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by Mark Steedman, PhD
This week is World Glaucoma Week, aimed at raising awareness around glaucoma – a group of eye diseases that lead to damage to the optic nerve and can cause permanent vision loss. World Glaucoma Week encourages people to have regular eye checks to detect glaucoma (and other eye diseases) early and pursue treatment to preserve their vision.1
By Terri Cooper, PhD, and Dr. Stephanie Allen
In our Predictions 2022 report, The future awakens, we highlight as one of our six predictions that ‘the culture in health care is being transformed by digital technologies’, with smart health care delivering more cost-effective patient-centred care through digitally-enabled hospitals. This week’s blog first appeared as a US Center for Health Solutions blog, A view from the Center. It discusses in more detail how rapidly-evolving technologies and growing consumerism, along with demographic and economic changes, are already disrupting hospitals and considers how several megatrends might impact how hospitals of the future are staffed, sized, and designed.
On Monday 19th of February we launched the UK cut of our Time to care report at a jointly sponsored Cambridge Health Network event at the Deloitte offices here in London. Our UK report builds on our larger European study, launched last November, which examined the workforce challenges and actions needed to secure a sustainable clinical workforce for the future in 15 countries across Europe. Our UK report takes a deeper look at the research evidence collected for the European report, including the crowdsourced survey of hospital doctors and nurses. We supplemented the research with further interviews, data analysis, literature reviews and insights from Deloitte staff working with NHS and private sector clients across the four UK countries. Although we acknowledge the significant challenges currently facing the hospital and wider healthcare sector, we identify a huge amount of positivity and commitment from employers and staff and highlight 17 evidence based case examples of innovative approaches to tackling staff recruitment, retention and deployment.
In November 2017 we published our report Time to care: Securing a future for the hospital workforce in Europe. The research for the report examined how hospitals in 14 countries across Europe are responding to the challenge of clinical workforce shortages in the face of growing demands from people with more complex health care needs. It identified universal concern about workforce shortages and the lack of time for hands-on care. Last week, Deloitte Ireland published it’s Time to care report supplement, based on its analysis of our research evidence on the Irish healthcare system, particularly the findings from the Irish cohort of our crowdsourced survey.
As discussed in our report The future awakens: Life Sciences and Health Care Predictions 2022, incorporating technologies into our health care systems is crucially important if we are to improve both the patient journey and the efficiency and effectiveness of our health care services. This week’s blog is by Terri Cooper, Deloitte’s Global Health Care Sector Leader and first featured as a US Centre blog in November 2017.1 Her blog examines the ways technology can improve the delivery of health care, and reviews some of the key use cases developed by 33 participants in a crowdsourced simulation exercise facilitated by the US Center for Health Solutions.
This week Deloitte launched its report, 2018 Global health care outlook: The evolution of smart health care - which looks at the challenges health care will be facing in 2018 and the strategies that can be utilised to alleviate the pressures facing the sector globally. This week’s blog highlights some of the key findings from the report and their implications for the UK.
Stories give people permission to talk – they give staff, patients and their families a voice that touches everyone who listens. Last week we published our report Time to care which highlights the importance of supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of hospital staff in order to ensure a sustainable and effective workforce. This Thursday I attended an inspiring event called ‘The DNA of Care’, a shared learning event hosted by NHS England. The event showcased a series of digital stories developed by Patient Voices and an evaluation of how digital stories are being used to provide a voice to NHS staff as part of their DNA of Care project.1 During the event I was struck by the power of staff stories and how these stories could help tackle some of the challenges identified in our research. I have long been a strong advocate of the power of digital stories. This week’s blog shares some of my insights from this event and why I believe digital stories are not only incredibly impactful and cathartic for the people involved in telling their stories, but can help others understand the amazing courage, resilience and compassion of NHS staff.
Access to high-quality health care is a fundamental human right, for improving the health of both individuals and the population as a whole. Health professionals are the most important asset in any health system and represent a significant investment. While countries differ in how they fund health care, how much they are prepared to pay for services and which services they prioritise, the quality of care is dependent on having the right professionals with the right skills in the right place at the right time. This week we launched our latest report, Time to care: Securing a future for the hospital workforce in Europe. The overarching theme is a universal concern about workforce shortages and the lack of time for hands-on care. Countries across Europe are facing increasing challenges with regard to the growing demands placed on the workforce which raises important questions about the sustainability of current workforce models. Having led the research for this report for the past six months, this week’s blog provides my take on the report’s key findings, the challenges identified and some of the potential solutions to these challenges.
In 2014 we launched our first predictions report - Healthcare and life sciences predictions 2020: A bold future? It provided an intentionally positive and provocative view of what the world might look like in 2020. Since then the pace and scale of innovation has meant that some of these predictions are already a reality, while some are still some way off; yet others may never happen. Moreover, in the intervening years, the life sciences and health care industries are waking up to the fact that new science, automation and robotics will have a significant impact on the future of work. Last week we launched our newest predictions report - ‘The future awakens: Life Sciences and health care predictions 2022’. This week’s blog provides an overview of our six predictions and an example of the evidence today that enables us to say with some confidence what tomorrow might look like.
Discussing a long standing health concern is difficult for anyone. However, men have a more difficult time in firstly realising they may have a health issue and secondly discussing it in an open way which would benefit their treatment. Crucial to improving the long term health of men is increasing public education on often understated issues in men’s health, and fostering an environment in which health issues can be discussed openly and without ridicule. This week’s blog, by Amen Sanghera, one of two analysts here at the centre, looks into the issues men have regarding discussing health concerns and the work charities, such as Movember, do to raise awareness for key issues in men’s health.