Healthcare in Thoughts from the Centre

As our parents age, health care stakeholders should determine how to connect with them…and with us (their caregivers)

By Claudia Douglass, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

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This week’s blog, by Claudia Douglas a Managing Director within the Deloitte US firm, first appeared on the US Center for Health Solutions blog site.1 The blog looks at how health care stakeholders can better connect with patients and carers who are unengaged with technological solutions and the benefits they can provide.

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Posted on 06/12/2018 | 0 Comments

My Take: Highlights from the 2018 FT Conference panel discussion on the potential for a successful life sciences economy in the UK

By John Haughey, Deloitte Industry Leader, Life Sciences & Health Care

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Earlier this month I had the pleasure of chairing a panel of life science experts at the Global Financial Times Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology conference.1 The conference brought together some of our industry’s leading minds to discuss the commercial conundrums of disease prevention, the transformational impact of advanced gene and cell therapies and the hope and hype of patient-centricity. The discussion topic for my panel was - ‘Big Bang? Industrial Strategy - Creating a Successful Life Sciences Economy’, and was focused on the UK’s Industrial Strategy and in particular the UK’s sector deal for life sciences.2 In this week’s blog I wanted to share some of my key takeaways from our animated and insightful discussion.

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Posted on 30/11/2018 | 0 Comments

PFI/PF2 no more – How will the NHS Transform its Estate?

By Claire O’Shaughnessy and James Millar

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The NHS is transforming how it delivers its services, but one key aspect to enabling this is the need for significant investment in its Estate. According to Sir Robert Naylor’s report last year, the NHS Estate ranges from world class to poorly utilised and not fit for purpose.1 Moreover, Sir Robert estimated that capital requirements could amount to around £10bn. This investment cannot be delivered through public sector funding alone. However, the Chancellor’s announcement in Budget 2018 that there will be no more Private Finance Initiative (PFI)/Private Finance 2 (PF2) Projects, this cuts off a historically well used option for enabling capital investment in the NHS.2 So what next? There are a myriad of potential solutions, and it will require a combination of traditional and innovative approaches to ensure Estates play their part in the transformation of the NHS.

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Posted on 22/11/2018 | 0 Comments

Bright future: A new vision for eye health

By Mark Steedman, PhD. Research Manager, Centre for Health Solutions

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This week’s blog is the third in our series focusing on eye health, which we developed in support of a global policy report that was launched this week at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). Our first blog in the series focused on glaucoma, while our second examined new treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This latest blog focuses on the main findings and recommendations of the full report Bright future: A new vision for eye health.

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Posted on 16/11/2018 | 0 Comments

A bold future for life sciences regulation: Predictions 2025

By Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions

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Following our 2014 and 2017 Life Science and Health Care Predictions reports, ‘A bold future?’ and ‘The future awakens’, this week we launched our third predictions report, A bold future for Life Sciences Regulation: Predictions 2025. This year’s report presents an unashamedly optimistic view on what Life Sciences regulation might look like in 2025 if both life science companies and regulators were to work more collaboratively, embrace disruptive technologies, and acquire new skills and talent. We argue that this would improve not only the productivity of the regulators and industry but also provide patients with access to the latest medical innovation much sooner. We also imagine through a series of ‘portraits’ how a regulator, company and patient might behave in 2025. This week’s blog provides an overview of the four predictions presented in our future of regulation report and examples of the evidence today that enable us to predict a bold future for life sciences regulation in 2025.

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Posted on 08/11/2018 | 0 Comments

The rise of e-mental health: How can digital technology build resilience?

By Dr Francesca Properzi, PhD. Research Manager, Centre for Health Solutions

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Earlier this year, a team of US scientists connected the brains of three people using an interface made of electroencephalography and magnetic stimulation technologies. The new network enabled the three people to communicate by thinking, exchange ideas and successfully play a collaborative game.1 This ground-breaking experiment is yet one example of many other recent scientific advances where digital technologies are transforming our understanding of the mind. While controversial and somewhat alarming, these developments also present a unique opportunity to protect and support mental health, at a time of unprecedented technological changes.

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Posted on 02/11/2018 | 0 Comments

Insights from our State of the State 2018-19 report: How health sector leaders and citizens view the outlook for NHS and social care services

By Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions

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Last week, my public sector colleagues, together with the think tank Reform, published their seventh annual report The State of the State 2018-19: Government beyond Brexit.1 The report once again brought together Deloitte and Reform to reflect on our most pressing public sector issues. The evidence for the report includes a deep analysis of published data, a citizen survey and exclusive interviews with the people who understand the public sector’s challenges best – the people who run it. As in previous years, the NHS and social care are a central feature of the report, and I have used this week’s blog to highlight the main findings on the ‘State of the NHS and social care’.

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Posted on 19/10/2018 | 0 Comments

World Alzheimer’s Day

By Mark Steedman, PhD. Manager Centre for Health Solutions

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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 

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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