Here are some of the key lessons that we took from the event in relation to practical uses of solutions to improve quality of healthcare.
The presence of innovation
- Acknowledging and defining problems and holding them up as a priority for solution providers to follow-up
- Articulating case studies where practical benefits of a solution was helping to resolve or progress a healthcare problem
- Articulating paper-based care processes / procedures that could be further enhanced with the appropriate application of technology
Another illustration was the inclusion of an entrepreneur’s zone that was populated by both startups promoting solutions and NHS staff seeking feedback on how better to engage with the startup community and showcasing online services to support that engagement.
As with any topic, there is always room for (continuous) improvement and this was demonstrated with Lord Darzi’s comments during his expo talk on Implementing innovation in the NHS - “...Only a minuscule portion of healthcare budgets is spent on spreading new ideas and improving performance…” where “..To most people, innovation in healthcare means a new HIV vaccine or a cure for Alzheimer's disease…”
Open source has a role in innovation
One approach to the use of open source solutions within the NHS is an open (source) innovation model presented by Rob Dyke. In his presentation, Rob proposed a model involving the NHS working with Community Interest Companies (CIC) and is well illustrated in this slideshare presentation (in particular slide 12). The CIC approach as an ‘Apps Custodian’ is fully supported by the NHS. One live example of an evolving CIC is Handihealth.
People power is still key
- The NHS Change day initiative
- Campexpo where “...The world of health and care is full of passionate people who love what they do and want to share this with others…”
These are just some of the main pointers that I took away from the two days of the expo.
If you attended the NHS Expo, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts - healthcare professional, startup or large scale solutions provider