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November 2016

Osborne Clarke Digital Health Pitch

We were excited to pitch at the Osborne Clarke (OC) Digital Health Event, where 10 new and established companies pitched in ‘Dragons’ Den’ style to an audience of investors and digital health enthusiasts (who were much friendlier than the fire-breathing investors from the BBC show!).

Each audience member was given a generous amount of (fake) OC cash to ‘invest’ in a winner. We had a brilliant time meeting other innovators, healthcare enthusiasts and investors.

November 2016

OBH’s Outcomes Platform selected to join NHS Innovation Accelerator

We’re delighted that OBH CEO Rupert has been selected to be a fellow of the 2016 NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)!

NHS England Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh and US digital health expert Professor Robert Wachter revealed in November eight health innovations to join the NHS Innovation Accelerator for 2016. The innovations chosen include the OBH’s Outcomes Platform – a web-based product that measures whether care provided is making a meaningful difference to people’s lives.

The NIA is a programme set up by NHS England in partnership with 15 Academic Health Sciences Networks, and is designed to “support exceptional individuals with a passion for learning and a commitment to share their learnings widely, scaling evidence-based innovations for greater patient benefit.”

The key focus for OBH is to shift measurement and reimbursement away from simply volume of illness treated, towards improving people’s health. The OBH Outcomes Platform supports NHS commissioners and care providers, who are actively working towards building value-based healthcare models in their organisations. It enables health systems to organise care between different providers more effectively, around outcomes that are important for people. With NIA support we’re aiming to have the platform being used across the country, covering at least 10% of England’s population in the next year.

“Being selected by NHS England as one of its eight innovations for 2016 is a fantastic opportunity to move to rewarding NHS organisations not only for the great work they do to treat patients, but for the serious efforts being made to prevent serious adverse events,” said Dr Rupert Dunbar-Rees. “This reflects the huge amount of hard work the NHS is now putting into defining, measuring and paying for the things which actually matter to people.”

We very much look forward to working closely with both NIA mentors and our fellow NIA innovators in making healthcare work better for patients, watch this space!

You can find out more about the NIA, as well as information on past and present fellows here.

November 2016

Nico, Aseem and Andrew join OBH

The OBH family is growing quickly! We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Nico, Aseem and Andrew – three new members of #teamOBH!

Nico brings a wealth of NHS experience from his roles as Head of Business Intelligence and Performance at Herts Valleys CCG, and Head of Informatics at East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. He also has lots of experience outside the NHS – including in finance, retail and music. WIth a background in computer science, leadership and an MBA, we’re excited to have Nico’s expertise at OBH.

Aseem is a junior doctor based in Oxford, who is currently undertaking some exciting research in the field of radiology. He has been passionate about innovative ways to improve health outcomes since he was a medical student, and in addition to academia has worked in health strategy and government policy. Aseem is most excited by being able to complement his clinical duties by working on improving health outcomes on a wide scale.

Andrew joins us from Canada, where he was a senior analyst at University Health Network for four years. When not at OBH you will find Andrew travelling or at London Hackspace collaborating with others on a number of unique projects. We know how much Andrew loves to travel, and one of his first roles will be to represent OBH’s Sense 360 app at the World Innovation Summit for Health in Qatar.

More information on Nico, Aseem and Andrew, as well as the rest of the team can be found here.

November 2016

OBH Sense360 app selected for innovation showcase at World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) in Doha

OBH’s Sense360 app continues to generate buzz as it’s featured as one of the innovation showcases on display at this year’s World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). WISH was launched in 2012 and serves to promote and facilitate innovation in healthcare across the world. This year’s Summit will take place 29th to 30th November at the Qatar National Convention Center, in Doha. The Sense360 app will be showcased with 20 other companies that represent some of the world’s most exciting healthcare innovations, ranging from practical devices and business models, to design-based solutions. The event will be attended by more than 1,000 global leaders, including government officials and healthcare experts to tackle the world’s most pressing healthcare challenges.

The Sense360 app has been featured in numerous articles and conferences, and recently won the Mobility Solution of the Year at the European IT and Software Excellence awards. It’s a research app that aims to continuously and passively measure health outcomes using smartphone sensor data. It was created in collaboration with SoftServe to help healthcare systems measure and pay for the value they provide. To read more about it check out our website Read more here

October 2016

"‘Outcomes’- one of the most misused terms in the NHS?"

Highland Marketing hosted a guest interview with OBH in October. Here, OBH CEO – Rupert argues that although the need for better outcomes has become widely accepted in the NHS, we need to disentangle outputs from outcomes.

