Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Co-Creating Health Apps in an E-health Eco System - Sarah Amani NHS Expo 2014


Starting a talk with hard hitting statistics is enough to grab anybody's attention and as soon as Amani said that "mental health accounts for 13% of the NHS budget despite 25% of the cause of the health burden" she definitely had mine for the duration.
People are not passive recipients of health care, we should be educating people to "take ownership of their own health with support" through co-creation. Co-creation is a buzz word flying about at the moment but I am starting to wonder why it is so recent; the concept seems obvious so why is it only being pushed now? The digital world is exploding right before our eyes with around 10 billion units of tablets sold compared to the 1 million units of the desktop computer when it originally came out; now more than ever people can access information within an instant, health care should be jumping on board this revolution with enthusiasm. The opinions of the people can be obtained so quickly now, it seems stupid not to utilise it to improve systems. Turn people from passive recipients of health care into active participants in their own health care. To achieve this we must marry up the person with the health condition with the health care professionals and the organisation to ensure what they are providing is what people need. So obvious!

This all costs money in a horrendous economic climate I hear you say, Amani says otherwise "that saying: doing more for less, it's just doing more differently". Co-creating health apps will have benefits across the board from supporting people to manage their own health to helping health practitioners use time more effectively as people are more aware of how and where to access support.

Evidence of Health Apps comes in the form of the Early Intervention in Psychosis team in Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust with the "My Journey App" to support people experiencing psychosis for the first time:

The future of E-health seems to be going in the direction of old science fiction films, with ideas for use in wearable technology to support both those with a learning disability and dementia to orientate them to time and place. The technology will also be able to ask how they are feeling in order to feed this back to practitioners and provide notification reminders to take medication.

The future of e-health is an exciting one which I'm sure we will all catch up with in the coming years.



  1. If the details, facts and figures are real then this is really an achievement and I would love to follow the news further. I really love to see the enhancement in technology.

  2. This sounds really exciting and I am hopeful to see it improves the health system