Health tech innovations are doing little for baby boomers

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”150″ /]Wonder why the duck is upside down and sinking? Maybe it’s looking for all that transformative tech! Versus The King’s Fund sunny article above is Laurie Orlov in Boomer Health Tech Watch. Her POV is that as of right now, health tech innovations are not moving the needle for obese (39 percent) and chronically diseased US baby boomers. They aren’t downloading health apps and wearing wearables. Workplace wellness programs? Au contraire, they make us feel less well (Harvard Business Review) and anxious that we’re getting spied on by the company. Maybe we realize that All That Data isn’t secure (healthcare being a Hacker’s Holiday Camp), so we’re not playing the game. And the cost of care that the ACA was supposed to level off? Not if you’re a self-insured Boomer struggling to pay an ever-higher monthly premium, or even in a corporate high-deductible plan, paying increased deductibles, restricted networks, ever-higher treatment costs and fighting your insurer at nearly every turn. Add to that safety risks of procedures, mistakes compounded by EHRs [Dr Robert Wachter, TTA 16 April]  and (not mentioned) hospital-acquired infections. No wonder investment has cooled. Health and tech innovations do little for baby boomers

The King’s Fund Digital Health & Care Conference

5–6 Jul 2016; The King’s Fund, London W1G 0AN

Advance notice for The King’s Fund annual Digital Health Conference. The theme this year is exploring how the better use of technology and data can support and enable the key developments needed to reshape and improve the health and care system. Website information is just beginning to be posted here. Exhibiting opportunities are also available with information on the Exhibition tab.

Last year’s Congress is featured in video highlights and with links under the Presentations tab, including those in the T2D breakout session chaired by Editor Charles (Ms Murphy, Dr Smith, Ms Guthrie). TTA was a 2015 supporter.

September-October digital health events (US)

While enjoying the last weeks of the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer (thank you Nat Cole, BBC clip), it’s time to put the fall’s upcoming events on the calendar, if you haven’t already. A selection starting with our partners:

  • Parks Associates’ Connected Health Summit (9-10 September)–see banner advertising above or here
  • ATA Fall Forum (16-18 Sept)-see sidebar or here
    • If you are attending and would like to report on either conference, email Editor Donna (her schedule unfortunately does not permit her to attend)

Others of interest:

And in London, our partners at The King’s Fund have a wealth of events on their calendar into 2016.

Manchester as ‘age-friendly city’, King’s Fund on health, social care (UK)

By 2030, 15 percent of the world’s city population will be 60+. This projection led researchers from The Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) at the University of Manchester to examine the experience of aging, and where better than Manchester, in 2010 recognized by the WHO as the UK’s first ‘age-friendly’ city? The result is a short film presenting their findings: “social inclusion (as) the secret to ageing well – while age-friendly transport and housing make them feel more a part of the urban neighbourhoods they live in.” The film was premiered at a community event in Whalley Range on 23 June and also shown at the British Society of Gerontology’s annual conference at the start of July. Trailer (1 min 24 sec), video (15 min), University of Manchester article.

Integrated health and social care in England – Progress and prospects is now available in full text in the July issue of Health Policy. Written by Richard Humphries of The King’s Fund, it examines the patchy and limited success of 40 years of policy goals by successive Governments, including the last coalition government. It illustrates the tensions among of a variety of new initiatives, along with the NHS reaching for new models of care delivery. “Expectations that integration will achieve substantial financial savings are not supported by evidence. Local effort alone will be insufficient to overcome the fundamental differences in entitlement, funding and delivery between the NHS and the social care system.” TTA has been a media partner of The King’s Fund Digital Health and other events

‘Alarming deterioration in NHS finances’: The King’s Fund April report

The King’s Fund has prepared since 2011 a Quarterly Monitoring Report on the performance of the NHS as seen by its finance directors. It is a ‘regular update on how the NHS is coping as it grapples with the evolving reform agenda and the more significant challenge of making radical improvements in productivity.’ Report #15 does not bring auspicious news as the challenges deepen. 7 of 10 NHS trust directors are concerned about balancing their books next year, and 60 percent have either drawn down reserves or relied on additional financial support. In healthcare delivery performance, over 440,000 patients in this quarter spent more than four hours in A&E (US=ER or ED), the poorest performance since 2003. (more…)

