Revitalizing PCHA

I’ve just returned from the Continua Summer Summit in Amsterdam, where we officially launched PCHA’s new strategy and shared our vision for better health and well-being for all through increased personal ownership, responsibility, and self-efficacy enabled by technology. We also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Continua Design Guidelines.

The reaction to our new strategy has been extremely positive, and the momentum and energy are building for what I am sure will be an exciting new movement to harness innovation for better health.

In summary, PCHA will focus on five strategic roles, and I’m pleased to report progress in the following areas:

  • Thought leader. A new PCHA advisory council will initially help us lay the foundation for work over the next four years and give visibility to key opportunities and challenges in personal connected health. Additionally, with HIMSS, we are Gold Sponsors of the 1776 Challenge Cup Festival Health Forum this week in Washington, DC, where I moderated a lively panel on the transformative potential of personal health data.
  • Convener. The PCHA team is hard at work on a new approach and program for the 2016 Connected Health Conference (December 11-14, 2016 in Washington, DC), aligning with PCHA’s focus on better health and wellness for all. We have also partnered again with the Global Digital Health Network to ensure a robust global health focus in the collocated Global Digital Health Forum. The CHC Call for Presentations is open until June 24th and the Global Digital Health Forum Call for Presentations is open until  June 30.  We invite submissions from across the field and throughout the world.
  • Galvanizer for collective action. We have identified the topic of healthy aging for our first multi-year-long initiative to promote the adoption and effective use of personal connected health devices.
  • Advocate. We anticipate an important development supporting interoperability in the EU that will bring attention to the Continua Design Guidelines as the solution for user-friendly, end-to-end interoperability in personal connected health and continue to grow the number of countries who are adopting the guidelines. The Continua brand is a beacon for the simple exchange of data that is the backbone of personal connected health.
  • Coach. PCHA aims to continually raise the bar and monitor progress in the field, including results coming later this year from a global connected health survey, which we hope will become an annual benchmark for progress.

This week, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Continua Design Guidelines, which are core to the achievement of PCHA’s mission.  The Continua Design Guidelines have the support of leading organizations to bring Continua certified products to the market, including Philips, Roche, A&D Medical, Fujitsu, Nonin and Sharp.

Great thanks also go to the dedicated individuals who comprise the PCHA board, the PCHA team, the broader HIMSS leadership and family, and leading industry organizations and associations that have made PCHA possible.

I invite you review PCHA’s new strategy and join us in improving health and wellbeing for all people throughout the world.