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.

Health 2.0 MatchPoint|East

New York City, NY Times Building, Tuesday 25 June

Also for the NY metro area on the day before the main CEWeek activities is Health 2.0’s MatchPoint|East, a half-day conference with speakers and workshops led by health tech innovators. Topics range from funding (angel, accelerator, crowdfunding), building your IP portfolio and partnerships/collaborations. Agenda here and registration here (a very reasonable $49.00 including closing reception.) This Editor will be attending and reporting. Follow Twitter on @health2con.

CONVERGE: Summit for Healthcare Innovation

Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia, 9-10 July 2013

MedCityNews has now added a second day to CONVERGE and much new in the way of content from health systems, payers, medical device, pharma, digital health/health IT, entrepreneurs, government leaders and  investors. Speakers include Nicholas LaRusso M.D., Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care; Wendy Mayer, Vice President, Worldwide Innovation, Pfizer; Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, US Department of Health and Human Services. Information, schedule and registration.

ePatient Connections 2013

Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 16-17 September 2013

e-Patient Connections 2013 brings together health communicators from different industries to compare and contrast the best ways to connect with empowered, digital patients. It focuses entirely on the ePatient and the Consumerism of Healthcare in examining innovative e-Patient communication platforms that lead to participatory medicine. Sponsored by ExL Events. Details and registration/pricing.

UK Community Led Care Conference – TTA reader discount

24 September 2013, Manchester, UK

We were just about to give you, Dear Reader, a heads-up on the Community Led Care – Meeting Needs Closer to Home conference when the organisers came through with a £45 public sector members discount, especially for you. The conference will cover:

  • Changing the ‘default setting’ for Healthcare Delivery
  • The Challenges of Providing a Truly Integrated Community Health Service
  • The Role Technology can play in Supporting Care in the Community

Click here for full details. To receive the Telehealth and Telecare Aware discount, enter TELEPUB in the appropriate box when registering online or mention it if booking by phone: +44 (0)161 831 7111 (Ask for Christopher Sheridan on ext 282)

ATHENE tutorial at Design4Health

The Assisted Technologies for Healthy living in Elders: Needs Assessment by Ethnography (ATHENE) project, funded by the Technology Strategy Board under its Assisted Living Innovation (ALIP) Programme, will be running a tutorial session at the Design4Health conference in July. The session “will be of value to people involved in the design and development of assisted living technologies, health and social care professionals involved in planning, management and delivery of assisted living services, CSCW and social science researchers, and commercial researchers and consultants working in the field. Comprehensive notes will be provided and other relevant material will be available on the ATHENE website. The presenters – from Queen Mary University of London, Warwick University, Lancaster University and Barts Health NHS Trust – are particularly associated with developments in methodologies for the study of domestic environments and practices associated with the participative design and co-production of technologies.” To participate, register for the Design4Health conference.

Design 4 Health Conference 2013 (UK)

3-5 July 2013 Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Design4Health 2013 will bring together designers and creative practitioners with researchers, clinicians, policy makers and users to discuss, disseminate and test their approaches and methods. They will explore creative approaches and perspectives to enhance understanding and experience, and improve efficiency of health and wellbeing services and products. Info and registration.

UK North West Telecare Event: Call to suppliers

3 September 2013, Salford City Stadium

Being organised for the North West’s council and housing providers’ telecare services by Dawn Thornber of Contour Homes, this free-for-attendees event will be a low-cost opportunity for suppliers to showcase their latest products to people who do not normally attend national events. It is also likely to generate good local publicity. Hazel Blears (MP and all-party representative on dementia) will be the guest speaker and any surplus from the event will be donated to a dementia charity. Suppliers who would like to be involved please email Dawn.

2013 International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare – King’s Fund (UK)

1-3 July 2013, London

This year the focus will be on innovation, integration and implementation of telehealth and telecare services. The full programme is now available. Headline speakers include Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health; Dr Richard Beale, Guy’s and St Thomas’; Dr Joan Escarrabill, Ministry of Health, Barcelona, and Professor George Crooks, Medical Director, NHS 24. Hidden gems in the breakout sessions include: Telespeech with TinyEYE; Cost effectiveness modelling of telemonitoring, and Mainstreaming the use of video in care for LD clients Site and registration.