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Last week we published our report ‘Vital Signs: How to deliver better healthcare across Europe’, which focussed predominantly on what good care might look like. The report highlights three common enablers across all seven vital signs intended to help transform healthcare services: standardising systems and processes, workforce working differently and the adoption of health technology. This week’s blog provides deeper insight into the Partnership Vital Sign, with a focus on the benefits that can be derived from building successful digital partnerships between life sciences and technology companies. This blog, authored by Roland Foxcroft one of our Monitor Deloitte colleagues, appeared in Scripi and is the first in a series of exclusive columns that Deloitte is providing to Scrip, and which we agreed we would subsequently share with our readers.
Health systems in Europe are diverse, the result of history, culture and the economic and political environment in which they operate. They range from predominantly single-payer systems, such as the UK and Spain, which tend to spend a lower amount of their resources (Gross Domestic Product (GDP)) on healthcare; to systems of competing insurers and providers such as Germany and the Netherlands, which are two of Europe’s highest spenders on healthcare. Understanding what makes an effective healthcare system is therefore quite challenging. This week’s blog summarises the findings in our new report, Vital Signs- How to deliver better healthcare across Europe.
Digital technology is helping to transform the way citizens interact with service providers across all service industries. The time is now ripe for changing the relationship between health and social care commissioners and providers and service users. This week’s Thought from the Centre blog brings you the views of our lead partner for social services on the need for an increased focus on digital transformation across health and social care through the adoption of a more ‘digital mindset’.
Keep calm and carry on: How can the healthcare and life sciences industries weather the Brexit storm?
We have now had the best part of a week to absorb the momentous news that the UK has voted to leave the European Union. Much has been written about this seismic event and, following our blog in February this year, on what Brexit might mean for the healthcare and life sciences industries,i we thought we should use this week’s blog to update our views on the potential risks and opportunities for our life sciences and healthcare sectors.
This week’s blog is by one of the directors in our health consulting business, who is currently on secondment to Australia, building her knowledge and experience of other health care systems and hoping to take the best practice from the UK to support Australia to deliver sustainable, high quality health services, and to bring their good ideas back here.
In 2014 we published a report on End of Life Care in the UK and subsequently have written a number of related blogs on this important subject. This week’s blog has been written by a member of our team, based in India, who was motivated to write it having helped us with our research for our upcoming report on ‘Vital Signs: How to deliver better healthcare across Europe - which includes palliative and end of life care as one of the seven vital signs and highlights its importance as a quality measure healthcare system performance.
This week’s blog is by one of our partners in our health consulting business on a two-year secondment to the UK from the US. Dr Robert Williams (Dr Bob to all who know him) is helping us to leverage his knowledge and experience in our work with NHS organisations, particularly in relation to population health management and IT implementation. Over to Dr Bob!
This week we’re delighted to feature an article written by our US colleague Harry Greenspun – MD, Director, Center for Health Solutions. In his ‘my take’ Harry discusses medical schools and their ability to prepare doctors for the new world of healthcare:
My oldest son Benjamin and I have shared a lot of great experiences, including playing in a rock band together. When he decided long ago that he wanted to follow in my footsteps and be a doctor, I knew what was in store for him. He worked incredibly hard through high school and then tirelessly in college. He suffered through organic chemistry just as I did, and, now nearing the finish line, awaits his MCAT scores. Relatively unchanged from when I took them in 1985, he will be judged on his knowledge of biology, physics, psychology, reasoning, and other pre-med requirements. With his scores in hand, he will apply, interview, and (hopefully) be accepted to medical school.
Over the last 15 months some of our Monitor Deloitte colleagues have been working with the Office of Life Sciences to help the UK establish a programme of accelerated access to clinical innovation for NHS patients and a healthy environment for the Life sciences industry. This week’s blog introduces the latest results of our involvement – the publication of a ‘How to Guide’ from early idea development through to large scale adoption.
In our report in 2014, Better care for frail older people, we identified, among many other concerns, the issue of chronic loneliness which evidence suggests is as bad for health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Indeed, I had previously written a blog in 2013 on Chronic Loneliness - the next Public Health Challenge. I was therefore delighted when one of our new joiners, offered to write this week’s blog on tackling loneliness in older people, based on her first-hand experience and I hope that if more of us implement some of the suggestions then we can start to reverse this rising trend.
Last May I wrote about the launch of the Dying Matters Awareness Week (DMAW), whose theme, ‘Talk Plan Live’, highlighted the importance of talking about dying and, importantly, of planning ahead.i On Monday evening (9th May), I attended the launch of this year’s campaign, ‘The Big Conversation: Talking about dying won’t make it happen!’ Once again, the aim is to encourage people to talk to their loved ones about dying so that their wishes can be met and important things are not left unsaid.ii Whilst death happens to all of us, most of us still do not feel comfortable talking about dying, death or bereavement. I hope that by sharing my own personal story, this week’s blog might help encourage you to feel more comfortable talking about the only certainty in all our lives.