The Year Ahead: the public health impact of COVID-19

By Karen Taylor, Director, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions

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Earlier this week I joined my fellow Insight Leads as a panellist on a Deloitte Academy virtual event discussing ‘The Year Ahead’.1 My remit was to discuss the current extent and mitigations of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the next 12 months might unfold. Unfortunately, the past month has seen a sharp rise in cases across many countries and the introduction of more severe restrictions. In the UK we have seen the continued escalation in the number of people testing positive, the NHS under more intense pressure than at any other time during the pandemic. The UK has also seen the rollout of two approved vaccines and a third national lockdown. My expectations for the year ahead reflect this increasingly complex and rapidly evolving situation and the developments likely to affect public health during 2021.

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Posted on 15/01/2021 | 0 Comments

Healthcare and life sciences unmasked: A future accelerated by COVID-19

By Karen Taylor, Director, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions

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Over the last few weeks of 2020 we published a series of ten predictions on what the future of healthcare and life sciences looks like in 2025. Each prediction follows the same format, including a number of ‘portraits’ imagining the experience of individuals and organisations in 2025, the evidence today that enables us to predict tomorrow and the common constraints that need to be overcome to realise the prediction. We also considered how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected each prediction. Subsequently, we brought all of the predictions together in one report: The future unmasked: Predicting the future of healthcare and life sciences in 2025 and launched a podcast with senior leaders from our life sciences and healthcare practice discussing how the predictions affect their parts of the industry. I have used this first blog of 2021 to examine the cross cutting constraints that need to be overcome to realise our view of the future.

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Posted on 08/01/2021 | 0 Comments

Movember 2020: Be a man of more words

By Fraser MacDonald-Lister, Analyst, Human Capital, and Jack Hilton, Consultant, Enterprise Technology and Performance

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December is upon us and, around the world, thousands of men are left with cold upper lips where a charity moustache once grew. Movember, the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health, is about much more than just facial hair and fundraising, they are working around the world to grow awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.1 This year, more than 150 Mo Bros, Sistas and Supporters from Deloitte UK took part in the follicular festivities, raising awareness and funds for the charity whilst sparking many conversations across the virtual office.

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Posted on 18/12/2020 | 0 Comments

The future unmasked: conscious care and greater collaboration

By Karen Taylor, Samrina Bhatti and Krissie Ferris, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions

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This is the last week in the staggered launch of the final two predictions in our report ‘The future unmasked: Predicting the future of healthcare and life sciences in 2025’. Our predictions: ‘Healthcare and life sciences companies have prioritised decarbonisation’, and ‘Clusters of trusted partnerships have accelerated innovation’ explore two crucial developments in the evolving relationship between the stakeholders in the health ecosystem. These are the increased priority companies are giving to reducing their carbon footprints and the growth in trusted partnerships and collaborations between stakeholders. We also examine the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had in accelerating the pace of change.

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Posted on 11/12/2020 | 0 Comments

The future unmasked: digitally transformed pharma R&D and supply chains

By Karen Taylor, Samrina Bhatti and Krissie Ferris, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions

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This is week four in the phased launch of the ten predictions in our report ‘The future unmasked: Predicting the future of healthcare and life sciences in 2025’. Each prediction is brought to life by imagining what the experience of individuals might look like in 2025, examples of the evidence today to predict tomorrow, and considers the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on each prediction. These two predictions we have launched this week are focussed on two crucial parts of the biopharma value chain: prediction seven ‘Companies have reversed the decline in the returns from pharma R&D’, and prediction eight ‘Next generation supply chains are integrated into healthcare and the patient experience’.

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Posted on 04/12/2020 | 0 Comments

The future unmasked: In 2025, healthcare is integrated, digital-first, and patient-centred

By Karen Taylor, Samrina Bhatti and Krissie Ferris, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions

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This is week three in our staggered launch of our predictions report ‘The future unmasked: Predicting the future of healthcare and life sciences in 2025’. This week, we have released predictions five and six: ‘Care is designed around people not place’ and ‘Medtech and the IOMT are crucial drivers of value-based care’. This week’s blog explores these two predictions.

