Digital Health

Healthcare IT systems, telehealth and more.



Nesta –
Charity developing a portfolio of digital health projects that improve our ability to target care precisely, support behaviour change, and empower patients.

Ripple  –
The Ripple community is focused on taking a collaborative, innovative and open approach in the journey towards an Integrated Digital Care Record.
Funded by the NHS Tech Fund and hosted by Leeds City Council on behalf of the NHS Integration Pioneers.

Society for Participatory Medicine –
Not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting the concept of participatory medicine, a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health, and in which providers encourage and value them as full partners.

United4Health –
Transforming the patient experience with telehealth in Europe
E10m European Commission project
Programme will involve approximately 12,000 patients.


Latest News

Digital health pharma news from Q4 2016 – MobiHealthNews – 13-Jan-2017
Investment in digital tools to enhance data collection in clinical trials.
Litmus Health using wearable devices to test the effects of activity, sleep, and diet on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients.
VeriTrova biomarker analysis leveraging technology to reduce normal analysis time from months to weeks.
FDA cleared the wireless integration of LifeScan’s blood glucose monitoring systems and WellDoc’s digital diabetes management platform.
Senseonics working on a long-term implantable continuous glucose monitor called Eversense.

Health apps to inform patient records – BBC News – 7-Sep-2016
Data from NHS approved health apps will feed directly into health records
Jeremy Hunt : “we want [apps] to be developed by entrepreneurs who have the specialist knowledge and creativity”
Also, new online triage system will allow patients to enter symptoms online and receive tailored advice or a call back from a health professional.

Big savings in digital health skills trial – Health IT Central – 17-Aug-2016
220,000 UK residents participated in 3 year scheme to improve digital health skills.
Results include:
– 21% drop in GP surgery contact
– 6% reduction in A&E visits
– Potential £6m savings to NHS
Helen Milner, Tinder Foundation CEO: “Digital has the power to affect people’s lives at scale”

Nokia investing in digital health – ZDNET – 15-Jun-2016
Nokia has been developing health technology for both regulated and unregulated use.
In April, Nokia acquired French digital health company Withings for €170m.
Its hardware monitors biomarkers and elements of their environment, e.g. air quality and sound levels.
Digital health market is set to be worth between $61bn and $233bn by 2020.
Of which, devices for monitoring patients around $25bn.
Interview with Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia’s Technologies unit.

Interview with Meditech vice president – Digital Health – 18-May-2016
Helen Waters is enthusiastic about a next generation EPR system.
The web-based version is already live at four sites in the US.
One of Meditech’s first UK deployments, at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, ran into difficulties in 2012.
Healthcare in UK reflects global trends towards providing more care in the community and better integration between health and care systems.
Seeing interest in e-prescribing care pathways and better clinical decision support.
Important to have a health registry to search the database for patients with certain conditions.
Jeremy Hunt, health secretary, set the initial challenge for the NHS to become ‘paperless’ back in 2013

Retail health clinics & telehealth on the rise – Oliver Wyman – 16-Mar-2016
Report: The New Front Door to Healthcare is Here
1 in 8 people have used remote/virtual care.
50% rise in 2 years.
Preference for retail clinics to be linked to local healthcare provider.
Based on online survey of 2,000 representative individuals in US.

One in 3 consumers is using mobile apps for health – Health Populi – 3-Mar-2016
One in 5 using a wearable device.
Both statistics more than doubled between 2014 and 2016
76% of people recommended a wearable by doctor started using one.
Nearly all consumers are happy to share data with their physicians, but less so sharing with their health plans and employers.
Survey from Accenture of approx 8,000 consumers in 7 countries.

Digital health: the future for medicine? – News-Medical.Net – 26-Feb-2016
Summary of presentations at Recent Developments in Digital Health 2016 event at the Royal Society of Medicine, and how it has great potential to revolutionise healthcare.
AliveCor’s mobile ECG technology – allows patients to monitor their heart rate and  potential palpitations.
Leman Micro Devices gamification of blood pressure measurement on a phone sensor.
Tim Ellis, NHS England, talks about privacy in his mission of a paper-free NHS at the point of care.
Professor Connolly outlined some barriers to real medical use or wearables.

