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Future of Hospitals: 2020health Q&A

  1. We are very pleased to have 2020health speaking and hosting at the Future of Hospitals conference. Could you please introduce yourself to our readers, and explain the great work 2020health do?

 

2020health was formed in 2006 in response to the gaps in both front-line involvement in policy thinking and development, and consideration of how healthcare could benefit from developing digital technologies. We are a social enterprise, independent organisation funded mostly through unrestricted educational grants. Our research has covered themes as diverse as the pricing of medicines, Health IT, the future of nursing, depression and genetics and we know that our work is highly regarded by those at all levels looking for solutions!

Campaigns that have emanated from 2020health’s research include a Head of Wellbeing for schools; the right to have a Personal Health Budget and Personal Health Record for those with long-term conditions; for a cross-departmental government task force on obesity as well as the ‘Health Tech and You’ Awards, a personal digital health awards partnership with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. The name 2020health references Julia’s background as an optometrist and the need for clear vision for policy, it’s not our sell-by date!

 

  1. Your mission is to make ‘health personal’; what are the benefits of doing so, and how close is healthcare in the UK to achieving this?

 

We have lived with a paternalistic NHS that has nurtured a learned dependency amongst the population that is both unhealthy and unsustainable. By identifying our mission as “Making Health Personal” we aim to focus all that we do on empowering people to be informed, to understand and have the confidence to take a meaningful role in their health and wellbeing, and to create the conditions for a healthy society. This includes everyone involved in delivering healthcare (participants) as well as those on the receiving end of care (participatients!).

As medicine becomes more and more personalised it is essential that there is a greater understanding of our health and wellbeing. Evidence shows that our outcomes improve when we are actively involved in our own care. There are those who work in the NHS who have been emphasising this for years, and some of us have been fortunate enough to have a personalised care plan or personal health budget. Julia was always an advocate of personally held-records as a home-visiting optometrist and in recent years, digital technology has meant not only that this can be a reality, but that all records can come together in one place. Progress on this has been painfully slow but everyone with a long-term condition should have the ‘right to have’ an integrated record to which they control access.

 

  1. Julia Manning will be speaking at the conference followed by a special event hosted by 2020health. What attracted you to the Conference, and what are you hoping to take away from the day?

 

Hospitals, as significant providers of care, are central to enabling greater engagement and participation from the public. FTs were set up partly to encourage this but it still seems to be the exception rather than the rule. 2020health wanted to be part of this event as digital health is a significant enabler to achieving this engagement through communication, information and education, quite apart from enabling remote care and management. As we get closer to Devo Manc, there will be new opportunities for managers to consider how to reorganise care pathways and involve people more closely in their own health care.

 

  1. What should attendees at the 2020health event expect to explore, discuss and learn from the event?

 

2020health is drawing together a few experts from the front-line who, from different perspectives, understand the opportunity and potential that digital health technologies offer to improving health care and outcomes. We will be exploring examples of how technology has enabled both professionals and the public to improve quality and experience; we will use technology to involve attendees in our event and we will be sharing practical case studies of how to make progress. Central to this is publicising our Health Tech and You partnership with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Launched in 2014 we will be sharing how innovators, providers and patients have and can utilise digital tech to deliver better care, and inviting entries for the 2016 awards. We especially hope that those involved in Devo Manc will have the opportunity to hear and question the opportunities that digital health is opening up.

 

  1. You will also be launching a range of awards at the Future of Hospitals Conference, could you explain how attendees can get involved and put forward nominees?

 

Our first awards category, the ‘Champion Award’ seeks to recognise the individual or organisation who has done the most to encourage the uptake of health tech. This is a nomination only category, and you can make yours on the ‘Health Tech & You’ website on the following link: https://www.healthtechandyou.com/2016-awards/the-champion-award/. You should also look out for our nomination cards for this category, which will be on your seat at the event.

Our other category is the ‘Health and Care Award,’ which will go to the consumer health tech solution that has had the most positive impact for health care providers. If you think you have a product that fits the bill or you’re a healthcare provider that would like to nominate a company whose product has made the most difference to you, you can enter through our website on the following link: https://www.healthtechandyou.com/2016-awards/the-health-and-care-award/.

The above categories are just the two in the ‘Health Tech & You Awards 2016’ that 2020health will be focussing on. There are a range of other awards available, with the ‘One to Watch Award’ seeking to recognise the best on-the-horizon piece of health technology, and the ‘Innovator Award’ rewarding a visionary who assisted in developing ground-breaking health tech products in the last year. Additionally, the ‘Problem/Solution Award’ offers the opportunity for those who have an innovative concept or answer to a health need to further develop their concept, and bring it into the spotlight.

These Awards also have a focus on how consumer technology can improve personal health. The ‘Breakout Award’ will identify the piece of health technology that has most embedded itself in people’s everyday lives, whilst the ‘Independent Living Award’ will go to the solution that most supports personal quality of life management.

If you would like to find out more about the Awards as a whole, please visit https://www.healthtechandyou.com/

If you would like to find out more about 2020health’s event please visit our dedicated event webpage. http://www.salford.ac.uk/onecpd/courses/the-future-of-hospitals-conference-and-exhibition/2020health

 

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