Integrated care – how can technology help? Royal Society of Medicine 24 & 25 November

This year the Royal Society of Medicine’s Telemedicine & eHealth Section’s conference, on 24th & 25th November, is on how technology can support integrated care.

The conference will be opened by Cathy Hassell, Deputy Director, Quality Programmes, NHS England, who manages the NHS Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) programme

Other keynote speakers include:

Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information, NHS

Dr Robert Wah, President, American Medical Association

Adam Darkins, Chief Consultant in Care Coordination Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, US

There is a superb line-up of speakers to inform you about the many aspects of using technology to support the effective and efficient delivery of care services. These range from practical integrated care implementations such as that underway in Bradford (presented by Cath Doman) and Airedale (presented by Anne Wagner), through the use of innovative technology such as (more…)

“Ageing Well – how can technology help?” – RSM conference report

The Royal Society of Medicine’s Telemedicine & eHealth Section held its annual conference at the end of November, on the topic of how technology can help people age well.  As the organiser I was not able to be in every session, so the following are the highlights of what I was present for.  Many people commented that the quality of presentations was extremely high; feedback was very good.

Baroness Masham of Ilton opened the conference describing loneliness as one of the challenges of ageing well.

Jon Rouse, Director General for Social Care, Local Government & Care Partnerships, Dept. of Health, continued the theme explaining that older people will increasingly want to continue earning money and play a full role in society: the antidote to loneliness.   (more…)

Google Glass-type extra help for the vision impaired

Developed by Israeli startup OrCam, these glasses promise a boost for people with impaired vision in a Google Glass-type form factor. The glasses conceal a minute audio/visual pickup, connected to a pocket-sized PC which can read “text in the wild” such as bus numbers, newspaper articles, and traffic lights. OrCam can also be set up to recognize faces, products and places which are pre-programmed, or can store new ones such as family, friends and credit cards, by the user shaking it or waving a hand, then following directions for storage. Google Glass for visually impaired reads street signs aloud (PSFK). (Hat tip to TANN Ireland Editor and TTA reader Toni Bunting) Ed. note: suddenly, any glasses-type wearable is compared with a product that is barely out!

Health+Care 2013 event: free passes available (UK)

12-13 June, at Excel, London

Health+Care 2013 is a new ‘macro event’ which means there will be four co-located events – The Health+Care Integration Conference, The Home Care Show and The Residential Care Show based around the now well-established Commissioning Show. At the moment, ‘qualifying delegates’ will get complementary passes to the event, so register now if you (or, particularly commissioning colleagues) are interested in attending. Website for further information and registration.

Last Tuesday (14 May) the organisers held a pre-event telecare/telehealth exhibition in a show flat in East London owned by Circle, the parent company of Invicta Telecare, so there will be a significant remote monitoring and technology for independent living component to this event.

home touch demo

Dr Jamie Wilson demonstrates the Home Touch dashboard at the show flat

RSM event: Is mobile technology challenging conventional telemonitoring? (UK)

6 June, London

The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) has a one-day event on 6 June entitled Worlds in collision: Is mobile technology challenging conventional telemonitoring? in which eminent speakers will examine the case for mHealth sweeping aside proprietary protocol-driven monitoring technologies and greatly improving outcomes for users in the process. This will cover the impact of such things as adding a SIM card to an environmental sensor through to genuinely wearable technology and to cars that can inform emergency services of the state of their occupants following an accident. The previous event, on medical apps (report here), was a sellout. Details and booking here.

eHealth Week: Dublin, Ireland

13-15 May, 2013
The event is co-hosted by the European Commission and the EU Presidency (Ireland currently holds the EU Presidency). The ECHAlliance is supporting the events. The eHealth Week will bring together industry partners and providers with government representatives and decision makers from across Europe. Events taking place during the week will highlight the role of technology in improving healthcare and health service efficiency and reinforce Ireland’s place as a leader and innovator in the Health ICT sector. Includes the 2nd EU-US eHealth Business Marketplace on Tuesday 14 May. eHealth Week website.

