The conference was excellently organised and facilitated by the two Health 20 co-chairs - Indu Subaiya and Matthew Holt. It was good to see a good representation from Health2Dublin members at the conference.
As they say on all the best talent shows; in no particular order of importance; let's start.
- Adaptability so that a health 2.0 solution can integrate to other solutions. The effectiveness of any stand-alone solution is diminished if there is no ability to link and circulate health related information. Another aspect of adaptability is the 'agile' nature of the solution so that it can easily change to accommodate new healthcare requirements
- (Positive) user experience; where users are empowered by using the application in terms of the information generated related to health and wellness.
- Data driven solutions that lead to decisions and not just generating more data. This is important and related to the user experience characteristic; adding more and more data without a context only confuses a user
- In the area of health and wellness apps; self tracking is now the norm and a popular mainstream practice. The user wants to be involved!
- Augmented reality in healthcare is increasing in usage such as the use of Google glass in medical operations
- Healthcare provider systems are opening up; making increasing amounts of data easier to access. Examples of this include Bluebutton or NHS Choices
- Apps/tools are being developed for The Unmentionables (incl. sex, stress, lack of sleep) - all providing help in these health and wellness areas
- Public/private partnerships becoming more popular in providing health information. Examples include Openhealthdata and Care.data
3. The importance of patient involvement
A lot of the conference topics involved a patient perspective by including people who developed solutions to help them as patients in improving their quality of life. Examples included Susan Jones (Living with ME) and Maria Gjerpe from MeandYou.
These patient-provider discussions demonstrated the importance of personalised (health / wellness) information and ensuring that it is easily shared with patients and support groups. These discussions also highlighted the importance of combining social care information with health to provide comprehensive information for the public.
4. Regulation of Healthcare apps can be a constructive engagement
The European Commission plan to publish a green paper by end of 2013 on mHealth apps. The paper is intended to provide an overview of the regulatory landscape for mHealth apps.
The intention is to start a debate with stakeholders on the need to act in the field to ensure positive user experiences and appropriate regulation in the context of the service/information that the app provides for the user.