Nurses, China, ageing, longevity, TV, mobile data, Magna Carta, even logarithms – something for everyone!

This editor has always felt that telehealth and allied technologies is a nurse’s friend, enabling them to treat more people, with less stress, in short delivering more care and driving less car. It’s therefore great to see the European Federation of Nurses so active in the mHealth event in Riga recently, and to see them making a strong case for nurse engagement in the mHealth care pathways.

However this editor could not restrain a small chuckle at presumably a wayward spellchecker resulting in the phrase “incorporating big data logarithms for clinical pathways” appearing in the Presidential Message in their June-July 2015 Update.

Staying, briefly, overseas – the UKTI and co want to take you to the Expo 2015 in Milan on 28 September to 1 October to find new export opportunities. Programme for the main day is here. Book for the whole event here. Looking further afield, there is more info about the China Healthcare & Life Sciences Roadshow 2015 taking place in London, Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff between 29 June – 8 July here. For those interested in exporting to China, the roadshow will highlight the extensive work that has been done to identify and scope current opportunities in the healthcare sector there. Great stuff.

On a different tack, this editor has just been made aware that the University of Greenwich has established Cross-Faculty Centre for Positive Ageing. The website seems incredibly low key, however the .pdf document, entitled  Positive Ageing Brochure University of Greenwich June 2015 seems much more exciting, and easier to understand. The way policy development for ageing is split into four areas – ageing and healthy behaviours, ageing with long-term conditions, ageing support infrastructures, and social/cultural factors in ageing – works for me. Work a look.

Survival, rather than healthy ageing was probably at the top of King John’s priorities when he heard of the Barons’ threats in 1215: on June 13th, this editor will be rowing down the Thames from Hurley to Windsor, en route to Runneymede in the six-oared Lady Mayoress Shallop, in the river pageant that is part of the 800th Celebration of the Magna Carta he signed. However others will be attempting to beat the world record of the greatest number of people building Android apps at the same time. There’s still space if readers want to get involved, in centres right a cross the country. It can only be hoped that once most people have realised the challenge of coding a successful app they decide to leave future health-related apps in the hands of experienced professionals – there are already way too many half thought-through health and care apps on the app stores without their number being greatly added to.

Another aspect of ageing is that at last there is plenty of time to watch television – whence the success of the television-enabled telehealth video conferencing services offered by v-connect and Speakset (disclosure: in which this editor has a tiny investment and sits on the Advisory Board of). However with Apple TV it seems that yet more functionality is on the way: ZDnet has just run an article saying that the Apple TV can be the bridge to your connected home for remote access and information. Best of all, it seems, you won’t need to buy new hardware. Apple TV is part of Apple’s HomeKit platform for your connected home.

Still on the topic of ageing is the UK Longevity Explorer, affectionately known, it seems, as UbbLE, which offers both an Association Explorer and a Risk Calculator. According to the latter, this editor is actually ten years younger than his birth certificate suggests, so the chances of him continuing to keep blogging for Telehealth & Telecare Aware remain very high! The information behind it comes from the Biobank, established some six years back now.

Winding up and moving from the state of human health to the state of the world’s mobile networks, Ericsson has just produced a brilliant report with simple, though awe-inspiring statistics on how smartphone growth will continue, and data consumption increase. Well worth at least watching the short video (in spite of the irritating off-screen sight line of the presenter), if not downloading the report. (However those who watch these things carefully have spotted that Ericsson’s latest report actually represents a backtrack in terms of total number of connected devices, from the previous one).

Hat tip to Prof Mike Short who alerted this editor to much of the above.

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