Overview of the Competitive Start Fund The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capacity to succeed in global markets. The fund is designed to enable those companies to reach key technical and commercial milestones. Applicants to the fund should ideally be able to demonstrate …

by Heather Smith

Sub-Saharan Africa might soon be teaching the world about digital health, says Hassan Chaudhury, Digital Health & Data Specialist at the D.I.T. It is often said that Africa has huge untapped resources. This is true but its greatest resources are actually its people and their dynamism, creativity and energy. Citizens and healthcare workers alike have stopped looking solely to …

by Heather Smith

We are delighted to announce Tunstall’s appointment as a lead partner in the Next Generation Solutions for Healthy Ageing cluster, which is being led by Digital Health & Care Institute Scotland as part of its activities to support the Scottish Government’s TEC Programme and the Digital Telecare Workstream, being led by the Digital Office for …

by Heather Smith

Voice is the most obvious next step of user interface that is going to radically change the way we interact with technology in healthcare services. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet. Amazon made news recently when details of its proposed emotion-sensing wearable device came to light. Interestingly, the device is being developed by the Alexa team who is …

by Heather Smith

Eight sites for supercomputing centres have been selected across the EU to host the first European supercomputers. They will support Europe’s researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate change. In a major step towards making Europe a top supercomputing …

by Heather Smith

A twinning scheme that supports digital transformation in Europe! DigitalHealthEurope is funding a twinning scheme that supports the Digital Single Market’s three priorities for the Digital Health and Care Innovation initiative: citizens’ secure access to and sharing of health data across borders better data to advance research, disease prevention and personalised health and care digital …

by Heather Smith

DISH partners met between the 5-7 June in Bergen, for their 2nd Consortium Meeting. The aim of the meeting was to present the status of the project and to the discuss about the next steps. They have been two fruitful days for the future of the digital innovation skills in health and social care and …

by Heather Smith

The world’s leading Organisation for Review of Care and Health Apps, ORCHA, is delighted to announce the appointment of Brian O’Connor as Non Executive Chairman. Brian brings a wealth of international business experience and Connections globally. He founded the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), the global connector in digital health, which through its many collaborations …

by Heather Smith

Scottish Enterprise will invest around £1 million to support the Scottish elements of the projects, with similar levels from ACCIÓ for Catalan elements. This is an exciting opportunity for Scottish companies looking to develop world class innovations, linking them with leading players in Catalonia: not just facilitating access to new technologies and ideas but also to new …

by Heather Smith

Pescueza, Extremadura came up with a novel way to combat its dwindling community, proving support for the elderly without requiring them to give up their homes “I was a priest,” says José Vicente Granados, the mayor of Pescueza, a Spanish village in Cáceres province in the inland western region of Extremadura. The 43-year-old was born in …

by Heather Smith

The new tools will include a high-resolution population density map with demographic estimates, a movement map and network coverage map. Public health departments are now getting a little bit of help from Facebook to map out where diseases are spreading worldwide. The social media giant recently launched three new maps aimed at helping public health …

by Heather Smith

The eagerly awaited official evaluation of Babylon GP at Hand has been published. According to Babylon the review shows the service saves NHS time and money – but GPs argue the findings highlight long-held concerns. The independent report, commissioned by Hammersmith and Fulham CCG, was conducted by Ipsos Mori after it won the £250k bid in March last …

by Heather Smith

The life sciences and health care industry is on the brink of large-scale disruption. In a future of health that’s defined by radically interoperable data, open yet secure platforms, and consumer-driven care, what role will you play? 2040: Our vision for the future of health By 2040, health care as we know it today will …

by Heather Smith

After breathlessly ascending the peak of inflated expectations, and careening down through the trough of despair, digital health seems poised to re-emerge, battered but not beaten, in the form of digital medicine: digital health plus evidence plus humility. That was my key take-away from a fascinating and constructive meeting, the Harvard Digital Medicine Symposium, I was …

by Heather Smith

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