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Juliana speaks at UK e-Health Week 2018

Presenting at this year’s UK e-Health week was our COO Juliana, speaking to the subject of “Owning it: by the people for the people, are value based care systems possible?”

Discussing crucial matters surrounding value based systems, Juliana highlighted how the current national frameworks were not designed for outcomes based commissioning, often using only single care setting datasets, with annual aggregate figures, that often have a long timelag to publication. To succeed in outcomes based models, we need to use local linked datasets across all care settings, and provide an independent view of that information to all providers. Outcomes based commissioning is possible, but only if a single definition of value is agreed upon.

Still skeptical about outcomes? Read our Outcomes Myths to debunk some other outcome misconceptions and understand our take on them.

OBH top 10 finalist for Pfizer Healthcare Hub!

We are delighted to have been chosen by Pfizer as a top 10 finalist in their second year of the ‘Healthcare Hub’. The Healthcare Hub is dedicated to supporting digital healthcare and achieving better health outcomes in the UK – just like us! We are very excited about this opportunity and what it could hold for the future of OBH, stay tuned!

Rupert at the Westminister Health Forum on the future of payment systems in healthcare

This latest Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar was tackling ‘Priorities for improving payment systems and reimbursement in healthcare’.

Talking about payment for outcomes, Rupert spoke to the topic of ‘Priorities for tariff system reform: appropriate incentives, data use and developing independent oversight’. Rupert described how we need a future currency which expands across the care cycle, with mandatory outcomes monitoring and preferably an element of payment for outcomes. Only focusing on outcome measurement for single conditions ignores the ‘healthy’ segment of our population and misses the opportunity to focus on keeping them healthy! Outcomes are a stable currency and a payment mechanism that actually fosters innovation.

With the day being centred on improving payment systems, it was an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our work. At OBH we are changing the way healthcare is paid for. We are committed to supporting sustainable healthcare, and transforming the way healthcare measures and funds success, to those things that matter to people, and our Outcomes Platform lets us do just that. OBH’s Digital Outcomes Platform enables powerful insights into outcomes data through intuitive visualisations of outcomes data for dynamic populations. To read more about it, see here.

Rupert speaks at LaingBuisson Social Care Conference

LaingBuisson, health and social care market intelligence providers, recently hosted their annual Social Care Conference. Rupert was a panellist on the topic “Outcomes-based commissioning – is this the future for publicly funded, outsourced services?” With many attendees consisting of senior policy makers, providers, regulators, and investors, we were happy to be in good company, engaging in conversations important to us.

We are in The Times!

Our CEO Rupert was recently interviewed for an article in the The Times. Talking about value based healthcare and it’s need in the UK, Rupert says “We are very good at spending money on doing things, at operating on people and prescribing tablets. But we are quite weak at knowing whether it has made any difference whatsoever. Has it really impacted some-one’s life? Is their quality of life better? Is their mobility better? Their pain?”

We can put the focus back on the patient with value-based healthcare and can make progress towards a more sustainable system where we measure and pay for success based on those outcomes that matter to people.

We are delighted with the attention value based approaches are getting and are always ready to talk about it! Click here to read the article, or download the full Future of Healthcare supplement here.

Juliana speaks at WIRED Health Conference

Earlier this March, WIRED Health hosted their annual healthcare conference to challenge the health industry to transform. WIRED Health covers a great span of topics and themes, with the underlying goal being to help inspire and facilitate change in the health sector. OBH was happy to participate in this year’s WIRED Health Startup Showcase, with our co-founder Juliana taking the lead to discuss outcomes as a currency to pay for prevention and data for better outcomes.

We’re delighted WIRED Health listed us a healthcare startup people should know about. Check out the list here.

Ruperts Speaks at Westminister Health Forum

Rupert was invited to present at the Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar – Next steps for Big Data in health: innovation, challenges and the policy landscape.

Alongside other speakers that included Professor Danial Ray (Director of Data Science, NHSD) and Dr Geraint Lewis (Chief Data Officer, NHSE), it was a great opportunity to talk about OBH’s population segmentation and data approaches, and informing value-based healthcare using big data analytics.

The day consisted of talks in the categories: The developing role of Big Data, analytics and data sharing in health; Case studies: applying innovation to health settings; Key challenges for wider adoption; and, Making the best use of data to tackle the challenges of today’s NHS.

To read more about our segmentation and data approach, see here.

Nasrin joins Reform advisory board

Our own co-founder and CTO, Nasrin, has joined the Reform advisory board! Reform is a think tank addressing issues relevant to improving public service performance within affordable budgets – something we are passionate about in regards to health and social care at OBH!

With an invaluable combination of entrepreneurial, technology and healthcare experience, we think she’ll fit right in!

Pam Garside joins OBH advisory board

Pam Garside is joining our advisory board and we are absolutely delighted!

Pam has her own management consultancy specialising in organisational strategy and development in health care, and is a Fellow of the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge. She advises new entrants to the UK health market including digital and start up companies and is an angel investor.

Pam founded and co-chairs The Cambridge Health Network and sits on the Investment Committee of Cambridge Enterprise. In 2016 Pam was named one of the 100 most influential leaders in Health Tech by Hot Topics.

Read more about her ventures here.

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

With technology rapidly advancing, the applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare are increasing. Used effectively, AI can be a key tool in helping health services to deliver better outcomes.

Reform recently published a paper “Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS,” supported by our CTO, Nasrin, on the paper’s advisory board. The report describes areas where AI can help the NHS deliver better outcomes, highlights the barriers to implementation along with solutions, and sets out recommendations for AI in the NHS.

AI could reduce the demand on the system, but it’s not going to happen overnight. The authors state that, “the NHS ‘has a long way to go before AI can be effectively leveraged’. Both buy-in from patients and healthcare professionals needs to improve. This will be a factor of time for people to trust this technology and will also partly depend on the AI interface design and explainability. Increasing the user-friendliness and having a clear understanding of human-computer interaction can influence the adoption rate of this technology amongst healthcare professionals.”

To read more on AI in the NHS, see here.