Comings and goings, short takes and upcoming events: MedStartr Wed night, Mad*Pow acquired, Teladoc’s new COO, JAMA ponders telepharmacy, NHS London anxiety apps partner (updated)

MedStartr Hyper Accelerator Pitch Night is tomorrow (Wednesday) night, 6pm, 31 July at Rent 24 in midtown Manhattan. Presenters are from the fourth MedStartr Hyper Accelerator Class including several MedStartr Venture Fund II portfolio companies. Attend through the Meetup link–still only $20 for presentations, snacks, drinks but may be higher tomorrow or at the door. If you missed it, follow MedStartr on Meetup.

And 31 July is also the deadline to apply for the summer session of Health Wildcatters’ Texas Healthcare Challenge on 9-10 August. More information here.

Our friends over at The King’s Fund have several upcoming events of interest:

And our friends at UKTelehealthcare remind us that there are several events coming up where they are organizing or supporting. Click the link on the right sidebar advert for more information on:

  • 1st-2nd October 2019 – HETT (Health Excellence Through Technology, formerly The UK Health Show), ExCel, London
  • 10th-11th October 2019 – Suppliers’ Forum and Providers’ Forum, Barnet & Southgate College
  • 22nd October 2019 – Cambridgeshire TECS MarketPlace,The Burgess Hall, Westwood Rd, St. Ives PE27 6WU

The Mad*Pow design consultancy is being acquired by Tech Mahindra of New Delhi. Mad*Pow’s original focus was on design for health, financial wellbeing, and social impact, and in early days held several interesting NY-area meetings. Tech Mahindra is the digital tech offshoot of the Mahindra multi-national industrial and IT giant. Yet in the Mad*Pow email to industry contacts, “Exciting News! Mad*Pow and Tech Mahindra Enter Formal Partnership” it was positioned as a majority stake and that they would continue to operate under their own name in Boston–neither of which were mentioned in the Tech Mahindra release. Hmmmm……

Verily she rolls along to Harvard. Luba Greenwood is departing the Alphabet/Google subsidiary to lecture at Harvard and work on several boards. She joined them as head of strategic business development and corporate ventures in February of 2018. She will be lecturing at The Paulson School of Engineering in a joint course with the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Mobihealthnews points out other recent key departures at Verily and a puzzling ‘why it matters’ about educating the next generation of digital health employees on a variety of viewpoints where digital health can lower versus increase costs.

Teladoc has a new COO, David Sides, who is joining from a CEO position at Streamline Health, a revenue cycle management company. The previous COO/CFO left after investors alleged insider trading and an inappropriate employee affair. Cited in Modern Healthcare is Mr. Sides’ experience in international markets, where Teladoc has been expanding through acquisitions. Teladoc announced today increased revenue for 2nd Q but earnings are still in the loss column. Yahoo Finance His position at Streamline is being taken by their chairman, Wyche T. (“Tee”) Green, III who will serve as Interim President and CEO. Release. Streamline is on NASDAQ and trading today at $1.35. 

Speaking of puzzling, JAMA indulges in an editorial around DTC telehealth and the conflict they perceive between convenience it entails and lower-quality patient care. Of course, their definition of telemedicine is primarily around telepharmacy. And like DTC medications, they are concerned about how these companies are appealing and growing. “However, it is clear that the companies want to expand to more complex acute care and disease management; for example, Lemonaid Health has expanded to include laboratory testing. Some companies envision a transformation of their platforms into 1-stop shops for comprehensive care.”

This Editor wonders if JAMA would consider two NHS-approved mental wellbeing services, Good Thinking and My Possible Self, partnering to create a tool to tackle depression, stress and anxiety in London, especially the latter in London.  My Possible Self is part of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator program. Mobihealthnews

Events, Dear Friends, Events: UK Telehealthcare, Mad*Pow HXD, dHealth Summit

UK Telehealthcare is hosting two events at Hammersmith Town Hall, King St. London W6 9JU on 7-8 February. The 7th is a Suppliers’ Forum, the 8th is for Providers. For more information, contact Gerry Allmark, UKTHC’s Managing Director, at gerry@uktelehealthcare.com. UKTHC is also partnering with Naidex on 26th-27th March at NEC, Birmingham. Naidex is Europe’s largest event for the disability and independent living sector with over 250 CPD-accredited seminars and the latest in assistive technology, accessible business advice and more. Registration and more information here.

Two events have moved from NYC to the Boston/Cambridge area, reinforcing that much of entrepreneurial health tech is moving away from the primary cities of New York and San Francisco to secondary–and more affordable (well, slightly!) areas. The first is Mad*Pow’s Health Experience Design (HXD) Conference on 2-3 April at the Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge. The conference will be centered on the design and delivery of transformative health services, behavior change interventions, and digital solutions. Information and registration here.

The second is the dHealth Summit on 11 June at State Room Boston.  The University of Rochester in collaboration with West Health organizes this two-day annual conference, now in its fifth year, to foster disruptive technological and process innovations to improve the lives of the nation’s aging population. The pre-conference kickoff on 10 June is themed around caregiving and is at AGENCY CIC Headquarters in Cambridge. Speakers represent a cross-section of care delivery companies, insurers, innovators, and non-profits. What this Editor enjoyed about past conferences was their interactive setup and a fairly select group of attendees. More information and registration is here.