Runup to UK General Election: where parties stand on health issues

The King’s Fund continues to perform a great public service in objectively following and compiling where the five major parties stand on health issues and drawing some clear lines. In the 7 May election, the future of the NHS has become one of the major issues facing Britain, to the point of ‘make-or-break’. Their latest digest presents Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green and UKIP pledges in six areas in animated infographic style: NHS forward funding, mental health, integrated care (health and social care, national/local levels), GP access (US=primary care), public health and NHS reform. More detailed information is available in PDF form. The main website on their General Election coverage including the major parties’ manifestos as well as the independent National Health Action Party is here. Bottom line: the NHS needs £8 billion to maintain itself. The rest is debate. Kudos to The King’s Fund, and makes us even prouder to be again this year a supporter of the Digital Health and Care Congress (and to offer our readers a 10 percent discount on registration, see sidebar to right.) 

Our UK readers who want a stinging critique of the parties’ stances (concentrating on Conservative and Labour) would do well to read Roy Lilley’s latest in his NHSManagers newsletter here.

HIMSS Monday highlights

HIMSS is the largest US healthcare conference in the world, and Neil Versel, who has just joined the staff of MedCityNews, reported that registrations in this year’s event in Chicago were in excess of 40,000. He has a 37 minute interview with HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith where they touch on CMS, Meaningful Use, EHR interoperability, data security, patient engagement and the empowered patient such as E-Patient Dave deBronkart (who will also be at The King’s Fund Digital Health conference in June). HIMSS is also showcasing on the show floor mobile health, interoperability, cybersecurity, disaster preparedness, intelligent health and the connected patient….Another sign that the Wild West days of digital health are over is the increasing oversight of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on non-HIPAA regulated health data collected by fitness and wellness devices. This is in addition to health apps making unsupported claims (see today’s and previous articles on melanoma detection apps) and the PaymentsMD patient billing software that was collecting a little extra patient data. This is both extra- and in addition to FDA. Mobihealthnews….. The Venture+Forum on Sunday discussed doctor burnout particularly in acute care and to ease this, focusing on the Holy Grail of proactive rather than reactive care and results rather than ‘shiny new objects’ (what this Editor has called Whiz-Bang Tech) “Doctors want clinical decision execution. Don’t give me any more tools.” Healthcare IT News….A survey by Accenture released today on doctors and EHR usage headlines good news–79 percent US doctors feel more proficient in their EHR usage than in their 2012 survey. The bad news is that other numbers are plummeting: fewer believe that EMR has improved treatment decisions (46 percent in 2015 vs. 62 percent in 2012), reduced medical errors (64 vs. 72 percent) and improved health outcomes for patients (46 vs. 58 percent). Familiarity breeds contempt? Buried way down in the release is that US physicians offering telehealth monitoring to patients has tripled since the last survey, from just 8 percent in 2012 to 24 percent now. Accenture surveyed over 2,600 physicians in six countries….HIMSS goes to Thursday, so more to come!

The King’s Fund Digital Health and Care Congress 2015

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”200″ /] Enabling patient-centered care through information and technology. @The King’s Fund, 11 – 13 Cavendish Square, London

The two-day event will explore how the innovative use of information and technology is supporting improvements in health and social care services. The event will also showcase exciting new digital health technology, research and service delivery methods which can have a positive impact on care providers and patients.

  • Digital health projects featured at the Congress have been through a peer-reviewed submission process
  • The Exhibition Hall features new digital health applications and wearable devices. The new Innovation Hub provides opportunities for organizations to demo and showcase their digital health products.
  • Leading speakers and experts: Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information; Beverley Bryant, Director of Strategic Systems and Technology; Paul Rice, Head of Technology Strategy, all from NHS England; Dave deBronkart (better known as e-Patient Dave)

Meet and mingle with more than an estimated 500 attendees from the NHS, local government, academia, commercial providers, digital health startups, entrepreneurs and innovators. TTA readers receive a discount of 10 percent on all registration types. We are pleased again this year to be a supporter of the Digital Health and Care Congress. 