There are however, reasons for optimism. More than ever there’s an appetite amongst healthcare organisations to focus on developing a patient-centred approach to measuring quality, and lots of work is being done at the moment across the NHS aiming to move towards a more personalised and responsive health system. The future is bright!

Read more here.

July 2016

Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry Journal: “it’s a little spooky, yet fascinating, to learn that our smartphones also can tell if we’re feeling ill or sad”

The OBH Sense 360 smartphone app was featured in July’s edition of the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry journal. We explained how the project will initially involve collecting lots of passive and patient-reported data, and then using machine learning analysis to find out which measures could be used to predict health and wellbeing. The work is funded by a £100,000 grant from Innovate UK.

The project is the first to correlate patient reported outcomes, passive data from sensors and machine learning. Our hope is that it will be used to help move healthcare commissioning from focusing on processes of care, to valuing the outcomes that matter most to patients.

http://www.obhsense360.com

You can read the whole article here.

July 2016

OBH featured in TeleMedicine Magazine

Telemedicine Magazine included an article on OBH in their series focusing on the growing trend of doctors getting involved with healthcare startups. Rupert, OBH CEO, explained that during his time as a GP he was ‘frustrated that we were terrible at understanding whether we are making a difference to people’s lives in a systematic way”.

He ended with some sound advice for aspiring medical entrepeneurs: “if you’re having these [entrepreneurial] ideas early, listen to them. There are lots of people who are very unhappy in medicine, and even though they are doing wonderful jobs, their skills could very well be deployed elsewhere”.

Read the rest of the story here.

July 2016

Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar: Improving diabetes outcomes: personalisation, innovation and rolling out the Diabetes Prevention Programme

Rupert spoke at the Westminster Health Forum (WHF), which was titled ‘Improving diabetes outcomes: personalisation, innovation and rolling out the Diabetes Prevention Programme’. The WHF regularly hold events bringing together policymakers and healthcare stakeholder to collaborate on heath policy. Rupert shared a stage with clinicians and policy makers, and discussed ways to promote earlier diagnosis, provide more consistent care and how we can use data to improve outcomes in people with diabetes.

July 2016

OBH @ Digital Health Summit and Exhibition

The Digital Health Summit is an annual event that aims to exhibit how the latest technologies are transforming health care and how embracing digital innovations can help healthcare leaders deliver for patients.

We were delighted to meet so many tech-savvy health enthusiasts, and it was great to hear about about some of the incredible innovations that are soon to be available! The summit highlighted the fact that ‘while 70% of flights are booked online and banking customers access smartphone apps 7,600 times a minute, only 2% of patients have had any digital interaction with NHS services.’

June 2016

OBH @ Health+Care 2016

The OBH team could be found at the Health+Care 2016 conference at London’s ExCel Centre. In addition to running a stand with our partner Capsticks, Rupert spoke on stage in a session chaired by Dr Foster, about how CCGs are beginning to use value-based metrics.

Watch Rupert talk here about the importance of measuring metrics and creating meaningful local measures, relevant to high quality healthcare performance.

June 2016

Digital Health innovation | The role of data

The Digital Health Innovation event was hosted by law firm Osborne Clark, and Rupert joined a panel of guests with a range of interests including machine learning, engineering and digital health law. We were particularly excited to hear from Dr Adam Hill, Chief Medical Officer at McLaren Applied Technologies – who explained how the sensors of a Fomula 1 car, real time data analytics, predictive analytics and its software platform are relevant to healthcare.

Read more about it here.

June 2016

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

OBH CEO Dr Rupert Dunbar-Rees chaired a discussion at the Royal Society of Medicine event – ‘Effective Patient Centred Integrated Care for Children, Young People and their Families’. The day was aimed at helping individuals involved in paediatric healthcare to understand how ‘children and families themselves, workforce development and the introduction of new models of care can be utilised to improve quality of care and health outcomes.’

Rupert’s session in particular focused on how best to use Patient-Centred Outcome Measures (PCOMS) to improve care in acute paediatric services and in caring for those with a complex disability. You can catch up on people’s thoughts during the event by using the twitter hashtag #ChildPatientCare

Find more info here.

June 2016

Ivan, our summer intern from UCL starts at OBH

We’re delighted to welcome Ivan to the Outcomes Based Healthcare family! A medical student at UCL, Ivan has already started a non-profit organisation called Limitless Generation CIC and a healthcare smartphone app – SUVERA. He has a keen research interest in healthcare systems and how technology can make them better in the future – we think he’ll fit in well at OBH!

