Webinar I – silver lining

You can watch and listen to the full webinar from last week where we were seeking silver linings to Covid.19 here. I have written a summary which will be put on our website the moment I finish publicising tomorrow’s webinar (below).

Webinar II – regulation 1st April

Our second Webinar, on regulation, will start at 10 am tomorrow. There can be few if any DHACA members working in the digital health and care space who will  be unaffected by recent changes in medical device and personal privacy regulation. Given the huge uncertainties, particularly as caused by the EU’s decision now to defer full implementation of the MDR, and the presentational skills and sheer expertise of our presenter, Julian Hitchcock, all members are advised to join the call, for which you can register here.

Webinar III – longevity 8th April

On 8th April we will be joined by Tina Woods and Professor Richard Barker who will be seeking your input into the All Party Parliamentary Group on Longevity. As discussed here previously, their initial report entitled The Health of the  Nation focuses very much on the health – and of necessity NHS-related issues – affecting longevity. However there are broader issues that digital health organisations are ideally suited to respond to, including a good microbiome-friendly diet, regular exercise, retaining a purpose in later life, avoiding loneliness, and having a good environment, including good housing, so lots to discuss and potentially lots of benefits for members with an eye to the future.

Subsequent webinars from 22nd April

The AHSN Network currently thinks we’re a good thing, so although we’re taking a rest over Easter, we are planning a significant number of these events, aiming for the 10am on Wednesday slot. We’re back on 22nd April looking more generally at GP process change organisations. Currently we have signed up Klinik, AskmyGP and eConsult as offering a good cross-section, though happy to include another if anyone wants to make a proposal. The following Wednesday, 29th April we will be engaging with GP champions and patient representatives from these organisations to give a rounded picture. Thereafter, I am hoping to persuade the NHS App to join us – watch this space.

And finally…



  • An article in the BMJ reckons that many studies claiming that artificial intelligence is as good as (or better than) human experts at interpreting medical images are of poor quality and are arguably exaggerated, posing a risk for the safety of ‘millions of patients’. Surprise, surprise!
  • West Midlands 5G (WM5G) Limited has awarded a major contract to a consortium led by Telefonica UK (O2) to build 5G accelerators in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry. The other consortium members include Deloitte, Wayra and Digital Catapult.
  • It’s great to see another DHACA alum take off into the stratosphere, especially Quit Genius which is saving so many lives
  • Apply now to the joint Wayra/Novartis Health Hub 2020! You have until April 13th

Thanks in particular to Professor Mike Short and Dr Nicholas Robinson for pointers to things I had missed.

I hope as many as possible of you will join us tomorrow – we had 130 people on the last call so it’d be great to beat that.