Medtech and the Internet of Medical Things: How connected medical devices are transforming health care

by Dr. Mark Steedman, Research Manager, Centre for Health Solutions


This week, we launched our report Medtech and the Internet of Medical Things: How connected medical devices are transforming health care. Our report takes an in-depth look at how connectivity is impacting the medtech industry, the challenges and opportunities that medtech companies are facing due to the rise of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), the specific role connected medical devices are playing in the growth of the IoMT and what the future will bring for medtech and the IoMT.

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Posted on 13/07/2018 | 0 Comments

The NHS at 70 – time to celebrate our own independence day

by Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions


As almost everyone knows, the Fourth of July is American Independence day. My premise for this blog is that the 5th July 1948, which marked the birth of the NHS, was in fact the day that people across the UK were liberated from worry and distress over their own health care. Consequently, a fitting tribute to the NHS on its 70th birthday would be to declare 5 July as our own ‘independence day’, and fight with all our might to retain the principles and values of the NHS.

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Posted on 06/07/2018 | 0 Comments

Five barriers that could keep biosimilar manufacturers from cracking the US market

by James Forsyth, Director, Deloitte MCS Limited, and Cameron McClearn, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP


This week’s blog by James Forsyth (Director Deloitte MCS) and Cameron Mclearn (Principle Deloitte Consulting US) featured on the US Center for Health Solutions blog, A view from the Center, earlier this week.1 The article explores the challenges that are keeping biosimilar manufacturers from gaining more traction in the US market.

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Posted on 29/06/2018 | 0 Comments

Caring for Carers: Why everyone has a role to play

by Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions


Last week was National Carers week, the annual awareness campaign aimed at recognising the seven million people across the UK who provide unpaid care for a family member or friend.1 It highlights the enormous challenges that carers face and the vital contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Therefore I thought it timely to reflect on the contribution made to society by the millions of unpaid carers and consider what can be done to support those who provide the much needed, immensely valuable, unpaid care to their family and friends.

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Posted on 22/06/2018 | 0 Comments

The importance of early diagnosis in cancer

by Amen Sanghera


Recently I read that cancer was discovered in a 1.7 million year old ancient human fossil.1 This discovery sparked my interest to understand some of the more recent developments in cancer research and the importance of early diagnosis in successfully treating cancers. Since the 1970s the survival rates for cancer have doubled, with 50 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer now surviving their disease for ten years or more.2

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Posted on 15/06/2018 | 0 Comments

Virtual health: Considering the technology implications

by Tim Smith, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP


This week’s blog by Tim Smith, Deloitte’s national leader for Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) in the US, featured on the US Center for Health Solutions blog, A view from the Center, in March 2018.1 Following the HIMSS18 conference in the March 2018, Tim used the blog to explore the importance, challenges and considerations of virtual care programmes for organisations looking to implement them.

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Posted on 08/06/2018 | 0 Comments

Emerging technologies can boost performance in clinical trials

by Greg Reh, Vice Chairman, US and Global Life Sciences Leader, Deloitte LLP


This week’s blog by Greg Reh, Deloitte’s Global Life Sciences Leader first featured on the US Center for Health Solutions blog, A view from the Center.i In it Greg explores how emerging technologies can improve enrolment in, remove barriers of participation and increase drug adherence in pharma clinical trials.

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Posted on 01/06/2018 | 0 Comments

Anxiety – a personal perspective of this mental health issue, following a career break

By Debi Rhodes, COO & Clients & Industries Lead, Life Sciences & Healthcare


As part of last week’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Deloitte ran a number of events to raise the profile of this important issue and the support that is available to people. One of the messages that resonated with me was the importance of talking and sharing personal stories. Having just returned from maternity leave, it felt timely to share my brief experience of one of the mental health issues that temporarily affected me, but is an ongoing challenge for so many people – anxiety.

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Posted on 25/05/2018 | 0 Comments

'You Only Die Once': Talking about dying matters

By Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions


The National Council for Palliative Care and their Dying Matters Coalition partners hold a Dying Matters Awareness Week in May every year to raise the profile of the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement. This year, the week runs from 14th to the 20th of May, under the banner of ‘What Can You Do... in your community?’ For the past four years, I have written a blog to draw attention to this important subject, as I am a passionate advocate for good end-of-life care for all and know first-hand that failing to talk about the possible death of a loved one can have serious and long-term repercussions.

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Posted on 18/05/2018 | 0 Comments

Parts made to order: The future of tissue engineering is here and now

by Dr. Mark Steedman, Research Manager, Centre for Health Solutions


Our recent report The future awakens: Life sciences and health care predictions 2022, uses evidence from today to predict what the world will look like in the year 2022. One of our predictions, ‘The future of medicine is here and now,’ explores how exponential advances in life-extending and precision therapies will improve patient outcomes. Much of the evidence informing this prediction is derived from advances in areas such as genomics, precision medicine and new cancer treatments, including CAR-T cell therapies. However, advances in other scientific areas, such as tissue engineering, are also gaining traction. This week’s blog explores developments in tissue engineering as a whole and zeros in on an exciting new development in retinal tissue engineering.

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Posted on 11/05/2018 | 0 Comments

How harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution could radically improve patient care

by Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions


This week I attended the launch of a new report, “Powerful Patients, Paperless Systems: How new technology can renew the NHS”.1 The report, authored by Alan Mak MP, Member of Parliament for Havant, and founder of the All Party-Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), was published by the Centre for Policy Studies, and proposes ambitious reforms to the NHS. These include shedding paper, pagers and fax machines to create a fully digital NHS that will help patients take control of their treatment. Much of the content resonates with our own thinking, highlighted in our recent reports, – “Time to care: Securing a future for the hospital workforce in the UK” (February 2018) and “The future awakens: Healthcare and Life Sciences Predictions 2022” (November 2017). This week’s blog therefore shares some of the content from the Powerful Patients Paperless Systems (PPPS) report and discusses how this aligns with our own findings and, more importantly, could help health radically improve patient care.

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Posted on 04/05/2018 | 0 Comments