May 2016

Big Data Leaders Europe

Big Data Leaders Europe is the largest big data event in the life sciences sector – bringing a range of key figures together under one roof. Our CEO, Rupert, was part of a panel discussing the use of digital health system solutions in Europe’s healthcare systems. The panel discussion, where Rupert was joined by NHS Clinical Information Officers, centred on how using digital healthcare can empower patients, improve therapeutic outcomes and generate efficiency savings.

May 2016

Health 2.0 Barcelona

Our CEO Rupert had the opportunity to proudly show off the OBH outcomes platform in front of digital health champions from all over Europe at the Health 2.0 event in May. He talked about how it’s possible to accurately measure and pay for outcomes for a population, and discussed the benefits of moving towards a patient-centred approach to commissioning.

You can find a video of the presentaton here.

May 2016

Diabetes care leading the outcomes way

In May, Rupert headed up to Leeds for the third in a series of events hosted by Primary Care Commissioning focused on outcomes based approaches to buying diabetes services.

Rupert told the audience that diabetes was leading the way in trying out innovative outcomes based approaches to commissioning care, helped by the clearly defined patient group and the consensus on which outcomes to measure.

We were delighted to take part and this blog sums up the debate better than we could!

April 2016

OBH Wins Connected Mobility Solution of the Year at European IT & Software Excellence Awards

Great news for team OBH in April, when our Android app Sense360 won Mobility Solution of the Year at the European IT and Software Excellence awards. Developed alongisde our partners at Softserve, the app predicts outcomes such as quality of life in people with diabetes by collecting both actively entered patient-reported outcome survey data and continuous passively gathered sensor data. The app uploads and stores this data securely on Parse.com and Amazon Web Services, and downloads it for machine learning analysis to identify correlations.

“OBH is an innovative company that is pushing the healthcare boundaries by focusing on a truly outcomes based model. We are proud that our team were able to take OBH’s vision, research, and measurement approach, and turn it into the unique Sense360 app which will allow clinical staff to understand their patients in a holistic manner and find correlations within their behaviors.” said Alex Amelin, SVP Client Success, SoftServe.

We think it’s rather nifty, let us know what you think! @obhsense360

April 2016

Outcomes happen where life happens, not where care happens

In what was a busy month for OBH, we were delighted to speak at this year’s UK e-Health Week alongside an impressive panel from MedeAnalytics and East and North Herts CCG, discussing the practical steps required to make commissioning for outcomes a reality in the NHS. One of the themes that came out of the debate was that, though the quality of coding has improved in recent years (a key enabler), measuring and paying for outcomes is still very much in development in the NHS. MedeAnalytics provided some useful examples of data sharing and budget pooling amongst providers from the US, including examples of bonuses for outcomes being added to contracts. Our co-founder Ju also gave one of our favourite outcomes quotes in her response to an audience question: “Outcomes happen where life happens, not where care happens”. We totally agree. Find out more about next year’s event here

April 2016

Big data is big news in Wessex

Big data is definitely big news in healthcare at the moment, and in April we went to Southampton to take part in an event to explore the topic in more depth. Alongside local CCGs, academic insititutes and public health experts, we enjoyed discussions on the opportunities presented by big data, practical examples of how Big Data is being used to improve services, and – of course – some of the challenges too. We’re excited to hear more from colleagues in Wessex as they develop their big data vision, and you can access our slides from the event here.

March 2016

Careers in Healthcare Startups

Co-founder Nasrin was delighted to be invited by our friends at Doctorpreneurs to attend their ‘Careers in Healthcare’ event back in March. The evening was a great opportunity to catch up with other healthcare startups, and to meet lots of talented London Business School students who were either aspiring to build their own healthcare startup, looking to spend some time working in one or just curious to hear what it is like to be at the helm of one.  Find out more and look out for future events here.

February 2016

Interview with Doctorpreneurs: many solutions don’t lie within the status quo

In February, Rupert, our CEO/founder and Nasrin, our CTO/co-founder, were delighted to be interviewed by Doctorpreneurs, the online community for medical entrepreneurs. They outlined the work OBH does in developing, measuring and visualising outcomes, as well as sharing highlights from their careers to date, and some tips for budding doctorpreneurs.

Our job is to come up with metrics that help the health system know whether they are doing any good. But importantly we don’t come up with these; patients do. We just find ways of using data to accurately measure them. 

Read more here

January 2016

Middle East Big Data Conference: the future of data driven healthcare

Earlier this year Rupert joined expert speakers from across the globe at the Arab Health Congress in Dubai.  He spoke about the potential of big data in health, and the ability it gives us to passively predict outcomes.

Rupert outlined the work of apps such as  Ginger.io, which analyses smartphone data to predict when patients with mental illnesses are symptomatic, as well as telling the conference about OBH’s own smartphone app, which uses sensors on smartphones to predict patient reported outcomes in diabetes.

