Building your evidence base is important in healthcare, not only as a business case for the healthcare provider, but also to demonstrate the potential health outcomes. London has world leading institutions and a wealth of health professionals who can help to build the case and run clinical trials, where necessary, on your behalf.
UCL Institute of Digital Health (IDH)
IDH is a network of researchers, projects and research centres united by a shared interest in the potential of digital technologies to improve health and wellbeing. Its expertise spans health and medicine; data and computational sciences; the human sciences; and legal and policy matters. More importantly, IDH works in interdisciplinary consortia to address complex research problems of practical relevance to the future health of people and populations. UCL researchers in digital health work with healthcare professionals, industry, policy makers and the broader population, to advance research in digital health that is technologically leading and socially relevant.
The Institute of Global Health Innovation
The Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI) works to design & diffuse high impact global healthcare innovations and to reduce health inequalities worldwide. www.imperial.ac.uk/global-health-innovation
King’s College London
Work to develop a new, adaptive and future-proof mobile network architecture for 5G has now started after a consortium composed of 13 partners, including King’s College London, and other leading industry vendors, operators, IT companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and academic institutions joined forces in early 2015. www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/news/newsrecords/2015/July/KingsjoinsEuropeanIndustryandacademicleadersasworkstartson5G.aspx
Standards and regulation
The UK is providing global thought leadership around regulation and standards for digital health. It’s important that all innovators are aware of the standards, best practices and regulations in this area as they have a major impact on the success of services in health and care. Below are some resources, which may be able to help.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
The MHRA regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion in the UK. MHRA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health. www.mhra.gov.uk
DHACA is a non-profit sector-led organisation that furthers the cause of digital health and care systems in the UK and Europe, championing scalability and interoperability. Originally known as “i3i” under the i-focus dallas project, DHACA is now an independent membership-led body of statutory and private service providers, manufacturers, software developers, consumer representative bodies, regulatory bodies, trade bodies and others in the UK who want to create an opportunity to develop large-scale, collaborative business models through the promotion of open standards, collaborative architectures, and interoperability. www.dhaca.org.uk
BSI is a business standards company that produces standards across a wide variety of industry sectors. Its codes of practice and specifications cover management and technical subjects ranging from business continuity management to quality requirements.
Digital innovations have the ability to transform health and care
DigitalHealth.London is a programme aiming to speed up the development and scaling of digital innovations across health and care, and pioneer their adoption by the NHS. We match innovators with NHS demand, and support them to navigate the UK health environment.