– disrupting power balances, digital therapeutic prescribing, a knotty translation challenge and much, much more

We have a short read for you this this week, comprising a final call for  tomorrow’s very exciting webinar, a reminder that we continue after Easter and our usual eclectic collection of short items, most notably a challenging translation.

Digital health is disrupting the power balance between doctors and patients: what is the impact on developers? Last call for this free webinar on 30th March

We have arranged for two of the authors of the recent Lancet Digital Health paper to present tomorrow despite being one on the West Coast of the US and the other on the East Coast, and for a GP to respond on this fascinating and challenging issue.

Do join us, at 15:30 on Tuesday 30th March.

Also cooking

Digital therapeutic prescribing in secondary care, plus RWE generation 14th April is open for booking and will cover the important topic of how best to prescribe digital technology to patients in secondary care. IQVIA who are planning  to offer the service beginning in June 2021 in five initial locations, are still keeping the details under wraps, though all will be revealed, we are told, on the 14th.

Following that on 21st April, we have Precision Medicine: empowering the patient, with a booking link to be added shortly.

Finally, just to note that I now have a recording of the very successful webinar last week on data protection kindly provided by Brown Rudnick that I will be adding to the website over night.

Sobriété Numérique

I recently got pulled in to a debate about how to translate a French expression describing the need to bring digital exuberance down to earth which I though might interest some readers. The writer wanted to coin an English phrase to communicate the concept that digital can be extremely wasteful. Here’s their explanation:

“Remember when we would write down a phone number on a piece of paper? In digital terms, that’s about 20 to 30 bits. Have you recently snapped a photo with your phone in order to record a number? The phone probably used somewhere between 100 thousand and 100 million bits to store that information. It then promptly sent copies of the photo to servers in Cupertino, Hamburg, Sheffield, Nairobi and Hyderabad, in case you drop your phone into a puddle and need to recover that information. And that’s just one example. Streaming video, bitcoins and many, many other applications on the Internet, including mindless backups and inadvertent duplication in clouds, on servers etc. are doing a number on the environment. In short we need to acknowledge that digitalising everything is not the answer; we need to use the digital world intelligently, and make sure its impact on climate, resources and the environment generally is as light as possible.”

The French have developed the term “sobriété numérique” which has a positive feel to it, despite the implied austerity. The person who coined the term says, “l’approche consiste à pratiquer une forme de sobriété numérique, c’est à dire à réduire ses besoins en TIC et / ou à la concentrer sur les besoins essentiels, dans le même état d’esprit que la low-tech”.

If anyone has a perfect English translation I’ll happily pass it on, or perhaps it will join the many French expressions adopted in English.

And finally…

  • The 2021 Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Index has been published. It reinstates the UK at fourth place. “This continued strong showing of advanced economies likely stems from conducive regulatory environments coupled with skilled workforces, advanced tech infrastructure, and economic stability. When it comes to pinpointing the factors that are most important for investment decisions, respondents indicated taxation as the top consideration, but also important are technological and innovation capabilities as well as R&D capabili­ties…”
  • Apparently personal child health records are set to be digitised “earlier than planned” under government plans to give families greater access to their children’s data. This comes as a huge surprise to this author, long past the time when his children were of that age, and who thought that the eRed Book project in the DALLAS programme had already been implemented ten years ago.
  • The European Green Digital Coalition has just kicked off, with 13 European telco CEOs and 13 CEOs from leading companies from the ICT sector as founding members. They are committed to developing “standardised, credible and comparable assessment methodologies for the net impact of green digital solutions on the environment and climate in priority sectors such as energy, transport, manufacturing, agriculture and the building sector”.
  • Just once in a while “new” technology that appears to duplicate what mobile phones could effectively provide for free, or almost for free, catches my eye. In this case it was the new GO™ pendant which features an SOS button, fall sensor, location updates, voice messages, wireless charging, SmartCare™ cloud platform and locate platform (follow the link for full details). I am of course potentially conflicted as I do a little work for Humetrix who developed the £8.99/year SOS QR app. However when downloaded to an ordinary smartphone this app in combination with the phone looks as though it should do most of this, as well as also providing a summary of a user’s care record to A&E staff in the event of that emergency, to minimise medical errors. There are other apps too.
  • The EIU has just produced a fascinating report entitled Unintended Consequences, unexpected benefits covering the impact of technology on crime and illicit trade. Well worth a read.
  • The UK 5G innovation Network is looking for new members. One of the free events they are running, entitled Can 5G help diffuse UKs health and social care time bomb, on 29 April looks especially appropriate.
  • UKTelehealthcare has notified us of three new dates for their events: Tuesday 8th June – 11:00 – 13:00, Tuesday 15th June 11:00 – 13:00 and Tuesday 29th June 11:00 – 13:00. As is their wont, no booking details are provided though intending exhibitors or attendees are advised to check with the UKTC website closer to the dates.

Many thanks as always to Prof Mike Short for pointing me to items I might otherwise have missed.

Wishing you all a very relaxing Easter and hoping you can join us for tomorrow’s webinar – it should be good!