Changing Health discusses how to improve diabetes care at scale with DPC2017 speaker Tony Willis, Clinical Director for Diabetes at the North West London Collaboration of CCGs.
Type 2 diabetes prevention is climbing rapidly towards the top of the public health agenda as an estimated 4 million people now find themselves living with the condition. That figure is expected to rise to a record 4.9 million if current trends continue.
Changing Health Director of Business Development Mark Scorringe shares some lessons from DigitalHealth.London
The world of NHS commissioning is a complex one. Decisions are made based on all manner of structures and processes, which for the innovative start-ups looking to transform healthcare provision, can be difficult to navigate.
Sharing new insights into how these structures and processes work was the aim of the DigitalHealth.London event Navigating the NHS for entrepreneurs. It provided an intense educational session for entrepreneurs trying to implement or scale innovations within the NHS, using better knowledge of the system to overcome practical barriers to adoption.
It was also a chance for dialogue with other innovative companies in the digital healthcare space, facilitating better understanding of the opportunities and challenges each are addressing.
The day made clear that even the most promising innovators have difficulties getting in front of key decision makers to make their case. Changing Health is fortunate in that the company meets an important and clearly defined need, the prevention of Type 2 diabetes through better education, and our business case addresses policy drivers already in play.
But the infrastructure for digital procurement is yet to be defined, and although Changing Health makes a compelling financial case and is proven to improve health outcomes, finding the right contacts to adopt the service at scale is a big challenge. Start-ups need to be nimble and proactive to find their way through an ever-changing commissioning landscape that differs from location to location.
“Start-ups need to be nimble and proactive to find their way through an ever-changing commissioning landscape that differs from location to location.“
“Commissioners need to get better at talking and innovators need to get better at listening,” said Care City Chief Executive John Craig. Crossing the bridge from developing a great product to delivering innovations at scale is about more than just recognising potential; it’s about gaining a through and complete understanding of the problem to be addressed.
Crucially, it’s also about retaining the flexibility to iterate quickly. According to Amanda Begley, Director of Innovations at UCL Partners, “Innovators need to understand the adopter context of their products”. In other words, Changing Health needs to know what keeps its users up and night and adapt the offering to ensure it addresses that problem.
With an improved knowledge of the mechanisms and processes supporting innovation in the NHS – thanks in part to support from the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator navigators, among others – Changing Health will be able to build an even more compelling evidence base for Commissioners.
“Changing Health will be able to build an even more compelling evidence base for Commissioners.“
As the NHS embarks on a culture shift towards digital, Changing Health is one of the innovators leading the way. Embracing digital gives the NHS the potential to address crises like diabetes quickly, cheaply and effectively – and transform healthcare provision for good.
Meet the author Mark Scorringe, Changing Health Business Development Director, on our team page.
A ground-breaking new study by academics from Newcastle University has proven Type 2 Diabetes is reversible in just 12 weeks, as shown on the BBC1 documentary How to Stay Young.
Tina C, 45, used the Changing Health service, which combines digital diabetes education with behavioural change coaching, to adopt a healthy diet she could sustain and an effective exercise plan over the 12 week study. She is now diabetes and medication free.
It’s easy to assume our bodies are in good shape. After all, if you don’t feel overweight and there aren’t imminent heath problems on the horizon, there’s no need to take action. Right? Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. That’s what Alison Richards, a 50 year old mother from Surrey, discovered when she took part in a 12-week study for BBC1’s How to Stay Young.
Tim Belton, a 52 year old chef from Aviemore, Scotland, didn’t realise the extent to which our lifestyles impact on our “body age”. That was until participating in a 12-week study for BBC1’s How to Stay Young showed him that how old we are isn’t only defined by our birth certificate.
Driving new, innovative approaches to healthcare provision in the NHS isn’t easy. Making the case for change to commissioners, in a healthcare landscape fraught with complications, is one of the biggest challenges facing start-ups addressing unmet needs.
That’s where the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme comes in. Now in its second year of three, it aims to “speed up the development and scaling of digital innovations across health and care, and pioneer their adoption by the NHS”
The evidence that Type 2 diabetes is preventable is mounting. In fact, our own clients’ experiences show that among some people, it’s completely reversible. And making that happen is all about change – empowering people to make substantive, lasting improvements to their diet, exercise habits and lifestyle.
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One in four adults in the UK is obese.
Thousands of people across England with type Thousands of people across England with type 2 diabetes will become the Vrst to be given access to a 2 diabetes will become the Vrst to be given access to a ground-breaking digital tool to help them make lifestyle ground-breaking digital tool to help them make lifestyle changes and live healthier lives. changes and live healthier lives.
Now GPs in parts of London, Birmingham and Manchester will be able to ‘‘refer’ patients diagnosed with the condition to an app which is scientiVcally proven to help people improve their condition by eating less and moving more.
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Long term medical conditions like Type 2 diabetes have become commonplace. People seem almost resigned to ‘the diabetes’ as an inevitable part of ageing. But this condition has a significant impact on individuals and society. Someone with diabetes quality of life will be poorer and they won’t live as long as a person without it - and the costs of looking after a diabetes patient are skyrocketing.
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