The ECHA (European Connected Health Alliance) is designed to be link between business and the health service. I recently attended a meeting to learn more about opportunities for innovation in collaboration between technology and healthcare.
It was interesting to hear examples of doctors and hospitals pioneering technology on the ground. Tools like Skype are beginning to allow consultants to check in with patients who don't necessarily need to travel for a face-to-face appointment.
Though, as one speaker admitted health care tends to lag behind by 8 to 10 years in terms of its adoption of technology.
The sheer scale of the challenge of coordinating change across an organisation the size of the NHS makes it likely that this gap will only widen.
The lasting impression was that the disruptive change required to move healthcare forward is going to come not from within, but from patients empowered by better access to personalised information.