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OBH Outcomes Platform selected for NHS Innovation Accelerator programme

NHS England Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh along with US Digital Health expert Professor Robert Wachter will today (9 November 2016) reveal eight health innovations set to join the […]

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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.

Cygnet Mental Health event

Rupert was invited to speak at a Cygnet Mental Health Event entitled ‘Professionals, Patients and Power – A paradigm shift in healthcare delivery’. The event explored topics in mental health including reflections from service users and carers, the changing face of safeguarding and outcomes-based commissioning. Rupert spoke on the outcomes-based approach within mental health – alongside our friends from Beacon UK. The outcomes-based approach has huge potential to improve the lives of people with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems, and we were particularly interested in hearing from patients and carers about how this might be achieved.

OBH host another Health Tech Dinner with TableCrowd

“We hosted another Health Tech Dinner – and were delighted to be joined by friends from the following companies: Attain, ABC, ZPB, Aparito, Raremark, Accurx, Ctrl Group, Distillr, Ocushield, Results, Thriva, Wellvine, Medopad, Virgin, Hellopronto, the BMJ, Saatchi & Saatchi, Results International, Cydar, Number8, and Cox (amongst others!).

Along with catching up with old and new friends, we discussed some of the really tough questions in healthcare:

– How can we build innovative products or services that are truly disruptive, and are affordable and accessible, to improve health and care?
– Do we understand the real problems we face as a society, and how can we utilise technology to solve them?
– How can we sell our products or services to the NHS or any other healthcare system?

We enjoyed a thrilling talk from Chris Lewis, Partner at Results International who called on his immense experience in fundraising and exit strategies in healthcare.

No Tech Dinner would be complete without a 360 degree video – and our thanks go to Maneesh Juneja for recording this.

We very much look forward to the next one, watch this space!”

“‘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.

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.

You can read the whole article here.

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.

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 health 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.

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.’

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.

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.

“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.

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!

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.

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 presentation here.

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!

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.

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.