Healthcare in Thoughts from the Centre

World Alzheimer’s Day

By Mark Steedman, PhD. Manager Centre for Health Solutions


In the late 1970s, Earth, Wind & Fire released one of their biggest hits – September – with an opening line that has become an internet meme and is widely recognised around the world.

“Do you remember the 21st night of September?”

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Posted on 21/09/2018 | 0 Comments

Is Artificial Intelligence the magic wand Indian health care needs?

by Pratik Avhad 


India’s health care system is facing many challenges, including affordability, quality of care and access to services. India’s GDP per capita income is just $1,940, and out of pocket health care spending is almost 70 per cent, causing hardship for much of India’s population.1,2 In a systematic analysis of data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016, researchers ranked India’s quality of care and access as 145th out of 195 countries.3 However, with the fourth industrial revolution unfolding at pace, Pratik Avhad, the Centre’s India-based analyst, uses this week’s blog to explore whether artificial intelligence (AI) could be the answer to India’s quality and access challenges.

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Posted on 31/08/2018 | 0 Comments

Behind the times: The healthcare worker’s mobile readiness

by Mark Steedman, PhD

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Our colleagues in TMT (Technology, Media & Telecommunications) recently launched the results of their Mobile Readiness for Work 2018 survey of 3,369 workers across multiple industries in the UK. They examined how workers currently use technology and identify opportunities for using mobile devices and apps to improve workers’ productivity. Included in their survey results are responses from healthcare and social workers. This week’s blog explores the responses from healthcare and social workers in more detail, including comparing the responses to some of the insights from our report Time to care: Securing a future for the hospital workforce in the UK.

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Posted on 24/08/2018 | 0 Comments

Envisioning a world without blindness: New treatments for AMD

by Mark Steedman, PhD


This week’s blog is the second in a series focusing on eye health, which we are writing in advance of the launch of a global report on eye health at the November 2018 World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). Our first blog in the series focused on glaucoma. This blog examines in more detail another leading cause of eye morbidity that affects millions of people around the world – age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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Posted on 10/08/2018 | 0 Comments

In the spotlight: How might the appointment of our new Health Secretary impact health and care?

by Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions


In the three weeks since the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday, much has happened. From the appointment of a new Health Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, to the unravelling of the details of the national pay award. Meanwhile, hospital activity shows no let up and concerns over staffing and other resource shortages continue to build. This week’s blog provides my take on the Health Secretary’s maiden speech and its implications for the current health care system.

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Posted on 03/08/2018 | 0 Comments

Blockchain: Picking the right links for the Life Science and Health Care industries

by Amen Sanghera, Analyst, UK Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions and Rui Zhou, Consultant, Deloitte Canada


Blockchain is increasingly touted as the technology that could transform many of the challenges facing healthcare and life sciences; whether it is providing secure and interoperable electronic health records (EHR), increasing the integrity of clinical trials data or improving the transparency of life science’s supply chain operations. While, the technology itself is not revolutionary, using it in the right situation, especially where trust, consensus or immutability are essential to the operations of the Life Science and Health care industries, could be transformational.

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Posted on 27/07/2018 | 0 Comments

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

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

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