Continua Connects in Abu Dhabi

12-13 May, Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Continua Health Alliance has launched ‘Continua Connects’ technology showcase and networking events that “bring together major purchasers with developers and integrators of Continua compliant devices, systems and services.” The aim is to promote and support global adoption of Continua’s interoperable Design Guidelines and to “gain exposure for Continua-ready personal health technologies developed by member companies”. Continua Connects events are open to member and non-member companies. The first of these events will be happening in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

ATA 2013

4 – 8 May 2013, Austin, Texas
For 18 years, the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) Annual International Meeting and Trade Show has been a major forum for healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs in the telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth fields. ATA 2013 will be its largest ever meeting. The world-class, peer reviewed program includes 500 educational sessions and posters, highlighting the latest innovations, applications and delivery models in telemedicine. The 2013 exhibit hall hosts nearly 300 vendors and, with over 6000 projected attendees, there’s no better place to meet and network. More details and registration.
ATTENTION UK readers: Are you attending ATA 2013? At least one UK TTA reader is and he’s wondering if you would like to meet up in Texas. Email editor Steve if you are and I’ll put you in touch.

1st European Conference in eHealth and Telemedicine in Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation

June 7-8, 2013, Bern, Switzerland (Conference language – English)

Endorsed by the European Society of Cardiology Working Group on e-Cardiology and the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, the main topics of this conference concern the development and application of tools such as telemonitoring, telecardiology, telerehabilitation and mHealth applications in the field of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation. Preliminary programme and further information here: European Conference in eHealth and Telemedicine in Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. NOTE: March 2013, To submit an abstract or poster please use the online submission procedure.

Products and advice for personal safety and independent living on show in West Midlands (UK)

25 March – 6 April, The Mall, Sutton Coldfield
Products will be on show in The Mall throughout the week, together with workshops demonstrating how adopting and using simple devices and gadgets can have a profound effect upon improving the lives of people living alone or requiring increasing support in particular. The Gadget Hub, as it will be known, has been inspired by Richard Haynes of The Community Gateway and is being delivered in partnership with Our Place Community Hub. Volunteers are being recruited to oversee the project and funding is being sought to support its progression into a successful retail business. It is hoped that Gadget Hub (which has been selected for the finals of the Mall’s Retail Factor competition) will become a regular presence in The Mall. Press release (PDF) for details.

Free webinar ‘Mainstreaming Telecare’ (UK)

10 April 2013
Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands (IEWM) are running a free 1 hour webinar on Wednesday 10th April 2013, 2:15-3:15pm. “The aim of this event is to learn more about embedding Telecare as a universal and preventative personalisation tool. We would also like to share ideas with you and offer the opportunity for a two-way discussion and sharing best practise [sic] examples amongst professional peers, through a Q&A session. We will explore some of the barriers to better mainstream the uptake and ongoing use of Telecare, and ways in which the ideas and solutions discussed link directly with Make it Real, Think Local, Act Personal and Quality, Innovation, Productivity, Performance (QIPP).” Read more about the event, and register, here. Heads-up thanks to Alasdair Morrison.

WLSA Convergence Summit (US)

28-30 May 2013, San Diego, California

The Wireless-Life Science Alliance’s (WLSA) annual Convergence Summit this year will focus on ‘Moving Healthcare from Innovation to Adoption’ and helping to move forward implementation of healthcare technologies and connected health. Speakers include Dean Kamen, who founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation; Bakul Patel, policy adviser to the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), UK mobile entertainment pioneer Ralph Simon of London-based Mobilium International which is focusing on mobile applications in Africa and David Saÿen, San Francisco-based regional administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Early bird rates fly away this Friday 15 March. Press release. Registration/information.

London Telecare MarketPlace Event (UK)

21 March 2013, Walthamstow, London

The London Telecare Group has again organised one of its popular, free-to-attend MarketPlace Events at which most of the UK’s telecare and telehealth suppliers set out their stalls and visitors can look over the latest gear and prod and poke the reps in the hope of getting an unhyped view of their wares. See the flyer (PDF) for details. Although it is not necessary to book, please let LTG Chair Doug Miles know that you plan to attend.