Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit 2009

Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit 2009, a unique two-day event set in London on 1-2 December.

Dedicated to best practice in global wireless and healthcare convergence, this four stream conference has been developed with support from the Continua Health Alliance, GSMA, M:Health Alliance, international healthcare providers including the NHS, Bluetooth SIG, and more, to ensure a real 50:50 representation from across the wireless and healthcare sectors.

In 2009, we are delighted to bring you an exclusive keynote presentation from the Vodafone Group CEO, Vittorio Colao, on convergence trends in ICT and healthcare and in our ‘Everything’s Connected Healthcare’ stream we dig out the very best in medical device innovation and sports/wellness consumer development.

Across both days we assess the business and strategy models for partnerships needed to grow the potential in mobile healthcare and our ‘Mobile Health Investment and Partnering’ Stream reflects how start ups are reaching fruition.

The Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit draws together leading network operators, healthcare providers, (numedical) device manufacturers, investors, systems integrators, body networks developers and sports and wellness brands active in this space. With a focus on interactivity and involvement.

Would like to find out more about the Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit?

Go to the Website

Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit
Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit

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Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit LinkedIn Group
Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit LinkedIn Group

Download the final programme

Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit final programme

SCIMP 2009 Conference

Scottish Clinical Information in Practice,
SCIMP 2009 Conference at Dunblane Hydro 3 & 4 November 2009

Applying eHealth

making IT a success in primary care

This year’s conference will focus on the ways we can make technology actually deliver improvement in the services we provide all the way from the bedside to the boardroom.

Invited speakers will share, from varied perspectives and domains, their experience of the factors that can lead to success and the ways to avoid and manage the risks and pitfalls. A series of workshops will provide opportunities to hear about real services, standards, guidance and innovations of relevance to primary care and to discuss and question the issues these present with the people responsible for them.

Clinical Information Systems’ User Groups and suppliers will be able to provide demonstrations and workshops, giving delegates the opportunity to compare and contrast as well as perhaps picking up some hints and tips.

Our content is aimed at those in the front line of making information technology work in primary care – General
Practitioners, Practice Managers, Practice and Community Nurses and Midwives, Allied Health Professionals and NHS
administrators, educators, managers and strategists.

We have two competitions this year: The “SCIMP Poster Prize” and the “SCIMP Best Use of IT in Primary Care Award”. Both competitions are open to entrants from across Scotland. Posters will be displayed over the two days of the conference and the winner decided by votes from delegates.

The prestigious IT prize will be judged by a panel of experts and the winner afforded the opportunity to present on the winning submission at the conference.

Details on how to enter can be obtained from Submit Poster or Submit Best use of IT Award

We will provide opportunities for informal networking throughout the two days of the conference including a breakout
networking space; a pre dinner drinks reception and our lively annual Conference Dinner and Ceilidh.

Our conference is the most inclusive and comprehensive Clinical Informatics event in Scotland in 2009. Our success comes from the contributions and enthusiasm of our delegates, so we look forward to seeing you in Dunblane in November.

Information Links

SCIMP 2009 Conference Final Programme HERE

SCIMP 2009 Conference Delegate Booking

SCIMP 2009 Conference Sponsor and Exhibitor Booking

Scottish Clinical Information Management in Practice Website

New Models of Healthcare

New models of healthcare are needed for Europe’s ageing population. Intel believes that new digital technologies have a key role to play and telehealth technology could support the shift to a new model of care closer to the home.

To read more about this follow the link to the page  new model for healthcare.

Intel will host a seminar on “Telehealth Essentials – Making the Case for Telehealth” in Edinburgh on November 11th at The Balmoral Hotel. Register at:

GPs to target those with multiple health issues

Taking a radical look at how Scottish healthcare services are organised
Taking a radical look at how Scottish healthcare services are organised

Published on 11 Sep 2009

Family doctors can do more to help patients with multiple long-term conditions such as obesity, heart disease and arthritis, according to researchers.

A team from the University of Glasgow is to work with Stirling and Dundee universities as well as four GP practices to develop new ways to work with patients.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the £820,000 Living Well with Multiple Morbidity programme will focus on those in deprived areas where such conditions are more common, strike earlier and tend to have a disproportionate impact on people’s quality of life.

Researchers will investigate a range of measures that could help patients with multiple morbidity – two or more co-existing medical conditions – to manage their conditions and improve quality of life. It will also look at how changes to the NHS primary care system could improve care for patients and make practices more efficient.

To read more CLICK HERE

Hospital patient safety improving

surgeons washing hands
Pre-operative checklists are being implemented to cut infection rates

Simple changes to the way patients are
cared for in hospital are having a significant impact on infection
rates, according to the Scottish Government.