Heart failure remote monitoring has disappointing results – iMedicalApps – 12-Feb-2016
Randomized study of 1500 patients with decompensated heart failure.
One group received connected weight scale and blood pressure monitor.
After 6 months both readmission rates and mortality were the same as people without health devices.
But half of patients had stopped remote monitoring in less than a month – and this is common in other studies.
COMMENT: How can technology encourage patients to engage with their own monitoring? I wonder if they had a little Buddy robot reminding them whether that would help.

UK moves to accelerate digital health uptake – PMLiVE – 10-Feb-2016
DigitalHealth.London initiative will create a network of clinicians, healthcare providers, research institutes and entrepreneurs.
Combines Health Innovation Network, Imperial College Health Partners and UCLPartners.

eHealth Ireland progress report – CIO – 3-Feb-2016
Chief Clinical Information Officer Yvonne Goff reports on first year’s progress
Article is mainly focused on management and strategy but includes 2 key successes:
1. Digitising GP referral process – previously physical letter handled 18 times on way to hospital consultant.
2. Individual Health Identifier – a unique lifelong number for every person in Ireland to identify them when using health and social care services allowing data to be shared securely between organisations.

Philips and Validic create connected health services – HIT Consultant – 3-Feb -2016
Digital health integration platform Validic is teaming up with Philips to integrate personal health data from third-party devices and apps into connected health services
Health data to be stored in Philips cloud-based HealthSuite digital platform.
Validic’s platform currently reaches over 200 million people worldwide.

My Body, My Self: With My Physician, Say Patients – Health Populi – 2-Feb-2016
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn reviews a survey conducted for The Society for Participatory Medicine.
Large majority of people want to share self-tracking health data with clinicians between visits.
[Adrian: personally I can’t wait for an AI to be monitoring my data constantly – it’s coming!]
Survey of 2,000 US adults.
Three-quarters of office-based physicians now have access to a certified EHR system.
Need digital health tools integrate both patients and health care providers’ work flows.

31% of heart patients use app or device to manage condition – MobiHealthNews – 1-Feb-2016
HealthMine survey of 501 consumers.
Of people using an app or device the post popular are:
Activity tracking device or app = 50%
Blood pressure app = 48%
Heart rate app = 47%
Food and nutrition app = 38%
Reasons given for not using digital health to manage their heart condition include not being sure which app or device to use and not owning a mobile device.

Islington selects BT to connect health and social care systems – Computer Business Review – 29-Jan-2016
Information systems used by 10,000 health and social care workers in the borough.
Development of a single digital care record.
Borough’s 206,000 residents Will have secure access to their own electronic personal health record.
Government target is for all patient care records to be digital, real-time and interoperable by the end of 2020.

Are Consumers and Doctors Finally Bridging the mHealth Gap? – mHealth Intelligence – 16-Jan-2016
Review of CES 2016 – consumer-focused conference is seeing more digital health each year.
Volume of offerings was breathtaking, but so was the lack of innovation.
Innovators are starting to look away from the traditional wrist-borne devices and focus on smart devices in the home equipped with sensors that collect data and send it to the cloud.
Market will now move toward products that analyze and act on the data they gather.

Accelerating access to healthcare innovations – PHG Foundation – 8-Jan-2016
2nd phase of the Accelerating Access Review has just closed.
The main barrier to accelerated access to innovation is the ongoing failure to deliver the prompt, pathway-specific and system-wide changes necessary to embed proven innovations into the health service in ways that achieve equitable and efficient access by patients.

RCP progresses PRSB – Digital Health – 4-Nov-2014
Professional Records Standards Body hopes to have established a formal service for the maintenance and development of clinical records standards by early next year.
PRSB was launched at last year’s CCIO Leaders Network conference.