And don’t forget The King’s Fund’s commentaries on key issues in health and social care leading up to the UK General Election here.

The King’s Fund’s ‘newspaper’ on health and the General Election (UK)

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”150″ /]The King’s Fund is now participating in the runup to the 7 May UK General Election with Health and the election, a format roundup of national health issues. Much of it centers around the present and the future of the NHS, and what The King’s Fund is tracking as the deterioration in service in such metrics as waiting times for A&E, cancer care and routine operations, coupled with growing deficits. Will the NHS be a deciding factor in the election, as the ITV report seems to indicate? The King’s Fund is gathering the coverage and tracking possible answers to that question. TTA is an official supporter of The King’s Fund, and their upcoming Digital Health and Care Congress 2015 on 16-17 June. TTA readers enjoy a 10% discount when using this exclusive link.

TMD–too much data–going nowhere

Here is a tech-savvy person lamenting (ranting?) in Venture Beat that there’s no one place to put all of his health data that he needs–weight, PHR (personal health record), his spin class and aerobic training data. AppleHealth/Apple HealthKit? Only the weight via a Withings scale maps to it, and you have to scroll past oodles of data categories, such as your molybdenum levels, to get to more vital things like weight and heart rate. FitBit lasted three months in his life before being tossed in a drawer. What took center stage at International CES were more devices dumping more data that doesn’t map into a central database. He acidly notes that Apple HealthKit is free because it is is worthless. Is there something broken here that we in telehealth need to deal with, quickly? My health data is killing me (figuratively) Hat tip to Tom Greene posting in The King’s Fund LinkedIn group Digital Health and Care Congress, this year 16-17 June. A reminder–call for papers closes 13 Feb!

Call for papers: King’s Fund Digital Health and Care Congress June 2015

Deadline is Friday 13 February for abstract submissions

The King’s Fund Digital Health and Care Congress will be taking place on 16-17 June at The King’s Fund in London, with the theme Enabling patient-centred care through information and technology. Interested presenters should see below:

You are invited to present current or latest research results and/or report on the progress and impact of innovative projects. Authors are encouraged to submit papers to one of the main themes indicated below.

Accepted papers will be presented at the congress by one of the authors and published in a special congress supplement. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality.

Conference themes
Authors are invited to submit under the following themes:
*sustaining independence as people age
*preventing and managing chronic illness effectively
*engaging health care professionals and commissioners
*digitally enabling service transformation

More information is available on The King’s Fund web page here. (Please also see the PDF in the sidebar)

TTA has been a media partner of The King’s Fund conferences in 2014.

The King’s Fund videos, presentations online

The King’s Fund has posted video highlights from last month’s International Digital Health and Care Congress. Talks include those from futurist Ray Hammond, Kathleen Hammond (US Department of Veterans Affairs), Dr Ali Parsa (Babylon), Paul Rice (NHS England) and Sian Jones (NHS Bristol). Click on the tabs at top for presentation decks and posters. TTA was a media partner of the Congress. Hat tip to Mike Clark via Twitter (@clarkmike).

The King’s Fund: Self-Care in the Digital Age

24 June 2014, 11 – 13 Cavendish Square, London

Morning session: 9.00am – 12.30pm
Afternoon session: 1.00pm – 4.30pm

How can the UK manage its health and social care needs, now and in the future? How can new technology aid in the evolution of our perceptions of health and care? And how is self-care being adopted across the UK? Sponsors dallas (Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles At Scale) and The King’s Fund will explore and expand that debate with an audience including government ministers, health care practitioners and patients themselves. This free half-day conference is running twice on the same day; once you register on Eventbrite,  you will be asked whether you want to attend either the morning or the afternoon session. The organizers will then contact you to confirm your place (subject to availability). Registration, information.