And don’t forget our earlier listings here for Matt Hancock at the RSM 28 Jan, the NOLA Health Innovators Challenge (applications extended to 27 Jan), plus event at the RSM and The King’s Fund (see TTA 9 Jan). In Dallas the Health Wildcatters have their Challenge on 8-9 Feb and there’s more in our 10 Jan roundup.

UKTelehealthcare’s updated event schedule

UKTelehealthcare’s new Managing Director Gerry Allmark was kind enough to advise Editor Donna of upcoming events either organized by UKTelehealthcare, or where they will be represented. His note is reproduced here with minor edits and emphases. Click their advert on the right sidebar or here, which directly links to their special About/Upcoming Event page, for more information.

Our next MarketPlace will be in Carlisle on the 1 March 2017 (registration link); this is an historic occasion for us as this is our first event in the North of England. (Information on the programme is here.)

As part of our national expansion of events and membership we plan to hold MarketPlaces in Luton, Bristol, Nottingham, Dudley and Halifax as well as a high profile London event in 2017/18.  Please see the “Coming up at a glance” section on the first page of our website (see link here) for the latest news on these events.

We will also be exhibiting at Naidex 2017 from the 28 to 30 March and at the Health + Care Show on the 28 and 29 June 2017.  At both these shows we will be offering special show price membership rates to both provider and supplier members as well as our new membership categories for Clinical Commissioning Groups, Consultants and RPI members.

In conjunction with the H + C Show we will also be expanding our successful Telehealthcare Awareness Day which we have run for the last two years to Telehealthcare Awareness Week which will run from 26 – 30 June 2017.  During this week we encourage our members and other TEC providers and suppliers to run local events to raise the profile of health technology in their areas and we will publicise these events though our social  media links and website.  A Telehealthcare Awareness Day pack / toolkit will be available on our website shortly for both members and non-members who would like to take part in this important event.

UK news updates: UKTelehealthcare changes the guard, Tynetec’s Dementia Dog

UKTelehealthcare, the membership association which supports health and care professionals and suppliers in delivering the widest choice and range of appropriate Technology Enabled Care Services, announced the retirement of John Chambers. Mr Chambers and Doug Miles founded the holding company of UKTelehealthcare, London Telecare Ltd., in 2005. He stepped down as a director at the end of November but will continue to be involved through his shareholding and consulting, especially in PR and marketing. Mr Miles will remain as a director and Chairman. Taking the roles of managing director and company secretary are Gerry Allmark, who joined UKTelehealthcare from Bosch Healthcare three years ago, and Julia Allmark, an IT specialist. Release (top of news page).

TTA also happily supported the Dementia Dog fundraiser in memory of Tynetec’s Billy and Lisa Graham that achieved their £15,000 goal on JustGiving to train a dog to support people with dementia [TTA 5 Dec]. Up on Twitter is a 30-second snippet of a program dog trainer explaining the bonding process. According to the JustGiving listing, Independent For Longer will be following the dog’s progress during training; also see #DogsforGoodUKBoth UK Telehealthcare and Tynetec (Legrand) are long-time supporters of this website.

“Events, dear boy, events” (UK)

Harold Macmillan probably never said that in response to the question “What is most likely to blow a government off course?”, however we thought we’d use the quote to highlight a few cracking events coming up.

The Wearable Technology event, is being hosted by the Digital Catapult Centre, on 18th November, in London. On the topic of wearables, the BBC’s “the Bottom Line” had a great programme on 30th October on the subject. In the UK (at least) you can download a podcast or listen on iPlayer. There’s also an update on new Jawbone releases which seem now to be going for different form factors to the original UP, whose unreliability resulted in this editor being on his fourth such device in some 15 months. Info on Microsoft’s Band is here. The recent PWC report on Wearables is here.

At the same place starting on Monday 8th December there is a whole week of incredibly valuable assistance in the Digital Health Pit Stop, which is free! Events include a design day (8th), a business day (9th), a health day (10th), a data day (11th) and on 12th December (more…)

Another UKTelehealthcare Marketplace event (UK)

UKTelehealthcare have announced that their next Marketplace event will be held on Wednesday 9th April 2014 at The Oculus, The Gateway Conference Centre, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8FF.

The event begins at 10.30am and ends at 3pm. Refreshments and snacks will be available all day at the central café. Entry is completely free to visitors – it’s a great opportunity to see all the latest telehealth & telecare kit available. For exhibitors it’s one of the great benefits of membership.

UKTelehealthcare suggest that all Health & Social Care professionals, Telecare & Telehealth providers and commissioners, CCGs, supporting carers and care agencies, the voluntary sector, those involved in dementia care and Housing Associations should attend.

There doesn’t seem to be any information on this event on the UKTelehealthcare website quite yet, so keep checking back. Although there is no need to book, do please let UKTelehealthcare know if you are going to attend. To do that, or for further information, contact Doug Miles on 07712 626 348, email: doug@londontelecare.com