announcement today of NHS England’s £160m plan to ‘tackle waiting lists and develop a blueprint for elective recovery’ is covered in some detail in GP. Funding is apparently to be spread across 12 areas and five specialist children’s hospitals.

“The plan will see these ‘accelerator sites’ trial ways to drive up the number of elective operations they deliver, eventually aiming to exceed pre-pandemic levels.

Schemes that will go ahead at the sites will include ‘a high-volume cataract service, one-stop testing facilities, greater access to specialist advice for GPs and pop-up clinics so patients can be seen and discharged closer to home’.”

In Radio 4’s Today programme, Nick Robinson when talking to Danny Mortimer, interim chief executive of the NHS Confederation, referred to the Daily Telegraph headline GPs told to screen patients first “in the jargon” known as Total Triage, which is perhaps a first for that phrase in a non-specialist medium and augurs well for an important change that, speaking from patient experience, dramatically improves GP accessibility at the same time, my practice assures me, as reducing cost, improving staff morale and increasing capacity. Members may recall our webinars (eg here and here) this time last year, which Mary Hudson, Deputy Director for Digital First Primary Care subsequently confirmed as helping to influence the NHS to include Total Triage in its revised operational planning guidance, and now more explicit instruction.

GPs in particular may need that help as GP also headlines Hospitals adding to GP crisis with constant flow of work dumped on practices, say LMCs.

To conclude therefore there will doubtless be opportunities for members, which DHACA will continue to seek out.

Event catch-up

There are a number of events that we have been asked to alert members to, in some cases in exchange for publicity to their attendees. These currently include:

…and this is only a small selection of events notified to DHACA!

And finally…

As always thanks to Prof Mike Short and Dr Nicholas Robinson for pointing me to items I might otherwise have missed.

Hoping you can join us for next Wednesday’s webinar.

Kind regards,

Charles