Calling all doctorpreneurs (and anyone else who wants to see a brilliant app and meet its creators)

Anyone who went to the Royal Society of Medicine’s sell-out event in April on medical apps will remember the brilliant presentation given by Andre Chow on TOUCHsurgery, the (iOS only) app that he and some colleagues created to help surgeons learn procedures, and practice before an operation.

Well Andre is now offering an evening of TOUCHsurgery, drinks and general merriment to anyone seriously interested in his app: ‘doctorpreneurs’ are especially welcome. The date is Friday 13th September, and you can book here.

PS the RSM is repeating the app event in 2014, on 10th April. Brief details are here so please put in your diaries. We are still very keen to include a UK-based health game presentation as none have yet been made known to me following our previous post.

Digital Health Summit–Istanbul

18-19 September 2013, Maslak Sheraton Hotel İstanbul

Health tech is definitely spreading worldwide and this conference in Turkey is proof.  Full summit agenda and sponsors are at this link (PDF in English). David Doherty, the 3G Doctor, is speaking on an ‘introduction to mHealth’ as well as Rainer Herzog, Managing Director at HIMSS Analytics Europe. But not easy to register…main website is unfortunately in Turkish with no English option and no obvious place to register! Extreme digging turned up one page in English. If you’re intent on attending, best to call Project Coordinator Mert Akbulut: +90 533 598 17 71 or email

UK Telehealthcare supplier event, Crawley 11th September

The recently rebranded UK Telehealthcare will be holding their first MarketPlace Event at Crawley on Wednesday 11th September at the Charis Centre.  These events involve many suppliers of telecare and telehealth equipment demonstrating their products in an informal way, with easy access and a ‘no pressure’ environment.

Both entry, and parking, are free.

More details on the UK Telehealthcare site.

Healthcare Design Conference

16-19 November, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando Florida

One of the few design-only oriented conference for healthcare facilities. “With roughly 4000 participants at the 2012 Healthcare Design Conference, this is the industry’s best-attended conference where attendees can earn up to 24 continuing education credits, network with peers, and influence the direction of the industry as it advances into the future.”  (And the Gaylord Palms is one of the best venues around for conferences–and afterwards. You will not feel like you are in Orlando nor have any stray desires to go to Disney World.–Ed. Donna)  Information and registration


Ambient Assisted Living Forum 2013

The AAL Forum is billed as an annual platform for the growing “ambient assisted living” – telehealth and telecare – community in Europe to meet and discuss AAL. It is also a showcase event for people involved in the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme which is an initiative involving 20 EU and 3 non-EU countries, with public funding from EU and partner states. This year the Forum meets in Norrköping in Sweden from 24th to 26th of September.

The full programme, a link to the online registration web page, information on the associated exhibition and archived information on the past 4 years’ AAL Forums can be accessed from the AAL Forum website.


[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”150″ /]European Knowledge Tree Group Workshop

A side event at this year’s AAL Forum, this workshop will be held on the 24th of September.  The EKTG is  an  ad-hoc group concerned with the real impact of R&D in the area of ageing and “brings together users, technologists, financiers and governments”. The workshop aims to review the technology of Apps from development, opportunities, appropriateness to costs and finance. To register for the EKTG workshop visit the registration page here.

ITALIA Project Launch Event (UK)

18th September 2013, The Oculus, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury   10am to 5pm

Unfortunately not a Ferrari in your driveway, the ITALIA (Innovative Telehealth and Assisted Living Ideas and Applications) Project initiated by Buckinghamshire New University’s institute, the Centre of Excellence for Telehealth and Assisted Living (CETAL),  is a public/private year-long initiative to develop the telehealth applications of the future. The kickoff event will bring together companies with products, ideas or technologies, clinicians and commissioners from organizations such as Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF) and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. More information here (PDF download) and Bucks New University News. Admittance is free but registration on Eventbrite is requested. Our Contributing Editor Charles Lowe is scheduled to be a speaker. Hat tip to reader Stephanie Carrington of BBF.

Digital Health Days (Sweden)

21-22 August 2013, Stockholmsmässan, Stockholm, Sweden

If you prefer to cool off from summer’s heat in Stockholm, the first annual Digital Health Days is “designed to provide the perfect mix of visionary expert panels, learning workshops and demonstrations of real solutions.” It is both a conference and exhibition–and looks to be diverse based on the program (in English). Speakers include Don Jones of Qualcomm, IBM hosting a presentation on Watson and certainly a different mix of companies. Events include a health hackathon and the Digital Health B2B meeting sponsored by the Stockholm Business Region Development; pre-organized one-to-one meetings bring together partners and investors for European companies. (Registration for this only is here and free).  Website, registration

Connected Health Symposium 2013

24-25 October 2013, Boston Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center

The Connected Health Symposium is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in a new venue and with the theme “Collaborations and Innovations to Engage Patients and Elevate Care.”  It will likely draw the 1,500 or so attendees it has in recent years. It is a round robin of interesting seminars (almost too much) as well as continuing with “TED-style keynotes, book signings, debates, interviews, probing panels, innovative product demos and plentiful networking opportunities”.  Based on the speaker list, what will also carry over is an emphasis on Washington policy, hospital and payer issues. Preliminary agenda is here and registration information here. Organized by Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health.

