The pace of change is accelerating exponentially. Especially in healthcare, it’s being driven by technologies that are transforming the experience for both patients and clinicians. Clinicians need to be connected and mobile to deliver better patient care at the bedside, which really means making critical data available and secure, at their fingertips. For patients, it’s becoming all about …

by Heather Smith

The new apps will include a revamped Health app with a new homepage that better outlines daily activity from the day. There will be a section for “hearing health,” like how loud users play music on your headphones or the loudness of the external environment. It also includes more comprehensive menstrual cycle tracking, vying with …

by Heather Smith

Most Americans believe we live in a country with quality medical care—and have long considered it to be the best in the world. However, the reality is that life expectancy is declining as healthcare costs are rising; so, it’s no surprise that it’s becoming more and more expensive to afford medical care. Relying on personal savings or insurance may not …

by Heather Smith

The digital health industry has much work to do when it comes to developing technologies for underserved populations, including people of color, the LGBTQ community and women. It’s no secret digital health is iterating and evolving at breakneck speed. But many are starting to ask the question, “Are those technologies made with all in mind?” Industry …

by Heather Smith

These are truly extraordinary times. Technology holds the potential to change the world even more than it already has. The pace of change in our daily lives is accelerating exponentially – every minute, every day. Many are calling this the fourth industrial revolution centered on mobility, where the lines between physical, digital, and biological are blurring. These …

by Heather Smith

NHS England’s global digital exemplar strategy in doubt amid looming cull of central IT projects Promised £200m second wave of exemplar trusts in limbo Strategy has been led by departing NHS England deputy CEO Matthew Swindells The future of the national strategy to improve NHS providers’ IT systems is in doubt amid budget constraints and …

by Heather Smith

Despite the emergence of curated app libraries for mental health apps, personal searches by consumers remain a common method for discovering apps. App store descriptions therefore represent a key channel to inform consumer choice. This study examined the claims invoked through these app store descriptions, the extent to which scientific language is used to support …

by Heather Smith

WHO’s new Science Division have launched an online resource to guide the development of new health products for which there are limited markets or incentives for research and development. An essential tool for realizing universal health coverage, the Health Product Profile Directory aims to promote  research and development for products to combat neglected diseases and threats to …

by Heather Smith

At the recent EURORDIS Membership Meeting 2019, EURORDIS and its over 800 member organisations are launching a new position calling for the provision of holistic care for the 30 million Europeans living with a rare disease and their families by 2030. Over 200 representatives of people living with a rare disease are together today in Bucharest …

by Heather Smith

The session took place on 20 May 2019, the day after the Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting and during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland which attracts Health Leaders from around the Globe. The private and invitation-only dinner connected stakeholders (Governments, Research Institutes, Industry, Economic Development Agencies and others) from many countries and deepened the ties between …

by Matt Grek

The number of people seeking online help with mental health issues including anxiety, and depression is rising. NHS Digital’s content designer Martine Gallie looks at how teams from NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) teams can improve their online self-referral processes. Lessons for us all. Written by By Martine Gallie. 13 May 2019, First …

by Matt Grek

An interview with Liz Ashall-Payne, cofounder and chief executive of app evaluator and advisor organisation ORCHA. Published by mobihealthnews, By Leontina Postelnicu. There are plenty of health apps out there, but recent studies continue to indicate that only a small number are backed by evidence. In March, an analysis published in the Nature Digital Medicine journal found that only two out of …

by Matt Grek

Communication of medical topics to the public, especially to children is a challenge and needs innovative approaches. New ECHAlliance member from the Serbian Ecosystem, ALIMS, (The Medicines and Medical Devices Agency of Serbia), in collaboration with AIFA and EDQM have published a ‘comic book’ aimed at raising awareness of the dangers from counterfeit medical products …

by Matt Grek

A bumper week of Ecosystems took place from 6 to 10 May 2019 with three separate ecosystems meeting in Spain, Romania and Northern Ireland. Starting in Galicia with the Galician Health Ecosystem hosted by the Galician Health Cluster and then on Thursday 9 May, Europe Day, we had the very first meeting of our Transylvania …

