mHealth:Taking Your Health in Hand Briefing
The global mobile health (mHealth) app market was worth £2.2 billion in 2014 and had experienced a 62% increase in activity in the last year, according to Deloitte’s 2015 Digital Health in the UK study. Milward Brown’s 2014 report Global Mobile Behaviour found that across 30 countries, people spend an average of 147 minutes a day using a smartphone and 91% of adults keep their mobile device within arm’s reach at all times. It is unsurprising, considering this proliferation of mobile use, that people are beginning to use their smartphones to monitor their health and the UK is keen to share in this prospering market. The Government has recognised this and introduced initiatives to make the best use of smartphone capabilities in the NHS. New consumer and clinician based apps are constantly being developed, allowing users to do everything from counting calories to diagnosing illness in their own home. Some are concerned, however, about the widespread use of ‘wellness’ apps, as many apps are unregulated and not checked for safety or effectiveness.
Join us for mHealth: Taking Your Health in Hand Briefing, where high level speakers from government, healthcare and industry will be presenting their views on how mHealth can revolutionise clinicians’ delivery of physical and mental health services, and individuals’ approaches to general fitness and wellbeing.Topics covered will include government initiatives to promote mHealth, advancements in mHealth technology, and the benefits and dangers of using smartphones to monitor health.
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|Professor Robert Istepanian||Academic Visitor, Imperial College London|
|Mark Holmes||Team Leader for Long Term Condition Nurses, Stapleford Care Centre|
|Francis White||VP Sales & Business Development, AliveCor and NHS Invitation Fellow|
mHealth is set to revolutionise the health service according to Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director for NHS England, who said in 2013 that “the hospital of the future is in the home”. That same year, NHS England launched an apps library, designed to help people find approved programmes to monitor their health. The National Information Board report that they aim to set regulation, accreditation and kite marking of technology and data enabled services to help people choose health apps that have been proven clinically safe by the end of 2015. In January 2015, the number of visits to the NHS health apps library had increased to 22,800, almost double the number of April 2014. At that time, the library had 344 “trusted and safe” live mobile health apps, a 29% increase from April 2014.
In addition to the mobile health library, the NHS has trialled mobile working solutions to help nurses to better care for their patients’ physical health. In Healthcare Trusts and CCGs in Merseyside, for example, around 300 community staff are using mobile apps to deliver clinical data at the point of care. Mark Bostock, Director at Informatics Merseyside, who worked on the apps, said, ‘Our focus has been twofold: to deliver patient data at the point of care for community clinicians and to enable agile working; freeing up people’s working day and making it more efficient. We’ve had very positive feedback.” According to Dr Shaun O’Hanlon, clinical and development director for Egton Medical Information Systems, the number of clinicians using mHealth is expected to grow exponentially as mobile working expands across the NHS.
As well as helping to improve physical healthcare, mHealth is being used to enhance the outcomes of patients undergoing mental health therapies. The mobile app ‘Buddy’, for example, aims to help patients get more out of therapy sessions for mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Clinicians sign patients up to the app, which then prompts them to complete a daily mood diary via text message. Patients can also use the programme to plan topics they would like to discuss during therapy sessions, which can then be viewed by the therapist, and set reminders for sessions. During sessions, both the patient and clinician can use the week’s mood diary to identify behaviours and activities that affect recovery, and set goals and reminders to promote positive behaviours for the coming week.
A six-month evaluation of the Buddy app by researchers at South London and Maudsley trust in 2014 found that 40% of patients had increased satisfaction with their therapy. Around 30% of respondents reported improvements in wellbeing, and there was a compliance rate of 76% in responding to text messages. The number of “Did Not Attends” also fell by 7%. Eric Morris, a consultant clinical psychologist at South London and Maudsley NHS trust, said that apps like this can improve patient outcomes as they “have much more ownership of their treatment”.
