I recently attended this two day annual event which showcases healthcare innovation . Most, but not all, of this related to the NHS and it was attended by over a thousand people working in healthcare. I came across some really exciting things that are relevant to the Innovation Labs initiative. Here are some more details on them.
The new NHS Health Apps Website
This was showcased and is really interesting. Basically the NHS has decided to set up a library of health apps that people can view and download. All apps on the site are reviewed to ensure they are clinically safe and meet data protection requirements. Hopefully in the future we will have some Innovation Lab apps there.
New digital products relevant to the Innovation Labs
There were some specific new apps and websites that I came across that link into some of the products we are developing:
- Well Happy App – This app has been created by NHS London but was actually developed by a young person from YoungMinds’ VIK (Very Important Kids) project. Well Happy is free and aimed at young people aged 12-25 in London. It allows them to search for local support services around mental health, sexual health, drugs, alcohol, and stopping smoking.
- Buddy App – This mood monitoring/wellbeing app has been around for a while and is really starting to take off. Developed by the design agency Sidekick Studios it has to be prescribed for people to use by their NHS doctor and NHS Trusts pay for each prescription they make. However, the app has proved successful and later this year will become more widely available for anyone who wants to download and use it.
- Sharon – This is a self-contained social media site to support people with eating disorders run by the NHS in Berkshire. However they feel that it could be adapted and developed to create a safe space for people with other conditions anywhere. It isn’t publicly available but can be purchased and used by local NHS services or also by voluntary organisations.
- Patient Opinion – This digital service has been around for a while but continues to grow and gather momentum. Patient Opinion was set up and is managed by former doctors. They want to create a digital space where anybody can leave any comment (good or bad) about any NHS service. This is then ‘in the public domain’ and the NHS service is invited to respond. They have some fascinating stories of how this has led to practical service changes like agencies stopping issuing prescription renewals on Fridays so that if people didn’t get them in time then they ended up with no medication till Monday.
- Patients Like Me – This ‘peer support’ website allows people with different medical conditions to link up and give each other help and advice.
Healthcare Innovation Expo 2014
It struck me that perhaps we should have an ‘Innovation Labs’ stand next year at the Innovation Expo in early 2014. We could demonstrate the model we’ve got of co-design and delivery around developing digital health products, and help promote the seven new products within the healthcare system. Let me know what you think because if we did want to do it then we would need to start thinking about it now.