This month, I was delighted to be asked to speak on a panel at Wayra’s Telefonica Summit, which was about disruptive technologies and where we see them heading. There were some interesting points raised that I hadn’t considered, or in some instances even heard of, before. I was surprised to hear that some couples, prior to marriage, are now getting their genetic profiles analysed. Whilst this could be reassuring, I worry that this data could be unreliable, lead to complacency in lifestyle, or of course, cause upset if there aren’t treatments available. Consumer health tech is moving so quickly and it’s exciting to be in the midst of it.
The main focus for MedCity at the moment is London Tech Week in June; we are joining up with Asthma UK, DigitalHealth.London and London Tech Advocates to host an event for digital health SMEs. We aim to provide insight into the region’s healthcare demands that require tech solutions, as well as the funding streams available to companies to help get their ideas off the ground. We will have space for about 200 attendees so do register your interest here and we will be announcing the speakers over the next few weeks.
We are partnering with Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles to run an event looking at how digital technologies are supported to work with healthcare systems in different markets. We will be discussing the work of DigitalHealth.London and the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator – powered by Techstars. We will be sharing ways of working and looking for opportunities to work more closely together. If you are going to be at BIO, or are interested in attending this event, which will take place in Los Angeles on the afternoon of Thursday 22nd June, please do get in touch. We are also partnering with the BIA on an evening event on the evening of Monday, 19th June, at BIO – more on that to come.