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Posted on 30/11/2020 | 0 Comments

The future unmasked: how healthcare professionals will work differently in 2025

By Karen Taylor, Samrina Bhatti and Krissie Ferris, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions

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Last week, we published the first two of our ten predictions in our report, ‘The future unmasked: Predicting the future of healthcare and life sciences in 2025’. This week, we launch predictions three and four, ‘Clinicians are empowered by new diagnostic and treatment paradigms’ and ‘The who, what and where of work re-architected’. This week’s blog provides an overview of predictions three and four.

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Posted on 20/11/2020 | 0 Comments

The future unmasked: healthy ageing and better public health

By Karen Taylor, Samrina Bhatti and Krissie Ferris, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions

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Over the past few months we have been developing ten predictions for our report, The future unmasked: Predicting the future of healthcare and life sciences in 2025. The predictions are brought to life through a number of ‘portraits’ imagining what the experience of individuals might look like in 2025, together with examples of the evidence available today to predict tomorrow. We also consider the key constraints that will need to be overcome to realise our view of the future and look at the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on shaping each prediction. This week, we have launched the first two of our ten predictions: From health(care) to healthy ageing’, and ‘Better public health drives better productivity. This week’s blog provides a short history of the evolution of our predictions reports and selected highlights from our first two predictions.

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Posted on 13/11/2020 | 0 Comments

State of the State 2020: what are the priorities for health and social care?

By Karen Taylor, Director, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions

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This week, Deloitte together with Reform published their ninth annual report on the ‘State of the State: Government in the pandemic and beyond’, reflecting on the insights provided by extensive new research into the issues facing government and public services across the UK.1 This year, the focus is on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on both the public sector and its citizens. At the heart of the research is an exclusive public survey conducted between August and September 2020, which offers insights into perceptions of public services and public spending during and beyond COVID-19, as well as a public perspective on the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. To mark the publication of this seminal research, this blog provides a deep dive into the findings relevant to health and social care.

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Posted on 06/11/2020 | 0 Comments

Vaccines like it (very) cold – how to build a resilient COVID-19 vaccine supply chain

By Maria João Cruz, PhD, Research Analyst, Centre for Health Solutions, and Jose M. Suárez, Manager, Life Sciences Advisory

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The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed over 1.1 million lives and infected over 45 million people worldwide, numbers that continue to increase.1 Alongside its devastating human impact, the pandemic has exerted unrelenting pressure on pharma and healthcare supply chains. COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of our medical supply chains, and highlighted their global inter-dependencies and vulnerability to shock. We have also experienced major challenges in the medical equipment supply chain, including manufacturing, transport and distribution of testing kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), and ventilators. However, these challenges pale in comparison to the huge task ahead of us in getting life-saving COVID-19 vaccines to people around the world, in record time, to halt the spread of this virus. Importantly, this will have to be done while maintaining production, distribution and administration of other life-saving therapies, including the seasonal flu shots, and other essential medicinal products.

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Posted on 30/10/2020 | 0 Comments

How COVID-19 has exposed the need to improve digital inclusion

By Krissie Ferris, Research Analyst, Centre for Health Solutions

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In February 2020, our report Realising digital-first primary care highlighted the limited progress in achieving the NHS Long Term Plan’s ambition for all patients to have access to online primary care services by 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed this irreversibly. In a matter of weeks, healthcare teams moved most of their non-emergency, face-to-face consultations online in an effort to maintain access while keeping themselves and their patients safe. What these past nine months have also shown is the impact of the digital divide on those who are unable to access or use online services and digital technologies. The groups disproportionately affected by the divide are vulnerable people, low-income groups, the elderly and the more marginalised communities in our society. Importantly, those with the greatest health needs are also the most at risk of being disadvantaged by digital exclusion.1 In a world where healthcare is fast becoming ‘digital by default’, this blog explores how to reduce the digital divide and the risk of exacerbating health inequalities.

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Posted on 23/10/2020 | 0 Comments