by Matt Grek

The most recent Northern Ireland Connected Health Ecosystem (NICHECO) was held at Ulster University, Derry City, on Thursday 9 May. the theme of which was ‘Supporting Active Ageing through wearables and devices’ and the gathering was hosted by the Smart sENsor Devices fOr rehabilitation and Connected health (SENDoc). The audience heard updates from: The Department …

by Matt Grek

Our first ever Transylvania Digital Health Ecosystem by FreshBlood took place in Romania on 9 May and was organised in partnership with Fresh Blood in Cluj Napoca. The event focussed on the theme of “Driving better healthcare through multi-sector stakeholder collaboration: the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) experience” A wider range of sessions were covered …

by Matt Grek

The Ecosystem event took place in Santiago de Compostela on 8 May 2019 during the same week as the Spanish National hospital event 21CNH (also in Santiago de Compostela) and featured: Input from ECHAlliance members EfficienC with Steve Avery A presentation from Xabi Zabala from Tunstall A session dedicated to looking at funding, new opportunities …

by Matt Grek

Visible data will transform healthcare The healthcare industry is facing many unique challenges that must be addressed simultaneously in order for all stakeholders in the care pathway to benefit fully from the promise of precision medicine and technology. Chief Medical Officer at Guardtime Health, Ain Aaviksoo, explains these challenges and how blockchain and other new …

by Matt Grek

Andy Bleaden, Director Ecosystem Development for ECHAlliance, comments:  We publish these here in our newsletter and online a month after we sent them directly to our members earlier in April. Many of those opportunities have deadlines which have now passed but you may still be interested in these last few that are still open from …

by Matt Grek

On 26th of April 2019 Welfare Tech gathered 100 representatives from the Danish Ecosystem and discussed the scaled deployment of video consultations and video visits in social care and healthcare.

by Matt Grek

Healthcare providers are taking a closer look at their digital health programs and working on ways to improve access, open the door to new uses and find new ways to make mHealth data work for them. Republished from: https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/health-systems-are-taking-a-more-mature-look-at-digital-health By Eric Wicklund Health systems are starting to rethink their mHealth strategies – in terms of both …

by Matt Grek

First published on: https://reviewstocksvalue.com/2019/05/09/connected-health-and-wellness-devices-market-outlook-2014-2025-omron-healthcare-mckesson-philips-healthcare/ Global Connected Health And Wellness Devices Market Overview: The latest report on the Global Connected Health And Wellness Devices Market suggests a positive growth rate in the coming years. Analysts have studied the historical data and compared it with the current market scenario to determine the trajectory this market will take in the …

by Matt Grek

Get involved in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. Facilitating the deployment of large-scale innovative digitally-enabled solutions for health and care delivery for older adults.

by Matt Grek

First published by NHS England: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2019/05/nhs-funds-handheld-headache-busting-device-as-part-of-long-term-plan/ A device that can zap away excruciating headaches is to receive NHS England funding from a scheme that helps to spread the use of world-leading technology across the health service. Now the NHS will fund a handheld gadget that uses low-levels of electric current to disrupt pain signals and …

by Matt Grek

ECHAlliance member, Better by Marand, has won the tender to deliver openEHR Clinical Data Repositories to build the HiGHmed platform for three university hospitals in Germany: Heidelberg, Göttingen and Hanover. HiGHmed joins forces to create three Medical Data Integration Centers (MeDICs) based on a generic and scalable reference architecture for integrating data from care, research, …

by Matt Grek

We recently caught up with Gisela Garcia-Alvarez of the Galician Health Ecosystem who gave us an update on what she thinks about ECHAlliance!

by Matt Grek

The Connectathon, which included over 3000 interoperability tests of health information systems, was held in Rennes in April 2019. It gathered more than 350 people from 89 companies and 18 countries.  Connectathon is a five-day ‘connectivity marathon’ for testing the interoperability of health information systems. It is a unique opportunity for vendors to test the …

by Matt Grek

A prize for the health organization that best uses and promotes the FHIR International Patient Summary (IPS). The competition closes on 15th May 2019 for The Trillium II Prize.

by Matt Grek

Smartwork project is calling for office workers aged 55+ to fill in an online questionnaire about their working routine, tasks and health status.

by Matt Grek
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