Digital health group takes on Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale (dallas) legacy

15 Dec 2015, 1:51 pm

DHACA is to focus on taking products and services from the Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale programme to market

A push has begun to take a group of digital self-care tools, developed under Innovate UK’s Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale (dallas) programme, to market with a new organisation beginning to host the work.

DHACAIndustry organisation the Digital Health and Care Alliance (DHACA) has taken responsibility for the dallas workstreams, following a three year programme in which it has produced a handful of products and services to help people take more responsibility for their health.

DHACA is a new sector-wide organisation set up by i-focus, which is aiming to break down in taking the technologies to market. It is receiving funding for the post-dallas work from Innovate UK and additional support from the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network.

The programme is overseen by Innovate UK, which has provided £19 million in funding, backed up by £1 million from the National Institute for Health Research and £5 million from the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise.

Four consortia

It has involved projects that have looked at how new ideas and technology can be used to improve the way people live as they get older, and brought together four consortia of technology companies and public service organisations: i-focus, Year Zero, More Independt (Mi) and Living it Up (LiU).

Among the products developed under dallas are the House of Memories smartphone app, which was co-designed by people with dementia and their families for Mi programme in Liverpool. It has also led to Sitkit’s development of the eRedBook digital version of the child health record.

The programme has been independently evaluated by the University of Glasgow and has identified a number of lessons learned for the future roll out of the tools.

DHACA represents nearly 600 members across health and social care, including commissioners, providers, sector bodies, regulators and patient groups, together with tech firms ranging from micro SMEs and start-ups to major global brands

Changing lives

Its managing director, Charles Lowe, said: “dallas has already contributed to changing the lives of many people for the better and, when we look back in two years’ time, we’ll see some remarkable progress from these changes.”

Zahid Latif, head of health and care at Innovate UK said: “It’s Innovate UK’s job to think about the future. Our ageing population and changing lifestyle means that the way that health and care are provided in the UK must change.

“There is no escaping this reality and service innovation and technology will have to be an important part of that change.

“We established the dallas programme to address these key issues. Innovation doesn’t just happen, it needs a collaborative approach and a diverse mix of people across a number of sectors focused on removing barriers, and with the right funding to start solving the critical issues. I’m pleased to say that the dallas programme has been an important catalyst in cracking this difficult challenge.”