Ahead of the Wearable Technology Show’s – Digital Health Technology Show – taking place 7-8 March at ExCeL London, Digital Health Age speaks to Bryn Sage, chief executive of digital health company Inhealthcare.
Bryn Sage is one of the show’s keynote panelists and has over 30 years’ experience in the technology industry.
Please sum up your conference session in one sentence
UK entrepreneurs have developed the technology to transform health and social care in the UK, so why isn’t the NHS adopting it?
Who needs to hear what you’ve got to say?
Commissioners of health and social care need to know that digital health can safely and securely improve patients’ lives and reduce pressure on their services. Consumers need to know that the technology exists to empower them to take greater control over their own health and they should demand that the NHS embraces it like other major industries such as retail and banking.
What is the biggest challenge facing the digital health industry this year and why?
Doctors and nurses have too much on their plate to think about digital health or wearable tech. But if data could be aggregated and given to them when they want it as part of a joined-up system it could easily work. Clinicians would only need to be alerted if there are genuine concerns about patients.
And what is the biggest opportunity for the industry and why?
The public health sector in the UK does not have the capacity to deal with the blizzard of information created by wearable tech. The opportunity is for technology companies to create that capacity so patients can be monitored remotely. The potential to improve public health and save billions of pounds is enormous. We believe 2017 will be the tipping point. Things have to change.
Where do you see wearables in five years’ time?
The Internet of Things is here but it is not joined up. The digital infrastructure to support the connectivity is in its infancy. Our sister company intechnologyWiFi is investing to grow this infrastructure in towns and cities across the UK with its free public WiFi service. Soon, everything will be enabled. If the Government gets it right, the NHS could be at the forefront of connected healthcare systems.
Why are you looking forward to speaking at/attending WTS17?
I am looking forward to being among fellow technologists and as a veteran of CES in Las Vegas I am also looking forward to not being jet lagged! I love to be inspired by seeing all the innovations in one place. Taking ideas to market is an incredible thing to be involved with.