Looking at the two themes, you see the advantage of being able to get the two perspectives; healthcare practices to improve care and patient outcomes and the role of technology in enabling these outcomes. Overall the twining worked very well with easy access between the two conferences, but it did add to the crowd (and queuing for some talks). In this post, I discuss the key pointers that I took from both conferences.
Tim Kelsey articulated a strong case that having quality patient data in circulation helped to ensure a transparent and better healthcare system where "the patient is taken seriously in their own right".
Tim also emphasised that the patient is in control and the (legal) owner of their data. It is important that the healthcare system educates patients and their families on how their data is being used to encourage increased participation.
Mark Davies from the HSCIC discussed the help available in terms of best practices and standards that are available from the HSCIC to manage patient data in terms of quality and security/privacy.
From a startup perspective, I liked the call from Tim to social and commercial enterprises to come forward and use the available healthcare data to contribute to healthcare innovation with new applications. The HSCIC are also developing an 'innovation hub' concept where startups will be assisted to develop new technology to benefit healthcare.
If you know additional details on the innovation hub strategy, please post a comment and I will be keeping a watching brief on any further hub updates.
Healthcare now needs a value based approach
Dr. Mahmood Adil spoke at the conference on value based healthcare, which he defines in the short video on the right.
Currently in the UK and Internationally, growing and aging populations; with increasing chronic illnesses; are demanding a greater variety and level of healthcare services. Yet healthcare funding is under increasing pressure.
The answer to this healthcare funding challenge - let's use quality, innovation, productivity and prevention to get more value from existing funding. The goal of value based healthcare is to lower health care costs and improve quality of care and patient outcomes.
For startups, like SoMoMed, we have a role in value based healthcare, working with patients and healthcare professionals to provide the innovation and technology to improve outcomes.