Note: Early bird discount of $200 expires on 15 August.

New England Home Healthcare Consortium Summit 2013

3-5 November 2013, Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut

To meet the rapidly expanding challenges and needs of baby boomers, nationally recognized industry experts on home healthcare, aging, and emerging technology will gather for the region’s first-ever New England Home Healthcare Consortium Summit . Seven speakers will share their insights and provide solutions to prepare the industry to effectively address such critical issues as increasing cost pressures, the affects on families and friends, as well as baby boomer demands for expanded care needs, including new technologies. The agenda is here, and largely on aging and care issues although speaker Greg Wellems, CEO of Imagine! in Boulder, Colorado, an organization which serves the cognitive and developmentally disabled, will speak on the role of technology in improving support. The Monday opening keynoter, Alexis Abramson, has also been a fan of health tech since early days in 2006 (she covered this Editor’s former company with one of the earliest major media stories on QuietCare). Website, registration   Hat tip to reader Laura Abbott

Health 2.0 Fall Conference 2013

29 September – 2 October 2013, Santa Clara (California) Convention Center

The 7th Annual Health 2.0 national conference will be held in the heart of Silicon Valley. It is 2 1/2 days and the ‘carefully curated lineup’ will feature the role of consumers, big data and health care marketplaces. The Health IT Startup Showcase is staged like ‘The Voice’, Tim Kelsey of NHS England is a speaker and the demo ‘bake-off’ Launch! is on Day 2, and Day 3 features Health 2.0 Around The World.  Information, agenda, registration link.

How To Design Killer Apps for Healthy Living (KA4HL)

21 August 2013, 6-9:30pm, John Jay College, New York, NY

This evening meeting sponsored by the 3,000+ member Health 2.0 NYC concentrates on the impact of smartphone apps and their use in health tracking. 95% of all downloaded apps are never used more than once. This event explores what factors make a behavior-changing app effective in helping people to be healthier, and what makes an app ‘viral’. Two KA4HL Rock Stars will discuss app design and then up to 10 apps will present and be judged on points. Applications are still open. Watch this spot for further information on presenters and format. Further information is on Meetup (registration on Meetup and for the group is required for access) but final registration and information will be in a week or so on Eventbrite. Health 2.0 NYC events average about 100-125 attendees and you can always expect a lively presentation, bountiful networking plus drinks and snacks.

Editor’s note: TTA is a media sponsor of and Editor Donna is a co-organizer/event producer/social media chair/bottlewasher for Health 2.0 NYC.

Medtech Forum event on 6th August in London, and it’s free!

The first full meeting of the London Health Technology Forum has been hastily arranged for 6th August at the offices of Covington & Burling, the international legal firm.  There is no charge for attendance, and our sponsors have kindly laid on a drinks reception after the formal part of the evening – how could you resist if you will be in London then?

There will be three speakers:

Dr Vinod Achan, is a top cardiologist at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey who will be talking about how he uses technology to improve patient outcomes

Me – I will be talking about the challenges of evidencing the benefits of medical technology, with particular reference to this and other reasons for O2’s recent withdrawal from this market.

And thirdly a well-known commentator on digital health devices has been invited to be our third speaker – we are awaiting his confirmation.

Talks will be short, leaving plenty of time for debate and questioning.

The programme kicks off with arrival and networking from 6pm. Proceedings will end at or before 9pm.

More details, and how to book for this event, are here.  Note that the maximum the room can handle is 40 people, so book early to avoid disappointment, as the saying goes.

Please note that for security purposes only those who have booked will be allowed access.

Cambridge Wireless Healthcare Special Interest Group

Queens College, Fitzpatrick Hall, Silver Street, Cambridge.  Thursday 26th September 2013

The Cambridge Wireless Healthcare Special Interest Group (SIG) in association with IET, Cambridge Biomedical Campus and EAHSN present  ‘Management of long term, chronic conditions – Technology innovation in patient pathways’.

This half-day topical event will highlight the challenges and opportunities technological innovations present to the health service now and in the future. It will follow the patient pathway; from initial contact with an NHS member of staff (such as their GP), through to referral, primary treatment and support from social care services. Speakers will address the issues surrounding the remote monitoring of carers and how that maps onto the technical world with a focus on clinical improvement and patient support, safety and confidentiality.Confirmed speakers: Keith Swinburne of Papworth Hospital, Dr Afzal Chaudhry of CUH, Dr Andrew Grace of University of Cambridge, Dr Rachel Morris of University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine and Charles Lowe of The Royal Society of Medicine.

To find out more information and register, please visit their website. Agenda. Registration.

Editor’s note: our Contributing Editor Charles Lowe will be the kickoff speaker.