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.
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:
- The Kings Fund is holding two highly recommended vitual events:
- Digital Innovations in Health & Care: looking ahead on 24th-27th May. This virtual conference will explore digital innovations that have emerged during the pandemic, and assess their potential impact. “We will hear from leaders of national bodies, international experts, industry representatives, patients and policy experts on how we can ensure the digital revolution delivers to its fullest potential, while attempting to prevent any negative consequences.”
- Supporting people to work in new ways; what have we learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic? The event runs between 7th and 10th June however there is preparatory work and events remain watchable for two weeks afterwards.
- The Health Tech Alliance is running a conference entitled HealthTech, AI and Data: Bridging the divide on 24th June at 14:00, for which they offer a 50% discount to DHACA members.
- The KTN is running their Robotics and AI Industry Showcase, RAI21, on 25-27th May.
- Following on from our joint webinar, the DLF is running a webinar on 26th May called Reflections on person-centred advice about AT and its role in maximising independence which features speakers from Newcastle CC, Warwickshire CC and Newport CC. They will also be presenting some new anonymous data about users extracted from running the AskSARA advice platform.
- Reuters is holding its DIGITAL HEALTH: scale digital health across care settings virtual event on 16th-17th June. “This is a decisive moment for healthcare. The cat is out of the bag… The pandemic has exposed fundamental flaws in the healthcare system and critical concerns around cost, access and equity. But there has never been – and we will never again see – a greater opportunity to leverage Digital Health to provide virtual, predictive, preventative care. This moment must not be lost.”
- On 29th and 30th June the BSI and AAMI are holding their International Standards & Regulations Conference as a virtual event which will be most interesting and informative.
- The Faculty of Clinical Informatics Scientific Conference will be held on 1st July as a virtual event. DHACA members can claim a 20% discount using the code hcuk20dhaca
- Aimed specifically at SMEs, the National Institute for Healthcare Research MindTech MedTech Co-operative is sponsoring The MindTech Method: improving your chance of success in digital mental health on 8th July 11:00- 12:30 BST, It is organised and delivered by Medilink Midlands and is highly recommended.
- SEHTA is holding its 2021 International MedTech Expo & Conference as a combination of a Live & Virtual event on Friday 8th October at the Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel. “The SME focused healthcare event for driving collaborations between Business, Care & Clinicians & Academics”.
…and this is only a small selection of events notified to DHACA!
- Telecare is to save the healthcare industry £21B by 2025.
- …and a reminder of the UKRI’s excellent Funding Finder.
As always thanks to Prof Mike Short and Dr Nicholas Robinson for pointing me to items I might otherwise have missed.