Anxiety – a personal perspective of this mental health issue, following a career break

By Debi Rhodes, COO & Clients & Industries Lead, Life Sciences & Healthcare


As part of last week’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Deloitte ran a number of events to raise the profile of this important issue and the support that is available to people. One of the messages that resonated with me was the importance of talking and sharing personal stories. Having just returned from maternity leave, it felt timely to share my brief experience of one of the mental health issues that temporarily affected me, but is an ongoing challenge for so many people – anxiety.

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Posted on 25/05/2018 | 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

How harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution could radically improve patient care

by Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions


This week I attended the launch of a new report, “Powerful Patients, Paperless Systems: How new technology can renew the NHS”.1 The report, authored by Alan Mak MP, Member of Parliament for Havant, and founder of the All Party-Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), was published by the Centre for Policy Studies, and proposes ambitious reforms to the NHS. These include shedding paper, pagers and fax machines to create a fully digital NHS that will help patients take control of their treatment. Much of the content resonates with our own thinking, highlighted in our recent reports, – “Time to care: Securing a future for the hospital workforce in the UK” (February 2018) and “The future awakens: Healthcare and Life Sciences Predictions 2022” (November 2017). This week’s blog therefore shares some of the content from the Powerful Patients Paperless Systems (PPPS) report and discusses how this aligns with our own findings and, more importantly, could help health radically improve patient care.

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Posted on 04/05/2018 | 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

Tackling counterfeit medicines in India

by Pratik Avhad


India is one of the leading global producers of low-cost generic medicines due to its high domestic demand and inexpensive manufacturing costs. The country’s pharmaceutical market is the world’s third largest in terms of volume, but the thirteenth largest in value.1 However, counterfeiting is pervasive, with an estimated 20 per cent ($4.3 billion in 2013-14) of India’s drug market comprised of counterfeit drugs.2,3 While counterfeiting is a global issue, it is much more prevalent in low and middle income countries with an estimated 10 to 30 per cent of medicines in these countries being counterfeit, compared to just one per cent of medicines in high-income countries.4

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Posted on 06/04/2018 | 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

Out of HIMSS 2018: Top 5 Takeaways

by Anni Mekhail


The March 2018 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference in Las Vegas provided a wealth of insight into the products, investments, and innovations hitting the healthcare industry. The convention included over 1000 exhibitors, from global tech giants and health focussed incumbents, to numerous academic and research centres, healthcare investors, incubators, and start-up companies. As a doctor working in management consulting, I enjoyed my first experience of HIMSS and came away with some valuable ideas and insights, including my top five takeaways which I highlight below.

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Posted on 23/03/2018 | 0 Comments