NHS Expo & Testbeds – another view

This year this editor went to NHS Expo in Manchester primarily to advise a US company, Humetrix, over the two day period, so got to see proceedings through a different lens.

Overall the event seemed to be much better attended than last year, in spite of the proximity to the Bank Holiday. Whereas last year the Future Care Zone was virtually deserted by both exhibitors and visitors, this year’s New Care Models Zone was buzzing. The Digital Zone was a particular attraction with some excellent talks, and the opportunity to meet many key people working in this area.

On the stage, the politicians painted their visions and senior health & care directors explained how these were to become a reality. This week’s NHS Networks blog, a perennial favourite of this editor, commenting on comparative performances, described Tim Kelsey as “more digital even than Mr Hunt but less binary”(reminiscent of Iain Banks’ description of lawyer LL Blawke in The Crow Road as “pencil-thin and nearly as leaden”). Of particular concern to this editor’s interests was the response to Jeremy Hunt’s commitment to enabling everyone to be able to access their detailed medical record in 2016, (more…)

A brief collation of important stuff

This editor has been so time starved of late that blogging has proved impossible. However the information has continued to come in so here is a selection of the most important:

CUHTec – effective Wednesday 1 April 2015, CUHTec is now being hosted by Coventry University Health Design & Technology Institute (HDTI). A new website is up and running where you can book courses online.

Telehealth Quality Group – the website for the International Code of Practice for Telehealth service, previously known as TeleSCoPE,  should go live on 22 April at midday, in synchrony with Malcolm Fisk starting his presentation on same at MedeTel.

Testbeds – there’s a most interesting NHS England initiative, whereby NHS units are being asked to put themselves up as trial sites for entrepreneurs to use as testbeds for innovative ways of providing care. The AHSNs will play a key role in brokering testbed and innovator.

Growth spaces for life sciences – an organisation calling itself (more…)