Mar 022013
 

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HANDI has arranged a meeting in London on 20th March for members who think they might be interested in tapping into the 75M€ European Union ICT Policy Support Programme – Themes of the latest call include: ICT for health, ageing well-being and inclusion and Digital content, open data and creativity – Both of which are relevant to many HANDI members.

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I was recently introduced to LiveCode a cross platform development tool that makes it easy to develop apps. LiveCode is about to go open-source and it looks to me that it is amongst the best tools of its type. If you’re a developer or someone who thought it would be too hard to become a developer LiveCode is worth a look.

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Our NE Cluster is planning a meeting to look at Social value and health apps The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 requires buyers of public services to consider the widest range of social benefits in procurement decisions. HANDI hope that this meeting will provide some guidance on what this means for app developers and commissioners of services. We are particularly interested in finding some NHS Commissioners in the NE to work with us if you can help or want to know more email ne@handihealth.org

One of  HANDI's founder's Sarah Amani of Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust has just released an app she has help develop with young service users which can help young people make informed choices about what to do to improve your mental health. The app “My Journey” is a good example of how apps can help in the mental health field and the design approach a exemplar of user centred design See:

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We are working hard to build activity in our local clusters and in particular to get our new Scottish and NW Clusters off the ground – This needs people willing to take a leadership role if you can help please email me ewan@handihealth.org

I recently spoke at Healthcare Apps – Maximising the Impact in Liverpool - A great event with some interesting presentations these are now available online via the link below. Richard Brady’s presentation on App quality has some worrying findings and is a must read for anyone interested in app quality as is the presentation from Neil Ebenezer from the MHRA on the Medical Devices Directive. While on a more upbeat note the case studies of some successful apps are also worth looking at

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