December 2015

The Health Foundation: measuring outcomes that matter to patients

In late 2015, Rupert was invited to speak at a Health Foundation policy summit, dedicated to shaping the agenda on personal outcomes and focussed on measuring outcomes that matter to patients (‘what they are, why they matter and how we might measure them?’).

The event brought together leading edge thinkers, expert practitioners and service users to focus on the challenges and opportunities of measuring outcomes that really matter, and Rupert’s session was focussed on aligning these measures with the needs of healthcare professionals, boards, commissioners and regulators.

November 2015

EHI Live 2015: using big data to predict complications of diabetes

Our co-founder Rupert joined Mike Meritt-Holmes, CEO of the Big Data Partnership to speak at EHI Live 2015 on big data and outcomes. They shared an overview of the joint project OBH and BDP are currently working on to improve health outcomes in people with diabetes.

The project is the first to link huge amounts of health data and non-health data and analyse it using machine learning to support healthcare providers in making decisions about exactly who, when and how to pre-treat complications of diabetes.

October 2015

HEALTHTech 2015

As one attendee on the night tweeted, “it’s not often you have a queue out of the door for an event run by an accounting firm!”

Our co-founder Nasrin was delighted to be asked to deliver the keynote speech at KPMG’s Healthtech event, telling the story of OBH’s growth and first few years in business in front of a very full house.  The evening was a great opportunity to celebrate the successes of UK Healthtech companies, and to share ideas and innovations with like-minded colleagues over a (not very healthy!) pizza.

July 2015

“I feel like I’m helping more people now than when I was a doctor”

We were extremely proud earlier this year when our CTO Nasrin was named in this year’s Management Today 35 Women Under 35.

Dual trained in both Computer Science and Medicine, we’ve always known Nasrin was remarkable, so it’s nice to see others agree with team OBH! In her interview for the piece, Nasrin said: “I’d seen, first hand, the inefficiencies in healthcare and wanted to try and fix them. Life’s short; I saw that working in A&E. You have to put money aside and do what makes you happy.”

Interestingly, 29% of the list this year are entrepreneurs, revealing just how much startups and smaller businesses are now influencing wider industry.

Well done Nasrin!

July 2015

The right data for the right research at the right time

How do you build public trust in data sharing schemes? Our CEO Rupert joined a panel of experts at the Sowerby eHealth Symposium in July to share ideas on the subject.

The conference, chaired by Professor the Lord Ara Darzi, was a great chance to highlight the benefits to patients from data sharing, and to meet up with others who have been working to join up information across the NHS for a thought provoking morning of data debate.

July 2015

Primary Care Commissioning conference: you can’t commission for outcomes you can’t measure

In July, we spoke at three workshops organised by Primary Care Commissioning which focussed on developing outcomes based indicators, and ensuring that we are measuring services against the right things when we contract for outcomes.

Our CEO Rupert and COO Juliana led two discussions as part of the day – one on developing the right outcomes and the second on creating the right indicators.

What are the right outcomes?

We covered the importance of engaging with patients to understand what matters to them, as well as addressing the frequent myth that outcomes are too difficult to define. We think that defining useful, meaningful and measurable outcomes is possible once you identify groups of people with similar needs, otherwise known as segmenting your population. And those outcomes are remarkably consistent across similar groups of people in different localities.

Creating the right indicators

Identifying existing indicators or creating new ones to better demonstrate improved outcomes is crucial. We discussed the different types of indicators (both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’), as well as techniques to match outcomes to existing PROMS.

Get in touch to find out more about our approach to defining and measuring outcomes.

July 2015

Commissioning for Health and Care Transformation Conference

In July 2015, Rupert spoke at the Commissioning for Health and Care Transformation Conference in Central London. His session was focussed on how we can move on from traditional approaches to contracting for processes and inputs of care, and make outcome-based commissioning ‘mainstream’,

In his session, Rupert shared his thoughts on:

  • How outcomes based commissioning fits within the vision set out in the Five Year Forward View
  • The various legal vehicles and mechanisms available to contract for outcomes
  • Ways to ensure the outcomes specifications used for commissioning are identifiable and measurable.
June 2015

Are we doing any good in healthcare? We don’t actually know

In June, Rupert and Nasrin spoke at the second SP+EE Mobile Health meetup on the topic of health outcomes. They shared their thoughts on incentivising health outcomes, what that means in practice, and how outcomes based approaches can provide scope for digital healthcare and technological innovation.

Rupert reminded the group that in the current system, we often don’t know if the treatment and services we offer patients are doing any good. Only by measuring outcomes, not outputs, can we start to build this knowledge.