Healthcare in Thoughts from the Centre

Our parents might be ready for virtual visits, but some hospitals aren’t quite there

by Urvi Shah, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP


This week’s blog, by Urvi Shah a Senior Manager 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 patients, particularly older people are ready for the changes that technology can bring to the way they interact with the health care system, but the system itself may not yet be quite ready for this change.

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Posted on 05/04/2019 | 0 Comments

The transition to integrated care: why population health management is critical to the future sustainability of health and social care

By Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions


The growing demand for health and care, rising patient expectations and increasing costs in the face of substantial budget constraints call for innovative solutions. In the UK, there is a growing consensus that if healthcare is to be sustainable, there is a need for a fundamental shift from treatment of ill health, when it occurs, to prevention. This week we launched our report The transition to integrated care: population health management in England, with findings derived from extensive literature reviews and our experience working with health economies both in the UK and internationally. It highlights key challenges and potential solutions that, if adopted at scale, could deliver a more cost-effective approach to improving the health and wellbeing of a population.

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Posted on 22/03/2019 | 0 Comments

What has been happening to NHS dentistry since the introduction of a new contract in 2006?

By Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions


Last week I presented my views on developments in the UK dental market to an informal gathering of dentists and investors. While I should probably have declined, having not done any primary research on this subject since I led the National Audit Office (NAO) report on Reforming NHS Dentistry in 2004,1 I was intrigued to find out what has been happening in the intervening years. Indeed, my original research and the resulting report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in April 20052 had a big impact on my own views on maintaining good oral health and the role of dentistry in prevention. The recent NHS Long Term Plan (LTP), which rightly emphasises the importance of prevention, is mostly silent on dentistry.

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Posted on 15/03/2019 | 0 Comments

Addressing the gender imbalance in life sciences today to secure a better tomorrow

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


Today, Friday 8th March marks the annual celebration of International Women’s Day with the theme, Balance for Better. I couldn’t help but question what this day really means to me? How is it important to my future, that of my children, to business and society as a whole, particularly when we consider the Future of Work and the impact of AI and new technologies on the skills and talent that will be needed in tomorrow’s world? Given my tendency for cynicism, I also questioned how the future might impact the issue of gender equality?

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Posted on 08/03/2019 | 0 Comments

Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future: a conundrum that needs to be resolved

By Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions


Last month saw the publication of the independent report on The Topol review: Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future.1 This review complements a number of initiatives aimed at informing the Department of Health and Social Care (the Department) on the workforce strategy required to deliver the NHS Long-Term Plan.2 The Topol review recognises that the NHS is at a tipping point with regard to the adoption of digital technologies and presents a compelling vision of the potential for technology to transform healthcare and the need to equip the workforce to adopt technologies in the most efficient and effective way. This week’s blog provides an overview of the Topol review and the challenges that will need to be overcome if its ambitions are to be realised.

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Posted on 01/03/2019 | 0 Comments

Diabetic retinopathy: The future’s greatest eye health challenge

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


This week’s blog returns to our series on eye health, which we began 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, while our second blog examined new treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This blog focuses on diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that can damage the back of the eye and lead to blindness if left undiagnosed and untreated.

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Posted on 22/02/2019 | 0 Comments

Voice activated health care: Ready for prime time?

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


“Alexa… Volume up!”

Like many children his age, my four-year old nephew loves the Frozen soundtrack, and he recently figured out how to turn up the volume from anywhere in the room without having to be close to the speaker. He uses the voice assistant that’s always on and always listening.

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Posted on 18/02/2019 | 0 Comments

Time to Talk about mental health and resilience in children and young people

By Elizabeth Hampson, Director, Monitor Deloitte


Yesterday was Time to Talk Day (7th February) – a day to encourage everyone in the UK to talk about mental health.1 This week is also Child and Adolescent Mental Health Week (4-10 February) and, in view of my interests in mental health and wellbeing, this week’s blog provides an overview of recent developments and insights about mental health and resilience in children and young people.

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Posted on 08/02/2019 | 0 Comments

The future awakens: how have our life sciences predictions fared in 2018

By Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions


Last week we provided an update on the three health care predictions from our November 2017 report - The future awakens: Life Sciences and health care predictions 2022. As promised, this week’s blog reviews developments during 2018 on the three predictions that are more life sciences focused and what we might expect to see in 2019.

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Posted on 25/01/2019 | 0 Comments

The future awakens: how have our health care predictions fared in 2018

By Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions


As 2019 gets firmly underway I thought it would be interesting to revisit the six predictions in our November 2017 report, The future awakens: Life Sciences and health care predictions 2022, examine relevant developments in 2018 and consider what might happen in 2019. Over the past 14 months or so, the scale of change is escalating at such a pace that some of the predictions are closer to being realised that initially anticipated, while others may well be overtaken by events. While the predictions are relevant to all stakeholders across health care and life sciences, I have split them into two groups, the three more health care focussed ones are the subject of this week’s blog and next week will be the turn of our three more life sciences focused, ones.

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Posted on 18/01/2019 | 0 Comments