Mobile health apps are not just being used by medical professionals. According to Research2Guidance, consumer-led fitness and wellbeing apps are prolific; there are more than 100,000 mobile health apps in app stores worldwide. Using some form of health and wellbeing app is especially popular among the younger generation. A 2014 study by the Future Laboratory and Confused.com found that 60% of 18 to 34 year olds in the UK have used a self-qualifying app or service to monitor their fitness levels, mental health and sleep patterns. The 2014 edition of the Online Journal of Public Health Informatic raises concerns about the impact of health apps on young adults, however, reporting that, “healthcare professionals and consumers continue to express concerns about the quality of many apps, calling for some sort of app regulatory control or certification to be put in place.”An example of this is the impact that calorie-counting and fitness apps can have on people who suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia. Dr Kimberly Dennis, a psychiatrist who specialises in eating disorder treatment, estimates that about 75% of her young-adult patients use their phones in a way that enables their eating disorders. Rebecca Field, Head of Communications at eating disorder charity Beat, also expresses concern about fitness apps, saying, “We’ve had direct contact with many individuals who have told us that their use of fitness apps was detrimental to their health and made their symptoms worse.”
Delegates attending mHealth: Taking your health in hand will learn about how mHealth is changing the way we access healthcare, what mobile technologies are being developed to improve healthcare, and the arguments around the safe usage of mHealth technology.
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair
KEYNOTE - George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences (Invited)
George Freeman was elected as MP for Mid-Norfolk and his been Minister for Life Sciences since July 2014. Before being elected to Parliament, George had a 15 year career across the life sciences sector. In particular, he worked with hospitals, clinical researchers, patient groups, biomedical research companies to pioneer novel healthcare innovations.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director, NHS England (Invited)
The core role and purpose of the Medical Directorate will be to continuously improve quality outcomes through clinical leadership and influence in the three domains of; preventing people from dying prematurely; enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions; and helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury.
Refreshments and Networking Break
Industry Case Study
Professor Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing, Public Health England (Invited)
Professor Viv Bennett was appointed as Director, Nursing at Public Health England (PHE) in 2013. Viv is also Director, Nursing at the Department of Health (DH), having joined DH as Deputy Chief Nursing Officer in 2007.
Industry Case Study
Mary Bostock, Director, Informatics Merseyside (Invited)
Informatics Merseyside is an innovative NHS Shared Service providing IM&T services to NHS organisations
Lunch and Networking
Industry Case Study
Beverley Bryant, Director of Digital Technology, NHS England (Invited)
Beverley Bryant is responsible for leading technological innovation in the NHS and looking for opportunities within the organisation to develop these.
Industry Case Study
Refreshments and Networking
Geraldine Strathdee, Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England (Invited)
Geraldine is a consultant psychiatrist in Oxleas NHS FT, and Visiting Professor, for the integrated mental health education programme at UCL Partners.
Professor Robert Istepanian, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London
Professor Istepanian is globally recognised as one of the leading authorities and pioneer of the area of mobile healthcare (m-health) and the first scientist to have coined and defined this concept.
Conference Close from Chair
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- Mobile Revolution in healthcare
- Advantages of NHS health library
- Advantages of using mHealth at point of care
- Popularity of consumer-led wellness apps
- Ways consumer-led apps can improve medical outcomes
- Effectiveness of using apps alongside therapies
- Dangers of unregulated wellness apps
- How wellness apps can exacerbate existing conditions
Who should attend?
The audience on the day will include: CCGs, NHS Trusts, Acute Trusts, Care Trusts, Foundation Trusts, Medical Directors, Directors of Public Health, Directors of Nursing, Local Authorities, Adult Social Services, NHS Trust Board Chairs, Special Health Authorities, Directors of HR, Directors of Finance, Innovation Leads, Head of Innovation & Change, Change Managers, Programme Managers, Innovation Managers, Heads of IM&T, Senior Information Analysts, Heads of Information, Heads of IT Services, Chief Information Officers, Implementation Manager, Chief Technology Officers, Change Management Leads, & Allied Health Professionals, GPs, Communications Leads, Emergency Care Leads, Directors of Children’s SSs, Industry, Third Sector, Academia, Healthcare Scientists.