Successful Digital Health Society (DHS) workshop @ CHC18, Boston
The ECHAlliance, as the Global Partner to the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) organised the “Digital Health Society (DHS) workshop” in Boston on 17th October during the Connected Health Conference (CHC) 2018 which attracted more than 3.000 attendees.
Organised with our sister organisation, the Canadian Integrated Health Alliance (CIHA)and the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health (CWCDH), the DHS workshop included participants from USA, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Australia, China… The delegates, large companies and start-ups, policy-makers, researchers, clinicians, investors… took the opportunity of this interactive international event, to discuss and exchanges ideas around the balance between the Technology and the Human element.
Brian O’Connor said:
“There was great interest from the mainly U S audience in what is happening Internationally , interest is growing every year and there is no doubt there is an eagerness to collaborate internationally, this is where we come in as the Global Connector, 78 countries, 4.4bn people , a great opportunity.”
What does the 2018 Connected Health Conference tell us about the state of the industry?
These days, there are lots of places you can go to learn about trends in the digital health market. Over the years, the Connected Health Conference has consistently lived up to a reputation of being the place where a balanced, no-hype view of the industry is presented, giving the audience a clear roadmap of what to expect and prepare for over the next 18-24 months. As program chair, I admit to being biased, but I’d say this year was no exception.
One striking observation was how this year’s theme, “Balancing Technology and the Human Element,” served as a loom, allowing us to weave the conference together, creating a single tapestry. That tells me that we’re reaching an inflection point with the adoption of technology in healthcare, as more automation creeps in. Both consumers and providers are concerned about how technology is altering their relationship with one another. For example, as we see more concrete examples of artificial intelligence, there are corresponding fears – fear of job loss or at least a loss of job satisfaction on the provider side, and fear of a more impersonal, less human relationship with the doctor on the consumer side. This is expressing itself as a trend toward more attention given to design, and more thoughtful user experience design, for digital health products and services.
Read more about how was the CHC18 here