Jan 222015

Welcome to the first news update of 2015. We hope that you had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

HANDI still relies on the unpaid efforts of a number of volunteers, and we would like to see more involvement, support and engagement from existing and new members over the coming year.

Initially we would like our membership to increase and for HANDI to continue to grow, and would ask all ‘free’ members to consider upgrading their membership this year to one of the paid levels, and non-members to join us. Membership prices start from only £75.00. You can find out more join / upgrade HERE.

We plan to report more news as the year progresses; in the meantime we hope that the new year has started well for you and that it continues to bring you much happiness, health and opportunities.


HANDI gets involved with a number of events each year. Some of these may be of interest to members, and we would recommend that you keep an eye on our 'EVENTS' tab.


We introduced some ‘paid’ membership levels last year in the hope of raising some additional funds to help HANDI continue its work. Paid-up members of HANDI receive additional membership benefits.  If you are not currently a member of HANDI, please join us; and if you are already a free member please consider upgrading your membership to one of our paid levels.


The HANDI Open Platform Demonstrator (HANDI-HOPD) was created to provide a realistic simulation of what an open digital care ecosystem might look like and to provide a “sandpit” in which interested people can learn about emerging digital technology, and enable developers to learn about and experiment with open data, open interfaces and open standards; creating apps, products and services which if proven in a simulated environment could be easily deployed operationally.

We are delighted that NHS England have agreed to use HANDI-HOPD to power the NHS Code4Health Platform, which will be used to improve the digital literacy of the health and care workforce, enable SMEs to test and develop their ideas and facilitate the creation, curation, reuse and sharing of machine-readable content by health and care professionals.

Code4Health was previewed at the NHS Open Source Open Day in December and has already enabled a number of apps to be built, including a sophisticated ePrescribing product www.OPENeP.org which a number of Trusts will be deploying operationally in 2015.

The Code4Health Programme and its supporting platform will be formally launched by NHS England at the HC2015 Conference during Digital Health Week in London in March http://ukehealthweek.com/ following a number of pilot events in the next couple of months.


We had previously informed that we were going to launch a new website. Plans / work on this have not gone as expected and for the time being our existing website will remain in place.

We are however looking for someone from the HANDI community to take on lead responsibility for site content as our Web Editor. This would involve ensuring the site remained up to date, commissioning people to produce content (i.e. identifying interested stuff and cajoling people to produce content on it) maybe the odd bit of content creation yourself. We are sticking with our current website on WordPress, so the web editing skills required are minimal. If you think you can help, please contact us

 Posted by on January 22, 2015 at 16:41
Jan 082015

Do you use an app or website (including Facebook or Twitter) to help with diabetes or weight loss (bariatric) surgery management? Tell Health App Challenge about it and you get entered into a first prize draw to win £200. The more reviews the more chances to win!

If you have a great idea for a diabetes or weight loss surgery management app that hasn't already been made, let Health App Challenge help you to make it a reality and get paid up to £500. Once your app is published, it will be made available to other patients to try out and review on the Health App Challenge website.

Review one of the Health App Challenge developed apps and get entered into a second prize draw to win £200. The more reviews the more chances to win!

You can take part in 4 ways:

  1. Review existing apps on the Health App Challenge website.
  2. Design a mock-up app (£100 for submitting and showcasing on the website)
  3. Create an app (£300 for submitting and showcasing it on the website) - plus best reviewed mock-up or app team gets an extra £200.
  4. Review the challenge created mock-ups and apps on the website (each review entered into a £200 prize draw).

The last date for submitting an app or mock-up is 2nd February 2015, and the last date for reviewing an app to be included in the prize draw is 16th March 2015.

Health App Challenge are offering support to designers / developers with queries, including technical development, intellectual property rights, medical content and team match-making.

For more information SEE HERE

 Posted by on January 8, 2015 at 17:46
Jan 082015

A recent study conducted by Digital Healthcare Agency, Integrated Change, showed that the NHS is failing to keep pace with the increasingly mobile savvy patients it serves.

The study, which conducted Freedom of Information Requests to a number of NHS trusts, found that, despite a 118% increase in mobile visits to hospital websites, just 43% of these websites are mobile optimised. This means that less than half of NHS hospitals present their content in a way that smartphone users can navigate and access clearly and easily.

Integrated Change Development Director, Scott Hague, comments:  “It’s apparent that patients are incredibly receptive to mobile technology. And the NHS has some brilliant web resources for users and plenty of content for those looking for accurate healthcare information. The sheer volume and quality of what’s available freely to users is certainly something to boast about. However, what the NHS is failing to do is to ensure that this wealth of information is available to users in a format that reflects how they’re trying to access it. You could as far as to say that failing to mobile optimise this content means the investment in maintaining is wasted for a huge proportion of users.”

The study also assessed the mobile apps made available to patients and users by 159 NHS trusts and found just 15% of trusts had invested in mobile apps.

In addition to assessing data surrounding trusts and their mobile offerings, the study interviewed 100 private orthopaedic patients and found almost half would find it useful to be able to make appointments via mobile and access certain information specific to their appointments and treatment.

You can access a full copy of the study HERE

Press Contact Information
Scott Hague, Integrated Change
scott@integratedchange.net - 07833 447470

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 Posted by on January 8, 2015 at 16:49