Healthcare in Thoughts from the Centre

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

'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

Technology and culture could expand roles for women working in hospitals

by Terri Cooper, Global Health Care Sector Leader and Chief Inclusion Officer, Deloitte LLP


Inclusion and equality are important forces impacting health care systems globally. Last month the UK government, following legislation introduced in April 2017, made it mandatory for organisations with 250 or more employees to report annually on their gender pay gap.1 The first annual publications shows that for all NHS trust staff, the mean gender pay gap in hourly pay is 15 per cent and the median is 17.4 per cent. While most NHS trusts have gaps that favour men, a few have pay gaps that favour women.

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Posted on 27/04/2018 | 0 Comments

Time to care: recognising the different needs of the hospital workforce

by Karen Taylor


Earlier this week I presented the key findings from our February 2017 report, Time to care: Securing a future for the hospital workforce in the UK, at a breakfast meeting at Northern Ireland’s NHS Confederation (NICON) conference highlighting the hospital workforce challenges and potential solutions for hospitals in the UK. In discussing our findings with an engaged audience, a particularly emotive issue was highlighted – the challenges facing our older and more experienced members of staff. Our research suggests that introducing more flexible working and addressing some of the hygiene factors identified in our report could help address this problem. I therefore thought I would use this week’s blog to explore this issue in more detail.

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Posted on 20/04/2018 | 0 Comments

Beyond bitcoin: Five possible uses for blockchain in health care

by Greg Reh


Blockchain technology is continually touted to revolutionise the operations of every industry it becomes associated with, and for health care and life sciences this no different. This week’s blog, by Greg Reh, Deloitte’s Global Life Sciences and Health Care Leader, discusses the possible use cases blockchain may have in health care. The blog first appeared in on the US Center for Health Solutions website, part of their My Take series.i

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Posted on 13/04/2018 | 0 Comments

2018: Evolutionary, or revolutionary?

by Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions

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In November 2017 we launched our report - ‘The future awakens: life sciences and health care predictions 2022’ - which provides an overview of six predictions that we believe will transform health care. This article, which first appeared in the Med Tech Innovation (MIT) news magazine,1 discusses the key medical technology innovations that I believe will impact health care in 2018.

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Posted on 29/03/2018 | 0 Comments