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Month: 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 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

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.

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 institutes 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.