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!