Hospitals are being urged to adopt stricter treatment regimes as a way of cutting
hospital deaths by 15% and “adverse incidents” by 30%.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon is highlighting the measures as part of Patient Safety Month.

She visited Stirling Royal Infirmary where infection rates are down.

Prior to adopting a stricter treatment regime, the hospital recorded at least one incident per month where a patient who required a “central line” tube for food or medication, suffered from bacterial infection.

However, NHS Forth Valley said new procedures had resulted in no cases of infection being recorded since January last year.

To read more CLICK HERE

Survey finds women risk lives by delaying 999 call on first signs of heart attack.


Women risk lives by delaying calling 999

BHF launches 999 Day to raise awareness of heart attack symptoms

A third of women wouldn’t recognise they are suffering a heart attack because they would expect to experience crushing or severe chest pain (33%), a symptom which mainly affects men, according to survey results released by the British Heart Foundation on 999 Day – a drive to raise awareness of the need to call 999 at the first sign of a heart attack.

Worryingly the survey also showed that more than a third of women (35%) wouldn’t call 999 if they were experiencing unusual chest pains for fear of being left red faced if it turned out not to be serious.

The results reflect official figures which confirm that women are more likely to put off dialling 999 waiting on average 24 minutes longer than men after first experiencing heart attack symptoms (2) – dramatically cutting their chances of survival.

Approximately 140 men and 110 women die every day from heart attacks. Around 90,000 people die from heart attacks every year. A third of people die before reaching hospital (3) often because they have waited too long to seek medical help which is why the BHF is reminding people today (09/09/09) to call 999 if they think they are having a heart attack.

Read more HERE

Heart attack video below

Visit British Heart Foundation special 999 Day site for more on the campaign

Scotland's role in developing new medical technologies

Published Date: 06 September 2009

SCOTLAND is ideally placed to lead the way in creating healthcare technologies for the global market, experts said yesterday ahead of a summit on the issue.

Strathclyde University and the Institute for System Level Integration will bring together business leaders and academic researchers this month to identify growth opportunities in healthcare.

Technologies to be explored include wireless sensors to monitor well-being and devices that allow remote diagnosis.

The market was worth around £122 billion in 2007 and is expected to be worth three times that level by 2012.

Professor Patricia Connolly of the Strathclyde Institute of Medical Devices at the University of Strathclyde, said: “The need for new technologies to tackle healthcare problems – and improve preventive medicine – has never been greater.

“With an ageing population, new devices are needed to help people manage existing medical problems at home and prevent new illnesses occurring.

“The rise of home blood pressure and glucose monitors is an example of how people can monitor their own health to ensure early detection and prevent potentially life-threatening conditions developing.

Read the full Article HERE

New initiative which helps older people could save NHS Lothian £150,000 a year

TWO frail pensioners who fell in their homes last week received help within minutes thanks to new state-of-the-art alarms.

The pair were among the first to be given the new neck pendant alarm connected direct to support staff under a joint city council and NHS Lothian scheme.

In one case, a 90-year-old man from the east of the city landed on his kitchen floor last Wednesday, but within 15 minutes carers arrived to bring him to his feet.

The previous day, a woman, aged 92, from the north-west, fell on her living room floor, also activating a neck alarm, allowing staff to arrive quickly to check her over.

It comes as the Telecare Falls Project is being rolled out across the city, introducing electronic detectors in properties where residents are known to be at risk.

The £120,000 initiative will help around 300 people over the next year.

Councillor Paul Edie, health and social care convener, said: “A fall can shake people’s confidence and leave them isolated. They become worried about leaving their home for routine trips to the shops or even moving too far from the safety of a particular room.

“If we can rebuild their self-belief then they can literally rebuild their lives and grasp back their independence.”

The detectors are linked to a 24/7 mobile support team which will respond to a fall within minutes, potentially saving NHS Lothian £150,000 and 1,000 hospital bed days a year.

Every year across the UK, falls account for 10 per cent of acute hospital admissions, resulting in NHS spending of £1.7 billion and 70,000 fractured hips.

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US project looking at the development of "smart patient rooms" in hospitals.

THINK of the future of medical technology and the image of hand-held scanners from the world of Star Trek might come to mind – machines able to diagnose anything in a few moments.

But Star Trek did not show the practicalities of health care in the future. There was no washing of hands and no guard rails on beds to prevent falls – very much still issues in Scottish hospitals and elsewhere. The question now being asked is: how far can technology actually go in caring for patients?

A new project in the United States is looking to develop so-called “smart patient rooms”, creating a constantly monitored and assessed treatment space to ensure patient safety and maximum efficiency.

GE Healthcare, the firm behind the project along with Bassett Healthcare, argues the technology will help reduce infections and falls, and thereby keep hospital beds from being taken up by repeat treatments.

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