Healthcare in Health Solutions

Air Pollution: Don’t you know that I’m toxic?


This week the House of Commons launched a ‘super inquiry‘ into the growing concern around air pollution in Britain. Four select committee panels will combine to examine the latest scientific evidence on how pollution in Britain is impacting health and the environment.1 This week’s blog is by our colleague, Giles Dean, a senior consultant in the firm’s risk advisory ractice; in it he discusses the impact that air pollution can have on our health and what is being done in the UK to tackle the problem.

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Posted on 24/03/2017 | 0 Comments

The March 2017 Budget: how might the money be better spent?


Following a winter of media headlines that portrayed the NHS and social care as buckling under the strain of rising demand and difficulties in accessing services and support; last week’s Budget ended the speculation on how much additional funding would be available. While the inclusion of some immediate interventions aimed at lifting the NHS and social care out of their current predicament was welcomed, as the dust settles concerns are emerging from many quarters that the budget doesn’t go far or wide enough. This week’s blog explores the main budget proposals and what this means for social care and the NHS.

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Posted on 16/03/2017 | 0 Comments

M&A in Life Sciences set for revival in 2017


This week our colleague Sriram Prakash, Deloitte’s global lead for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) insight, published the cross industry M&A Index Outlook for 2017.1 This week’s blog draws on the report to explore the outlook for, and key drivers of, M&A in the Life Sciences industry in 2017.

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Posted on 09/03/2017 | 0 Comments

Laying the Groundwork for Value-Based Healthcare in Europe


This week’s blog is by our colleagues, Elisabeth Aloy and David Pistor, a Director and Senior Manager who specialise in life sciences and healthcare within the firms consulting practice in Switzerland. The article recently appeared in Scrip1  and outlines the five design principles that should be considered in order to create a successful value based care pilot.

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Posted on 03/03/2017 | 0 Comments

Lessons from India: how innovation is transforming healthcare in India


This week’s blog is written by our research analyst Surbhi Mehta, who is based in the Deloitte India office in Hyderabad and has been working with the UK Centre for Health Solutions team for the past six months. The inspiration for her blog came from a Deloitte report India-UK Technology Collaborations- Smart cities, digital healthcare, advanced manufacturing and women in technology, launched in November 2016 at the India-UK Technology Summit. The focus of this blog is on how digital technology is transforming access to and the quality of healthcare in India.

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Posted on 23/02/2017 | 0 Comments

The forecast for life sciences in 2017: Collaboration, value-based care, and new operating models

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Last week’s blog featured the Centre’s take on Deloitte’s recently published 2017 Global healthcare outlook; this week we are delighted to share with you a recent article by Greg Reh, Deloitte's global life sciences leader, on Deloitte’s 2017 Global life science outlook: Thriving in today’s uncertain market. This highlights the key challenges, trends and opportunities facing the global life science industry in 2017 and beyond and what is currently being done or could be done to respond to these challenges.

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Posted on 16/02/2017 | 0 Comments

2017 Global healthcare outlook: Making progress against persistent challenges

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In January, Deloitte published its 2017 Global healthcare sector outlook, which confirms that the challenges of providing and funding health care around the globe have remained fairly persistent over the past few years, and they are unlikely to change in 2017. These, all too familiar challenges, comprise: rising demand and associated costs, growing prevalence of chronic diseases and comorbidities, development of costly clinical innovations; and increasing patient expectations and continued economic turbulence. While these challenges may appear somewhat intractable, green shoots of recovery are now being seen in some areas. This week’s blog highlights the key findings from the global healthcare sector report that we believe will resonate with our readers.

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Posted on 10/02/2017 | 0 Comments

Defining a drug’s value: Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?


This week’s blog is written by our US colleague, Sonal Shah, a Senior Manager in our Deloitte US Center for Health Solutions and first appeared in A view from the Center, Deloitte's Life Sciences & Health Care Blog.1 Sonal worked closely with us on our recent report Balancing the R&D equation: Measuring the return from pharmaceutical innovation 2016, conducting interviews with pharmaceutical companies based in the US and deriving key insights for the report chapters on ‘Increasing pipeline value’ and ‘Reducing costs to launch’. Her blog considers the differences in interpretation that the main stakeholders might assign to the concept of value and how understanding and delivering against these different definitions of value, while challenging, will be necessary if drug innovation is to be sustained.

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Posted on 03/02/2017 | 0 Comments

Innovative approaches to improving global access to palliative and end-of-life care


I am delighted to use this week’s blog to introduce the Centre’s new Manager, Mark Steedman. After studying bioengineering and completing a PhD in the San Francisco Bay Area and a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in London, Mark has spent the past four years analysing global health policy. His recent work has involved research into topics such as palliative and end-of-life care, maternal and newborn health, design in healthcare and electronic health records. His blog this week focusses on his background researching innovative approaches to improving access to palliative and end-of-life care, a topic we explored recently in our report Vital Signs: how to deliver better healthcare across Europe, in 2014 in our report Transforming care at the end-of-life and in 2013 in the report Dying Healed: transforming end-of-life care through innovation, which Mark and I co-authored for the 2013 World Innovation Summit for Health.

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Posted on 27/01/2017 | 0 Comments

Helping to achieve truly person centred care


Our recent report Vital Signs: how to deliver better healthcare across Europe highlighted, as one of our vital signs, patient engagement and empowerment. This week’s blog, by one of our colleagues in our Irish member firm, Gary Comiskey, caused me to reflect on the report and to wonder if we had omitted a key element of patient engagement, specifically the need to recognise that patients are first and foremost people with individual needs and goals, and that staff need to engage more with the person being treated. Don’t take my word for this, but read Gary’s blog below and decide for yourselves.

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Posted on 19/01/2017 | 0 Comments