NHS England A&E Triage Project business opportunity

A PIN (Prior Information Notice) has been published by NHS England Urgent and Emergency Care. The primary purpose of this PIN is to outline the intention for pre-tender market engagement and to inform suppliers of prospective opportunities in connection with NHS England’s Digital Urgent and Emergency Care Programme in transforming Urgent and Emergency Care. Currently the “Scheduled date for start of award procedures” is blank so there appears to be no immediate deadline though clearly an early response will be most likely to win business. The NHS Five Year Forward View explains the need to redesign urgent and

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East Cheshire CCG – technology-enabled care opportunity

Hat tip to Richard Foggie for notifying DHACA of a brokerage workshop to be held in Manchester on 7 Jan. EC CCG, as a partner in the EU supported STOPandGO project, is after some innovative diabetes services extending to TECS and education/social cohesion apps. It is short notice however it’s a €3M pie – with some slices destined for innovative SMEs. For more details, and to book in to the event, click here.

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Tech Inspired Innovation Feasibility Studies Competition – start delayed

Innovate UK is launching a Tech Inspired Innovation Feasibility Studies Competition in January. Their plan is to invest up to £2 million in technical feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics; and information and communication technologies (ICT). The aim of the competition is to ensure that small and micro businesses in the UK are equipped to respond to market opportunities across a range of economic sectors. They are seeking proposals that will kick-start the delivery of genuinely new products and services, with substantial and scalable commercial potential. Projects must be led by a small or micro company, working either alone or in collaboration with one

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PAS 212: Draft available for public consultation – Deadline for comments 8 January 2016

BSI is inviting DHACA members to comment on the draft for PAS 212 during its four week consultation period. PAS 212 is entitled “Automatic resource discovery for the Internet of Things” so is clearly very relevant to the DHACA community, particularly for those involved in deployment of sensors/wearables. A PAS (Publicly Available Specification) is a sponsored, fast-track,  consensus-building informal standard that is produced by the UK  national standards body, BSI Standards Limited. The development of PAS  212 has been sponsored by Flexeye. Although non-mandatory, historically BSI PAS standards have often been later incorporated into mandatory standards, so it

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EU Information Privacy Code Consultation – deadline November 12th

As many of DHACA’s membership will be aware, we have been actively engaged in the creation of an information privacy Code of Conduct for health & wellbeing app developers. As of today this is now out for comment from the app development community, with a deadline for comments by November 13th. Please send any comments you have on the draft EU Code of Conduct to me (charles.lowe@DHACA.org.uk) as soon as possible, and no later than November 12th so I can be sure to get them in by the deadline. Note that although initially voluntary, such codes often end up as mandatory, so

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DHACA Day VI – presentations and brief summary

DHACA Day VI took place on September 23rd at Lancaster University’s InfoLab21.

InfoLab21: Venue for DHACA Day VI

It was held alongside a North West Coast AHSN event when they are inviting their NHS “scouts” in for a quarterly event (these are senior managers, one per NHS organisation, with a particular focus on innovation). The morning focus was on some of the very exciting work being done at the University of Lancaster, that DHACA members were be invited to participate in, plus a really interesting view from SEQOL, Mutual of the

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DHACA’s achievements


DHACA (the Digital Health & Care Alliance) is a not-for-profit member-driven organisation set up by Innovate UK to help catalyse the market in digital health and care by addressing some key obstacles and points of market failure on a bottom-up, consensus-based approach. Key topics being addressed include:

  • Interoperability and consensus on basic architectures
  • Information governance, identity and consent
  • Evaluation of impact and benefits of new products and services ( for example, in testbeds)
  • Business models
  • Models for supported self-care
  • Certification and quality-assurance processes for mobile apps

These have been identified as the main barriers, both to SMEs

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