On a cold and rainy Tuesday in March, 31 clinicians, patients, designers and technologists gathered at Health Foundry for our first Design Jam of 2018. The Design Jam was a day long event bringing together a wide range of people from Lambeth and further afield to develop design-led and tech-enabled solutions to the challenges and opportunities of social prescribing to help people living with multiple long term conditions (mLTCs).
At last week’s Lunch&Learn we hosted an inspiring and personal talk from Rinesh Amin, Co-founder of DrDoctor. DrDoctor was the very first member to join Health Foundry back in August 2016 and are considered a health tech success story. Rinesh shared with us, the ins and outs of DrDoctor in the early days and how they achieved the hard task of not running out of money in those tough early three years.
Richard has spent nearly 20 years leveraging government funding to support business growth and R&D. His work has not only helped private businesses, charities and public institutions to secure funding but has seen him fund businesses he has co-founded. This experience has led to a deep insight into the application processes for UK and EU funding, and also how to deliver grant-funded projects both when they are going well and not so well!
This week we were delighted to be joined by member Julie Bretland, founder and CEO of Our Mobile Health who kindly hosted a Lunch&Learn on the topic of mobile app assessment. Our Mobile Health are the leading experts in digital health app assessment. Their goal is to give healthcare professionals confidence in choosing digital health solutions.
We were proud to host member Sharon Osterfield for last week's Lunch&Learn: Meet the NHS Manager. Sharon has 25 years of experience of the healthcare system both in acute and community settings and now also runs her own health tech startup, Erza Health which is trying to deflect patients from urgent care by helping them manage their own conditions.
Sharon got down to the nitty-gritty of the structure of the NHS, to help us understand how and what an NHS Manager does, where the money comes from and how it’s distributed.
Exciting news here at HF HQ! We are on the look out for a new team member.
We have put in place a ambitious strategy for 2018-19 which will see us significantly grow our community and provide more relevant support to our members including a light-touch incubator programme for early stage startups; solidify our growing reputation as the health tech hub in London; and be more proactive in providing support and resources to individuals and organisations in the local healthcare system, and beyond, to help them develop new digital solutions to their challenges.
To deliver on these ambitions, we're recruiting for a Programmes Manager to join the team. This is a new, exciting and varied role with the ability to make it your own. Read the job description and find out how to apply here.
A few weeks ago we attended the ‘Empower the person: digital health services for people’ event at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn. The event was hosted NHS England, NHS Digital and the Digital Health Network and shared updates from NHS England and NHS Digital about where they are in their digital transformation journey. Here's our round up of the event.
Yesterday we welcomed Health Foundry member, Matthew Roberts, Business Development Director at Egress Group who ran a discussion group looking at some of the ways the interoperability agenda may impact (positively or negatively) SME’s who are working, or looking to work with NHS organisations and Councils across the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs).
Last week we were joined by Dr. Lawrence P. Petalidis, Head of Innovation and Impact at CW+ and one of the DH.L Accelerator NHS Navigators, for our first Lunch&Learn of 2018. Entitled “How to get your Digital Health Innovation into the NHS”, Lawrence shared his views and experiences from getting innovations into Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Hospital Trust.
Yesterday we were privileged to be joined by staff from the Grantham Practice, a local GP practice based down the road from Health Foundry in Stockwell. The staff shared their current challenges of running a busy inner city GP practice with Health Foundry members. Members also had a chance to pitch their innovations to the practice and get feedback on what they are working on.